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November 8, 2021

Accepting applications for Operations Manager

Annual Salary: $68,000 to $78,000

Duration: Permanent

Closing Date: Until filled

Job Level: Senior management

Anyone who can legally work in Canada can apply for this job. If you are not currently authorized to work in Canada, the employer will not consider your job application.

OVERVIEW

Raven Recycling Society is a non-government organization and a social enterprise operating within the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Ta’an Kwach’an Council. The Society’s purpose is to promote sustainable Yukon communities and healthy eco-systems through responsible consumption and waste management by citizens, the public sector and the private sector.

While respecting and embodying Raven’s Zero Waste and community building philosophy throughout, the incumbent’s focus is on leading warehouse and depot operations in accordance with all relevant contracts and business programs. This is a busy and dynamic position that demands an exceptional ability to balance administrative and operational duties.

The Operations Manager works closely with all members of the Raven team. Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to lead with dignity and respect, and a good sense of humor are essential.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Administrative – 30%

  – In collaboration with the Executive Director and following Raven’s organizational policies and procedures, manage and provide leadership in all operations-related HR activities including
recruitment, training, performance management, team building and scheduling of all warehouse employees

  – Provide fiscally responsible management of the warehouse budget and meet regularly with the Executive Director for budget reviews

  – Maintain and administer all shipping and receiving paperwork. (e.g. beer truck loading sheets and vehicle maintenance schedules). Enter scales data and invoice customers

  – Perform weekly monitoring of the yard, warehouse and depot, document areas of concern, maintain records of all monitoring activities and collaborate with other Raven managers to ensure
recommendations made during monitoring are addressed.

  – Working with the Executive Director to secure diversion credits from YG and the City of Whitehorse and to bid on tenders that arise, such as for the management of e-waste.

  – Maintaining current understanding of commodity prices and markets and negotiating new arrangements with brokers when necessary.

Supervision & labour – 40%

  – Coordinate, manage and supervise all warehouse, depot and yard operations. Hold daily toolbox meetings with warehouse staff to direct operations

  – Provide regular review of daily procedures and overall programming in order to maintain effective use of equipment and staff

  – In collaboration with the yard/metals supervisor, oversee all recyclable content through entire life cycle from collecting to shipping including management of the sale of recyclable products such
as scrap metal and other related ventures that may arise

  – Loading shipping containers to maintain high efficiency and quality of outgoing commodities

  – Undertaking the duties and responsibilities of a variety of warehouse workers as required

Project management & contractor oversight – 20%

  – Ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable that all of Raven’s safety procedures and standards are followed by employees and outside contractors. Form and head a safety committee with regular meetings, train staff and ensure workstations each have up to date manuals

  – Lead property management and maintenance to ensure the long-term value of the building is maximized including oversight of contractors brought in for required upkeep and repairs

Other duties – 10%

  – In collaboration with the Executive Director, provide strategic input and guide long-term strategic planning for the organization as a whole with particular focus on warehouse operations and
special projects

  – Ensure equipment, warehouse and yard are maintained to safety levels required by WCB and fire inspection including snow removal, litter clearing and commodity storage clearances. Purchase warehouse, yard and depot supplies as necessary

  – Liaise with Depot Supervisor to ensure effective and consistent messaging around recycling operations

  – Familiarizing oneself and training all warehouse staff with Raven’s philosophy and code of conduct and implementing them at all times

  – Respond to public inquiries and ensure a high level of customer service is provided by all Raven employees

  – Participate actively on various joint committees as required to maintain ongoing relationships of the Raven team as a whole

  – Sourcing, collecting and processing material for Raven’s wood chip boiler throughout the year to ensure an adequate supply in advance of boiler season.

  – Communicating and liaising with commercial haulers and community depots and transfer station personnel to ensure product coming to Raven is of the highest possible quality and to problem
solve issues that arise from time to time.

