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General News · 23rd November 2018
FOCI - Helen
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Jo Ann Green Environmental Award for 2018 is Brian Pfeifle and his team at the Cortes Island Waste Management Centre.

The award recognizes a Cortes Islander who has made significant contributions to the environmental well being of the community.

Congratulations to Brian and his team for all their dedication and awesome work. Here is the nomination in full:

Without hesitation we nominate Brian Pfeifle & his team at the Cortes Island Waste Transfer Station for their professional and dedicated work towards serious participation by the Cortes community in the proactive reduction of our solid waste generation.

Island resources need to be used and reused continuously so they don’t end up in landfills. Brian and his team are working to build a circular economy by creating enhanced opportunities for our local community to reuse and recycle.
Good waste management systems are essential to building that circular economy and this is accomplished by Brian and his team’s attention to:

1. the organization and clear signage of the recyclables facility, thereby creating a “user-friendly” facility that exponentially enhances community participation in recycling

2. the discrimination of the quality of reusables accepted, which is in turn reinforced by their respectful treatment and storage on site of those reusables

3. the cleanliness of the facility, which instils a sense of respect within the community for recyclables and reusables

Brian’s personal passion for and knowledge of the solid waste management industry, politics and psychology, provides powerful community leadership. Brian does NOT run a dump – he takes pride in running a discriminating and respected transfer station. Brian’s bold leadership, which doesn’t always make him popular, is positively encouraging and challenging Cortesians to take an active role in reducing solid waste on Cortes Island.

Brian is wholeheartedly in on the “all soft plastic” recycling experiment that’s going on in BC right now. This is HUGE. The waste transfer station here on Cortes is the best place in BC to properly dispense your product care (paint, batteries, oil/filters, lightbulbs etc) with fast friendly precision. The grounds are immaculate and everyone is friendly.

“Mismanagement of waste is harming human health and local environments while adding to the climate challenge.”
Laura Tuck/ Vice-President Sustainable Development World Bank

Comment by Gary on 26th November 2018
So great having Brian at the helm of the "Good Ship Recycling".
Congratulations to captain and crew.
The Best
Comment by Patricia Vosper on 25th November 2018
No one deserves an award more then Brian and his team of workers. There smiles and helpfulness when not knowing what to do with what, totally awesome.

Always no matter the weather the area was always kept clear and organized..

Well deserved and congratulations to all!!
Well done Brian!
Comment by Bruce Ellingsen on 25th November 2018
I have great admiration for Brian and his team for their excellent work in operating our very special waste management centre.
We should all be proud!
Comment by Ron Bazar on 25th November 2018
We should all be proud to have the best recycling and waste management center found anywhere.

What an incredible job Brian and his team have done!

So glad to have such leadership here on Cortes and so deserving of this award!

Comment by Jack Wills on 23rd November 2018
Well deserved recognition for the outstanding job that you and your team do every week of the year. The Recycling Centre looks and operates better and better each time I see it. Brian has continued to improve on the foundation laid by Dova so many years back.
Well Done Brian!!!
Comment by Patricia L on 23rd November 2018
You so deserve this award. It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it right? You keep it organized, with clear signage and clean spaces. Awesomeness!