Eco-friendly Wedding Bells

July 27th, 2016 • By: happy DIY Projects, Eco Tips




With 67% of weddings in Canada occurring between the months of June and September, chances are you’ve attended at least one nuptial this summer. If you’re about to get hitched or are planning your big day, we know just how hectic it can get. Between picking the venue, flowers, and catering, tying the knot in an eco-friendly way may not be top of mind. So to help you save time and kickstart your planning, we’ve rounded up five simple DIY and upcycling ideas that check the green box and (bonus!) help keep celebration costs down.

Pop, clink, cheers: Transform empty wine bottles into beautiful centrepieces by painting and decorating them according to your theme or colour palette. Looking to add even more ‘greenery’? The wine bottles also make great vases for your favourite long stem arrangements.  

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Pack it up: Not only are old suitcases the perfect way to inflect a vintage vibe into your special day, they are also a creative alternative to collecting cards at the reception. Use the suitcase as is, or dress it up with some on-theme ribbon and fun lettering.

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Sip: Reduce the amount of glassware used during the reception by opting for mason jars labelled with your guests’ names. This will (hopefully) prevent people from losing their cups and requesting new ones, resulting in less water used during dishwashing. Bonus: the mason jars can also double as party favours!

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Spell it out: Your wedding day should be all fun and games, right? Use pieces from your Scrabble board game to spell out the names of anything from dishes on your dessert table to the members of your bridal party. This is also a unique option for labelling table numbers and adds a playful touch to the celebration.

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Odds & Ends: Although you normally wouldn’t think twice about throwing out wine corks or empty spools of thread, they are worth hanging onto. Use them to create elegant place card holders that truly tie your table setting together. Easy to make and 100% recyclable, they are also beautiful keepsakes for your guests.

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Once the wedding festivities have ended, either recycle your DIY decor or look into local bridal swaps or Facebook groups that will allow you to sell and donate your items to other soon-to-be-brides.
Happy planning!

Keeping Up with Happy Stan’s Recycling




It’s been a busy few months at Happy Stan’s Recycling! If you haven’t been keeping up with us on Instagram or Facebook, than you may have missed us spreading the green word at some great events around Greater Vancouver. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to…

Earth Day Celebrations


Back in April, we spent Earth Day at the two eco fairs: one at Park Place and another at the Broadway Tech Centre.


We were thrilled to see that so many office tenants were recycling metals and electronics. incorrect disposal can cause leeching into our water and soil resulting in unnecessary pollution and damage to the earth. From copiers to computers, electronics are often overlooked when deciding what goes into recycling and what goes into the trash.


That’s why these types of events are so important, so we can educate people on simple things they can to make a difference. At Happy Stan’s Recycling, we provide services that take in those unused systems and recycle them rather than letting them end up in landfill or scattered throughout our planet.

HSR Services in Call2Recycle


We’re thrilled to be featured on Call2Recycle this past week! Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle—North America’s first and largest battery stewardship program—is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 45 million kilograms (100 million pounds) of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established over 30,000 collection sites throughout Canada and the U.S. It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification.

Jamie Kaminski, General Manager of Happy Stan’s Recycling, shared why recycling is so important to our family, and how our services has helped make Greater Vancouver a greater place for over 25 years. The Call2Recycle team also called us pioneers in waste management, and highlighted how we were early adopters of battery recycling. Just last year alone, we recycled more than 14,388 lbs of batteries through the Call2Recycle program!

To read the article, visit here!

Looking for ways on what you can do the help preserve our planet? We’re always sharing tips on our blog and Facebook page!

Food Waste: Live Green with Happy Stan’s Recycling

January 27th, 2016 • By: happy Uncategorized




January is all about resolving to break bad habits. However, we all know it can be easier said than done, particularly if there is no action plan involved. Whether it’s losing weight or saving money, the crew at Happy Stan’s Recycling in Port Coquitlam challenge you to incorporate a few green resolutions, starting with reducing food waste.

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Canadians waste $31 billion worth of food each year. Not only does this take a toll on our planet, but also our wallets. With a few of our team’s tips, you and your family can reduce the amount you throw away, and put that money you save towards much more important things, like that next family vacation!

