Waste Wars & 2023 Green Excellence Award Winners

Each year, Vancouver Airport Authority acknowledges the efforts, commitment, and enthusiasm of our business partners in environmental management and sustainability through the annual Waste Wars competition and YVR Green Excellence Award Program. This year’s winners were announced at the Project Green YVR Annual Summit on November 22nd, generously sponsored by Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Eric Pateman, YVR’s Chief Experience Officer and Vice President of Passenger Experience, awarded winners with trophies and plaques created by ChopValue.

Waste Wars

Waste Wars is a friendly competition designed to engage terminal food & beverage tenants in proper waste management and recycling at YVR. The competition’s main objective is to increase outreach and education on proper sorting to maximize the diversion of waste from the landfill. We encourage tenants to work together to support and reach our target of 60 per cent waste diversion by 2024. For the first time, passenger lounges were added to the competition this year.

YVR’s waste warriors battled the bins, and after seven weeks of intense binning, digging, and sorting, YVR’s best bins were declared!

Full-Service Restaurants:
  • 1st Place: Vino Volo (B Pier)
  • 2nd Place: Vino Volo (E Pier)
  • 3rd Place: Globe @ YVR
Quick Service Restaurants:
  • 1st Place: Pacific Coast News
  • 2nd Place: Starbucks (D Pier)
  • 3rd Place: Salmon N’ Bannock
Passenger Lounges:
  • 1st Place: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge (C Pier)
  • 2nd Place: Cathay Pacific Lounge
  • 3rd Place: SkyTeam Lounge

Our 2023 winners displayed exceptional sorting skills and true dedication to YVR’s waste management practices. We were truly impressed by their consistent efforts, enthusiasm, passion, and remarkable progress over the course of the competition. As a result of their hard work, less waste is going to the landfill, and more is being composted and recycled.

YVR Green Excellence Award

Since 2011, Vancouver Airport Authority has been recognizing exceptional Sea Island businesses for their commitment, enthusiasm, and innovation in minimizing the environmental impact of their operations with our annual YVR Green Excellence Award Program. This year, we had three distinct award categories for Sea Island businesses to submit nominations based on their environmental projects, initiatives or programs: environmental innovation, environmental stewardship, and community engagement.

Environmental Innovation Award:

Purolator Inc. was awarded the environmental innovation award for the implementation and expanded use of re-usable pallet skid wrap in their operations, which has drastically reduced their usage of plastic shrink wrap. Purolator’s introduction of a sustainable alternative has vastly reduced the amount of plastic waste headed to landfill.

Environmental Stewardship Award:

Air Canada was awarded the environmental stewardship award for major steps in electrifying their ground support equipment by replacing several diesel tractors with electric counterparts. Once Air Canada has fully completed their phased electrification of their entire ground support equipment fleet, hundreds of gas-powered vehicles will be replaced by clean equivalents.

Community Eco-Champion Award:

Fairmont was awarded the community eco-champion award for their work at several clean-ups at both McDonald Beach and YVR’s East Loading Dock collecting 90 pounds of waste.  Fairmont’s sustainability team continues to do remarkable work around environmental engagement & awareness on Sea Island.

Congratulations to our winners, and a big thank you to all businesses who submitted nominations for the 2023 YVR Green Excellence Award Program. We look forward to continuing to work together with the Sea Island business community to reduce our collective impact on the environment.