If you measure the impact of a business by how many people in a community use its services, then Carney’s Waste Systems could well be deemed the most successful company in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
For more than 50 years, Carney’s has been the one trusted name for all facets of waste management, including solid and liquid waste removal, recycling, removal of construction and demolition debris, portable toilet rentals, septic pumping, residential garbage and recycling pickup, residential recycling depots and special events waste management.
The Carney’s team is proudly celebrating that half-century anniversary of success, awards and accolades as a business this year, looking back on the past while looking forward to more growth and success in the future and the next 50 years.
But the Sea to Sky’s champion of recycling and waste management started small.
“In 1965 Squamish became a municipality with Brackendale and Garibaldi, and they tendered out the garbage collection to 800 houses, which we got in the spring of ‘65 for $1 per house per month,” said Owen Carney, who started the business.
Today, in addition to also managing waste and recycling facilities on behalf of local municipalities including Squamish Landfill, the Whistler and Pemberton Transfer Stations and the Whistler Compost Facility, Carney’s also now has over 30 trucks and 85 proud employees all helping to continue providing leadership in recycling, waste reduction and waste management.
“Business grew to meet customer needs,” said Carney. “We made the decision to stay in the Sea to Sky Corridor and build the business to serve the Corridor’s needs, and focused on doing a good job here in all aspects of solid waste. Now, we have a solid history with the Corridor’s growth, as many businesses have dealt with us at some time or other.”
And it is a lot more than just picking up and hauling away waste. Carney’s devotes a lot of time to green education and teaching best recycling practices both for at work and in the home. The business participates in school outreach and B.C. Stewardship programs, and regularly sponsors activities and contests to raise awareness and get youths involved with global green efforts.
But Carney’s commitment to Squamish isn’t just about recycling and waste management. Many of the company’s management team are involved with a wide variety of community groups and events, and Owen himself has been an avid and tireless volunteer for many organizations over the years, serving as president for Squamish Rotary, Loggers Sports, the Squamish Curling Club, squash club and golf club. He’s also well known for the work he does at the many ski events held in the Corridor, and is also a world-champion logger sports competitor in his own right.
“The Carney’s team is proudly celebrating that half-century anniversary of success, awards and accolades.”
He’s currently the fundraising chair for the Centrepoint Project for Sea to Sky Community Services. The project aims to create an $8 million downtown community services hub in Squamish.
Carney said he’s enjoyed working with municipal staffs to come up with solutions to the different Sea to Sky communities’ challenges with solid and liquid waste issues over the past 50 years.
“I’m looking forward to the next 50 years,” he said.