  – Communicating with the City of Whitehorse Waste and Water Services personnel to maintain a good working relationship and collaborate on improving the recycling and waste management
systems.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

Required skills:

  – Experience with all aspects of human resource management

  – Understanding of workplace safety requirements and legislation, including the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Employment Standards Act and Yukon Human Rights Act

  – Class 5 Driver’s license

  – Familiarity and comfort with heavy machinery, large equipment and a variety of vehicles

  – Dedication and commitment to promoting waste reduction and a circular economy and ability to lead by example

  – Excellent organizational, time management, prioritization and leadership skills

  – Ability to foster and maintain effective relationships among peers, stakeholders, staff and the public

  – Ability to oversee and manage a complex budget

  – Proficiency with basic office software such as Excel and ability to transition to new software gracefully when needed

Required certifications (training may be provided) :

  – WHMIS certification

  – Standard First Aid/CPR-C

  – YHRC Human Rights 101

  – Leadership for Safety Excellence

  – Joint Health & Safety Committee Training

  – Return to Work Training

Recommended training:

  – Managing Recycling Systems, Solid Waste Association of North America

Desired equipment operation experience:

Mobile Equipment operation including:

  – Linde Diesel forklift truck

  – CASE diesel forklift truck

  – Bobcat skid-steer (S770, S300, T740)

  – Linde electric forklift

  – Cube vans

Warehouse equipment including:

  – Harris badger two ram baler

  – Harmony vertical baler

  – REM glass breaker

  – Conveyor systems

Experience with machine maintenance is an asset

Welding experience is an asset

WORKING CONDITIONS

  – Most administrative work is performed under normal office conditions

  – Regular use of heavy machinery and mechanical equipment

  – Regular exposure to temperature extremes between office, warehouse and yard

  – Regular exposure to chemicals, odors, fumes and waste materials

  – Physical risk associated with site visits, heavy equipment and mechanical equipment and vehicle operation

Additional Application Instructions

Please call or email the Executive Director to discuss your interest in the job and for a full job description, including required experience, skills and training.

Email: ed@ravenrecycling.org

Ph: (867)667-7269 ext. 25

 

November 9, 2021

New COVID regulations in place

Due to the current State of Emergency and recommendations from Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer, Raven Recycling is making the following changes to operations:

– Masks are mandatory for all customers and visitors to Raven’s Depot and Offices

– Only 5 customers will be permitted in the Depot at one time (please check the Depot before entering)

If the parking lot is busy, please consider coming back at another time. For those who can, please do your recycling during off-peak hours. Peak hours include all day Saturday and Monday, and most weekday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm.

Learn more about Yukon’s State of Emergency on YG’s website: https://yukon.ca/en/news/state-emergency-declared-response-increased-spread-covid-19-yukon?fbclid=IwAR1nEsYCtWkS-T6zmmmIllpTbT_YLDjxOp1nJH8OXnhEfbRp6vJoXLLlTD0

It’s cold out there, so remember to dress warmly in case you have to wait outside!

 

September 28, 2021

Raven Recycling marks National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Raven’s depot, e-waste, metals and offices will all be closed on September 30th. In recognition of this Day, 25% of all Raven donations from the month of September will go to CAIRS. Customers can also contribute by donating their refund directly to the CAIRS account at Raven.

To learn more about Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/indigenous-people/aboriginal-peoples-documents/calls_to_action_english2.pdf

The Yukon University is hosting a series of events: https://www.yukonu.ca/news/202109/yukonu-marks-truth-and-reconciliation-day-week-events

CAIRS: CAIRS was established in 1993. The trailblazers wanted a place for residential school survivors and their families. A place that was theirs where they could sit, talk, visit, work on art and crafts. It is a safe place for residential school survivors and families.
Address: 4198a – 4th Ave, Whitehorse. Ph: 867-667-2247.

 

September 22, 2021

Raven Recycling wants your pallets & lumber!

Raven is once again accepting pallets and used, clean lumber. Nails are ok, but no paint or brush please! Bring in you pallets and lumber to Scrap Metals during opening hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm).

 

June 29, 2021

Raven Recycling closed on July 1st

Raven’s offices, Metals, Depot and E-waste will all be closed for the public holiday. The outdoor public drop-off will remain available as usual. Regular operating hours will resume the following day.

