What’s Your Business?
EcoZero collects used cooking oil and recycles it to produce locally-made biodiesel.
Why Did You Start Your Business?
It broke our hearts to see a valuable resource like cooking oil end its lifecycle once it had been used. It wasn’t common knowledge that this “liquid gold” could be used for alternative fuel solutions. We want to bring awareness to recycling used cooking oil, and promote biodiesel as a reliable fuel alternative.
What Does It Say On Your Business Card?
Our business cards read “Used Cooking Oil Collection & Recycling” and are printed on 100% recycled paper with plant-based biomass ink by a local printing company that uses green power.
What's Your Neigbourhood And Why Do You Love It?
Our neighbourhood is Port Coquitlam, endearingly referred to as PoCo by local residents. We love PoCo because of the central location in the Lower Mainland.
Best Kept Secret or Little Known Fact About Your Neighbouhood?
The Port Coquitlam Farmer’s Market is a great treat on a Thursday evening in the summer.
The One Piece of Advice You’d Give Other Local Businesses Is….
Support other local businesses as much as you can. We all need to support each other and keep revenue inside BC to bolster a robust economy for everyone’s benefit.
What’s The Most Important Business Lesson You’ve Learned?
It’s not what you do; it’s who you are doing it with. Business is ultimately about our partners, employees, networks, community, customers and vendors. In the end, our relationships with teammates, clients, and partners are paramount. A business can be viewed as a collection of relationships, and we must invest in those and do the best we can at cultivating them through good times and bad.
What's The Best Business Move You've Made Recently? The Worst?
Putting together the right team to buy into the system and culture of the company to help the business move in the best direction. Worst decision is thinking I can do it by myself.
What Local Suppliers (goods or services) Can't You Live Without? Why?
All our customers/vendors (restaurants, community centres, food manufacturing facilities and other food service organizations) provide us with their waste, which we see as gold. We cannot live without this because it is our primary raw material and source of business. It is the life blood of our company.
What's A Little Known Fact About Your Business?
We are the second largest used cooking oil recycling company in BC, but the only one using the oil solely to create locally-made biodiesel.
What Inspires You to Keep Moving Forward?
All of the positive feedback we receive from our current clients and new clients who were not aware they could receive money by selling us their waste is what inspires us to move forward.
One Thing That Never Ceases to Amaze You About Doing Business Here Is….
The beautiful backdrop of scenery wherever we do business in the Lower Mainland.
Too Many Trips, Calls, Meetings, Emails, Tweets...What's Your Favorite Escape?
Hitting the local slopes for some snowboarding.
How Does Your Business Work To Better Our World?
We want to promote sustainability at home and at work to keep our world clean and green. We have dedicated ourselves to promoting the recycling of used cooking oil and different ways the end product can be used in an environmentally-friendly way.
How Are Your Products/Services Environmentally And Socially Beneficial?
Recycling used cooking oil is an environmentally-friendly approach to extending the lifecycle of this valuable resource and we are committed to creating awareness within our society about its many uses.
Why Is Local Important To You?
We love where we live – the people, the buildings, the natural surroundings, and we want to preserve all of this beauty for future generations to experience as well.
How Do You Support Other Local Businesses?
We pay local businesses for their used cooking oil which provides them with revenue from this waste product to inject back into their business.
You Are Excited About The Future Because…
The more we talk to people and generate awareness of recycling used cooking oil to create locally-made biodiesel, the more people get enthusiastic about it along with us. This is really inspiring for us and drives us each and every day to educate people.