April 2nd, 2021
Richmond, British Columbia
PPE Recovery Initiative
The pandemic is a battle on all fronts and preventing infection spread has massively increased the production of personal protective equipment (PPE). Since the end of 2019 we have seen more PPE waste contaminating our landfills, the ocean, and our environment than ever before. RecycleSmart’s CEO, Rob Duthie had some words to add to this, “Our reliance on personal protective equipment is clear during the COVID-19 pandemic, the missing link in the business recycling process was an easy, cost effective method to properly dispose of this unique waste item. With the Green Circle Ideas partnership RecycleSmart is taking a stand against PPE waste in Canada.”
Green Circle Salons is best known for creating the world’s first sustainable salon solution. Estimating that the beauty industry creates over 877 pounds of waste every minute, businesses send up to 95% of their waste to be recycled, repurposed or otherwise recovered. The PPE Recovery Initiative was created in 2020 to initially combat pandemic-related waste in the beauty industry – but like many Canadian businesses, Green Circle Ideas pivoted during the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. Now serving all types of businesses from coast-to-coast, Green Circle Ideas has innovatively adapted their industry leading salon waste program to fit the needs of any business that wants to responsibly divert PPE waste from landfill.
RecycleSmart and Green Circle will be working together to support safe disposal of possibly bio-hazardous PPE in an open-loop waste system at client sites across Canada. “Green Circle is thrilled to be partnering with Recycle Smart, a national leader in waste reduction and landfill diversion. Together we can provide a safe and sustainable end of life story for single use pandemic waste” says Will Simpson, Head of Corporate Accounts at Green Circle.
Green Circle’s PPE Recovery Initiative has been designed to safely collect, manage, and dispose of:
- All manner of PPE/Single use items
- Face mask, coverings & shields
- Gloves (vinyl, latex and nitrile)
- Disinfectant wipes
- Single use towels
- Privacy gowns other protective body coverings
RecycleSmart is Canada’s largest provider of smart waste diversion, organic capture, and recycling management ideas to all of Canada’s shop, eat, sleep, learn, work, and fun places. RecycleSmart develops and deploys advanced cloud-based waste and recycling container sensor systems that reduce emissions, cut operating costs and increase waste diversion at over 5,000 sites nationwide. Customers include proud local independents, to Fortune 500 companies. For more information visit: https://recycle-smart.com/
About Green Circle Ideas
The world’s first sustainable salon waste diversion program is dedicated to recycling, recovering and repurposing beauty waste from salons and spas. Green Circle empowers salons and spas to recover up to 95% of their beauty waste, helping them to become more green, gain clients, save money, and build revenue that’s ethical and simple. A certified B corporation, Green Circle is also recognized by the Carbon Trust, which acknowledges that they meet the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility as well as Zero-Waste to Landfill. For more information visit: https://greencirclesalons.com/