Meet Recycling Alternative and Shift!
We are pleased to announce Recycling Alternative and Shift are joining forces to provide SBIA members with a comprehensive organics and recycling collections service at competitive and exclusive rates. The exclusive rates will be based on number of businesses joining the program, the number of streams collected from your business, and bin sharing opportunities between neighbouring businesses.
The new Preferred Organics & Recycling Collections Service Provider program will help the SBIA reach the following goals:
- reduce the amount of landfill waste being produced in Strathcona,
- increase diversion of recoverable materials,
- coordinate service to decrease trucks and emissions produced in the area,
- reduce laneway clutter and litter,
- reduce vehicle congestion, and
- provide a unique and valuable service to all SBIA members.
Considered a leader and innovator in the sector with a social purpose-driven model, Recycling Alternative has garnered a reputation in the local community for bringing fresh perspectives to recycling models such as the Food Scraps Drop Spots, Vancouver Biodiesel Co-operative and the greenHUB though our many community partnerships and collaborations.
Over our years in business, RA has also forged operational innovations to create efficiencies, reduce carbon impact and tailor programs to suit our clients? needs. In 2009 we pioneered, and custom manufactured our first of its kind ?zero waste? truck, designed specifically to manage multiple stream collections and community curbside models with this single pass vehicle. Most recently we have begun introducing on-site composting technology to reduce on-site volumes of food waste by up to 80% and address issues such as odour, pests and contamination.
Today, Recycling Alternative operates in Vancouver and Calgary, servicing hundreds of sites with collection flexibility ranging from daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly to on-call. We specialise in working closely with our customers to design recycling programs, tailored to their needs and material volumes.
We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Shift and SBIA to establish a unique, district model recycling program, built on best practices for reduction and recovery, coupled with a sustainable community focused approach and excellent customer service.
Together, we believe the collaboration of Shift, SBIA, and RA for community collection will stand out as an example to other districts and neighbourhoods seeking sustainable alternatives to traditional waste collection models.
Shift Delivery is an innovative company tackling the challenges of urban logistics, congestion and pollution in Vancouver. With their unique electric-assist cargo tricycles, Shift out competes truck deliveries in many ways: efficiency, sustainability, safety, and flexibility. Through dedication to excellence and an empowering ownership model, Shift’s aim is to be a champion in sustainable business, and to positively impact our community, now and into the future.
Recycling Alternative and Shift Collections Services Include:
- Mixed Containers (glass, metal, plastics)
- Soft Plastic
Comprehensive Recycling and Zero Waste Options ? On-call collection:
- Styrofoam (clean packaging grade)
- Electronic Waste
- Light Bulbs
- Pallets and Woodwaste Pallets
- Plastic strapping
- Metal waste (non containers)
The SBIA?s Commercial Recycling and Compost Program will end on October 30th. If you choose to work with Recycling Alternative and Shift, regularly scheduled pick-ups will begin the week of November 2nd.
If you have questions regarding the new Preferred Organics & Recycling Collections Service Provider, please contact Julia Berry, SBIA Sustainability Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (604)258-2727.