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Urban Impact helped the Steveston Salmon Festival Go Green on Canada Day

The people of Steveston have come together every year since 1945 to celebrate Canada’s birthday & the rich heritage of the community.

On July 1, Urban Impact helped the Steveston Community Society go green. The Steveston Salmon Festival is one of the largest non-profit Canada Day celebrations across the country!  Over 70,000 people from across Richmond, Metro Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest attended the Canada Day Festival. Knowing that the Festival generates a lot of waste, Urban Impact reached out to the festival to help the festival go green.  Urban Impact’s tent and hybrid recycling truck were surrounded by 10 strategically located Zero Waste Stations through out the festival grounds.  The Urban Impact green team was on hand to service the busy stations and keep the waste from going to the landfill.

The day began with a parade through historic Steveston village, which featured over 100 entries including floats, marching bands, celebrities, politicians, community groups, vintage vehicles & much more. Then, the Festival was officially kicked off at the Opening Ceremonies on the Main Stage with dignitaries, speeches, & the singing of O Canada. Festival highlights included attractions such as the Japanese Cultural Show, Craft Fair, Trade Show, an awesome Children’s Festival, Mini Midway, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Youth Rock Fest, Food Fair plus an Art Show & Exhibit. The main attraction besides Manny Malhotra of the Canucks was the Salmon Festival’s world famous salmon barbecue where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets was grilled over open fire pits. This popular treat is a sell out every year!

Urban Impact was proud to be the Green Sponsor of the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

Recognized as North America’s biggest and best, the 23rd annual Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver was a celebration of our diverse and beautiful city, attracting over 100,000 people and close to 180 dragon boat teams from across the Lower Mainland and around the globe.

The Festival began on Friday, June 11 with a colourful “Eye-dotting Ceremony”, and continued with two more days of non-stop entertainment on the World Beat Stage, fabulous food and shopping, and of course, world class and amateur dragon boat racing.

During the Festival, festival attendees were guided by Green Volunteers on how to recycle Paper and Cardboard, Mixed Containers and Compost by placing them in one of Urban Impact’s twelve Zero Waste Stations. We set up systems for composting and recycling, sorted and hauled every bag in our quest to achieve diversion rates of up to 80% and help make the Festival the greenest ever!

Capers Whole Foods Robson Street store’s Earth Day Celebration.

On April 23, Urban Impact’s Festivals and Events team was on hand at the Capers Whole Foods Robson Street store’s Earth Day Celebration. We provided free recycling services to help the store’s festival in the heart of Robson Street divert compost waste from the landfill.

Urban Impact Helps City of Richmond’s Winterfest Go Green!

On February 12/13, the Urban Impact team was on hand at the City of Richmond’s Winterfest Weekend at the Richmond Oval to help the festival go green.

With thousands of visitors over the two-day festival, Urban Impact supplied our new custom design ‘Zero Waste Stations’ that assisted festival guests with recycling: Paper, Mixed Containers (bottles, recyclable plastic containers) and Compost materials.

The City of Richmond also supplied over 75 high school student “Green Ambassador” volunteers. Two students managed each Zero Waste Station while also educating and assisting each guest with making conscious decisions about how to recycle their waste.

The event showcased the new Richmond Oval community centre and its world-class facilities that include two Olympic size skating rinks, basketball courts, a state of the art gym and more!

Urban Impact is committed to providing the City of Richmond with information relating to how much waste was diverted from the landfills by utilizing our Zero Waste stations. We are currently weighing and taking photos of the diverted materials and we are excited to provide a report to the City to share the information!

For more information on the event, please feel free to visit our Urban Impact Recycling Facebook page and follow our Tweets!