About Atmo Child Car Seat Recycling
ATMO Recycling Ltd is a Canadian not for profit/social enterprise, created in 2017 by industry leader Graham Lewis. ATMO Recycling Ltd™ quickly established itself as the first and only social enterprise (Not for profit) in Canada dedicated to responsibly recycling child car safety seats in Canada.
The need to create an experienced Board of Directors, that could guide the not for profit into a sustainable organization, with a solid vision, mission and value statement over the next three years was crucial.
ATMO Recycling Ltd™ used its guiding vision, mission and value statement to align its hiring practices into an operation that values individuals from all aspects of a community. Hiring persons whom identify as having a barrier to employment is a key element of our operational structure.
Recycling consumer products is only one part of the circular economy. Individuals who struggle to find sustainable employment are often overlooked and as a result are continually searching to find ways of earning an income. ATMO Recycling Ltd™ refers to this as the value of human capital.
Protecting the environment while creating sustainable long-term employment for individuals with barriers to employment is the heart of ATMO Recycling Ltd™.
Taking the Lead
Graham Lewis, Founder and Executive Director, has a long standing record across the social sector and takes the lead role in securing partnerships that enhance the strategic growth of both ATMO Recycling Ltd and its partners. Child car seats are only one of a handful of consumer products until recently considered “non-recyclable” due to the time it takes to fully dismantle a child car seat – it is this quest to be a leader in a new sector that drives innovation.
ATMO Recycling Ltd™ is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and establishing community recycling partnerships across Canada. The placement of centralized recycling pods ensures that ATMO Recycling Ltd is consistently mindful of its footprint, and this approach relates to all aspects of how ATMO Recycling conducts its overall business.
ATMO Recycling Ltd™ over the last twenty months has constructed a detailed understanding of the importance of convenience for its customers. Making it fast, easy and convenient for people to recycle a child car seat is how the program will grow, with the determination that this will evolve to become the accepted method to dispose of a child car seat.
It’s All Our Responsibility
ATMO Recycling Ltd™ teamed up with Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute (Scarborough, Ontario) to give high school students the chance to gain valuable insight into what it takes to build a brand for a new project, along with insight as to the ups and downs of growth within the social enterprise sector. The students developed the tag line “1 Less Seat, 1 World 2 Keep” and which is now an integral brand component for our child car seat recycling program.
What We Do
ATMO Recycling Ltd is the original and only not for profit child car seat recycling facility within Ontario, with partnerships that have created the most convenient drop-off locations for expired or damaged child car seats.
Keeping it simple
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: Keeping it simple is often the best method for solving a problem.
Graham Lewis, Founder and Executive Director, used this philosophy to guide him when he created ATMO Recycling Ltd. It is the business model that ultimately creates a sustainable opportunity to recycle a product that began production in 1971. ATMO Recycling Ltd’s strategy avoids the seats ending up in Canadian landfills by recycling or repurposing the materials.
With new and improved uses being sought by ATMO Recycling Ltd™ for the disassembled and processed parts it’s imperative that ATMO Recycling Ltd™ create systems that will meet the demands being forecast over the next several years.
Why We Matter
Child car seats were first developed around the year 1971 and have since become engineered to withstand the most severe impact. This type of engineering means child car seats are extremely difficult to break down, making it increasingly difficult to isolate the various types of plastic used in manufacturing.
ATMO Recycling Ltd™ has written into its vision, mission and value statement, its core hiring policy, which is to employ persons who have identified barriers to employment. This, in order to allow them to contribute their skills and knowledge, not only for their own benefit but for the benefit of society as well.
So, what’s next?… ATMO Recycling Ltd™ is currently in the early stages of developing eco-friendly products from the recycled material that can be produced in large quantities for the consumer market.
Our Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for ATMO Recycling Ltd™ is a volunteer position. The current and founding Board members have experience from both business and community.
The Board is charged with managing the mission, vision and values of ATMO Recycling Ltd™ as well as ensuring that the direction of the social business is maintained by the founder and Executive Director.
The Board of Directors ensures that the complex issues involved with starting a social enterprise are balanced with the need to ensure growth across Ontario / Canada in a sustainable business model. Part of the growth model includes the selection of partners who share similar objectives and growth strategies in the local community, and should endorse sustainable environmental objectives, and the employment of persons with special needs.
Board Chair: Graham Lewis
Vice Chair: John Brady
Board Directors General