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Green Coast Rubbish

GHG Impact:

  • 71% reduction in emissions per $1000 revenue
  • Diverted 26% of building materials from landfill

Cost Savings:

  • Avoided approximately $70,000 in waste disposal fees since 2010

Solutions:

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

Green Coast Rubbish is a family run, Vancouver-based company that is passionate about dealing with waste in an environmentally conscious way. Green Coast Rubbish has worked with Climate Smart since 2010 to learn more about how they can profitably reduce their carbon footprint complementing the growth and success of the company. Since 2010, Green Coast Rubbish has achieved at least a 75% diversion rate of materials from landfill and have avoided an estimated 520 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions, equivalent to the energy use of 63 homes for a year.

Waste Diversion
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 in the Climate Smart software gives 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. 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.

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.

Other Reduction Strategies
Since working with Climate Smart, Green Coast Rubbish has 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.

Green Coast Rubbish is also moving towards becoming ‘paperless’ by using tablets for electronic invoicing and using direct deposit for paychecks to reduce paper consumption. They also turn off all office electronics at night and power down ‘phantom load’ devices.

‘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

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