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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 43: Helping coffee drinkers with the right solution to make the planet cleaner and more sustainable for a plant-positive coffee experience, one cup at a time!

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Episode 46: Dairy Distillery is a state-of-the-art micro distillery that transforms unused milk sugar into an incredibly smooth vodka, called Vodkow.
Introducing Vodkow, an incredibly smooth vodka milked from cows.....just kidding! On episode 46 we are joined by Omid McDonald, Founder of Dairy Distillery to learn about how a milk processing by-product can be upcycled into premium vodka to create a sustainable and delicious beverage.  Dairy Distillery  Dairy Distillery (@dairydistillery) • Instagram photos and videos Dairy Distillery | Facebook Dairy Distillery (@DairyDistillery) / Twitter Dairy Distillery -The Spirit of Dairy : Overview | LinkedIn
May 08, 2022
Episode 45: TAGPods, a zero waste, tech enabled bulk dispensing solution for the grocery marketplace!
We're talking to The Aggressive Good, a company focused on sustainable innovation in the grocery bulk dispensing arena. Chris F. CTO and Geoff M. CCO joined us to spread the word about the launch of their latest product, TAGPods. On this episode, we'll discuss how TAGPods are bringing tech to the age-old area of bulk dispensing for a more sustainable shopping experience.  For listeners in the Vancouver area that want to learn more about TAGPods, swing by the Vancouver Convention Centre this weekend where TAGPods will be showcased at the CHFA West 2022 tradeshow in booth 1715! The Aggressive Good Website: The Aggressive Good LinkedIn: The Aggressive Good | LinkedIn Instagram: TAG - The Aggressive Good (@theaggressivegood)  For more updates follow us on social media at: LinkedIn: RecycleSmart™ | LinkedIn Twitter: RecycleSmart (@wastewatchers) / Twitter Facebook: RecycleSmart | Facebook Instagram: RecycleSmart (@recyclesmart)
April 22, 2022
Episode 44: Helping landowners and businesses make smart decisions that lead to environmental and economic sustainability through our expertise in biomimicry, biophilia, and ecological engineering.
How was Velcro invented? Did you know beavers inspired the evolutional design of a wetsuit? What exactly is biomimicry? In episode 44 on the GBAG podcast, we interview Jamie Miller, PhD - President of Biomimicry Frontiers who explains how using natural design principles can help society be both environmentally and economically sustainable.  Links:  Biomimicry Commons  Linkedin: Biomimicry Frontiers Instagram: biomimicryfrontiers  Facebook: @biomimicryfrontiers For more updates follow us on social media at: LinkedIn: RecycleSmart™ | LinkedIn Twitter: RecycleSmart (@wastewatchers) / Twitter Facebook: RecycleSmart | Facebook Instagram: RecycleSmart (@recyclesmart)
April 17, 2022
Episode 43: Helping coffee drinkers with the right solution to make the planet cleaner and more sustainable for a plant-positive coffee experience, one cup at a time!
In our first official episode of 2022, we are joined by Jen Henry, Founder and CEO of Perk Eco, a BC-based start-up that specializes in providing coffee shops with an innovative solution to recycle that pesky plastic or wax-lined coffee cups. Coffee cups are hard to recycle and they often end up being landfilled or incinerated. Listen to episode 43 to learn more!   Follow us on our socials to stay up to date on all things sustainable!  Perk Eco:  Perk Eco (@PerkEco) / Twitter Perk Eco | Facebook Perk Eco Inc.: Overview | LinkedIn We recycle coffee shop waste (@perk_eco) • Instagram  RecycleSmart: Smart Waste Management & Recycling Solutions for Canadian Companies ( RecycleSmart (@wastewatchers) / Twitter RecycleSmart | Facebook RecycleSmart (@recyclesmart) • Instagram RecycleSmart: My Company | LinkedIn
March 06, 2022
Episode 42: A green sense of purpose launches RecycleSmart the top of the list as a BC Top Employer!
