RCBC Environmental Awards 2019

Each year the Recycling Council of B.C. recognizes the valuable contribution that individuals and organizations make towards the preservation and protection of British Columbia's environment.

The 2019 awards will be presented at the 2019 RCBC Conference on May 9, 2019 in Whistler, BC. Nominate a deserving organization today - Deadline for Nominations is March 17, 2019.

2019 RCBC Awards Nomination Form

Media Release: Nominations now open for 2019 RCBC Environmental Awards

RCBC Awards 2018 Tymek

  • Private Sector: Organizations or their employees with outstanding initiatives to preserve and protect our environment. 
  • 2018 Recipient: Tymac Launch Service

Tymac Launch Service has been providing services to coastal British Columbia since 1930, and in 1991, expanded that service to include waste removal for the cruise ship industry. Their recycling and composting programs divert hundreds of thousands of tonnes of metal, plastics, glass, paper, cooking oil, greywater, and electronic waste. Tymac’s composting program began in 2013, two years prior to the food scraps ban coming into effect; to date they have diverted more than 1,500 tonnes of food waste from 30 cruise ships travelling to Alaska. They are currently exploring opportunities to expand materials they can divert to include mooring rope, crockery and carpet. Tymac also gives back to their community by donating services as well as donating reusable items from the ships to support charities both locally and abroad. 

RCBC Awards 2018 PNE

  • Non-Profit: Organizations providing services beyond expectations in environmental stewardship.
  • 2018 Recipient: Pacific National Exhibition

The winner of our non-profit award in 2012, the Pacific National Exhibition identified Zero Waste as an area where they could have the greatest impact towards becoming a more sustainable organization. The PNE launched their Zero Waste Initiative with their first Zero Waste Day held in 2014. Since then, the initiative has grown and developed into a strategy which encompasses everything coming through the site, with investments in infrastructure to create a cohesive and consistent waste reduction system throughout the fairgrounds. For 2016 and 2017, the PNE netted at 14% increase in diversion. The PNE has partnered with a number of organizations to support their Zero Waste program, including Encorp Pacific, Waste Control Services, and the Binner’s Project. In addition to the Zero Waste Initiative, the PNE acts as the primary steward of more than 100 acres of public parkland and building facilities.

RCBC Awards 2018 Quupe

  • Innovation Award: Individual or company that achieves an outstanding technical accomplishment in design or development of a product or process that improves its sustainability or advances zero waste practices.
  • 2018 Recipient: Quupe Inc.

Quupe (pronounced “koop”) is a sharing economy platform which seeks to facilitate sharing of little-used household and recreational items. Through the app, users can rent items from others in their community, send payment, and coordinate pickup or delivery. They aim to both reduce waste and build community by streamlining the rental process. Quupe believes that when rentals are convenient, people will choose to buy fewer occasional-use items, knowing that they can rent one from someone in their community. They also believe that those who do choose to purchase these occasional-use items will choose to purchase higher quality versions, knowing that it will be subsidized by the community. Quupe has seen downloads across Canada, and in 25 other countries, proving that there is widespread interest in their platform. 

Basel Action Network 

  • Media/Journalism Sector: Print or broadcast journalism that contributes to the public understanding of environmental sustainability, recycling and waste reduction.
  • 2018 Recipient: Basel Action Network

For 20 years the Basel Action Network has been working to bring international attention to issues surrounding improper processing of exported electronic waste. Their projects have involved reporting on the transnational movement of e-waste and advocating governments to regulate and produce legislation to address the need for responsible processing. They have produced a series of videos to show what happens to e-waste when it is dropped off as a donation or at a recycling depot, using GPS trackers to show the ultimate destination of the e-waste.   

Artist Response Team

The Artist Response Team (ART), headed up by Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright, first produced "Cycle Of Life" programs featuring songs about recycling, school music programs, community concerts and educators' handbooks in 2003. The songs and curriculum resources make the connections between recycling, reducing waste, lowering carbon footprint, and helping endangered species and their habitats. Over the past 15 years ART has produced school programs, concerts, and tours throughout BC, singing with children about recycling and the connections to the natural world. In the last 3 years of their spring tour called "Rock The Salish Sea", they have partnered with TSBC to raise awareness about tire roundup events and to recycle over 10,000 tires.

RCBC Awards 2018 Jason Pang

  • Youth Achievement Award: Youth who demonstrates outstanding commitment and leadership in environmental stewardship. 
  • 2018 Recipient: Jason Pang

Jason Pang, a Team Leader with Richmond Green Ambassadors, is a grade 11 student at Richmond Secondary School. He is the co-founder of The Plastic Connection, a youth-led initiative aiming to educate about sustainable plastic use in BC and globally. Jason is involved with the Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit, RHS Green Team, Green Initiative Canada, the Vancouver Aquarium Wet Lab, Metro Vancouver’s Youth-4-Action program, and the British Columbia Youth Parliament. Through these events and initiatives, Jason continues to work to advance sustainability and responsible use of plastics in his community and throughout BC. 

We thank all those who submitted their organizations for consideration. We congratulate all the recipients and nominees for their contributions to environmental stewardship in British Columbia.

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