More Condo’s and Coffee Shops creeping east of Main onto Industrial Lands

Every few years, attention and urban-planning talk turns yet again to the industrial lands known as the Southeast False Creek Flats – the area from Main to Clark, between Prior/Venables and 2nd Avenue.

If this weekend’s Globe & Mail is anything to go by, it looks like ‘every few years’ is just about now.

And ‘just about now’ is when local, industrial businesses such as Recycling Alternative and many of our ‘groovy and gritty’ neighbours located in this area, start to get worried about protecting industrial land (or what’s left of it) against the great urban squeeze.

With 4 acres of the Great Northern Way campus being sold for residential development and artist live work space, it looks like we’ll be getting something Vancouver really needs, more condo’s and coffee shops. Continue reading…

Around the World #2

Frozen Recycling – Canada / Australia

As a newbie to this country and therefore Recycling Alternative, the differences between Australia and Canada are very interesting to this little waste enthusiast. The most interesting to me so far (as I am sure there will be more to come) is the curbside recycling collection.

Firstly, the blue box system was originally Picture 006strange to me, especially the separation of the paper into the yellow bag, and those blue boxes. Not strange as it makes complete sense from a recycling perspective keeping the paper clean, more so that the contents of the bags and blue boxes are exposed to the elements (ahem, do I mention the rain?), and those apparent Coyotes and Raccoon’s Continue reading…

The Economics of Inclusion, Good for Everyone, Good for GDP – Hilary Clinton Part 1

Last Wednesday, March 5, Hillary Rodham Clinton presented a keynote address to an enthusiastic full house at the Q.E. Theatre.

 

With International Woman’s Day (March 8) close on the tail of the occasion, many local women entrepreneurs were in the house to be wowed by the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State’s message regarding women, their role and position in the world.

Hillary Clinton highlighted the long and arduous road travelled by women and girls, especially those in developing countries to get to a place called ‘equal’. Moreover, she spoke about the documented and measurable economic benefits reaped in countries and cultures where women are included in, rather than Continue reading…

Board of Trade SOUNDING BOARD – March issue: MMBC guest column

MMBC – it’s all the talk on trash these days!

If you haven’t heard about the new legislation on Printed Paper and Packaging coming into effect this May, trust me, you’ll be getting an earful very soon and from all sides! Municipalities, Metro Vancouver, garbage companies, recycling companies and not least the producers and manufacturers of printed paper and packaging.

The BC Printing and Imaging Association is strongly opposed to how the program has been rolled out, comparing it to a looming ‘Titanic disaster’ that will ‘harm the BC economy and…. job growth’

For the full story on the association’s opposition, check out Marilynn Knoch’s guest column in this month’s Board of Trade Sounding Board.

“Dark star” of recycling expected to feed into proposed Metro Van incinerator

Avid waste reducers and recyclers in the Lower Mainland will want to read this recent article on the continuing incinerator saga!

Helen Spiegelman – well known recycling advocate and former Executive Director at Recycling Council of British Columbia also raises some concerns over Multi Material BC’s ‘Printed Paper and Packaging’ program slated to start in May 2014.

Will materials coming through this latest Printed Paper and Packaging stewardship program be used as fuel for the incinerator?

A must read for those following the trash trail!

 

Mike Chisholm – Feb 27th, 2014

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/dark-star-recycling-expected-feed-proposed-metro-van-incinerator

 

Collaborative Consumption and The Sharing Economy

Earlier in February I was excited to attend a talk at the HiVE by April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer of Collaborative Lab, on “Collaborative Consumption and The Sharing Economy” presented by an amazing collection of local businesses and organizations (Board of Change, VanCity, Modo, the Sharing Project, and CityStudio to name a few…)SHARINGeconomy 3

“Also known as collaborative consumption and the collaborative economy, the Sharing Economy is the bartering, exchanging, sharing, renting, trading, borrowing, lending, leasing and swapping of goods, services, time, capital, experiences and space by individuals, institutions, businesses and communities.”(Vanessa Timmer)  Sharing resources means spending less – time, money, energy, natural resources, etc.

I hadn’t put much thought into the sharing economy before, but as the talk progressed I realized just how large a piece of my life and work were integrated into this new economic model Continue reading…