Green Coast Rubbish is ecstatic to announce that we were able to achieve a diversion rate of 82% in 2016! In total, we hauled 661.29 tonnes of material for the year, and diverted 540.75 tonnes of material away from the landfill to alternative recycling and recovery waste stream sources. That’s material that didn’t end up in our landfill!
Since 2010 we have successfully achieved a diversion rate of at least 75%, which translates to an impressive 2546.22 tonnes or 5,613,454.21 pounds of waste material that have been diverted away from our landfills during the past 6 years alone.
Here’s how it breaks down for 2016 in tonnes (t):
- 33% or 219.70 t consisted of building materials: metal (ferrous & non-ferrous), drywall, concrete, tile, brick, dirt, asphalt & roofing shingles, etc.
- 31% or 204.42 t of biomass: wood, ply wood, wood by-products, etc.
- 16% or 108.44 t of others: furniture, mattresses, carpet, couches, appliances, electronics (TV’s, computers, stereos & cell & smart phones), batteries (car, marine & household), paint, Styrofoam, gasoline, pesticides, oil, aerosol cans, tires, plastic, cardboard, paper, newsprint, glass, organic waste water, florescent tubes, etc.
- 1% or 8.19 t of green waste & compost: branches, leaves, grass, organic debris, etc.
Wherever possible, we look for inventive ways to divert furniture, clothing, household goods and other materials to deserving community organizations that provide benefit to our community. In 2016, we donated approximately 4.66 tonnes of various items and materials to non-profit organizations, including: Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Canadian Diabetes Association and the Helping Families in Need Society.
Our Carbon Footprint
In our continuing efforts towards sustainability and to reducing our Green House Gas (GHG) Footprint, Green Coast Rubbish has been involved in Climate Smart-a carbon tracking and reduction program for businesses. Using 2010 as our baseline, we were able to measure our carbon emissions in metric tonnes, as well as plan our emission reductions for the coming year.
Green Coast Rubbish is fully committed and accountable to working toward a greener future, and ultimately, limiting our GHG Footprint. We are proud to have measured our sixth greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for the 2015 calendar year. In 2015, our emissions per 1K revenue decreased by 45%. We also achieved reductions in emissions from electricity and staff commuting.
Emissions Reduction Strategies:
- Offering transit passes to employees
- Utilizing Tablets, electronic invoicing, and other digital technologies with the goal of being “paperless”
- Using direct deposits for pay cheques to reduce paper emissions
- Increasing office efficiency by powering down ‘phantom load’ devices at night
- Mmaximize route optimization for our fleet
- Increased reliance on biodiesel over gasoline for our fleet
- Convert 100% of fleet to Biodesiel fuel
- Continue to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill though effective waste diversion and recycling practices