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New education and resource program supports business recycling and waste reduction

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:32 PDT, Fri June 7, 2024

Richmond businesses now have access to a new Business Recycling Resources Program to support their efforts to increase recycling and reduce waste. 

“It is essential to recycle correctly so we can reduce waste and support a circular economy,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Richmond is already recognized as a leader in this area, having diverted 79 per cent of waste from the landfill in 2023 alone. This new program engages our business community and supports their efforts to become regional leaders in commercial waste diversion.”

The new Business Recycling Resources Program was developed in response to input from local businesses, organizations and waste hauler companies that participated in the city’s Commercial Recycling Services Review. The program is a mix of free resources including:

  • A business waste site assessment to better understand a business’ current practices and provide practical steps to implement and improve sustainable waste management practices. 
  • In-person and online workshops by industry experts on how to recycle correctly, contract a waste hauler and better understand the reuse and refill options to help support a circular economy.
  • A selection of downloadable PDFs that provide tips and guidelines that businesses can utilize independently or in combination with city support, including:
    • Tools for creating a plan to recycle more and reduce waste, including how to sort and recycle correctly and a checklist for creating a recycling and waste reduction plan.
    • An overview of bylaws and regulations that affect businesses, including banned materials and tips to deter illegal dumping, unsightly premises and rodents.
    • Easy-to-use tools to calculate and assess waste to gain a better understanding of current waste diversion and composition to help identify recycling requirements and opportunities to reduce waste.
    • Tips for what to consider when contracting a waste hauler, how to handle waste costs effectively and other related resources.

Businesses can access the online toolkit and resources, book a space at an upcoming workshop or get support at, by emailing or calling 604-276-4010.

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