 

June 25, 2021

Donation account set up for CAIRS

TW: Residential Schools

If you are in need of support, there are resources available:
In Whitehorse: CAIRS (Ph: 867-667-2247)
National: Indian Residential School Survivors Society (Crisis line: 1-800-721-0066)

Like other community organizations, Raven Recycling and Zero Waste Yukon have discussed our platform following the recent discoveries of unmarked sites where innocent children were buried at Residential Schools across the country. This is a time of profound grief and sadness and a stark reminder of the suffering that Canada’s colonial policies continue to cause.

It is our view that silence is complicity with the generations of harm caused by colonialism and so we stand in solidarity with the voices demanding clear, consistent, and long-lasting action by government and members of our community towards reconciliation.

Raven Recycling is preparing a donation account at our bottle depot with proceeds going to CAIRS (The Committee on Abuse in Residential Schools Society). Members of the community are encouraged to donate their bottle deposits to this account. Raven will also be donating 25% of all BCR donations made to Raven Recycling Society for the month of July.

CAIRS: CAIRS was established in 1993. The trailblazers wanted a place for residential school survivors and their families. A place that was theirs where they could sit, talk, visit, work on art and crafts. It is a safe place for residential school survivors and families. We are located at 4198a – 4th ave or call 867-667-2247.
On behalf of Joanne, Vern, Michelle, AJ, and Susan, we thank you for your donation.

 

June 17, 2021

National Indigenous People’s Day

Raven Recycling’s Depot, Metals, E-Waste and offices will all be closed on June 21st in observance of National Indigenous People’s Day. The public drop-off will be open as usual.

 

June 2, 2021

Annual General Meeting

Raven is holding our next AGM on Tuesday, June 8th at 7pm on Zoom. Email us at information@ravenrecycling.org for details.

 

April 19, 2021

May 24th is Victoria Day!

Raven Recycling will be open as usual on Saturday, May 22nd (Depot hours: 9-5; metals 8:30-5). However, Raven will be closed on Monday, May 24th in recognition of the holiday. The Public Drop-off will be open as usual, 24/7.

Have a great long weekend!

 

April 28, 2021

Changes to cardboard sorting

Due to a significant increase in the amount of boxboard mixed in with corrugated cardboard, Raven has been asked by recyclers in the south to separate boxboard and brown kraft paper (or packing  paper) from corrugated cardboard.

Therefore, Raven is now asking that customers please sort boxboard and kraft paper into Mixed Paper. Corrugated cardboard can still go into Cardboard.

 

Boxboard vs. cardboard

Boxboard

This is low quality, thin cardboard that includes aluminum can boxes, cracker boxes, beer bottle boxes, and so on.

Corrugated carboard

 

This higher quality and has a layer of wavy cardboard in between 2 flat layers.

 

April 21, 2021

Raven is hosting an online public screening!

Happy Earth Week!

 

In partnership with CPAWS YukonZero Waste Yukon, Raven Recycling is hosting a public online screening of There’s Something in the Water — a film directed by Elliot Page!
Time: 7:30pm on Thursday, April 22nd
Location: Online (Netflix — you will have to have access to an account)
To join, please follow these instructions:
  1. 1. If you do not have this already, get access to a Netflix account.
  2. 2. Download the free Teleparty extension.
  3. 3. On April 22nd, keep an eye on Raven’s social media for the link to the teleparty (we’ll post it about 20 minutes before start time).
  4. 4. Follow the link to Netflix and activate the Teleparty extension (on Chrome, this looks like a puzzle piece at the end of the URL text field).
  5. 5. enjoy the movie!
Teleparty also includes a chat feature! So feel free to check in at the start of the movie, or share any thoughts you have while watching!

 

April 20, 2021

Earth Week Challenge

Raven Recycling & WildWise Yukon want your ideas, tricks & tips!

There is a growing body of evidence showing how deadly human waste is to wildlife: micro plastics have invaded even the most remote areas of our planet; PPE such as masks and gloves have become very real problem in the last year (at Raven we see more than we want of discarded PPE in our parking lot); and here in the Wilderness City, keeping wild animals away from human garbage is an ongoing issue. However, we can all make a difference: rinse out food containers, not only to reduce attractants, but also to keep contamination low so that we can recycle more; store your garbage & recyclables in secure areas and in animal-proof bins; keep up-to-date on best recycling practices in the Yukon so that we can divert more waste from the landfill.