  1. Shop smart. We often forget that extra waste can be created when shopping at the grocery store. This can come in the form of impulse buys, or buying bulk goods versus packaged goods. To avoid added consumption, make grocery lists, opt for buying from the bulk bins with reusable bags, or buy daily produce rather than in volume, which tends to spoil.
  2. Keep tabs on what’s going into your refrigerator and pantry, and what’s going out. A great way to keep track is using the FIFO System (First In, First Out). This allows you to cook using your older ingredients before they begin to mould or expire.
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  3. Plan your meals. Assign each day of the week to a specific meal, that way you know exactly what you’ll need to buy and what ingredients can be used and when.
  4. Leftover Lunches. Last night’s dinner is always a smart idea for tomorrow’s lunch. It saves time, energy, money, and calories, plus ‘trims down’ on waste (pun intended!).
  5. Be Resourceful. When cooking, use every scrap. Getting rid of the bones? Use it for stock! Done with the stem? Add to a vegetable stir-fry! Celery leaves, carrot tops, and broccoli crowns are also perfectly edible and delicious additions to your next soup base.
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  6. Steer Clear from Plastic Packaging. From bagged lettuce to packaged carrots, pre-portioned food can often spoil quicker. Purchasing fruit and vegetables as-is helps to ensure your food is fresh, and also reduces your waste and unnecessary plastic consumption.
  7. Canning or pickling your fruits and vegetables can lengthen their lifespan in the pantry. In addition, fermented food (think sauerkraut and kimchi) has been proven to aid digestion and help contribute to gut health.
  8. Never put more than your stomach can handle on a plate. Remember, you can always go back for a second helping!
  9. Composting is a no brainer as these food scraps can be used as food for your plants! Visit the City of Port Coqutilam’s website to learn about the local composting program in Port Coquitlam.
  10. Eat less meat and dairy. One of the greatest contributors to global warming is meat and dairy production, as it takes a ton of natural resources to raise cattle. From animal waste to transportation, it’s said that a cow does on overage release between 70 and 120 kg of Methane per year. If you typically eat meat three or more times per week, try going vegetarian at least once for ‘Meatless Monday’.

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Living a waste-free life isn’t always easy, but every step counts to making the world a greener place. A small act each day can result in a multitude of impact on not just yourself, but those around you. If you have any other ideas on how to stay waste free in the kitchen, let us know by commenting on our Facebook page!

Keeping Up with Happy Stan’s!

November 3rd, 2015 • By: Happy Stan Current Events, Uncategorized



We’ve had a busy few months here at Happy Stan’s, and though we’re not typically ones to brag, we can’t help but share a few exciting announcements.

Our team has recently received accreditation from ContractorCheck, an independent, third party health and safety pre-qualification accreditation program for contractors. Their teams of health and safety professionals assess and accredit contractors from more than 100 trades all across Canada. We underwent a complete assessment of our health and safety policies and procedures, training and insurance compliance. By successfully completing their program, we are proud to announce that we have demonstrated a commitment to health and safety competency and are now officially ContractorCheck certified!


In addition, Call2Recycle has recognized us as being one of the top 10 largest collectors of batteries in B.C.! Call2Recycle is North America’s first and largest battery stewardship program. A non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries for municipalities, businesses and consumers, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 85 million pounds of batteries and cell phones from the solid waste stream. We’re thrilled that with your help, we are making battery recycling a huge success!


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The Dangers of Plastic

September 28th, 2015 • By: Happy Stan Eco Tips, Energy Saving Tips, HSR Services, Live Green, Uncategorized




Due to its convenience and durable nature, plastic is one of the most widespread forms of packaging. In the last fifty years, over 1 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced. What makes this a really scary fact is that every piece of plastic produced still remains somewhere on this earth today.


One of the biggest culprits is single-use products. In just one week, people across the globe go through 10 billion plastic shopping bags worldwide. In the USA, an average of 2.5 million plastic bottles are used every hour, and 500 million straws are used each day. *

While a popular choice due to their convenience, low-cost, and strength, plastic bags clog up landfills, storm drains, and suffocate wildlife. And though these bags can technically be recycled, the actual rates of recycling are often low and require a ton of energy and resources to do so.


Our oceans are also affected, as marine debris in the form of plastic waste is a major contributing factor for the integrity of our ecosystems. Impacts to wildlife include entanglement, strangulation, and ingestion. It is estimated that over 80% of marine debris comes from the land, affecting over 270 different marine species. Of the top ten items found in ocean debris, five are associated with plastic beverages. **=

In order to find a solution to the issues associated with rapid consumption, we need to do more. It’s about recycling, refusing, reducing and reusing. The simplest and easiest thing you can do is to remember your cloth shopping bags and water bottles. Next, refuse excess packaging and choose reusable alternatives. By using your own reusable bottle, takeaway cup and reusable straw (or refusing one), we can work together to reduce plastic consumption.

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*(Source: Plastic Free July)

**(Source: Ocean Conservancy)


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