Sea to Sky Removal Wins Small Business BC Award for Best Concept

We did it, our fruits of our labour finally have paid off! We won an award from Small Business BC for Best Concept as we have applied an environmentally-progressive approach to construction waste hauling. Our award winning recycling stations we set up on-site not only encourage forward-thinking waste diversion but also lead to a cleaner job sites. Around 300 pounds of recyclables can be diverted per recycling service!

The Small Business BC Awards is a celebration of B.C’s small businesses, their achievements, and their contributions to local and global economies. This five-month long competition began in October, when over 600 small businesses from 61 communities across B.C. were nominated. To find out more about the awards, read all about it here

We want to create more awareness and conversation around construction industry waste, with the ultimate goal of diverting recyclable materials from landfills. When it comes to sustainability, the industry needs a nudge in the right direction.

We are on a pioneering mission to change the construction industry’s waste disposal practices, and educate workers in the process. As part of our service, we provide recycling tutorials to crews who are used to tossing everything – plastic, wood, cardboard, carpet, stone – in a single trash bin. We even provide photo documentation and diversion percentage reports for Built Green and LEED projects, so contractors know exactly where materials end up. As an added incentive, we donate reusable items to non-profits like Habitat for Humanity, Urban Repurpose, Squamish Rebuild and the Whistler Re-Build-It-Centre

"Small businesses in BC are an integral part of our economy and community. Rogers Communications is proud to support the 15th Annual Small Business BC Awards and sponsor the Best Concept category. We congratulate the winners, Sky to Sky Removal, for turning their passion for a greener community into a business that is innovative and competitive.” – Jonathan Young, BC Retail Small Business Sales Manager at Rogers Communications

SEA TO SKY REMOVAL PROMOTES BEAR-PROOF BINS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES

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When it comes to keeping your site clean and green you need to be aware of the critters who co-exist with and around us. Crows, ravens, chipmunks, squirrels, mice and rats will chew or pick through the garbage bags left out on site. These will attract bears, coyotes and other larger animals.

In order to prevent these visits, we highly recommend that your construction sites are free of food waste or have your food waste secured.

Food waste can be composted, but please keep this secure in case you have any furry visitors on your site. Being bear and critter aware is important!

With that said, our first solution is to have plywood boxes made with a hinged top that has double locks on it. The bins should be sized to accommodate two standard Rubbermaid bins. To save on costs, bins made by crew might be the best option. We will be able to service these as needed but expecting it to be weekly or bi-weekly depending on the size.

These bins should solely be used for the organic waste created. Wrappers or packaging will NOT go in these bins just organics to save space and make it so these bins can be recycled straight into organics at the landfill. We will provide your site with the compostable bin liners needed to make the disposal of these as affordable and efficient as possible. 

Next we recommend an actual bear-proof bin, which is able to be locked and can be rolled away and stored safely during the night. You order your bear-proof bin at Rollins Machinery Limited in Langley.

Lastly, the best practice is always “pack in and pack out” - This way there is absolutely no food waste left on your site.

Did you know that Whistler bucked BC wide bear-conflict trends this year? Read the latest about this as well about us keeping constructions sites free of food waste in this great article in Pique News Magazine

Sea to Sky Removal Nominated for Best Concept Category in Small Business BC Awards Contest

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We are beyond thrilled to be nominated for the best concept category in this year's Small Business BC Award

The Best Concept Award is open to all new exciting, creative and innovative businesses (and business ideas) in BC. This is the only award for which entrepreneurs don’t need to be in business yet; they just need to prove that they have a phenomenal and viable idea that’s going to make an impact.

  • Viable, Creative Concept: A viable business concept that describes the business, its product, the market it serves and the business’ competitive advantage.
  • Strategy for Growth: A plan to take the business beyond concept or start-up to the next level with a strong implementation/growth strategy.

We are an enterprising new business on a mission to change construction industry waste disposal practices by reducing, and where possible, eliminating construction waste from entering the landfill through affordable and environmentally conscious waste services.

Sea to Sky Removal is the first hauling company in Canada to implement innovative recycling stations on site to make recyclable sorting easier, thereby maximizing what can be recycled. Crews hand-sort loads to ensure the max amount of recyclables and reusables are kept out of the landfill. We donate reusable items to non-profits, keeping them from being discarded and generating revenue for charitable organizations. Plus we also provide waste audit reports and photo documentation so clients can see the impact of their efforts.

Our business operates in a large ($6BN), fragmented market, ready for disruption. The timing couldn’t be better with increased regulation requiring waste separation.

We have until November 30th to get as many votes as possible. The Top 10 businesses with the most votes in each award category will move on to the next stage of the contest. Vote for us today by clicking here. Wish us luck!