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Local Recycling Firm Zeros In On Waste Reduction Across the Rockies

In it’s 20th year of successful operations with more than 4500 clients across the Lower Mainland, Richmond-based Urban Impact expands into Calgary with a recycling and shredding collections division.

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On the heels of winning the Private Sector award for Environmental Leadership from RCBC and securing a five year contract for recycling from BOMA in May, Urban Impact’s first week of operating in Calgary, servicing 750 new clients with four new collection vehicles, has kicked off smoothly.

The company’s 20th year is looking better than ever, but Urban Impact isn’t taking it’s good fortune for granted.

“We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary by giving back to the community every month this year in themes of 20’s,” says Nicole Stefenelli, founder and president of the well known recycling, shredding and zero waste consulting company. Some of the initiatives including paying the registration fees for 20 kids for Kid Sport BC this month, sending 20 kids to YMCA summer camp in July, sponsoring 20 acres of Rainforest in Costa Rica in August, registering 20 kids to play in Coastal Squash League in September, and planting 20 large trees in Delta in October… and so on!

Urban Impact has also been walking it’s talk en route to Calgary, by sponsoring the first leg of the Clean Bin Project’s film tour from Vancouver to Calgary beginning last week and taking place all this month.

“We want to thank the communities we’ve worked and lived in for the past 20 years and look forward to continuing to service our clients throughout the Lower Mainland for many more years to come. We’re also very pleased to now be able to assist Calgary businesses with their recycling, shredding and zero waste programs as well,” adds Stefenelli. “We plan to further expand our services in the Calgary area in the near future.”

 

About Urban Impact

Urban Impact is a family-owned and operated business committed to environmental conservation and global responsibility. The Richmond, BC-based company has been named one of the best employers in the province by BC Business Magazine.

Urban Impact was devised in 1989 as a university project of founder Nicole Stefenelli who sought to prove that it was viable for commercial businesses to reduce their waste disposal costs and green their businesses by recycling. Launched in 1990 as the first multi-material recycling company in the Lower Mainland, Urban Impact now services 4500 locations from Whistler to Chilliwack. Recognizing that all businesses generate paper that is sensitive and confidential, Urban Shredding was established in 2004 to offer clients secure document destruction services. Sharing Urban Impact’s zero waste philosophy, most shredded materials are recycled.

Today, a combined staff of over 90 and 30 collection vehicles provide clients with complete recycling, shredding and green business consulting services from Urban Impact’s two facilities in North Richmond and New Westminster. Urban Impact is also operator of the first commercial recycling Hybrid vehicle in Canada.

Founder and President Nicole Stefenelli is a passionate business woman committed to “doing good while doing well.” A dedicated environmentalist, she lives by a “zero waste” philosophy that inspires businesses and individuals to make a difference by reducing the waste we send to local landfills. Nicole currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Science World, the National Association of Information Destruction (NAID), and the Waste Management Division of the BC Trucking Association. She previously served on the Board of the Recycling Council of BC.

Nicole has recently written articles for Business in Vancouver and BC Business Magazine. She has also been regularly sought to provided commentary from publications including The Vancouver Sun, Times Colonist, VanNet Community Newspapers, Canadian Business, BIV, Granville Magazine, Shared Vision, Common Ground and more. Nicole provided NEWS1130 with daily Nicole’s Notes for over a year between 2007-08 and contributed to its Sustainability Pages with Green Tips online and more. She’s been interviewed as a sustainability and recycling specialist on The Christy Clark Show, CBC Early Edition and CFUN. She also regularly presents workshops and seminars to associations, organizations, universities and colleges across the Lower Mainland.