CALGARY- An entrepreneur’s blue idea is helping the city go green—and could lead to a national award.
Five years ago, Devin Goss started BluPlanet, which is the biggest multi-family recycler in the city.
“Primarily the market we are servicing for condos is for the collection of your co-mingling recycling,” he explained. “Paper, plastics, glass and things of that nature. Compost is going to be the next big element.”
The city has an ambitious plan to collect organics, and will ban them in landfills by 2019.
“We are looking at the beginning of 2017 to actually go ahead with green cart program—that is when the organics facility would be up and running,” says Dick Ebersohn, from city waste and recycling.
However, there isn’t a plan in place for larger buildings.
“We haven’t really looked into specifically how we will approach organics in the multi-family sector, and that is why we would like to develop a strategy first. We’ll work with residents see what would work with them, as well as the hauling industry and processing industry.”
In the mean time, BluPlanet hopes they can grow to meet the challenge. The company is a finalist in a national entrepreneurial competition, and the winner gets $100,000.
If he wins, Goss says the money would go towards capital investments like special trucks.
“We collect and process about a ton of day of composted materials, but we are hoping to scale that upwards to twenty tons a day.”