The lower mainland of British Columbia leads North America in promoting goals of environmental management and sustainability. In pursuing these goals with respect to waste management, the region faces five interlocking issues:
- Landfills have become more expensive, more distant, and are filling to capacity with waste that future generations will have to handle
- The Zero Waste Challenge has set landfill diversion goals that cannot be me using only current recycling and diversion strategies
- Communities are seeking sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels
- Farms, gardens, nurseries and stormwater control projects demand high-quality, nutrient-rich soil and compost products
- Both Metro Vancouver and British Columbia have set aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Harvest sits at the intersection of these issues with recycling and renewable energy solutions.
Our flagship composting operation, formerly known as Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre Ltd., has been in operation since 1993. With proven composting technologies and a commitment to selling top quality soil & mulch products, we became the leader in composting and selling manufactured soil products in Western Canada. In 2001, the British Columbia Landscape and Nursery Association recognized Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre as “Supplier of the Year.”
Our flagship materials recovery operation, formerly known as Urban Wood Waste Recycling, were founded in 1993. The company’s vision was to extract valuable recyclables from construction waste that was destined for landfills. From humble beginnings of processing 24,000 tonnes of materials from a small building at the foot of Main Street, we became Canada’s largest recycler of construction and demolition debris, processing over 200,000 tonnes annually with more than 90 staff members at its two Metro Vancouver facilities.