Green Coast Rubbish

Green Coast Rubbish provides environmentally conscious disposal services by employing sustainable waste diversion & recycling practices at a competitive price.

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About You

First Name

Eamonn

Last Name

Duignan

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Green Coast Rubbish

Organization Country

Canada, BC, North Vancouver

Country where this solution is creating social impact

Canada, BC, The Greater Vancouver Area

Region in BC where your solution creates social impact

Vancouver, Coast and Mountains.

Is your organization a

For‐profit

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation

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Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for more than 5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two

Transparency, Quality.

The Need: Describe the need for your solution and the size and characteristics of the community(ies) your solution is engaging

Canada is among the highest producers of solid waste per capita in the industrialized world, BC alone hauls over 2 million tonnes of waste per year.
Increasingly, the human population is in need of a solution for junk removal in many capacities - not only large/small scale businesses, but also, personal consumption waste. Materials from commercial/residential demolition & deconstruction, tree work, composting, hoarder & tenant clean-outs, work site clean-ups, electronics, automotive waste and garbage are all dumped into landfills, polluting our soil, air and earth. This is not a viable, sustainable waste removal plan for our future or for the safety of our communities. The consequences for burying/burning waste are more damaging than the solution. DIVERSION.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

DIVERSION. Green Coast Rubbish (GCR) is an environmentally conscious junk removal and recycling company that thinks globally and acts locally. The mandate? NO WASTE IS WASTED. GCR strategically partners with communities and local businesses on the North Shore and in the Greater Vancouver Area providing service to Residential, Construction and Trades, Commercial, Strata and Property Management market segments diverting and recycling waste materials that would normally be taken to the local landfills. In 2010-11, GCR diverted over 315 tonnes (t) of the 420(t) hauled – A 75% diversion rate! (14% higher than competitors) Approximately 6.89(t) of furniture, clothing and other materials were donated to the Salvation Army or Habitat For Humanity and 7.5(t) of electronics and TVs were recycled refurbished or reused. With a goal of 100% DIVERSION by 2020, GCR continually strives to improve its reach and recycling practices, program development and active involvement in govt policy formation.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include the primary activities involved in your solution.

Example 1: GCR organized an event called The Metro Vancouver Indian Arm Disposal Event. In September 2010, Green Coast Rubbish in partnership with Metro Vancouver offered the residents of Indian Arm a one-time, water access only, free debris disposal and recycling drop-off event.
This first of its kind event enabled Indian Arm residents to recycle and dispose of waste responsibly, conveniently and economically. This initiative recovered and recycled nearly 5 tonnes of metal and garbage, 90 litres of paint, 18 litres of used oil and 32 industrial and marine batteries.
This clean up event coincided with the national Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up and was held at the Cates Point Park dock facility in the District of North Vancouver. Cabin owners had the opportunity to bring in various types of debris by boat where it was appropriately sorted and disposed, and recycled.

Example 2: Following the City of Vancouver’s Summer Live Festival, held July 8-10th in Stanley Park, Green Coast Rubbish was called in by the City of Vancouver to dispose of 1155 pounds of polycoat milk cartons, in addition to approximately 45 pounds of plastic that had been left behind by party goers the day before. We are please to have been able to divert and recycle 100% of the material we hauled.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others working to address the same needs as you and indicate what sets you apart from them.

Our biggest competitor is 1-800-Got-Junk & other similar companies. What sets us apart is our business model & dedication to DIVERSION rather than waste removal ONLY. GCR is progressive & environmentally conscious, we remove waste by hand sorting onsite and recycle it. We think globally & act locally! Our number one goal is to minimize waste going into our landfills by building strategic local partnerships to support from within. In 2010-11 we diverted over 315t of waste from landfills (420t total). A 75% diversion rate, (14% higher than competitors). Our goal is 100% DIVERSION by 2020. We specialize in 4 distinct market segments; Residential, Construction & Trades, Commercial, Strata & Property Management. We donate substantially to Salvation Army and The David Suzuki Foundation.

Social Impact

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Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.

Green Coast Rubbish was founded in 2006, when Eamonn was attending the University of British Columbia. Frustrated with the way waste was being managed in their communities, the boys (Eamonn and his brother Cein) founded GCR on the principles of NO WASTE IS WASTED and THINK GLOBALLY AND ACT LOCALLY. They devised ways to offer more environmentally conscious ways to deal waste and fell back on a support system from their past. The little red wagon. This logo is very symbolic for Green Coast, having it been used throughout their childhood and now some many years later as a vehicle for their dreams of ensuring a greener future, globally and in their own backyard. The Green Coast Team firmly believes change starts with one.

Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

100% Diversion By 2020. Green Coast Rubbish has conceived a goal of 100% Diversion of all waste/junk materials hauled – meaning; all the materials that GCR hauls will be recycled, donated or reused instead of going to the landfill. Upon reaching this goal, we plan to expand our business to include all of BC and then Canada. This is something that has never been done before and is a true testament to excellence and dedication in our team and awareness in our communities. A major part of our philosophy is not only servicing ones’ community, but also playing an essential role in it. We are providing sustainable solutions to current environmental issues, improve energy efficiency and ultimately reducing our collective carbon footprint, leaving behind healthy, green communities.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

We believe tracking is an essential part of our business especially in light of our goal. In 2010-2011 GCR hauled just over 420t of waste, we diverted 315t from the landfill by reusing, recycling & donating. (Approx 6.89t of furniture, clothing and other materials were donated to the Salvation Army/Habitat For Humanity.) GCR also participates/partners in many local charitable events, donating GREEN waste removal services, creating awareness and partnerships in the community and volunteering for a cause. For example: In September 2010, Green Coast Rubbish in partnership with Metro Vancouver offered the residents of Indian Arm a one-time, water access only, free debris disposal & recycling drop-off event. This first of its kind event enabled Indian Arm residents to recycle & dispose of waste responsibly, conveniently and economically. This initiative recovered and recycled nearly 5 t of metal and garbage, 90 litres of paint, 18 litres of used oil and 32 industrial and marine batteries.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

In 2011, we experienced a 54% increase in sales over 2010 and truly believe it is because we see our clients as partners, treat them as friends & work with them to improve our community together. Our impact over the next 5 years is an increased hauling tonnage and higher diversion rate. Keeping in line with our 2020 goal of 100% DIVERSION, we hope to haul a substantial 40% more than we currently do by 2016 and to be at a diversion rate of approximately 90%. This would equate to hauling approximately 700 t of junk per year and diverting 630 t from the landfill. GCR is currently developing a food scraps compost program for commercial businesses & multi-family buildings that will provide solutions for the 2015 composting legislative changes. GCR is also part of the Climate Smart program.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

One of the largest barriers that we foresee in the near future is the rising cost of fuel. We hope to overcome or at least mitigate this issue by running alternative fuel sources on all vehicles. It is a large expense that we are planning to take on within the next 5 years, however, we feel it is necessary for our moral, environmental and financial fruition. GCR has also been planning to expand our operations by leasing warehouse space locally. This would allow for storing waste/recycling materials etc until such time that we could maximize truck capacity instead of transporting materials after each job. We have installed GPS in each vehicle for trip planning efficiency and we work with local recycling partners to limit transport as well. Other barriers include technology barriers & costs.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Identify a location for a warehouse.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Contact a property manager/realtor to begin searching for a viable location.

Task 2

Adjust the operating budget and plan for the initial added expense.

Task 3

Cost/price the set-up of the location if needed to serve our workability needs specifically.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Lease warehouse space and begin working the set-up plan

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Increase secured yearly waste removal contracts (budget allowance for the space).

Task 2

Plan strategic partnerships to maximize functionality and efficient use of the planned space.

Task 3

Hire 1 employee to manage the daily operations of the warehouse.

Sustainability

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Tell us about your partnerships

One of the most important parts of our business are our partnerships. We rely on local businesses and municipalities & they rely on us. Using local recycling and donation partners is essential for us because we want to support local growing businesses/communities and also for our own diversion rate. We want to do as little driving as possible. We continually make new strategic connections in the communities that we work in, we like to keep a personable, friendly feel and get to know not only our clients but our partners as well. We support their initiatives and also help to make them green.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?

Currently GCR is working on the North Shore and in the Greater Vancouver Area. We are focusing on increasing our market share here at home and getting our Diversion Rate to 100%, at which point we will look to replicate our business model in other parts of the province.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

We feel that a major part of this philosophy is not only servicing ones’ community, but also playing an essential role in it. Not only are we keeping Vancouver & its surrounding communities greener & cleaner, we are advocating for healthier & safer places to live. Our team is very close, responsible & dedicated to our cause. Each & everyday we consciously strive to become better at what we do & to provide better service. We are active in our community, our industry and keep on top of reaching our goals. The GCR team takes pride their work and work hard together to make it happen.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

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