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As Part of Waste Reduction Week, Urban Impact to Host Recycling Tours for Numerous Lower Mainland Grade Five Classes


Educational Tours of Recycling Facility’s Services Targeted at Educating Grade Five
Students About Commercial Recycling Practices

October 19th-23rd, 2009
9”30am and 1:30pm
Led By Nicole Stefenelli, Founder and President

Media is welcome to attend tours on Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st at 9:30 and 1:30 either day.
Please note there are excellent photo opportunities at these tours.

Urban Impact Recycling Ltd
15360 Knox Way, Richmond BC

On the heels of a successful group of tours to elementary school classes in the spring of 2009, Urban Impact has scheduled a series of tours for grade five classes for Waste Reduction Week 2009, taking place next week October 19th-23rd.

Urban Impact provides tours of our Richmond Plant / Materials Recovery Facility. The tour is designed
to give elementary school students a hand’s on education of a recycling company’s part in the market
place. Our objective is to give students a clear picture and understanding of the recycling company’s
trucking, receiving, vital processing and shipping functions in the Lower Mainland.

We believe seeing what Urban Impact does in person will provide students with an added understanding of why recycling is important and critical to us all as local and global citizens. In addition to
gaining a more complete environmental understanding, students will also have a great opportunity to see
large interesting machinery at work!

The tour covers the following:

  • What a recycling facility does (receiving, processing and shipping recycling products) and why companies like Urban Impact are important
  • How a recycling facility receives the recycling product (from our own trucks, suppliers and clients)
  • Where the materials come from (commercial clients, schools, municipal, etc.)
  • How we process the materials (Baler, Drumfeeder and Star Screen)
  • Material storage
  • Shipping product (by tractor / trailer and or container)

In addition, we also discuss:

  • Where materials are shipped to (domestic and export)
  • Where the various ports are in the Lower Mainland
  • Security issues at the ports
  • Value of the recycling materials and differences
  • Foreign exchange issues
  • Buyers of recycled product

Urban Impact sponsors the school tours program by paying for each school to be bussed to the facility. In the spring of 2009, Urban Impact hosted 10 schools, and during Waste Reduction Week, Urban Impact has secured up to another 10 schools to participate. The invitation is open to all Lower Mainland grade five classes to participate at various times throughout the year. The cost per day is approximately $350 dollars, which Urban Impact covers. For more information, please or call


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

Our Story
Urban Impact began 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 as the first multi-material recycling company in the Lower Mainland, Urban Impact 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 80 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.



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