It’s hard to drive down the street in Metro Vancouver without seeing a major home renovation or demolition project in progress given the crazy real estate market we live in. This week on the blog we are featuring a case study of how Green Coast Rubbish took on a house demolition project and made it into an environmental success story by recycling the heck out of it. Check it out!

The challenge:

The house in question, located on Albert Street in Burnaby, was built in 1954 and had a heavy presence of asbestos in the drywall compound, flooring and insulation. The challenge was to safely tear down a house and garage in the most cost effect manner while recycling as much of the material as possible. After the abatement process to remove the asbestos was complete, the Green Coast team went into action.

Photo gallery:

Albert Street House Demolition

Recycled that:

First, we removed and recycled the remaining non-contaminated drywall. After making a BC One Call (call before you dig!) to make sure all of the underground utilities were disconnected, we brought in our 15 tonne excavator to carefully break down the home and garage and remove the concrete foundation and sidewalks.

All of the materials were removed by our team for recycling and disposal. Finally, the property was graded and shored – ready to begin its transition into a new home.

Recycled and diverted from the landfill:

  • 81.42 tonnes of concrete
  • 24.75 tonnes of wood
  • .76 tonnes of drywall
  • .16 tonnes of green waste

Notable Quote:

“The trend towards environmentally friendly demolition and deconstruction in Vancouver is so important for meeting regional recycling targets. We are proud to be leading the charge by offering these services,” says President & CEO Eamonn Duignan.” Homeowners should not take no for an answer when it comes to recycling construction materials for these kinds of projects.”

Who ya gonna call?

This tip is for all the homeowners out there who are thinking about a demolition or deconstruction project. Who ya gonna call? Green Coast Rubbish is an environmentally conscious disposal company, whose main objective is to minimize the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills, by recycling or donating whenever possible-100% of the time. Contact us at 604.230.4530 or