Have other ideas? Want to share tips on how you protect Yukon wildlife by keeping them out of your waste? We want to know! Show Raven Recycling & WildWise Yukon how you protect wildlife by keeping them out of your garbage and recyclables! Send us a photo or description via email (communications@ravenrecycling.org) or social media DMs. We might even feature your ideas!

 

April 1, 2021

Changes to cardboard sorting

Due to a significant increase in the amount of boxboard mixed in with corrugated cardboard, Raven has been asked by recyclers in the south to separate boxboard and brown kraft paper (or packing  paper) from corrugated cardboard.

Therefore, Raven is now asking that customers please sort boxboard and kraft paper into Mixed Paper. Corrugated cardboard can still go into Cardboard.

 

Boxboard vs. cardboard

Boxboard

This is low quality, thin cardboard that includes aluminum can boxes, cracker boxes, beer bottle boxes, and so on.

Corrugated carboard

 

This higher quality and has a layer of wavy cardboard in between 2 flat layers.

 

 

March 31, 2021

Raven’s hours are reduced for the Easter weekend

April 2nd: CLOSED
April 3rd: Depot: 9am to 5pm; E-waste: 8:30am to 4:30pm; metals: CLOSED
April 4th: CLOSED
April 5th: CLOSED

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, April 6th.

 

March 20, 2021

Raven is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director

Raven’s current Executive Director is retiring this coming June. Therefore, we are putting out a call for applicants.
A full description of the position can be found below.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to ravenrecycling@gmail.com.
Please wait to be contacted by a board member after submission.

Deadline to submit: April 9, 2021.

 

Position: Executive Director, Raven Recycling Society

 

Background

The Raven Recycling Society is the primary recycling processor in the Yukon Territory and continues to play a significant role in the responsible management of materials that currently are, or can be, recycled. While recognizing the many variables inherent to the waste management industry, Raven has been striving to be a financially viable and sustainable organization since 1982.
Raven Recycling Society is a not-for-profit social enterprise with charitable status. In reality, we operate as a business with all profits re-invested in the mission of the organization.

Position Summary

The executive director (ED) of Raven Recycling Society (Raven) receives direction from a volunteer Board of Directors (board), under the Policy Governance Model (Carver 2006: Boards that Make a Difference). Policy governance defines and guides the appropriate relationships between the board and its executive director. Board governance is at arms length from operations.
The ED leads the organization that provides recycling services across the Yukon, influences government policies and builds community support for Zero Waste initiatives. He/she defines their own duties and those of the 30+ staff members to fulfill the Board Ends. Daily operations demand the following skills: leadership, financial management, planning, strategic initiatives, and organizational management.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership – 30%

•  Serving as the liaison between the Board and all Raven staff
•  Projecting Raven to the public as a social enterprise that takes its territorial role seriously, acts with integrity, and operates under the highest professional standards at all times
•  Developing and maintaining professional relationships with relevant government, business and industry employees, as well as elected officials – municipal, territorial, First Nation, federal
•  Maintaining accountability to the Board through regular reporting requirements, attendance at monthly Board meetings, participation in Board workshops and supporting Raven’s Annual General Meeting
•  Acting as a professional, knowledgeable spokesperson for Raven
•  Collaborating with other ‘like’ service organizations to ensure best practices, information sharing and capacity building

Organizational Management – 25%

•  Overseeing the recruitment and management of all employees, ensuring they follow safe work practices, and adhere to Raven policies and procedures
•  Ensuring regular staff communication and information dissemination
•  Overseeing the management of all Raven’s assets, ensuring their security and maintenance
•  Ensuring consistent training and professional development of Raven’s management team
•  Developing policies and procedures as required
•  Overseeing and developing risk management policies and procedures, protecting the organization, its employees and the Board
•  Identifying facility and equipment requirements with subsequent financial implications

