Case Study:
Vancouver Aquarium

The importance of leading the way

The Vancouver Aquarium is where education, conservation, and the beauty of this oceanside community come together. Providing a remarkable experience for its millions of visitors is a priority, as is responsibly handling waste generated by aquatic life and its facilities. As a conservation and research organization, the Aquarium strives to be a leader in optimizing environmental practices, all while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

A customized approach

Internally, interactive displays aide aquarium visitors in sorting their recyclables. In the kitchen, ‘best management’ practices help to reduce their overall waste output and properly sort recyclable materials. Even the decision-making put into purchasing considers the packaging and supplier’s environmental awareness. These practices are implemented and monitored by an entire department dedicated to minimizing the environmental impact the aquarium creates beyond their footprint within Stanley Park. Part of maximizing their environmental awareness includes a working partnership with us to find the next best home for their used materials.

Increased diversion & new recycling options

We’ve provided a one-stop-shop for all the services the Aquarium requires and have worked closely with them to achieve their goals and requirements.

Waste Control Services has really helped improve and streamline our waste diversion, instead of going to six companies.
- Corey Johnston
Vancouver Aquarium Manager, Building Operations

To help reduce the amount of space that waste and recycling equipment takes up, we custom-built compactors for solid waste, cardboard, and organic materials – helping to reduce how frequently the containers needed to be serviced. When regulations prevented drywall from going to the landfill, we provided solutions to dispose of material that was not being mass-generated. Beyond the efficient and optimized day-to-day service, we also provide one-off collection of large or small batches of recyclable materials from temporary displays and miscellaneous projects. The ability to do drop off infrequently disposed of items like batteries, retired electronics, and soft plastics – provides the Aquarium operational and budgetary flexibility throughout the year.