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Squamish, BC waste firm introduces recycling stations on construction sites

Small Business BC Awards judges voted this 'Best Concept' at their 15th annual awards


February 28, 2018
By canadiancontractor

Press Release from Sea to Sky Removal follows

February 27, 2018 – Squamish, B.C. – Sea to Sky Removal (S2SR) has been awarded Best Concept at the 15th annual Small Business BC Awards. Operating throughout the Lower Mainland, S2SR is the region’s first waste disposal company to implement recycling stations on construction sites and provide tutorials.

Run by husband-and-wife team Chris Arkell and Cinci Csere, the company is on a pioneering mission to change the construction industry’s waste disposal practices, and educate workers in the process. They provide tips to crews who are used to tossing everything – plastic, wood, cardboard, carpet and stone – in a single trash bin. Photo documentation and diversion percentage reports for Built Green and LEED projects allow contractors to know exactly where their materials end up. As an added incentive, S2SR donates reusable items to non-profits like Habitat for Humanity.

“It’s crazy to see what construction companies throw away,” said Chris Arkell, owner of Sea to Sky Removal. “We want to create more awareness and conversation around construction industry waste, with the ultimate goal of diverting recyclable materials from landfills. When it comes to sustainability, the industry needs a nudge in the right direction.”

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Held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on February 24th, the gala celebrated the province’s largest small business awards competition. The five-month long competition kicked off in October, when more than 600 small businesses from 61 communities across B.C. were nominated. Gala attendees included Minister for Jobs, Trade and Technology, Bruce Ralston.

More than half of the construction materials that end up in landfills could be reused or recycled. S2SR crews hand-sort and hand-load all materials – a process called ‘live-loading’. Approximately 300 pounds of recyclables can be diverted for each recycling service.

Cinci Csere and Chris Arkell, Sea to Sky Removal

B.C. Construction Waste Stats

The value of proposed construction projects in BC is $329 billion, according to the BC Construction Association.

Only 75 per cent of the construction industry’s waste – 1.5 million tonnes annually throughout the Lower Mainland – is recycled.

More than half of construction materials that end up in landfills could be reused or recycled.

About Sea to Sky Removal

Based in Squamish, B.C., Sea to Sky Removal is the Lower Mainland’s first waste hauler to implement recycling stations on construction sites. They provide recycling tutorials, photo documentation and diversion percentage reports for Built Green and LEED projects, so contractors know exactly where materials end up.
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About Small Business BC

Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources, there’s a piece that fits with every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking “How do I…?” Small Business BC is the one to call.

How to Contact Sea to Sky Removal

Cinci Csere, Operations
Tel: 604.812.6837
www.seatoskyremoval.ca