Financial Management – 30%

• Developing, administering all budgets and financial projections in a fiscally responsible manner
• Managing the efficient and effective use of the organization’s resources
• Identifying and resourcing capital funding requirements
• Negotiating funding agreements or contracts, and ensuring contractual obligations are met

Planning and Strategic Initiatives – 10%

• Designing and managing projects and programs to fulfill the Ends
• Ensuring Raven is a leader on progressive material management processes
• Identifying industry trends and imminent legislation and providing relevant information to the Board

Other Duties

• As required

Qualifications

Required

• Experience operating a business or social enterprise
• Proven supervisory experience in a setting that promotes teamwork, trust, and integrity
• Experience in a leadership position that requires advanced visionary thinking, strategic planning and partnership building skills and abilities
• Aptitude in financial management
• Demonstrated commitment to the community
• Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred

• University degree or post-secondary diploma or certificate
• Experience in working with a Board of Directors
• Strong environmental commitment

Working Conditions

• Occasional evenings and weekends
• Occasional travel within the Yukon and Western Canada (1-3 trips/year)
• Working in an office (90%) and industrial environment

Starting date: May 2021

Salary range: 80,000 to 100,000 per annum

Moving expenses may be negotiated.

 

March 16, 2021

Raven is doing a draw for tickets to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve on March 18th!

March 18th is Global Recycling Day!

To enter the draw, bring your refundable, ready-to-drink beverage containers into the Depot on March 18th and sign up at the till.

Raven Recycling will be donating funds from your recycled beverage containers to Friends of McIntyre Creek! So the more you bring in, the more we can give!

This is a one-day event, only. You will not be able to enter the draw before or after March 18th.

 

February 5, 2021

Recycle old Christmas lights and help support the Outreach Van!

Every winter, Raven encourages Yukoners with broken or unusable strings of Christmas lights to recycle them in our bottle depot. We take the proceeds from the sale of these lights and donate it to a local charitable organization.

This holiday season all proceeds from recycled Christmas lights will be donated to the Outreach Van.

 

 

The Outreach Van is a collaborative project between Blood Ties Four Directions Centre, Many Rivers Counselling, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon (FASSY) and Kwanlin Dun First Nation, and operates with a harm reduction philosophy, promoting methods of reducing the physical, social, emotional and economic harms associated with drug and alcohol use and other harmful behaviours on individuals and their community.

The Outreach Van provides citizens in need with emergency clothing, snacks, first aid, nursing services, harm reduction and crisis counselling.

For more information, visit the Outreach Van Facebook Page or e-mail outreachvan@bloodties.ca

We’re paid by the pound for lights, so the more strings you recycle, the bigger our donation will be and the more help the Outreach Van can provide to our community!

 

January 12, 2021

Raven is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director

Raven’s current Executive Director is retiring this coming June. Therefore, we are putting out a call for applicants.
A full description of the position can be found below.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to ravenrecycling@gmail.com.
Please wait to be contacted by a board member after submission.

Deadline to submit: February 5, 2021.

 

Position: Executive Director, Raven Recycling Society

 

Background

The Raven Recycling Society is the primary recycling processor in the Yukon Territory and continues to play a significant role in the responsible management of materials that currently are, or can be, recycled. While recognizing the many variables inherent to the waste management industry, Raven has been striving to be a financially viable and sustainable organization since 1982.
Raven Recycling Society is a not-for-profit social enterprise with charitable status. In reality, we operate as a business with all profits re-invested in the mission of the organization.

Position Summary

The executive director (ED) of Raven Recycling Society (Raven) receives direction from a volunteer Board of Directors (board), under the Policy Governance Model (Carver 2006: Boards that Make a Difference). Policy governance defines and guides the appropriate relationships between the board and its executive director. Board governance is at arms length from operations.
The ED leads the organization that provides recycling services across the Yukon, influences government policies and builds community support for Zero Waste initiatives. He/she defines their own duties and those of the 30+ staff members to fulfill the Board Ends. Daily operations demand the following skills: leadership, financial management, planning, strategic initiatives, and organizational management.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership – 30%