It's official, RecycleSmart is a BC Top Employer! We called up our own stars to the mic to talk about what it takes to bring home a BC Top Employer accolade. Courtney and Tegan spill the beans on the benefits of being a RecycleSmart team member aka Smartian, as well as discussing how Tegan developed leadership experience which helped shape her department!  Visit our Socials to stay updated on our content!  Instagram RecycleSmart (@recyclesmart)  LinkedIn RecycleSmart | LinkedIn Twitter (@wastewatchers) Facebook  RecycleSmart Solutions
February 23, 2022
Episode 41: Leveraging iSmart technology to maintain the health of compactor equipment, ensuring productive and efficient operations!
For our last episode of the 2021 year on the Get Better at Garbage podcast, we are joined by Danny Mauti, CEO of Metro Group and Metro Compactor Service. In this episode, we talk tech with Danny as we dive into how Metro Compactor has developed proprietary iSmart Technology that remotely monitors the fill level and performance of compactors across North America.  Website: Metro Compactor Service - Your one stop shop for waste and recycling equipment LinkedIn: Metro Compactor Service Inc
December 28, 2021
Episode 40: Eliminating the need for plastic, this packaging as a service platform is now offered at some of your favourite restaurants.
In episode 40, on the Get Better at Garbage podcast, we got to connect with Anastasia Kiku and Jason Hawkins from Reusables! A Vancouver-based start-up designed to reduce our reliance on takeout container plastics. This "Packaging as a Service" platform will innovate and reduce the barriers for consumers to opt for reusable containers from their favourite restaurants. Learn more about how Anastasia and Jason created Reusables and how they plan to scale up and bring this sustainable option to restaurants near you!   Reusables - LinkedIn - LinkedIn Instagram - reusables_takeout - (@reusables_takeout) • Instagram 
November 29, 2021
Episode 39: Power your business for a waste free future with zero-waste refill stations!
On the latest episode of the Get Better At Garbage podcast we speak with Andy Chou, CEO of Soapstand and Drinkfill. Andy's company has developed an innovative method for retail and residential locations to bring the power of zero-waste refill stations to customers and residents. Andy talks about how COVID 19 created a pivot from refilling reusable drink containers back to the roots of the company which developed a high tech soap refill system that reduces waste and increases convenience.  Soapstand: IG: Soapstand (@soapstandco)  LinkedIn: Soapstand: Overview | LinkedIn Twitter: Soapstand (@Soapstand)  Drinkfill: Drinkfill | Zero-Waste Beverage Refill Station IG: Drinkfill (@drinkfillco)  LinkedIn: Drinkfill: About | LinkedIn
October 31, 2021
Episode 38: Turn your drink into a treat by replacing single-use plastics and papers with a wafer option!
On our latest episode of the Get Better At Garbage podcast we are joined by Lubo and Sam, Co-Founders of BioBite UK who have developed an innovative solution to the disposable coffee cup problem. BioBite has created an edible wafer cup that is an all-natural, vegan alternative for single use plastics and paper that you can eat. BioBite boasts the largest network of recycling depots in the world because each and every human on earth can easily recycle a cup by eating it. Fill it with cappuccino, gelato, or your favorite hot beverage, and take a bite out of the disposable cup waste problem.  Bio Bite Social Media Links:  Instagram: BioBite UK 🇬🇧 (@bio_bite_uk) • Instagram | bio_bite_uk LinkedIn: BioBite - Edible Wafer Cups: Overview | LinkedIn | BioBite  Facebook: BioBite | Facebook | @TurnYourCoffeeIntoATreat
October 25, 2021
Episode 37: Helping organizations dispose of electronic devices in a secure, sustainable, cost effective manner.
Don't let your e-waste be a missed opportunity. Tony Perrotta, president and CEO of Greentec is here to teach you how your e-waste can be captured as an opportunity instead of a wasted liability!
October 03, 2021
Episode 36: How LifeCycle Revive is solving the PPE and hospital waste problem with a full circle sustainable solution!
Healthcare in Canada just got much more sustainable, introducing Andy Straisfeld Co-Founder & VP of Business Development at LifeCycle Revive He joins this episode to introduce Canada's first circular economy-based recycling solution for PPE and used medical textiles. Listen to this episode to learn how Andy and his team can take mountains of PPE and turn it into a valuable product! LifeCycle Revive LinkedIn 
August 15, 2021
Episode 35: Using innovative sustainable technology to clean our waterways!
