Founded in: 1979
Founded by: Ed McAlpine, originally as a second career, with just one cargo van, distributing “The
Independent” (Grimsby newspaper publication), but soon branched out to other publications,
recycling and distributing fruit, auto parts, wine and containers. Ed McAlpine was a visionary
who pioneered the recycling program in Niagara region and helped to make residents aware of
the need to preserve Canada’s Natural resources. He was the recipient of a Lifetime
Achievement Award for the Environment of Ontario for significantly contributing to minimization
of waste in Ontario. He was characterized with selfless determination and a commitment to
reliability and being an asset to the community in which Snowbird served.
Louisa, Ed's daughter has been an integral part of the business since she was just 15 years old and currently serves as President to the rapidly expanding company. Under Louisa's leadership the company has grown in size while continuing to embody the founding principals of Service #1 and treating customers and team members with respect and professionalism.