•  Serving as the liaison between the Board and all Raven staff
•  Projecting Raven to the public as a social enterprise that takes its territorial role seriously, acts with integrity, and operates under the highest professional standards at all times
•  Developing and maintaining professional relationships with relevant government, business and industry employees, as well as elected officials – municipal, territorial, First Nation, federal
•  Maintaining accountability to the Board through regular reporting requirements, attendance at monthly Board meetings, participation in Board workshops and supporting Raven’s Annual General Meeting
•  Acting as a professional, knowledgeable spokesperson for Raven
•  Collaborating with other ‘like’ service organizations to ensure best practices, information sharing and capacity building

Organizational Management – 25%

•  Overseeing the recruitment and management of all employees, ensuring they follow safe work practices, and adhere to Raven policies and procedures
•  Ensuring regular staff communication and information dissemination
•  Overseeing the management of all Raven’s assets, ensuring their security and maintenance
•  Ensuring consistent training and professional development of Raven’s management team
•  Developing policies and procedures as required
•  Overseeing and developing risk management policies and procedures, protecting the organization, its employees and the Board
•  Identifying facility and equipment requirements with subsequent financial implications

Financial Management – 30%

• Developing, administering all budgets and financial projections in a fiscally responsible manner
• Managing the efficient and effective use of the organization’s resources
• Identifying and resourcing capital funding requirements
• Negotiating funding agreements or contracts, and ensuring contractual obligations are met

Planning and Strategic Initiatives – 10%

• Designing and managing projects and programs to fulfill the Ends
• Ensuring Raven is a leader on progressive material management processes
• Identifying industry trends and imminent legislation and providing relevant information to the Board

Other Duties

• As required

Qualifications

Required

• Experience operating a business or social enterprise
• Proven supervisory experience in a setting that promotes teamwork, trust, and integrity
• Experience in a leadership position that requires advanced visionary thinking, strategic planning and partnership building skills and abilities
• Aptitude in financial management
• Demonstrated commitment to the community
• Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred

• University degree or post-secondary diploma or certificate
• Experience in working with a Board of Directors
• Strong environmental commitment

Working Conditions

• Occasional evenings and weekends
• Occasional travel within the Yukon and Western Canada (1-3 trips/year)
• Working in an office (90%) and industrial environment

Starting date: May 2021

Salary range: 80,000 to 100,000 per annum

Moving expenses may be negotiated.

 

December 15, 2020

Holiday Hours

Raven Recycling’s operating hours will be reduced over the Holidays.

The Depot and E-waste will all be closed on December 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and January 1st.
We will also be closing earlier than usual on December 24th and 31st.

Raven Scrap Metals will be closed from December 25th to January 4th.

Raven’s Public Drop-off will be open as usual, 24/7.

 

November 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Yukon’s COVID-19 situation has changed! So, from December 1st, Raven will make the following changes to our COVID-19 policy:

  1. – Customers must wear a mask in the Depot and upstairs offices
  2. – Only 5 persons are allowed in the Depot at a time
  3. – We also recommend a mask in the public drop-off, e-waste and metals areas

We will continue to regularly sanitize the Depot and public drop-off area.

Thank you for your patience and care.

 

November 4, 2020

Recycle old Christmas lights and help support the Outreach Van!

Every winter, Raven encourages Yukoners with broken or unusable strings of Christmas lights to recycle them in our bottle depot. We take the proceeds from the sale of these lights and donate it to a local charitable organization.

This holiday season all proceeds from recycled Christmas lights will be donated to the Outreach Van.

 

 

The Outreach Van is a collaborative project between Blood Ties Four Directions Centre, Many Rivers Counselling, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon (FASSY) and Kwanlin Dun First Nation, and operates with a harm reduction philosophy, promoting methods of reducing the physical, social, emotional and economic harms associated with drug and alcohol use and other harmful behaviours on individuals and their community.

The Outreach Van provides citizens in need with emergency clothing, snacks, first aid, nursing services, harm reduction and crisis counselling.

For more information, visit the Outreach Van Facebook Page or e-mail outreachvan@bloodties.ca

We’re paid by the pound for lights, so the more strings you recycle, the bigger our donation will be and the more help the Outreach Van can provide to our community!

