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  • increased margin by 15%
  • cut vehicle emissions by 50% per vehicle-kilometre

505-Junk is a recycling company specializing in junk removal for residential, construction and commercial clients in the Greater Vancouver region. Co-owners Barry Hartman and Scott Foran, have always been committed to running their business in an environmentally progressive way. All the materials they pick up are sorted to prioritize upcycling or re-use. Items beyond re-use are sent to local recycling companies. With this approach, 505-Junk is minimizing waste which also results in greenhouse gas reductions for their customers.

But how many GHGs are they helping their customers reduce? Barry and Scott wanted to learn to calculate these avoided carbon emissions and communicate this positive impact to their customers. To do this, they turned to Climate Smart.

“Beyond the customer communications opportunities—which was our initial interest—Climate Smart helped us analyze our business to identify changes that could increase efficiencies for us,” says Barry. “By investing in more efficient trucks and route optimization, we’ve increased our margins and freed up time to expand our business. All this while reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

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