I can't possibly be the only one who notices a drastic difference on garbage day post-holiday hoopla. It looks different than any other time of year. Sure there are snow drifts and shrivelled-up Christmas trees, but the sheer volume of trash is hard to ignore.
January is not known as trash season, though your garbage collector might disagree. Instead, it's traditionally a time of year when we make promises and pledges or New Year's resolutions — to be better and to do better.
It felt only natural (to me) that these two phenomenon collide, making perfect fodder for my first blog post of 2011. It's about disposal people, and 2011 is the year to clean up!
If your garage (or basement or crawl space) is like mine, it's overflowing with a variety of "what the heck do I do with this stuff?" You know — items that aren't safe for the landfill and those rejected by your curbside recycling program. (Speaking of curbside collection, watch my new Blue Bin Do's and Don'ts video to be the best recycler you can be!)
Over my holiday break, I took some time to do a little holiday hangover cleaning. But I had help, thanks to a few fabulous resources:
Use their search engine by entering your postal code (or Zip) and the product you're trying to dispose of — like paints, computer monitors, metal clothes hangers, and more!
This company specializing in recycling batteries (e.g., AA, lithium ion) and cell phones. Again, just enter your postal code (or Zip) to find a drop-off location near you.
If you live in one of the seven Canadian provinces they cover (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland), search this site by province or product (like pesticides, CFLs, small appliances, or flammables).
These are only a few leads, but chances are your city's website has some of the best tips and advice when it comes to disposal of tricky items. Also, see if your province has a recycling council (e.g., British Columbia, Ontario) or a hotline. There are also private companies that take stuff your Blue Bin program won't (and often for free).
What resources have you found helpful when trying to safely get rid of the impossible?
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green