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Greening ‘The White House’

February 1st, 2011
Vancouver Building Manager helps divert .41 tons of cardboard trash from the local landfill

A little over a year ago we had the pleasure of meeting Alan Richardson, the Manager of The White House located at 2033 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC. Alan Manages 90 suites at the building which range from a 410 sqft – 1 Jr Bedroom to 1600 sqft – 3 Bedroom apartments.

One day while Alan assisted us with delivering our moving crates to one of his tenants he expressed a real interest in our products and service. He mentioned how efficient and convenient everything was.
Alan has been in property management for more than 30 years and at the White House for the last 18 months. As such, he has seen the true cost of moving and the waste it generates every time someone moves in or out.
Like so many care takers and Managers, Alan is faced with the Hassles that moving creates. Every time someone moves there exists the possibility of damage to property, the elevators being tied up at the inconvenience of other tenants and all cardboard waste moving creates.

To avoid sending needless waste to the local landfill, The White House encourages their tenants to make use of the recycling facilities made available. As part of his responsibilities Alan takes the time and energy to place aside and gather up countless cardboard boxes and liaise with a recycling company to properly dispose of all of them.
Rosemary Chong, a Representative for Five Mile Holdings/The White House, indicated that the cardboard recycling disposal fees for this building alone was estimated at approximately $960.00 per year.
In the end it still takes time, labour and expense to properly dispose of cardboard waste. Here is what I mean:
Based on an average of 2 moves per month with a typical move requiring approximately 35 cardboard boxes = 70 cardboard boxes used per month x 12 Months = 840 boxes yearly. If each box weighs about 1.3 lbs this is equal to 1092 lbs or .49 metric ton of cardboard waste per year from this building alone.

On a positive note, sine 2006 It’s Your Move has serviced approximately 20 clients from the White House alone, many of which were referrals from Alan and White House Staff. Here is how their referrals have helped ‘green’ the building:

20 x clients, average being a 2 bedroom would have required about 35 boxes each or 700 boxes in total. If each box is 1.3 lbs x 700 boxes = 910 lbs or .41 tons of cardboard waste which has been avoided. .41 tons of used boxes he didn’t have to sort through and deal with or Five Mile Holdings having to pay for their proper disposal.

By simply referring us Alan, accompanied by his Assistant and Relief Managers at the White House continue to show how minor changes in our day to day lives can have a significant impact on our local environment, especially when it comes time to moving.
I would like to Thank Alan and his assistants as well as our clients at The White House for letting us change how they
move.

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The Metro Vancouver Zero ‘Cardboard’ Waste Challenge

January 29th, 2011

The Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Challenge is about reducing the waste we generate. From how we purchase to how we discard we all make daily decisions that impact how much garbage we send to the landfill. Whenever I’ve had the opportunity to attend the local waste transfer station or dump I’m reminded that these mountains of trash don’t just magically disappear. I feel better knowing that thanks to recycling programs and initiatives such as the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Challenge that more than half (55%) of the 3.6 million tonnes of waste we create every year is kept out of the garbage.

The reality is that recycling programs of various types have been a part of our lives for decades. Recycling
programs – like the Blue Box – have existed in the region since as early as 1988. Of course recycling is good, but we all know that the best way to reduce waste is by not producing it in the first place.

Now let us talk about cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes have never been the best solution to packing belongings anyway, but that’s another blog post.

 

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Cardboard moving box waste generated by Greater Vancouver

January 25th, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board â.. Statistic Archives; in 2010, 28,696 Residential Properties were sold in the Greater Vancouver area (Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, Port Moody, Richmond, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, West Vancouver, Whistler and Pemberton). These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 12,251 homes were sold
    • Townhome - 5,257 homes were sold
    • Condominum – 13,087 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as follows:

    • Detached - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the 2010 home sales in the Greater Vancouver area (Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, Port Moody, Richmond, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, West Vancouver, Whistler and Pemberton) would have generated a need for the following amount of cardboard boxes:

    • Total Cardboard Boxes – 1,207,070
    • Total Weight (lbs) – 1,569,191
    • Total Weight (metric tons) – 711.77

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in
our local landfills.

