‘I live on stress’ Young woman on the move
For Cassandra Gareau, moving materials is not just her business, it’s personal.
“C.G. that is me. That’s my name. It has my name on it. This company represents me from A to Z,” says the 21-year-old Apple Hill resident who started her C. G. Group of Companies in 2015.
“The relationship we have with our suppliers and customers is our foundation. We live on customer service,” comments Ms. Gareau, who has been working in the transportation and recycling brokerage industry since she was 14.
Following in the footsteps of her mother, Nathalie, Ms. Gareau began working in Montréal as a customer service representative while she was attending Le Relais. “Kudos to M. Gauthier,” remarks Ms. Gareau. Teacher Hubert Gauthier bent the rules so she could gain valuable experience at a Québec trucking firm. “I never liked school. I got bullied just for breathing. It was a nightmare. This is my childhood dream,” she says as she works in the office situated in the family home.
The company was initially a transportation broker moving a variety of products such as food, hardwood, recycling materials and windows.
The four-employee operation is a “big team effort,” stresses Ms. Gareau, who in January of this year launched CG Trading, the company's recycling division.
CG Trading moves post-consumer, recyclable materials, dealing with suppliers and MRFs all across the continent. “We never close. We are open 24-7, 365 days. I live on stress; I live on adrenaline.”
As a broker, she negotiates a price for a vendor and arranges transportation to the end user. “We do all of the paperwork, the Customs forms, everything all in house. And since we don’t double broker, we can get a good price for our customers.”
While CG does not deal with the RARE recycling centre in Alexandria, her firm serves clients in Winnipeg, Alberta, Québec, Prince Edward Island, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Kingston, Waterloo.
The market for reusable products is “crazy,” says Ms. Gareau. On this particular day, used alu- minum cans were fetching 64 cents a pound.
Where it ends up
Check with your municipality to see what materials are accepted through their curbside recycling programs.
Here is where some of those items end up.
Aluminum can be recycled repeatedly, and most of the empties are typically melted, recast and refilled within 60 days.
Recycling aluminum uses a tiny fraction of the energy it takes to refine ore from scratch – and aluminum can be used in everything from CDs to passenger jets.
Lightweight Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic is infinitely recyclable and can be used to manufacture new bottles as well as items such as polar fleece, broadloom, rope, brush bristles, car bumpers and household furnishings.
As an infinitely recyclable material, the glass from bottles and jars can be used to make new glass containers. It also becomes a raw material for products like fibreglass insulation, high traction road surfaces and reflective signs, as well as construction aggregate.
Old newspapers, magazines, catalogues and household paper, such as statements, bills and envelopes come back as fresh paper stock.
They can also be made into products like boxboard, drywall, egg cartons, insulation and bedding trays.
“This company represents me from A to Z. We live on customer service.” – CASSANDRA GAREAU –
DRIVEN: Cassandra Gareau steering her Apple Hill firm.