In British Columbia, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Printed Paper & Packaging (PPP) is driven by the producer’s obligation to achieve 75% diversion of the PPP that they sell into the Province. To further elaborate, this obligation was created in May of 2011 when the BC Recycling Regulation was updated to include printed paper & packaging. I have tried to translate what this obligation really means:Translation …obligation means that the producer will pay for 100% of the costs associated with recycling PPP in BC.Read More
Everyone is banking on Extended Producer Responsiblity as being the way to save ourselves from mountains of garbage in BC and in other jurisdictions. I have heard lots of arguments for and against transfering the cost of collection, recycling and marketing of products to the producers. I do believe that fundementally it makes sense and EPR could drive packaging improvements (less waste), reduce costs by streamlining services and collection and theoretically more product will help drive innovative uses for the product collected. Did I mention "could"?Read More
On September 18, a group of entrepreneurs will hear about how Nicole Stefenelli of Urban Impact and Christopher Ng, CEO of Alterrus (vertical farming system manufacturer) are using their companies as tools for positive societal change: delivering both positive societal impact and profit to shareholders. This event is part of the Start Up Canada BC Tour (www.startupcan.ca). Read More
Ahoy mates! Urban Impact's Zero Waste Stations were on deck August 11 and 12 at the City of Richmond's Maritime Festival. Besides the bounty of beautiful wooden boats, highlights of the Maritime Festival included food from many cultures, animated storytelling, puppet-making, facepainting, gorgeous wooden boats, and great music. We are love to see our Zero Waste stations in use at such a colourful, fun community event. Read More
Urban Impact to donate proceeds to the Philippine Red Cross to support the people of Manila who have been affected by the typhoon.
We are pleased to announce that Urban Impact will donate the proceeds from our next two Shred Days to the Philippine Red Cross to support the people of Manila who have been affected by the typhoon. Widespread flooding has affected millions of people in the Philippine capital, the worst flood since 2009, leaving many people trapped on their roofs.To see the schedule and locations for our next Shred Days click here.Read More