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Business seeks charity proposal for free recycling, shredding

Coquitlam NOW
Published Friday, December 12, 2008

Most charities do good work that benefits us all, but can still struggle with the cost of reducing that pesky eco-footprint.

But if Urban Impact has its way, more non-profits will be able to boast about doing good for humankind and the Earth — without breaking the bank.

Nominations are now being accepted for Urban Impact’s 2009 charity program, which offers free recycling and office paper shredding services to between 10 and 20 Lower Mainland charities each year.

More than 70 charities have been part of the program since its inception in 2003.

Each year Urban Impact commits one per cent of annual pre-tax profit to assist Lower Mainland charities by providing free recycling services as an in-kind contribution.

This helps charities reduce waste disposal and lower their operating expenses, allowing them to reduce administration costs and allocate more funds directly towards charitable efforts.

In 2008, Urban Impact donated an in-kind value of $20,000 to Lower Mainland charities including: Ronald McDonald House; Little Mountain Baseball; Playhouse Theatre Centre of B.C.; the Canadian Cancer Society; Aunt Leah’s Independent Lifeskill Society; Burns Bog Community Giving; Boys and Girls Clubs for Central, Langley, North Vancouver Fraserview and Kinmount; Come Share Society; Wish Drop-in Society; and Lakeview Preschool.

Urban Impact is a family-owned and operated business committed to environmental conservation and global responsibility.

Last year the Richmond-based company was named one of the best employers in the province by B.C. Business magazine.

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 4,500 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 also recycled.

Today, a combined staff of more than 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.

Nominations will be accepted until February 1. For information, or to nominate a charity, contact Nicole Stefenelli or 604-273-0089 or Marina Percy at Fresh Strategy:, 604-736-9707 or 604-805-6864.

For information, visit the company’s website at