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:

  1. No sorting required - our state of the art sorting facility will easily handle and sort whatever you bring.
  2. Reduced costs - tipping fees are generally lower than most landfills and other waste disposal facilities. And it will take the landfill cost burden off your community tax base.
  3. Marketing opportunity - Achieving high construction waste diversion rates provides a distinct marketing advantage for communities and companies, as a growing number of customers are looking for communities and contactors using environmentally responsible practices.
  4. Certification - If your building project is seeking certification under a green building rating systems (for example LEED, Built Green and BOMA Green), implementing an effective construction waste management plan is key.
  5. Reduced impact on the environment. - at least 77% of waste handled at MRI is recycled. This means less landfills, less demands on scarce resources and energy, and less impact on our air, water and climate.

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