Introducing, Mr. Trash Wheel, created by John Kellett, President of Clearwater Mills. John utilizes this large installation to scoop up trash that floats in the Baltimore waterways! In his experience he's found all kinds of trash that was thrown in the water but there was one memorable find that made the Mr. Trash Wheel an even bigger hit with its growing number of fans! Find out what John found on this episode of Get Better At Garbage.  Visit there website at to learn more about their technology, the impact they have in the community and you'll be able to even meet the trash wheel family!  Social Media Links:  Instagram: mrtrashwheel | proftrashwheel  Twitter: mrtrashwheel | proftrashwheel  Facebook: mrtrashwheel | proftrashwheel
August 09, 2021
Episode 34: Cleaning up algae bloom in the environment while providing algae-based sustainable materials to the world!
What is the difference between Alga or Algae? In this episode of Get Better At Garbage we learn about the harmful effects of Algae blooms and how Bloom is cleaning up waterways while creating an alternative to petrochemical-based foam that is a big part of your favourite pair of shoes!  For more updates follow us on social media at:  LinkedIn: RecycleSmart™ | LinkedIn Twitter: RecycleSmart (@wastewatchers) / Twitter Facebook: RecycleSmart | Facebook Instagram: RecycleSmart (@recyclesmart) And Bloom at : Instagram: BLOOM Sustainable Materials (@bloomfoam) 
August 01, 2021
Episode 33: Using a biological system to upcycle plastic bottles into vanilla extract!
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? If you said vanilla, then you're in for a surprise! In our latest episode of Get Better at Garbage we're joined by Dr. Jo (Joanna) Sadler, Discovery Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She's joining us to discuss her innovative work on using bacterial enzymes to break down plastics and turn them into... well, you guessed it, vanilla flavoring!  To learn more about Dr. Joanna Sadler's work visit the University page: And follow her on twitter at: @JoSader10, @SadlerLab and Stephen Wallace at @Wallace_Lab (Stephen Wallace was the other author on the vanillin paper and she did the work in his lab).
July 11, 2021
Episode 32: Everyday products made from everyday waste. The stuff mother earth would buy.
Did you know that spring loaded shampoo bottles actually go straight to the landfill? It is so much unnecessary waste! The solution? Listen in on this episode where we introduce The Rogerie, a company that takes everyday plastic waste and turns it into many everyday products you can use. Like a recycled shampoo bar dish, no need for more plastic bottles! Visit their Instagram @therogerie for all their new product updates and releases! 
July 04, 2021
Episode 31: Revolutionizing residential and commercial recycling with an innovative recycling unit!
This week we are honored to be joined by Steve Peer, Co-Founder and CTO of 2B0, a disruptive recycling technology company looking to disrupt recycling behavior starting in the home. Colin and Steve discuss the 2B0 Recycling Bin which sorts, grinds, and compacts your recyclables while gamifying the nature of residential and commercial recycling.  Founded in 2019, 2BO is profoundly innovative, patented technology that integrates unique solutions and services for residential, municipal and commercial applications. By reducing friction to recycle materials while monitoring and adjusting product consumption, 2B0's intelligent stack will allow customers to be informed and rewarded using Sustainability as a Platform (SaaP). The cornerstone of 2BO is the AI-driven, 2BO IOT recycling unit that automatically sorts and processes recyclable materials. Consumers simply put their recyclables into the unit which then uses AI to automatically sense the material and process it accordingly. Visit their website at to learn more. 
June 06, 2021
Episode 30: The Art of Dumpster Photography with Grant Dyck
In this episode of Get Better at Garbage we speak with Grant Dyck, a photographer with a unique perspective on dumpsters. A recent import to Vancouver, Grant took notice of not just the beautiful mountains and ocean but also its ubiquitous dumpsters. The dumpster photographer talks us through his perspective while looking through the "lens" to capture these containers that are often forgotten.  You can follow Grant on Instagram at dumpster. (@dumpsterphotographer) and follow RecycleSmart on Instagram at RecycleSmart (@recyclesmart) 
May 30, 2021
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 09, 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 02, 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 06, 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 08, 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 07, 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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 03, 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 04, 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 08, 2020
Get Better At Garbage Trailer
Intro to the Get Better At Garbage Podcast trailer featuring RecycleSmart COO, Colin Bell. 
May 04, 2020