Sister Company to
Recycling Solutions for Industry Experts in Marketing Waste Materials

By blue2

Helping Out On The Farm

This week at Blue Planet, we recycled enough nuts that could have fed ten farms!

And as a matter of fact… it did. Thousands of nuts were turned into animal feed and kept out of the landfill.

By blue2

Green Coast in Action: Commercial Glass Recycling Project

Glass recycling brings to mind putting your empty jars into a container and setting it out at the curb for recycling pickup. But have you ever thought about what could be involved in commercial glass recycling? Here’s a great project from Green Coast to illustrate what’s involved.

The challenge:

The client – a commercial skylight company in Coquitlam –  needed to clean out their yard of obsolete and broken panes of glass to make way for new inventory AND they wanted all the glass recycled. Needless to say, we were up for the challenge!

Photo gallery:

Recycled that:

Green Coast recycled 5.9 tonnes (that’s 13,000 lbs) of plate glass during this project! We took the commercial glass for recycling to Blue Planet Recycling where all glass in BC is processed and repurposed into new products.

One of the biggest challenges involved in this commercial glass recycling project was safety due to the obvious safety challenges of working with glass. It was also critical to ensure that there was zero contamination of the glass which required removing all labeling and stickers on each piece of glass. This sounds simple but in practice, it was something else, especially when we had hundreds of planes of glass to deal with.

Notable quotes:

Glass recycled by Blue Planet Recycling goes into three main products: sand blasting media, reflective paint for roads and insulation manufacturing. The biggest challenge we face is controlling quality. All three applications require glass to be kept very clean from collection through processing and to final destination. We recycle only post-industrial plate glass (no post-consumer bottles or already recycled content). Working with Green Coast Rubbish has been great as they understand the need for cleanliness and quality by providing clean bins and controlling what goes into them.

– Sebastian van Wollen, Blue Planet Recycling

This was an interesting assignment for us with some unique challenges, but one that our team handled flawlessly. I am always happy when the outcome of a project equates to the material we haul being 100% recycled and repurposed locally.  It simply doesn’t get any better than that!

– Eamonn Duignan, President & CEO, Green Coast Rubbish

By blue2

Delta School District Encourages Recycling

Delta School District Students Use The Virtual World to Help Us Save Ours

A School District in Delta BC, with the cooperation of a film academy, has created a novel way of showing students the correct way to recycle. School district recycling programs encourage students to make recycling a part of they future lives.

The Delta School District with the help of many school aged, eager children have created a video depicting an online game which awards prizes for getting the correct recyclable product into the right recycle bin.  Bells go off and the short film truly does make it seem like you are a part of the virtual world of recycling.

As an added bonus, The Delta School District added a quiz to its website encouraging students to see what they know about recycling.  Two entries will be picked at the end of February with one entry coming from an Elementary School and the other from a High School.  Both prize winners will be awarded a 16gig Ipad mini.  The quiz can be found at the following link:

http://unbouncepages.com/recycle_contest/

What a novel way to get kids collaborating on how to get the word out there as to ‘what’ we can recycle and ‘how’ we do it correctly.  The Delta Film Academy says that it hopes that the video will encourage us all to do our part in recycling and engaging students in this way to save the planet and its resources.

 

 

We here at Blue Planet Recycling are proud of our next generation’s efforts to clean up our planet.

By blue2

Recycling Wooden Pallets

Wooden pallets are the ‘golden child‘ of the recycling world.

Over 95% of  wooden pallets are reused or recycled each year and this Canadian industry boasts an annual growth rate of over 18% making the wood pallet the shining star of Canada’s 3Rs success stories.

When wooden pallets enter the recycling chain, 30% require fixing, refurbishing and modern equipment can often accomplish this in under 2 minutes for each one!

The remaining 5% of wooden pallets that are unable to be fixed get made into wood-chips used in particle board, paper and most recently, livestock bedding.

Its great to know that the next time you buy recycled paper products or even tuck your horse into a stall at night, the wooden pallet was probably behind it all.

Check out wooden pallet recycling at www.blueplanetrecycling.ca