Archive for April, 2010

Who says you don’t need Math in highschool??!!

Here’s a real world problem:

We went to a site this week in North Vancouver. We include 1 hour of our time on the site. Our customer, had 1 person for 30 minutes, and 3 people for 1.5 hours.

How much time should they be billed for. I know the answer, do you? Prize to the first correct answer.

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Free Washer and Dryer – Downtown (Yaletown)

Does anyone need a free washer and dryer? I have a customer we can’t pick-up from today that NEEDS to have her old washer and dryer picked up. Apparently they’re in good working order. She’s downtown in Yaletown. If you pass me your info and I’ll pass it on to her.

Today. Today is the key.

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Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan

Metro Vancouver is currently consulting on their new Solid Waste Management plan. If you’d like to have some input, information below.

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Hotel Le Soleil recycles!

Just wanted to post some pictures from Hotel Le Soleil. They were doing a little spring cleaning and needed a hand to recycle what could be recycled.

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6,700+ views on Earth Day

Hey all,

I’ve got to say, I’m BLOWN AWAY by the number of views we received on Earth Day. I’m a garbage man that blogs, and not a blogger that collects trash (or recycling). So while some of Vancouver’s more than capable bloggers may find a per day stat like that to be less impressive, for me and for us, and for you, I think it’s astounding.

Thanks all for coming on over to have a look!!! I really appreciate it.


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Earth Day 2010!!

Another year another EARTH DAY!!!

First off, I’ll preface this blog posting by saying it’s brought to you by Caribou Beer (not really, but I did pour myself one before I started – actually, I just opened a can.) Caribou is a good beer for Earth Day because they donate a portion of all their sales to reforestation projects. Plus it’s cheap. Cheap sometimes, is good.

LOOK! They even have a Facebook page!

Mostly what I wanted this posting to be about was what the team at Fresh Start has recycled since Earth Day last year. I could keep these numbers to myself of course, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, it’s not really US that’s recycling it’s YOU! And, you’d probably want to know what a good job you’ve done since last year at this time.

So, without further ado, here we are:

What Yards Weight (in KG)
Cardboard 31
Bricks 0.25
Charity 42
Concrete 8.5
Dirt 16.5
Drywall 101.5 10,508
Ewaste 52.5
Green 33.5
Metal 96
Paper 22.5
Misc Recyclable 31
Tiles 8
Wood 678.5 40,480
1122 50,988

But what does all this mean? How big is a cubic yard? Why don’t you have weights for things like Ewaste and Charity even though you collected so many yards? Good questions!!

A cubic yard is about the size of a washing machine. It’s 3x3x3 feet. Those large bins you see on construction sites of mega projects downtown? Those are about 30 to 40 yards per bin.

Some things like bricks we don’t get very often. If you look around Vancouver; there’s nearly nothing made of brick, and if it is, it’s something “heritage” and it’s staying up. Or if it’s coming down, it’s coming down with a fight and you’ll be sure to see a few (mad) people with placards in front of said demolition.

Charity: I was fairly impressed with that. That’s a lot of things that not only were kept out of landfill, they didn’t need to be processed as recycling. They went straight to families that needed them. I’m really proud of that! Imagine, you can’t afford a nice Christmas present for your child, and here’s a brand new pair of Nike Rollerblades, or a “new” Razor scooter. True stories.

Drywall and Wood were the big winners. I like those 2 as well because we can track their weights. I’m a numbers guy and when we recycle cardboard, unless we have 1000 kg or more, the big players won’t pay you. We’re usually not taking more than the back of a pick-up truck full at a time (which doesn’t weigh very much at all – 100kg maybe?) so we usually just take cardboard to the municipal sites. BUT drywall and wood are 2 things we get a lot of and 2 things that are VERY easy to recycle.

All the gypsum in Vancouver goes to New West Gypsum. I’ll let them explain how they recycle it when you click on the link.

The wood we usually take to the construction material recycling facility out in Coquitlam where they either turn it into pulp paper or they grind it up and turn it into beams for new construction. It’s a pretty nifty process.

Misc Recycling is bottles and cans that we get on construction sites.

As I explained above, the reason we don’t list weights for most of that is because we do a lot of trips, but the amounts recycled are often small each time. The easiest way to recycle the material is at municipal sites where they don’t weigh you in and out.

I think I’d also like to give a little shout out to Hotel Le Soleil downtown here in Vancouver, as well as Butterfield Development Consultants (cost consultants for the new Woodward’s building among other large projects). Both of these companies had quite a lot of material in their basement that technically isn’t illegal to throw out, but they did the right thing. They called the professional team at Fresh Start and we were able to make sure everything went to the right place. Their stats are included up above and I’m really happy they called us.

I’m really happy all of you called us. Most of the time it’s not illegal to throw recyclables into the garbage. There’s no ban on Wood for instance, and yet we were able to collect 40,000kg since last Earth Day.

Thank-you everyone,


Thomas Goodall

President (and all around decent guy who’s now had 2 (two) Caribous which is 1 more leaf, on 1 more tree!)

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Thanks Ashley

Checking my email this morning I read a short, quick email from Ashley over at about her article on 50 “awesome” ways to reuse your old beer bottles. Some are whimsical, some are cool, and some are even doable.  I liked the Thai monks that were able to build an entire temple out of old Heineken and Chang beer bottles and how the whole village got behind them and helped them collect them. I just returned from Thailand last month, and I have to say that Chang is LETHAL. It took me a couple of foggy mornings to figure out that it packed a bigger punch than it’s counter parts.

I should add, that at the time of writing this article, I couldn’t get the link to load. I assume it’s a routine maintenance thing, because it loaded earlier this morning on my iPod. I’ll continue to check throughout the day, but if you go there and it doesn’t work, let me know.

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