New Coast Waste Management board brings more recycling business focus

More representatives from local recycling-related businesses are expected to make this year’s recently elected Coast Waste Management Association (CWMA) board even more focused on the private sector within the steadily growing waste diversion industry. The CWMA is a multi-stakeholder organization representing businesses, government and nonprofits on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands of B.C.

For the first time, businesses dominate the new CWMA Board of Directors with five of eight positions. Joining the CWMA Board this year are: Bonnie Turner of Harper’s Recycling in Duncan, B.C. and Jason Adams of reFUSE in Saanich, B.C. Jerry Kupiak of SunCoast Waste Systems in Parksville, B.C. is returning to the board after a four-year absence. Re-elected are: Reid Hudson of Budget Steel in Victoria, B.C.; John Craveiro of the CRD in Victoria, B.C.; Mike Schellinck of the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange in Nanaimo, B.C.; Janet LeBlancq of Hornby Island Recycling in Hornby Island; and, John Beute of International Paper Industries in Nanaimo, B.C.

Over the past five years, CWMA’s membership has doubled from 40 members to now 80 member organizations from the business, non-profit and government sectors.

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