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Landfill Diversion Part 1 – Where to Donate Construction Materials


When you visit a landfill you will witness first hand the amount of needless waste that is thrown away and if you haven’t ever been, go. Yes, it’s smelly (and probably not a great social outing) but we promise it will make you think twice about what you throw away on your construction site.

We are passionate about landfill diversion as it’s the process that will keep the most amount of materials from ending up in our landfills. The success of this diversion can be measured by comparing the size of the landfill from one year to the next. Most municipalities and cities are dealing with the issue of where to expand their landfills to, or altogether start new landfills as the old ones are full.

We dedicate Part 1 of this blog post to where you can donate extra construction materials lying around your site. We also work with these organizations on a project by project basis.

With all the construction waste we haul from sites throughout the Lower Mainland and the Sea to Sky Corridor, it would be easy just to dump everything straight into the landfill and just head on to the next job. But that way of thinking doesn’t align with our values! Our mission is to try and keep as much construction waste out of our local landfills as we can by donating building materials that can be repurposed such as:

·       Appliances

·       Tools and Hardware

·       Windows and Solid Core Doors

·       Lumber, Trim, Plywood (nails removed and min. 4ft length)

·       Light Fixtures, Lamps and Ceiling Fans

·       Sinks and Toilets

·       Drywall (full sheets) & Insulation (full bag)

·       Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

·       Paint min. ¾ full, less than year old with labels

There are two awesome places in which we donate used building materials in the Sea to Sky Corridor, which are Squamish ReBuild and Whistler Re-Build-It Centre.

Squamish Rebuild is a not-for-profit social enterprise that diverts reusable construction 'waste' from the landfill and provides community members with good quality, affordable building supplies.

The other place we like to donate building materials to is Whistler Re-Use-It Centre. Their mission is to provide programs and services that support social sustainability in Whistler and their vision is “To be the leading social service resource in Whistler by responding to the changing needs of a diverse Whistler community.”

In the Lower Mainland we like to donate construction materials to Restore, which has locations in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby and Maple Ridge.

Did you know that Habitat for Humanity works with families in need (or as we call them, Partner Families) to build safe, decent and affordable housing? Houses are sold to Partner Families with no down-payment and are financed with affordable, no interest mortgages. Families invest 500 hours of their own labour, what we refer to as sweat equity, into building their own houses and those of other families.

A ReStore is a home decor and building supply store that sells new and gently-used items for your home and garden. The best part is that they are mainly volunteer-run; ReStore is a social enterprise and funds 100% of Habitat's operations. And it's from this money that we build homes for our deserving partner families. A win-win situation all-around!

Another place we like to work within the lower mainland is RE/PURPOSE, which is dedicated to reducing the levels of construction, deconstruction, and other wastes entering our landfills and incinerators through their redirection back into the community as useable items or as raw manufacturing materials.

And there you have it, these are great places to donate used building materials to and they align with our values by keeping as much construction waste out of our local landfills as well as building community and being environmentally focused. Stay tuned for our next Landfill Diversion blog post on where we recycle construction waste.

Sea to Sky Removal Hauls Waste from Tenant Improvement Projects


Are you in the midst of planning for a tenant improvement (TI) project or working on one as we speak? We can help! Our team has loads of experience with these type of projects and it always seems to be that they usually don't have room for a bin. Space is always an issue with TI work in high rise buildings or retail locations and we can offer an easy solution for you. 

We can work with you on planning your project from the minute you start budgeting to the end when your start focusing on your finishes. With our experience, we feel our recycling stations would help streamline your waste as they help sort the recyclables from the actual garbage and it's very easy to manage. This also allows for a faster removal of the material from the site. 

When you choose to work with us, we are available 24 hours 7 days a week. We have found that a lot of tenant improvement projects happen on weekends and late evenings as well. We are more than happy to work with your schedule to get the job successfully completed for you. With having multiple trucks on the road we can make sure all your waste is removed right away making sure you meet your deadlines.

In regards to setting up an organized garbage area, we can consult and train your employees on how to make sure all waste is properly disposed of as well as educate your team on what type of recyclables go where. 

Lastly, a pickup area, keep in mind that we can load from anywhere especially a loading bay where there is some space to deliver the waste from your job by laborers or we would be happy to come to the site and load waste in the elevator as well. 

We worked with our friends at Omicron on many tenant improvements projects in Downtown Vancouver, Burnaby as well as in Port Moody and here is what they had to say about our service: 

I have been working with Sea to Sky Removal over the past year. They are a pleasure to work with. They will show up on any of our jobs at any time that we request. And the pricing is always reasonable with the proper back up and pictures for our records. I recommend them for the quality of service and competitive pricing — Jamie Timmins, Project Manager 

Sea to Sky Removal promotes sustainable gypsum removal & recycling

Sea to Sky Removal offers removal of construction waste from any size construction or renovation project that wants to be environmentally conscious and/or just doesn't have space for a bin. If you have any drywall that needs to be removed, we'd be happy to take it away for you. Drywall is live loaded and taken to the appropriate disposal location, for Metro Vancouver this is New West Gypsum Recycling in New Westminster, for the Sea to Sky it is Whistler and Squamish landfills which end up properly disposing of the material.

New West Gypsum Recycling offers a closed-loop sustainable solution that ensures gypsum is not ‘lost’ as it is with composting or land spreading. Gypsum or drywall (is also known as gyprock or sheetrock) can essentially be recycled forever with no degradation to the material. NWGR’s philosophy keeps gypsum material in the supply chain, reducing the need to extract virgin material which helps to preserve valuable, natural resources for generations to come. 

Unfortunately, North Vancouver Transfer Station only accept a maximum of ½ tonne gypsum per load (approx. 20 sheets of 4’ x 8’ x ½”) and only NEW gypsum that has not been installed (no tape, paint or mud) will be accepted. New gypsum includes unfinished gypsum board cut from new material. In Vancouver, the Vancouver South Transfer Station and Vancouver Landfill also only accepts NEW drywall with the same amount as above. 

Working with us lets our team take care of the loading and removal so you can focus on the other tasks at hand with building a new house or office space. 

Drywall must be date-stamped showing 1987 or newer, or pre 1987 must be accompanied by a testing report from an approved facility such as A.C.M. Environmental in Vancouver or Kinetic OHS Services in North Vancouver that shows it to be free and clear of asbestos and other banned material. For the Sea to Sky Corridor this date is 1990.

If you have no time to get it tested we'd be happy to provide this service for you for a fee of $100 plus the testing fee. All we would need a sample that contains a section of tape and mud (as this is where the asbestos will be found if present) and be bagged in a zip-lock bag with the address and same location written on it e.g kitchen or bathroom.

We remove drywall on construction sites across the Lower Mainland which includes Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Deep Cove, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, Langley, New Westminster New and Richmond as well as the Sea to Sky Corridor which includes Lions Bay, Britannia Beach, Squamish and Whistler.