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Get Better At Garbage

Get Better At Garbage

By Colin Bell
We talk tech, innovation and how the waste/recycling industry is getting better at garbage to reduce waste sent to landfill. Join us for weekly industry expert interviews and the roundup of the latest smart waste news from across North America.
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Episode 29: Designing and creating beautiful consumer products and goods that enable a more sustainable, responsible way of daily life.
We are joined on episode 29 by Philip Mosop, the Chief Operating Officer of Pentatonic. Philip shares his strong experience in the waste and recycling industry of the UK and introduces us to Pentatonic a design and technology company that operates in the circular economy. Its specialty is making beautiful sustainable products from products, one of which is their OtherWare, and esthetically designed cutlery set made entirely from old CDs! While weathering the storm of the pandemic, Philip also speaks on the launch of their newest product, Masuku, a sustainable mask with advanced filtration technology. Listen in on this episode to learn more about Pentatonic's newest innovation.
May 9, 2021
Episode 28: Linking construction and textiles to reduce waste in highly wasteful industries.
In this episode of Get Better At Garbage, we have the honor of speaking with Farid Taghzouti, Head of Sales for FabBrick. This innovative company is creating the link between two highly wasteful industries by taking the waste from one to provide an alternative for construction and design. You might wonder when looking at textile waste and thinking, "How can this be applied to construction?" Farid and his team have the answer by taking a company's textile waste and pressing it into a brick. Listen to this episode to learn more about how this can be applied in different ways including retail storefront, art, and of course future construction! 
May 2, 2021
Episode 27: Eradicating waste and making the world a greener place!
Join us on episode 27 where we are joined by Bruce Bradley, Founder and CEO of First Mile located in the UK. Launched in 2004, Bruce and his team have been shaking things up in the waste and recycling industry of the United Kingdom, on of the most demanding waste and recycling industries in the world.  They strive to reduce their customers carbon footprint and have innovated their value-added benefits by launching a green energy service! Learn more on this episode of the Get Better A Garbage Podcast, dedicated to technology, innovation and sustainability all around the world. 
April 6, 2021
Episode 26: Introducing the 4th R, Redesign. Taking a radical stand to redesign plastics!
Radical Plastics is a woman-owned business started by Dr. Yelena Kann and Kristin Taylor with the goal of making a meaningful contribution in the battle against plastic pollution. In this episode, Kristin Taylor is joined by RecycleSmart's COO Colin Bell to discuss what makes Radical Plastics so radical. We get a reminder about the 3R's of recycling but Kristin invites us to learn about the 4th R, Redesign. Listen in on how these innovative women are taking a massive stand against the United States $600 billion dollar plastics industry. 
March 29, 2021
Episode 25: How to achieve naturally purified air with zero-waste!
We are joined by Andrew Crawford, the CTO and Co-Founder of Origen Air. A company dedicated to providing naturally purified air through an innovative sustainable solution producing zero-waste. Origen Air's plant technology enables increased energy efficiency, a boost in health and wellness for yourself and your business. All while boasting a zero-waste system. All the organic material is managed through Origen Air professionals and is recycled in a way to produce zero-waste. Listen in to learn more today! 
February 16, 2021
Episode 24: How to turn your plastic waste into profit utilizing the DRAM 3D printing method.
Listen in on our discussion with Joshua Pearce, Ph.D. the Director for the Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Lab, as he walks us through the traditional 3D printing process as well as the innovative DRAM method of printing. DRAM stands for Distributed Recycling and Additive Manufacturing, which utilizes a Recyclebot to facilitate the process of turning your recycled plastic material into profit! 
February 8, 2021
Episode 23: Helping world-class brands handle the goods that come back and reach the goal of zero waste.
In this episode, we are joined by Amelia Eleiter, Co-Founder of Debrand a Vancouver company that works with world-class brands to implement the process of Reverse-Logistics bringing them to the goal of zero-waste.
