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Happy Data Privacy Day!

January 28th, 2013 • By: happy Current Events, Uncategorized

 

 

 

Yep, we can really say there is a day for everything.

Though it may seem like a strange thing to dedicate an entire day to, the importance of privacy and keeping your records confidential is a lot more serious than we think.

Data Privacy Day raises awareness about the impact technology is having on privacy and promotes the importance of valuing and protecting your personal information.

Do you know your parents phone numbers off by heart? How about your boss’s email address? Our lives are now backed up on our computers and hard drives, so when our electronics bite the dust, taking the appropriate measures to destroy valuable contact information in a sustainable manner will give you peace of mind in more ways than one.

For those of you running a business, corporate records, financials, and employee information increases the risk to both your company and the people that work there. That’s why we shred hard drives and electronics to protect you both professionally and personally. 

Once our shredder gets a hold of it, you can be rest assured that no one else will! Give us a shout for quotes or to schedule your next pick-up for hard drive destruction.

 

 

Newly formed Zero Waste Canada joins international call for an end to waste

January 24th, 2013 • By: happy Current Events, Live Green, Uncategorized

 

 

 

HSR Services is thrilled to announce the newly formed organization, Zero Waste Canada!

style=”margin-bottom: 12.0pt; mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;”>Having Canada become a country where waste is eliminated and resources are continuously reused is the goal of the newly formed Zero Waste Canada (ZWC).

“We are pleased to join with international Zero Waste experts from around the world to promote the best-practice policies, legislation and initiatives that eliminate waste,” says Erich Schwartz, a British Columbia-based ZWC director.

Schwartz adds that zero waste is not some pie-in-the-sky unattainable target. Communities and corporations that have adopted zero waste goals are achieving significant results. For instance,?San Francisco, U.S.A., Kamikatsu, Japan and Caparoni, Italy are diverting 80% of their waste while municipalities in Canada are diverting an average of only 33%. Considering that 40% of municipal waste is recyclable and another 40% is organic, Canadian municipal diversion rates should be?much higher.

ZWC was formed when academics, recycling businesses and community advocates from across the country came together to advance waste solutions that provide local jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, protect the environment and human health and conserve resources. This is the first national organization in Canada that is fully dedicated to promoting a genuine zero waste model in accordance with the Zero Waste International Alliance.

“Wood, metals, chemicals, minerals, organics, aggregates and other resources are valuable and should never be burned or buried. It just doesn’t make sense. In a world of finite resources and diminishing renewable resources, we need to reduce what we take while continuously reusing and recycling the resources that we do use,” says Schwartz.

Achieving zero waste is about much more than just recycling. Zero waste adheres to a hierarchy of high- est and best use that aims to first prevent and reduce waste at the source by encouraging?manufacturers to redesign products to be reusable, repairable and durable. “Once we establish that waste prevention is the ultimate sustainable goal, we can look seriously at what’s being discarded and develop strategies with the help of manufacturers, scientists and our communities to create a waste-free Canada,” says Schwartz.

Candice Anderson, a Toronto-based ZWC director, notes that according to the most recent waste report available from Statistics Canada (2008), Canada generates 25,871,310 tonnes of waste per year or 640kgs per person. Only 8,473,257 tonnes, or 33%, was diverted.

“All of those resources going to waste is a tragedy and what’s more, Canada’s municipal taxpayers are digging pretty deep into their pockets to dispose of all this unnecessary waste,” says Anderson. “We need to look at how zero waste leaders from around the world have managed to achieve diversion rates of 80% and higher and then we need to start implementing those solutions here in Canada.”?One area where improvements can immediately be made, says Anderson, is by taking organics out of the waste stream.

“As 40 to 60% of all municipal waste is organic, a significant amount of compostable material is filling up our landfills where it breaks down into methane — a very potent greenhouse gas. We could significantly impact greenhouse gas emissions, decrease the need for landfill and return valuable nutrients to our depleted soils if we would just ensure all organics are composted,” says Anderson

Schwartz makes it clear that incinerating or gasifying waste is not a zero waste solution. “Incineration destroys reusable and potentially recyclable resources forever,” says Schwartz.

