Celebrating 10 years: BluPlanet Recycling not going to waste
BluPlanet looks back at past decade of waste collection
Ten years ago two condo neighbours, Devin Goss and Nathan Weiland, decided to take it upon themselves to bring curbside recycling to multi-family homes like theirs.
Today, their award-winning company BluPlanet Recycling employs over 30 people, earned its B Corp certification, and offsets 9,500 tonnes of waste annually from more than 1100 multi-family homes and businesses.
“It’s surreal to step back and see the impact we’ve made,” says Nelson Berlin, Business Development Manager. He started at the company seven years ago when he moved back home from Victoria where he went to university.
“I wanted to pursue a job in marketing with an environmentally-conscious business after living in Victoria for so long. My dad lived next door to one of the owners and he got me started as a pickup driver, back when BluPlanet ran only with cube vans. I worked my way up from there.”
Over the past decade, BluPlanet has strived to make as much of an impact on the community as it’s done for the environment. The company has worked extensively with the City of Calgary since 2016 as a solution for condos and apartment buildings, when a new bylaw made recycling services a requirement for condo boards to provide.
BluPlanet also regularly collects used clothing from any of its clients, at no extra charge, to be brought to the Cerebral Palsy Association -- where the clothes are sold to fund the Association's charitable efforts.
“We want to do more for the community,” Nelson says. “And that is going to become a major focus of ours in the near future.”
“It’s an honour to have watched this company grow from the beginning, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”