Recycling

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    How to recycle batteries

    Remember when we were kids and batteries went in the trash? Like everything. Then remember when we found out that batteries were actually household hazardous waste and that they really... More »

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    Recycle child car seats

    I must admit this topic initially had me stumped. I'd never heard of anyone recycling a child's car seat before. And after a few inquiries I now understand why. It's... More »

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    Where to recycle mattresses

    Old mattresses have been dumped in city landfills for years. Yet all of the materials in them are recyclable. Today, few cities offer recycling options but it's still worth searching... More »

  • Photo: How to recycle BBQ propane tanks

    How to recycle BBQ propane tanks

    We're well into barbecue season, something you'll know if you've made the annual mistake of running out of propane. Propane tanks are refillable but sometimes you might need to get... More »

  • Photo: What's better for the environment--beer in cans, or bottles?

    What's better for the environment—beer in cans, or bottles?

    Locally made beer in a glass bottle is better. If your favourite beer is made in a land far, far away, choose cans. But two other options exist: 1) a... More »

  • Photo: How to recycle a wedding dress

    How to recycle a wedding dress

    Have you ever heard of upcycling? It's a form of recycling. You take something that you might have otherwise thrown out and find a way to make it new again!... More »

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    How to recycle old eye glasses

    Donating your old glasses is an excellent idea. One recycling option is a non-profit called OneSight. Check out OneSight to use its store locator and find a drop-off location. Sponsoring... More »

  • Photo: How to recycle a cell phone

    How to recycle a cell phone

    Here's an easy website to remember, www.recyclemycell.ca. You can find a drop-off location in your area. Worldwide, there are about eight million cell phone users. The truth is that about... More »

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    Green roofing options

    First, dispose of the old roofing materials. In Canada, about 1.25 million tonnes of asphalt-based roofing materials are discarded each year. But asphalt shingles are recyclable. Before you hire a... More »

  • Photo: How to recycle strollers and toys

    How to recycle strollers and toys

    Many products from strollers to toys, are recyclable. If you're in the Metro Vancouver area, you can contact Pacific Mobile Depots, which organizes pickups and drop-off dates in and around... More »

  • Photo:  Are office supplies like highlighters recyclable or refillable?

    Are office supplies like highlighters recyclable or refillable?

    Highlighters might seem like small beans but BC Hydro estimates that office supplies account for 10 per cent of all landfill waste in British Columbia. (Similar statistics apply to most... More »

  • Photo: What's eco-friendliest: milk cartons or jugs?

    What's eco-friendliest: milk cartons or jugs?

    Possibly none of the above. Walk the dairy aisle of your grocery store and you'll see milk packaged in waxed cartons, plastic jugs and glass bottles. To help you choose... More »

  • Photo: Are keys recyclable?

    Are keys recyclable?

    Why yes, they are! Keys are considered scrap metal, but you can't put them into your curb-side blue bins. You need to find a metal recycler near you. To find... More »

  • Photo: How to recycle old holiday lights

    How to recycle old holiday lights

    Making the switch to more energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights is an excellent tradition to establish this year. LEDs use 90 per cent less energy, last 10 times longer,... More »

  • Photo: How to recycle drywall

    How to recycle drywall

    Whatever you do, never put drywall (also known as gypsum board, wallboard, plasterboard, gypboard and sheetrock) into your residential garbage bins. Drywall is actually recyclable! Gypsum Recycling International estimates that... More »

  • Photo: How to choose an energy-efficient dishwasher and recycle the old one

    How to choose an energy-efficient dishwasher and recycle the old one

    Let's cover the often-overlooked issue of disposal first. Most cities have large-item pick-up or drop-off programs that run throughout the year. Always check your city's website; across Canada each city... More »