‘I live on stress’ Young woman on the move

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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.


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