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BC’s Urban Impact Expands into Calgary

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After 20 years of successful operations in BC’s Lower Mainland, Urban Impact has expanded into Calgary with a recycling and shredding collections division complete with four collection vehicles servicing 750 locations in the Calgary area.

About Urban Impact


Celebrating its 20th year this year, Urban Impact is a family-owned and operated business committed to environmental conservation and global responsibility. The company has also 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.