Green Coast Rubbish avoids over $70K in waste disposal fees

Project Type

Climate Smart Certification

Location

North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Actions Implemented

  • Diverting waste from landfill
  • Route Optimization of fleet
  • Electronic invoicing direct deposit payslips

71%

reduction in emissions per $1000 revenue

26%

of building materials diverted from landfill

$70,000

approximately avoided in waste disposal fees

The Big Picture


Climate Smart Service

Climate Smart Certification, 2010 — 2020


Industry

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services


Location

North Vancouver, BC, Canada

About Green Coast Rubbish

Serving BC communities since 2006, Green Coast Rubbish is a family run, Vancouver-based company that is passionate about dealing with waste in an environmentally conscious way. Green Coast specializes in residential junk removal and recycling anywhere in Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. In 2019, the company hauled over 726 tonnes of material from homes, businesses and construction sites. And that same year, Green Coast Rubbish successfully diverted over 560 tonnes of that material from landfills to recycling programs or for reuse by community organizations.

The Challenge

Any company can remove and dispose of junk, but Green Coast Rubbish aims to get the job done ethically with as little impact on the environment as possible. An area of key importance to Green Coast Rubbish is the diversion rate of the materials collected from their customers.

Going Climate Smart

Green Coast Rubbish first worked with Climate Smart in 2010 to learn more about how they can profitably reduce their carbon footprint complementing the growth and success of the company. An area of key importance to Green Coast Rubbish is the diversion rate of the materials collected from their customers. The key metrics and data collected through Climate Smart tools give Green Coast Rubbish the ability to share its success with its customers, and differentiate between the various types of waste recovered, including building materials, furniture and green waste products.

The Results

Green Coast Rubbish has achieved at least a 75% diversion rate of materials from landfill and has avoided an estimated 520 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions, equivalent to the energy use of 63 homes for a year. Green Coast Rubbish has also made a switch to convert the majority of their fleet to run on 50% biodiesel fuel. They have also introduced route optimization planning in their fleets to reduce unnecessary costs on fuel and time on the road, and offer transit passes to employees for commuting. This has all translated to less fuel consumed for Green Coast Rubbish, and reducing their carbon consumption and costs.

Other big wins include:

  • 71% reduction in emissions per $1000 revenue
  • 26% diversion rate of building materials from landfill
  • Avoided approximately $70,000 in waste disposal fees since 2010

"Joining Climate Smart gave us the tools to track our carbon footprint and crystallized our path moving forward towards reducing our emissions while building a more sustainable business model."

EAMONN DUIGNAN - Partner, Green Coast Rubbish

How they did it

  • Increasing waste diversion rate of materials from landfill
  • Increasing waste recovery strategies from building materials, furniture and green waste products.
  • Introducing route optimization to their fleet
  • Fuel switching to run on 50% biodiesel
  • Offering transit passes to employees
  • Using tablets for electronic invoicing to move towards becoming paperless
  • Direct deposit for paychecks to reduce paper consumption
  • Powering down ‘phantom load’ devices, and turning off all office electronics at night

What's next for Green Coast Rubbish

Green Coast Rubbish estimates that since 2010, they have diverted up to 8 million pounds of waste from landfills, and will continue in following years. In addition to their ongoing continued commitment to managing carbon emissions, Green Coast Rubbish also hosts an annual North Vancouver Spring Cleanup where they partner with local charities and businesses to recycle clothing, electronics, mattresses, household goods, styrofoam, plastic, metal and wood. This event helps to engage the community in sustainable waste management, and benefits the wider community.

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