 

September 29, 2020

Why has Raven Recycling stopped taking glass and styrofoam?

Over the last couple of years Raven has stopped taking a couple of products: glass in 2019 and styrofoam after reopening in response to COVID-19 in May. We stopped taking glass because there has never been a market for glass in the Yukon. We stopped taking styrofoam because the commodity markets for it completely dried up.

These materials are resources and Raven does not believe they should go into the landfill. Please rest assured that the decisions we make about the materials we don’t accept are not easy, but they are necessary in order for Raven to continue to operate and pay our staff.

On the topic of glass, the decision in 2019 to stop taking glass was made between all the community recycling depots in the Yukon, including P&M Recycling. Like other jurisdictions that are not located within a 500-hundred mile radius to a glass recycling facility, Yukon’s glass has never been shipped outside for recycling. The glass ended up in the City of Whitehorse landfill as cover material to keep the litter down.

Depots have explored selling crushed glass for construction material in walking paths, asphalt additives, sand-blasting material, or as products for local businesses. So far, none of these initiatives have been economically viable in the long term.

It does help if you clean and smash your non-refundable glass containers so that it takes up less space in the landfill.

We recently stopped taking styrofoam because it is no longer accepted by southern recyclers. There is no market. Once the price of virgin oil dropped, the plastics industry quit using recycled material. The markets are always variable and with every material we accept, we are always competing with virgin sources that are usually heavily subsidized by governments.

We have tried a couple of ways to deal with styrofoam, including making small bricks with extruder and larger bricks with a baler. Unfortunately, neither product has found a local market. No one wants to see styrofoam in the landfill, and truly the best option is having no styrofoam produced in the first place.

Raven Recycling Society is a non-profit social enterprise. This means we operate much like a business, but put all profits back into achieving our goal of Zero Waste. We are separate from all levels of government and do not receive core government funding. Raven is governed by a volunteer board of directors, and we provide roughly 30 well-paid non-government jobs.

It costs money to collect, sort, store, and ship recyclable materials back to market. The Beverage Container Regulations have provided certainty for a small portion of the materials we collect. The refund setup allows us to get those materials recycled . Raven continues to lobby governments to include more materials in the waste management system. This would not only provide more certainty for the recycling industry, but be a definite win for the environment!

Joy Snyder, ED of Raven Recycling

(Originally published in the fall 2020 issue of Walk Softly)

 

 

June 4, 2020 – Survey Results

While we were closed, we surveyed the public in order to gauge the impact of recycling services in the Yukon. We had an overwhelming response, and here’s some of what you said:

June 1, 2020

Scrap Metals is now open Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4 (closed for lunch 12-1).

We are now accepting non-ferrous and ferrous metals, weekdays only. See the Metals page for current pricing.

The bottle depot is open Monday to Saturday 9 to 5.

The depot has new physical distancing measures, including a limit on the number of customers in the depot at any given time. Not more than five customers at a time, please wait outside if there are too many customers lined up.

We have also made the following changes to our public drop off area:

Donations of refundables can be dropped off outside the building. Please separate glass bottles. Milk cartons and tetra pack beverage containers can also be donated. Donations to Raven are currently being shared with Humane Society Yukon.

We are accepting textiles for recycling during depot hours. Please bring textiles in through the doors at that end of the depot.

Paper is now sorted into three categories – white office, other paper products, and brown paper, which includes cardboard, boxboard and all brown paper.

Both hard and soft plastics, and non refundable tetra paks are now together in one bunker. 

Going forward, we will no longer be collecting styrofoam as there is no viable market.

The E-waste depot is open to accept electronics.

We appreciate your understanding and your dedication to recycling. We hope that these changes will help to shine a light on the importance of the other two Rs, Reducing and Reusing, which are more important than recycling to lowering our overall environmental impact.

Thank you for your continued support. Stay tuned to this page or our social media pages for further updates, and contact us with any questions. E-mail / Facebook / Twitter / Phone: 667-7269

Raven Scrap Metals

Did you know? Nonferrous metals, such as aluminum and copper do not degrade in the recycling process. This means these metals can be recycled
an infinite number of times!