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The 2016 Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 Recipients!

  • Private Sector: Organizations or their employees with outstanding initiatives to preserve and protect our environment. 
    2016 Recipient: Green Coast Rubbish

Green Coast Rubbish was the recipient of the 2016 RCBC Environmental Award for the private sector category. They use sustainable waste diversion practices to maximize the reuse and recycling of materials for commercial, residential, construction, and property management clientele.  Green Coast Rubbish has recycled over 4 million pounds of materials while striving to innovate the way that waste is managed within the community. Working with Habitat for Humanity, Green Coast Rubbish partnered with them to support their deconstruction program by diverting architectural waste from landfills. This program also creates valuable opportunities for volunteers and raising money to build affordable housing in the Greater Vancouver area.

  • Public Sector: Governments or their employees who have demonstrated excellence in the environmental field. 
    2016 Recipient: Metro Vancouver -- National Zero Waste Council

Metro Vancouver was the recipient of the 2016 RCBC Environmental Award for the Public Sector category.  Metro Vancouver has been the frontrunner in calling for changes in waste management. In 2012, they called upon governments, businesses and community leaders to work together to come up with ideas to modify the current thinking of waste management in a linear economy to waste prevention and sustainable materials management in a circular economy. Metro Vancouver worked with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to for and launch the National Zero Waste Council in 2013. This innovative approach shifted the focus from “managing the issue of waste” to tackling the root of the issue of the take-make-dispose mentality. 

  • Non-Profit: Organizations providing services beyond expectations in environmental stewardship.
    2016 Recipient: Product Care Association

Product Care was the recipient of the 2016 RCBC Environmental Award in the Non-Profit category. Over the past 15 years, Product Care has been one of the leaders in post-consumer paint recycling in Canada. They are now involved in the recycling of seven other material categories: pesticide, fertilizers, flammable liquids, smoke and CO alarms, solvents, lamps and light products, as well as appliances. Product Care went from post-consumer paint recycling in BC in 1994 to expanding to eight more provinces in the past 21 years. They have created multiple robust networks of collection sites, materials transporters and processors leading to lower costs for other industry stewards as well as consumers.

  • 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.
    2016 Recipient: BC Technology for Learning Society

BC Technology for Learning Society was the recipient of the 2016 RCBC Environmental Award in the Innovation category. BCTFLS’ mission is to improve learning and protect the environment by refurbishing and recycling used technology. They provide increased access for students and learners of all ages to technology, where they might not have had a chance to before. BCTFLS practices ethical recycling of computer waste and promotes environmental stability through effective computer re-use models. Their vision is for a British Columbia with universal and sustainable access to technology to facilitate life-long learning.

The 2015 Award Winners

The 2014 Award Winners

  • Private Sector Achievement Award - Tymac Launch Service Ltd.
  • Public Sector Achievement Awawrd - Granville Island (CHMC) 
  • Educators Award - Gayle Bates 
  • Innovation Award - The Plastic Bank 
  • Media Excellence Award - Larry Pynn 
  • Personal Achievement Award - Colin Smith & Cameron Gandevia (developers of the BC Recyclepedia Mobile App)

2013 RCBC Award Winners 

  • Private Sector Achievement - ABC Recycling
  • Public Sector Achievement - City of Campbell River
  • Non-Profit Achievement - Nothern Environmental Action Team (NEAT)
  • Non-Profit Achievement - Vernon & District Association for Community Living
  • Youth Achievement - Together Against Plastic (TAP)

2012 RCBC Award Winners

  • Private Sector Achievement:  Brewers Distributor Ltd. & Columbia Brewery
  • Public Sector Achievement: City of Vancouver
  • Educators Award: Capilano University
  • Youth Achievement Award: Tesicca Truong
  • Personal Achievement Award: Emmie Leung

2011 RCBC Award Winners

  • Public Sector - North Shore Recycling Program
  • Private Sector - Deloitte
  • Innovation - Vancouver Whitecaps FC & Greenzone Sustainability Kick
  • Journalism/Media Excellence - The Midway Journey
  • Personal Achievement - Jill Ackerman

2010 RCBC Award Winners

  • Non-Profit - Friends Uniting for Nature (FUN) Camps
  • Public Sector - Vancouver Convention Centre 
  • Youth Recognition - The H2O Canada Team Leaders - Kara, Katie, Michael and Matthew Warnock
  • Education - Erma Stephenson Elementary School in Surrey, BC
  • Private Sector - Urban Impact Recycling 
  • Innovation - Jan Kobylka - IATSE Local 891
  • Journalism/Media Excellence - The Clean Bin Project
  • Personal Achievement - John Richards

2009 RCBC Award Winners

  • Youth Recognition Award: Bench Elementary School's Make a Difference Club
  • Non-Profit Achievement Award: Developmental Disabilities Association
  • Private Sector Award: Staples Advantage
  • Public Sector Award:  BC Liquor Distribution Board
  • Education Award: Debbie Smilth and Jane Amstutz -- Bench Elementary School

2008 RCBC Award Winners

  • Youth Recognition Award: THRIVE Program - Nootka Elementary School
  • Non-Profit Recognition Award: Free Geek Vancouver
  • Private Sector Recognition Award: London Drugs
  • Public Sector Award: The North Shore Recycling Program
  • Educator Recognition Award: The North Shore Recycling Program
  • Media and Journalism Recongition Award: Patricia Graham and the Vancouver Sun Editorial Team
  • Personal Recognition Award: Don Hamilton, Waste Reduction Manager, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

2007 RCBC Award Winners

  • Personal Recognition AwardRaymond Gaudart, RDKB
  • Public Sector Recognition Award: City of Chilliwack
  • Private Sector Recognition Award: Urban Impact Recycling Ltd.
  • Youth Recognition Award: Promontory Elementary School, Chilliwack
  • Educator Recognition Award: Vancouver Community College
  • Journalism and Media Recognition Award: Erin McKay, Township of Langley

2006 RCBC Award Winners

  • Personal Recognition Award: Brian D. Grant
  • Public Sector Recognition Award: Town of Ladysmith
  • Private Sector Recognition Award: Hewlett-Packard (Canada)
  • Youth Recognition Award:  Monique Smith
  • Educator Recognition Award: Holly Arntzen
  • Journalism and Media Recognition Award: Judy Stevens

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