Residents of Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, Port Moody, Richmond, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, West Vancouver, Whistler and Pemberton can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects. It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, Itâ..s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office. I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

Move box free and save a tree!

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Cardboard moving box waste generated by Surrey & White Rock

January 24th, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board – Statistic Archives; in 2010, 7,838 Residential Properties were sold in the White Rock and Surrey area (Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, South Surrey & Whalley). These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 4,430 homes were sold
    • Townhome – 1,767 homes were sold
    • Condominum -1,641 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as follows:

    • Detached - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the 2010 home sales in Surrey and White Rock area would have generated a need for the following amount of cardboard boxes:

    • Total Cardboard Boxes – 369,300
    • Total Weight (lbs) – 480,090
    • Total Weight (metric tons) - 217.76

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in our local landfills.

Residents of the White Rock and Surrey area (Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, South Surrey & Whalley) can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects. It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, It’s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office.

I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

Move box free and save a tree!

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Cardboard moving box waste generated by North Delta

January 23rd, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board – Statistic Archives; in 2010, 642 Residential Properties were sold in the North Delta area. These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 522 homes were sold
    • Townhome – 88 homes were sold
    • Condominum – 32 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as follows:

    • Detached - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the North Delta home sales in 2010 would have generated a need for the  following amount of cardboard boxes:

    • Total Cardboard Boxes – 35,480
    • Total Weight (lbs) - 46,124
    • Total Weight (metric tons) – 20.92

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually
they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in our local landfills. Residents of North Delta can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects. It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, It’s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office.

I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

 

Move box free and save a tree!

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Cardboard moving box waste generated by Langley

January 22nd, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the FraserValley Real Estate Board – Statistic Archives; in 2010, 2,031 Residential Properties were sold in the Langley area. These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 1,010 homes were sold
    • Townhome - 584 homes were sold
    • Condominum – 437 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as follows:

    • Detached - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the Langley home sales in 2010 would have generated a need for the following amount of cardboard boxes:

 

  • Total Cardboard Boxes – 95,260
  • Total Weight (lbs) - 123,838
  • Total Weight (metric tons) – 56.17

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in our local landfills.

Residents of Langley can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects.

It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, It’s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office.

I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

Move box free and save a tree!

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Cardboard moving box waste generated by Abbotsford & Mission

January 21st, 2011

Have you ever given any thought to the amount of cardboard waste that is produced simply by moving?

According the stats posted by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board – Statistic Archives; in 2010, 2,571 Residential Properties were sold in the Abbotsford & Mission area. These figures reflect the home sales only and do not touch on rental property move in and move outs.

    • Detached – 1,518 homes were sold
    • Townhome – 431 homes were sold
    • Condominum - 622 homes were sold

In researching a few online moving box estimators (pods.com and boxshop.ca) we have estimated that the average weight of a cardboard box is 1.3lbs. The approximate amount of boxes needed to relocate the above homes is as
follows:

    • Detached  - 60 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Townhome – 40 cardboard boxes of various sizes
    • Condominium – 20 cardboard boxes of various sizes

Based on these figures, we estimate that the 2010 home sales in the Abbotsford & Mission area would have generated a need for the following amount of cardboard boxes:

  • Total Cardboard Boxes – 120,760
  • Total Weight (lbs) - 156,988
  • Total Weight (metric tons) – 71.20

Some of these boxes may have been passed on to friends or family and may have been put to use again, but eventually they would have made their way to our local Transfer Stations to be shipped off for recycling, incineration or dumped in our local landfills.

Residents of Abbotsford & Mission can make a significant contribution to the Zero Waste Challenge by simply choosing a faster, easier, cleaner and cost effective alternative to the use of wasteful cardboard boxes for their next relcation projects. It’s called Boxless Moving and it’s not new, in fact it has been the norm in the UK and Australia for nearly 2 decades. It is however, a young concept in North America and there are at least half a dozen companies in the Lower Mainland such as, It’s Your Move, that will deliver and pickup re-usable moving crates and supplies to your home or office.

I’m not sure why this strategy hasn’t been included as one of the strategies in the Zero Waste Challenge, but it should.

Move box free and save a tree!

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