January 27, 2021
Episode 22: Closing the Loop on Plastics with BC Students
Our last podcast of the year!  Today we're covering the new "Closing the Loop on Plastics" program that aims to generate conversation, research and action amongst B.C.’s youth. This six-week educational program is designed to empower future change leaders to join the dialogue around plastic waste and recovery, ultimately creating a future of zero waste. We're joined by two of the experts behind this program, Scott Bohachyk from Ocean Wise and Allen Langdon from Return-It. They bring their extensive knowledge of their industries to BC secondary schools and to our podcast episode today.  Ocean Wise:  Return-It: 
December 18, 2020
Episode 21: Driving Value & Performance Through the Chemistry of Plastic Waste
GreenMantra Technologies is the first company in the world to upcycle post-consumer and post-industrial recycled plastics into synthetic polymers and additives that meet specific performance requirements for industrial applications. Today we have their VP Technology and Business Development, Domenic Di Mondo joining us to share how it's possible to create recycled products that perform better than new products. With their technology and knowledge, the team at GreenMantra have been able to divert millions of pounds of plastic waste. Learn more about them here:
December 11, 2020
Episode 20: Starting the [Re] Waste Journey with a Hairdryer
We have Corey Saban, the founder and CEO of [Re] Waste, joining us today to share some of the challenges and successes that his company have been working through over the past year. [Re] Waste is developing a process to work with cities, businesses and the everyday person to divert their plastic from landfills and transform the plastic into amazing 100% recycled plastic products. Check them out here: 
December 7, 2020
Episode 19: A Dragon-Sweeping Business Model
Our special guest today is the CEO and Founder of Unbuilders, Adam Corneil! He was recently featured on the famous Dragon's Den and accomplished an incredible feat of scoring a deal with all 6 Dragons. We discuss the scary amount of waste created from demolition and the value of old growth lumber that could be salvaged from houses. Not only is Unbuilders helping the environment by diverting landfill, the company is also creating a social impact with their partnerships. Tune in to learn more!
November 26, 2020
Episode 18: Forget the New and Get the Used - Save Dough with Cardboard Boxes
Marty Metro from UsedCardboardBoxes (UCB) dives into his journey going from a consultant at Accenture to inventing the used box market. We talk about the interesting challenges that surround cardboard waste in businesses and how Marty has found solutions throughout the years. Tune in to hear how UCB has saved nearly 4.5 million trees from being cut down and to find out what vegetarians eat for breakfast.
November 26, 2020
Episode 17: There's Bamboo in Vancouver?
Forget chopping down bamboo in China, ChopValue is harvesting bamboo in Vancouver from disposable chopsticks! Sabrina Kon and Nikki Mertens from ChopValue discuss how they're able to give chopsticks a second life by processing them into beautiful products for your home. Check out their products here:
October 27, 2020
Episode 16: The Magic of BinTracker in Australia
We're visiting Australia once again! Our guest Chad Holland, the manager of business development at BinTracker, dives deep into the value of obtaining data to accurately measure your waste. He also reveals what still surprises him after 20 years in the industry. 
October 16, 2020
Episode 15: Strategically Saving Our Forests Around the World
We're joined today by Valerie Langer, a Fiber Solutions Strategist at Canopy! Valerie has been engaged in forest conservation campaigns for 30 years from a local grassroots group to an international solutions organization. Listen in to hear about her deep insights on how she secures large-scale forest conservation and transforms unsustainable forest product supply chains. 
October 9, 2020
Episode 14: What Has Changed in 16 Years of Recycling?
We're joined today by an expert with 16 years of experience in the Recycling Council of British Columbia. Harvinder Aujala shares her insights about the EPR (extended producer responsibility) programs in BC, the recycling hotline and provincial changes in policy!  RCBC Executive Director Job Posting:
September 25, 2020
Episode 13: Do Plastic Forks Exist at the University of British Columbia?
