As a community, you can do your bit to direct construction and demolition materials to recycling facilities, such as MRI's facility in Mission, BC. It's simple, effective and sustainable.
According to Metro Vancouver, waste from the construction, demolition and renovation sectors constitutes about 33% of the region's waste. Wood waste alone accounts for 22% of the waste disposed from residents and businesses. More than 50% of the construction and demolition related wastes are readily recyclable and do not need to go to disposal.
There are 5 good reasons your community and contractors / citizens will benefit from sending C&D materials to MRI's facility:
At home, reducing your garbage by 25 percent will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,000 pounds per year. Recycled aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, cardboard and newspapers can reduce your home's carbon dioxide emissions by 850 pounds per year.
At the office, implement a recycling program. Recycle office paper, newspapers, beverage containers, electronic equipment and batteries. You can reduce, reuse and recycle at the office by using two-sided printing and copying; buying supplies made with recycled content; and recycling used printer cartridges. For your old electronics, investigate leasing programs to ensure reuse and recycling or donate used equipment to schools or other organizations. To recycle your old office electronics, contact a company like www.era.ca.