Just over one short year ago, Leanne Bertram made the decision to pursue her passion.
Fast forward 365 days to the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and her ambitous environmentally friendly venture Clean Conscience Recycling had earned the New Business of the Year honour.
Clean Conscience Recycling’s motto is to change the way people think about diverting waste from landfills and recycling.
Bertram explained she aims to help local businesses become more environmentally friendly in terms of the disposal of their waste by offering a convenient, reliable and cost efficient solution for all their waste streams.
Clean Conscience Recycling takes waste matters and the environment seriously and are committed to providing businesses with a waste solution that is both effective and economical.
“We will help to find the right balance for your business to divert or dispose of all your waste streams,” explains the companies website.
Bertram added she has found herself at home in the dumpsters of Central Alberta where her new business now spans.
“Because there are nine people nominated I didn’t think I would win,” said Bertram.
Other local businesses nominated for the award included Bukwildz, The Chopped Leaf/Wok Box, Coldwell Banker Ontrack Realty,Magical Moments Inc., Saks Shoes, Sugarbelle Cakery Inc., The Place to Mortgage.
“It’s nice to know that there are people out there who support me and believe in what I’m doing,” said Bertram. “I truly do believe that every little bit of diversion makes a difference. I see it every day.”
Over the past year her business has grown from residential and local business recycling programs to full scale construction projects where she assists in the diversion of waste from work sites, with one project being the build of Beacon Hill Elementary in Sylvan Lake.
“Being able to work with construction companies and see the difference we can make there is amazing,” she added. “It’s satisfying in the end. We’re diverting so much and it’s not just by recycling, it’s also by reusing items. I want people to know that they can come to me and be recognized for that.”
Bertram added just being recognized and nominated for the award was a win in her books.