On this episode we're joined by Jason Pang, the AVP Sustainability of the Alma Matter Society at the University of British Columbia (UBC). We discuss topics from his experience riding garbage trucks in grade nine to the large scale sustainability projects that he is leading at UBC. Listen in to find out what UBC has done with their forks! 
September 18, 2020
Episode 12: Getting Smart While Staying Simple With Charopy Smart Bins
Sometimes it's taking a different approach to smart that is actually the best way forward. We're talking to Martin from Charopy which has taken the approach of using UPC symbols (Universal Product Codes) to sort beverage container for proper recycling in public places. It's simple, sleek and super smart. 
September 8, 2020
Episode 11: What is IOT and why is it in my garbage bin?
If you're wondering what IOT stands for this episode is all about smart containers and compactors. We're talking to the team that keeps Canada's largest fleet of waste and recycling IOT sensors running smoothly while maximizing efficiency for clients. 
August 13, 2020
Episode 10: Compostable Chit Chat With EcoSafe Zero Waste
I'm talking to Samantha Davies and Gary Bilbro about all things compostable and why it's more than just selling bags. 
August 7, 2020
Episode 9 - Earth Bin
This bin is under your world and a great example of Made In Canada engineering! Join me a for an interesting chat with one of the most down to earth person in the waste&recycling industry, EarthBin President Dave Hallman. We're going underground again with EarthBin and discussing what the key advantages are with the in ground EarthBin system. 
July 3, 2020
Episode 8: From Food Waste To Food Mesh - Saving Food From Landfill
We're talking to Jessica Regan, Co-Founder and CEO of the technology platform Foodmesh about avoiding food waste. We know that food shouldn't be wasted but it's a complex task to divert food from the garbage to a food bank or other food recovery organization. Listen to find out how platforms like Foodmesh can facilitate this process. 
June 25, 2020
Episode 7: Pickled Eggs and The Art of The Deal
What does it take to make deals in the rough and gritty world of waste? A love of pickled eggs and a passion for the environment plus a sense of humour seem to be the ticket to success for industry veteran Diana Scott. RecycleSmart's Strategic Sourcing Manager fills us in on the details in this episode. 
June 18, 2020
Episode 6: Smart Sorting of Regulated Waste
What happens when you return that gallon of bleach that you bought by mistake? Or the cleaning product that was damaged in shipping? Smarter Sorting is filling a niche within the recycling landscape that most of us never even thought about. 
June 11, 2020
Episode 5: Molok - Not a monster from outerspace...
In this episode we talk semi underground waste and recycling containers with Molok North America. Mark and Tim are two of the nicest guys you'll meet in the industry and they are super passionate about increasing efficiency, making recycling easier and reducing odour - all things I support!
June 4, 2020
Episode 4: Learn A Ton About Metal Recycling
Did you know there is more than one type of ton? What's the difference between ferrous and non ferrous? It's all in this episode with ABC Recycling VP of Sales and Marketing Randy Kahlon laying down the what and how of metal recycling. 
May 28, 2020
Episode 3: Textile Recycling - The How, What and Why of Textile Recycling
We chat with Arie Dimant, CEO and Founder of Here and There about all things textile recycling. This area has exploded in the last few years with cheap, fast fashion increasing the amount of textile waste produced by each person in Canada. Where does it go? How does this industry work?
May 22, 2020
Episode 2: We're talking big data in the waste and recycling arena with Michael Groves, Founder and CEO of Topolytics
Collecting, cleaning, analyzing and making sense of waste and recycling data is a challenge. Topolytics is bringing a data centric approach to the age old questions of how much material was generated, where did it go, was it recycled and much more. 
May 14, 2020
Episode 1: Talking Garbage Truck Rentals with Jaksa Panic from Big Truck Rental Canada
Did you know you can rent a garbage truck? Learn more about the how, why and what with Jaksa Panic - Vice President Canada, Big Truck Rental. 
May 8, 2020
Get Better At Garbage Trailer
Intro to the Get Better At Garbage Podcast trailer featuring RecycleSmart COO, Colin Bell. 
May 4, 2020