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How BluPlanet Recycling’s Triple Bottom Line Builds Community and Sustainability in Calgary

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BluPlanet Recycling, a locally owned and operated waste disposal service established in 2009, is committed to walking the walk when it comes to environmental awareness and sustainability. With company policies that place the environment and community at the forefront both internally and externally, this is not your typical waste disposal service. 

By purchasing carbon offsets for all CO2 emissions from Carbon Zero and using BullfrogPower for green energy, BluPlanet is both carbon neutral and powered with 100% green electricity and natural gas. BluPlanet Recycling is an award-winning member of a number of environmental and community organizations, including Be Local YYC, and has been a certified Benefit Corporation since 2011. To achieve B-Corp status, businesses must show exceptional commitment to social and environmental sustainability, and BluPlanet has been named to the annual B-Corp Best For The World list 5 different times.  

In a highly competitive market, Nelson Berlin, BluPlanet Recycling Business Development Manager, firmly believes they are best positioned to bring Calgary into a more sustainable future, “Right now, in the city of Calgary,” he says, “we’re the waste-company focused the most on waste diversion.” Servicing hundreds of businesses and over 40,000 residences throughout the city and surrounding areas, they offer custom solutions for any site and are the largest multi-family provider in Calgary. Through a number of environment-centric initiatives, BluPlanet is responsible for the diversion of over 8,000,000 kg of material from the landfill annually, and successfully offset 336,000 kg of CO2 in 2019 alone. 

Maintaining their triple bottom line by valuing community and environmental impact as much as economic success, BluPlanet Recycling is as committed to giving back to the community as they are to pursuing sustainability.
As a part of BluPlanet’s charitable giving strategy, they partner with one local organization each year to help further social initiatives aimed at supporting the Calgary community. This year, BluPlanet pledged $30,000 to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, an organization dedicated to feeding Calgary’s school children. Catering to 228 schools across the city, BB4CK feeds 5000 kids every day with the help of donations from individuals and organizations like BluPlanet Recycling. 

BluPlanet is also committed to fostering positive change through a number of internal company policies. This includes offering carpool credits and a volunteer initiative program wherein staff can earn extra vacation days by reaching a certain number of volunteer hours. BluPlanet also encourages staff to reduce excess waste by facilitating bulk purchase orders and offering an in-house refillery for household products. This allows staff members to bring reusable containers into stock up on home products instead of purchasing new every time. 

For more information on BluPlanet Recycling and sustainability in Calgary, visit https://www.bprecycling.ca.

For more stories, see Todayville Calgary.

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Positive COVID-19 tests at world men's curling championship deemed “false positives”

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CALGARY — The four positive COVID-19 tests that interrupted the men’s world curling championship are considered “false positives” from potentially contaminated samples, according to the World Curling Federation.

The men’s championship concluded late Sunday night with Sweden’s Niklas Edin winning a record fifth world men’s title.

No games were played Saturday because four participants, including one from a playoff team, tested positive for the virus in “exit” tests before leaving Calgary’s curling bubble. 

None had symptoms of the illness.

All have tested negative in multiple re-tests since then, the WCF said Monday in a statement. All tests were conducted via PCR throat swabs.

“According to Alberta Health, PCR testing remains the gold standard for COVID-19 testing,” the WCF said. “Very rarely, there are occurrences through sampling or testing processes when samples may become contaminated and a false positive may result.

“Following an investigation over the weekend, it appears that this may have occurred in this case and follow-up testing was undertaken.”

All athletes and personnel considered close contacts of the four underwent testing Saturday with all results negative. 

Every playoff team member was tested before and after each game Sunday with those results also negative, the WCF said. Hotel staff were also tested Sunday and cleared.

“With the original four positive test results now deemed as false positives, the integrity of the Calgary bubble remains intact,” the WCF declared.

“The change also allows international athletes who were considered close contacts, and who would have had to remain in isolation in Calgary for 14 days, will now be able to depart Calgary.”

The fifth of seven events in Calgary’s curling hub, the Humpty’s Champions Cup, gets underway Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.

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Pulling the plug: Edmonton Folk Music Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

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EDMONTON — Despite Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s hope that the COVID-19 vaccine will allow summer events like the Calgary Stampede to go ahead, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has been cancelled

The festival says in a statement that without full vaccination, people won’t be entirely safe from the spread of COVID-19. 

It says that with virus variants and an uncertain vaccine rollout, the impossibility of social distancing at the outdoor festival could lead to community spread.

Kenney has said that two-thirds of the population should have a vaccine shot by the end of June and things should begin to feel back-to-normal.

He says the Stampede, which is held in early July, along with sporting events and other festivals will be possible.

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival says it will continue to offer online content and, if small gatherings are permitted, it hopes to add some community engagement.

“With so many variables at play, the complexity of planning and delivering a festival of our size makes it impossible to move forward in our usual manner,” the statement said Monday.

“As profoundly disappointing as this news is, we believe this is the only safe way forward. The safety of our patrons, volunteers, and artists was of paramount importance in coming to this conclusion.”

The annual four-day festival in the city’s Gallagher Park usually attracts thousands of music fans and boasts approximately 2,700 volunteers.

Alberta introduced new health rules last week, closing restaurants to in-person dining and further reducing customer capacity at retail stores in response to rising COVID-19 numbers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.

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