Brook Lotzkar is a film and digital media producer by training, but got into recycling business by accident.
“I’ve always been passionate about the environment and recycling is an important part in reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills,” he says. That’s not surprising as Brook’s family had operated one of Vancouver’s first recycling centers back in the 60s. It gave him an opportunity to use his film studies training to encourage more people to recycle.
Now, Brook is an IT and marketing manager at Regional Recycling, based in Vancouver, BC. The company owns a network of recycling depots across Western Canada that allow customers to return bottles and cans for a small refund. Manufacturers will pay for clean, properly sorted bottles and cans that they can reuse, while customers can walk into any of Regional Recycling’s depots, have their recyclables counted and receive some money.
Here’s how automation helps Regional Recycling’s logistics.