|Posted on 2 July, 2018 at 22:30|
Long known as one of the most recycling friendly cities in Canada, Edmonton offers a variety of environmentally friendly ways to dispose of unwanted goods. With 25 years of on-the-curb recycling legacy, it’s no wonder that 93% of single-family households in the city voluntarily recycle.
But every once in a while, a home improvement project requires you to go above and beyond the usual curbside pickup. When it comes to large waste management jobs, you can always hire professionals to help. If you’re looking to save some money, there are plenty of do-it-yourself options too.
Whether you’re diving head first into a deep cleaning or simply decluttering your closet, check out our handy guide to learn how to safely dispose of unwanted goods and maybe even make some money in the process.
How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Safely
Almost every home contains chemicals and waste products that are hazardous to the environment. Do you know which ones you own and where to dispose of them?
All of the below, plus some household cleaners contain different substances that can be harmful to the environment:
● Light bulbs
● Gardening chemicals
● Motor oil
● Wood polishes
● Glues and other adhesives
● Cell phones
If you’re unsure whether something should be thrown in the trash or recycle bin, check the City of Edmonton’s website and be sure it does not contain reactive, toxic, ignitable or corrosive ingredients.
In Edmonton there are four Eco Stations that accept household hazardous waste and electronics. Dropping off waste at these facilities is easy: find whichever location is closest to you, and then tell the attendant upon arrival what you’re dropping off. They’ll let you know if there is any fee associated and process your waste accordingly. Be sure to check their website beforehand for any restrictions.
What to Recycle and Where
We all know you can recycle plastic, paper and glass. Did you know you could also recycle computers, mattresses and tires and many other household goods?
Plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans and paper/cardboard can be placed in recycling bins, while other items like large household appliances (ovens, stoves, washers, dryers, vacuums, etc.), furniture and other potentially hazardous materials can be recycled at a local Eco Station or bulk recycling facility.
In addition to only recycling items on the city’s approved list, remember to clean your recyclables before putting them in the bin. One dirty item can cause thousands of recyclables to be contaminated and sent to the landfill, so be sure they’re clear of food and other waste.
Phones, Batteries and Other E-Waste
Many home appliances contain toxic components that can be hazardous to the environment. But for every appliance in question there is a corresponding way to recycle or safely dispose of them without adversely impacting the environment.
Cell phones, televisions and computer monitors can contain mercury, cadmium and other harmful substances that shouldn’t be thrown in the trash.
After you wipe your hard drives and remove your SIM cards, you can donate your old electronics to nonprofit organizations like the Wireless Foundation, eBay Giving Works and many others. If they no longer function, you can dispose of them at Staples or Best Buy, or you can visit an Eco Station location near you.
Car batteries are among the most frequently recycled products, which is great because they contain a variety of toxic materials. Recycled car batteries can be dropped off at most car dealerships or automotive retailers who can convert them into fertilizer, dyes and other products.
To recycle small batteries, you can inquire with your local Eco Station or buy a battery recycling kit.
Furniture and Other Large Items
If you’re disposing of an old couch, rug or mattress, there are many options for safe and easy removal.
If your furniture doesn’t show serious signs of wear, you can donate it to a local nonprofit or sell it on Craigslist or another community forum online.