Guiding businesses on
their zero waste journey
Stan Kaminski, otherwise known as “Happy Stan,” started his journey in recycling by collecting newspapers from local hotels to raise money for the Gibsons boys club. After getting married and having three children, two of his children, Jamie and Chris, continued the family’s recycling tradition, collecting newspapers to raise money.
At his janitorial business, All Canadian Janitorial, Stan sold all the paper and cardboard from the companies he cleaned to local recycling companies. After selling the business to his partner, he launched All Canadian Recycling Services in 1988 with a different partner, servicing print shops and real estate offices across the Lower Mainland with a single one-ton cube truck. Taking on larger contracts such as Island Paper Mills and BC Rail, Stan’s workforce also increased, including his (now adult) sons.
Launching Happy Stan’s Recycling (HSR) Services Ltd., Stan's business was—and still is—the recycling of cardboard and cardboard tubes. In 2003, he accepted a contract from the city of Port Coquitlam to process the residential recycling from their blue bag program, which was later replaced by the single stream co-mingled process.
As General Manager, world-renowned industry expert Jamie Kaminsi shifted HSR Services’ focus from a materials-oriented business to a service-oriented company, providing information and recycling solutions to businesses and households across the Lower Mainland. Since our humble beginnings, we’ve increased our material acceptance from cardboard and paper to over 40 different commodities. HSR Zero Waste also empowers organizations to earn Zero Waste Canada, LEED, BOMA, TRUE, and Green Marine Certifications.
Together, Stan, Jamie, and our team of dedicated employees and colleagues work hard to create a one-stop solution for diversion rate recycling for businesses and homes across British Columbia.
CITIZENSHIP | LEADERSHIP | EMPOWERMENT | RESPONSIBILITY
Our People & Culture
HSR Zero Waste’s values drive our organization. More importantly, they represent how we treat each other—as well as the communities which we serve—and why.
Our values teach us that as environmental advocates, we are part of a whole.
We believe by treating others with compassion and respect, we foster positive
ZERO WASTE TEAM
President & Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWA, TRUE Advisor)
Zero Waste Associate (ZWA)
Paolo joined the HSR family in 2017, after having met Jamie through the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) network. Paolo developed his vocation for Zero Waste early on, learning closely from the council of Capannori in Tuscany, Italy, the first European council to adhere to a Zero Waste policy.
Zero Waste Associate (ZWA)
Recovery Center Coordinator
On-site Operations Coordinator
People & Engagement Leader
Who We Work With
Many types of companies can work toward achieving zero waste.
- CONVENTION CENTERS
- FILM SETS
- OFFICE SPACES
- SHOPPING CENTERS
We work with large commercial properties, commercial high-rises, shopping centres and malls, hotels, manufacturers, distribution centres, warehouses, general contractors and more. We can work with any business with a facility that wants to work toward zero waste practices.
Zero Waste Principles
We believe in and operate under these zero waste founding policies and practices.
“Zero Waste is the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning, and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.”
HSR Zero Waste Is An Active Member Of
We’re a proud and active member of Zero Waste Canada, the national affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA), which we support and collaborate with, both as an organization and as individual volunteers.
We believe in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and operate accordingly, as we understand how each of the global goals pertains to zero waste.