Guiding businesses on
their zero waste journey

Our Story

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.

Our Values

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 citizenship. True leadership begins by listening to the needs and wants of the people we work and live with. We listen so we can lead.

Environmental protection is our core, motivating us to drive change and ensure everyone can enjoy a healthy and happy community. By offering learning opportunities, we promote empowerment and positive change. We believe we all have a shared responsibility and never shy away from ours.

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THE HSR

ZERO WASTE TEAM

JAMIE KAMINSKI

JAMIE KAMINSKI

President & Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWA, TRUE Advisor)

JEROME LAROULANDIE

JEROME LAROULANDIE

Sales Manager

Jerome studied Biology and Ecology in the beautiful west coast of France. His study journey took him to Quebec to learn more about toxicology and the environmental impacts created by our activities.

PAOLO MUIR

PAOLO MUIR

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.

PAOLO MUIR

LUIZA ROCHA

Marketing & Sales Coordinator

Luiza was born and raised in Brazil, where she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Marketing and Sales. Luiza has recently graduated with distinction in the Post-Degree Diploma in Marketing Management at Langara College, Vancouver.

MELBOURNE WILLIAMS

MELBOURNE WILLIAMS

Recovery Center Coordinator

Born in the UK, and after having lived in Sierra Leone, Melbourne joined the HSR family back in 2008, when he first moved to Canada. Melbourne’s background was originally in electrical engineering back in the UK.

CARLOS LEBLANC

CARLOS LEBLANC

On-site Operations Coordinator

Carlos was born and raised in the Philippines, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce at the University of East Manila. Carlos continued down his path as a Sales Supervisor for 6 years at Asia Brewery Budweiser.

HINA ALI

HINA ALI

People & Engagement Leader

Hina was born and raised in Pakistan. She has a Master’s in Public Administration with 7 years of experience working in the field of Human Resource Management. Her areas of interest are training and development, corporate governance, and organizational behavior.

FRANCIS LEUNG

FRANCIS LEUNG

Financial Analyst

Francis is our organization’s financial expert due to his extensive experience in the accounting profession. Francis is a member of the Certified General Accountants (CGA) association of BC.

Who We Work With

Many types of companies can work toward achieving zero waste.

  • CONVENTION CENTERS
  • FILM SETS
  • HOTELS
  • MANUFACTURING
  • MUNICIPALITIES
  • TECH
  • OFFICE SPACES
  • RESTAURANTS
  • RETAIL
  • SHIPPING
  • SHOPPING CENTERS
  • WAREHOUSING

Our Clients

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.

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Zero Waste Principles

The International Zero Waste Definition & Zero Waste Hierarchy

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.”

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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.

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