Although incinerator proponents claim burning waste is a good way to generate energy the process consumes more energy than it generates and is polluting, exorbitantly costly and inefficient Schwartz notes. “Incineration produces greenhouse gases, dangerous emissions and toxic ash that must still be landfilled. Energy-from-waste is really a waste of energy and it has no place in the Zero Waste hierarchy,” he says.

“According to the Conference Board of Canada, our country produced more waste per capita than any of the other 17 industrialized countries surveyed. Surely we can do better than that. ZWC wants to kickstart a complete rethink of how we manage our resources with the goal of eliminating waste,” says Anderson. “We want Canada to become part of the global zero waste community.”

Zero Waste Canada is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating, advocating and demonstrating how to eliminate waste to conserve resources and?protect environmental and human health.

For more information please contact:?Erich Schwartz, ZWC director, British Columbia. Phone: 1-800-303-0181 Or Candice Anderson, ZWC director, Ontario. Phone: 416-799-6108

Web: www.zerowastecanadanow.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zerowastecanada
Twitter: @zerowastecanada
Email: directors@zerowastecanadanow.com

 

 

Waste-less Wednesday

 

 

Though today is better known as Hump Day, we think Waste-less Wednesday has a much better ring to it. While many of us start our week with the best intentions of eating healthy, working out, and living sustainably, by mid-week these goals may fall by the wayside.

So we polled the HSR team and asked them to share their favourite ways to waste-less:

  • Use a lunchbox instead of sandwich bags
  • Turn old clothes into rags or washcloths for household cleaning, which as are washable alternatives to paper towels

 

How are you storing those leftovers? Instead of plastic wrap or Ziploc bags, opt for containers that can washed and used over and over again

 

  • Starbucks now has $1 reusable cup, or you can bring your own. You’ll automatically save 10cents on each purchase

              

  • At your next party forego plastic cutlery, napkins, and cups. Sure you’ll have to spend a little extra time at the dishwasher, but at least you’ll save time hauling trash to the curb! Plus it just makes for a more elegant dining experience for your guests
  • Do you have plastic bags spilling out of your cupboards? Just by bringing a rusable shopping bag at the grocery store you’ll be doing a lot for the environment. Stores are now charging 5 cents a bag – doesn’t seem like much, but over time it can really add up

 

 

 

  • Ask to only receive your bills through email versus regular snail mail

How do you reduce, reuse, and recycle? Tell us on Facebook and we’ll tweet out your tip

 

Schedule Changes

January 10th, 2013 • By: happy HSR Services, Resource Recovery Center, Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday our Drop-Off Facility will be closed.

However, we’ll be open on Saturday from 11am to 4pm incase you need to leave us your:

Batteries

Beverage containers

Cardboard

Fluorescent lights

Light fixtures

Light bulbs

Non PCB ballasts

Appliances

Newspaper

Christmas light strands

Metal

Coat hangers

Styrofoam

And that’s not all! Needless to say, there are a lot of things that are able to avoid the landfill. For more information on what you can recycle, visit our website or feel free to ask us on Facebook and we’ll be Happy to help.

Port Coquitlam Rallies Together to Raise Funds for the Burn Unit

 

 

If you saw Jamie Kaminski in the Tricity News on Friday, you’ll have known of the amazing fundraiser that took place this past weekend on the #1 Fire Hall in Port Coquitlam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HSR Services, Foam Only, and the POCO fire department collected Styrofoam, light strands, Christmas lights and trees to recycle, with proceeds going directly towards the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund.

 

 

Over 1,000 cubic feet of Styrofoam, 200 Christmas trees, and more than 700 pounds of light strands will avoid the landfill, thanks to your donations. 

 

 

 


The fire department was even washing cars for those who had to strap the tree to the roof. Now that’s service!

And it was well worth it, as we raised $4,400 towards the Burn Unit – more than $1,200 from last year!

We had a great time chowing down on pizza, sipping hot chocolate, and meeting the community. It’s heartening to see that giving and generosity extend past the holiday season, as people were willing to take time out of their weekends to give back to such an amazing cause while living sustainably.

Keep your eye out for opportunities to give back, as we plan to throw more community fundraising events in the future! Follow @HSRServices for updates.

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