Green your (big) garbage

How not to dump your big trash

How not to dump your big trash

Moving, renovations, failed garage sales. The one thing these all have in common is that you seem to have way too much stuff, and a lot of it is too big to fit into your garbage can. But what do you do to get rid of it?

It won’t fit curbside, and the last time you tried burning an old dresser in the backyard fire pit you learned a hard lesson in burning wood you shouldn’t. But there are solutions. Read on for the greenest ways to dispose of your biggest trash in Edmonton.

First let’s assume that what you’re throwing away really is trash. If it isn’t trash, skip a little further down.

Big Trash in the City

During the summer, Edmonton runs a great program called Big Bin Events, accepting appliances big and small, used furniture, or home electronics, free of charge. Don’t take these events for granted, not many cities run such an event, and they are the envy of many of our prairie neighbours, including Calgary. Bring as much as you can safely secure to your vehicle to these events.

These events are a win-win for Edmontonians and for the city’s Waste Management team. You get to get rid of a truckload of junk at a local spot, and the waste management teams get to pre sort everything before hauling it away, increasing their efficiency, and saving operation costs. They don’t accept commercial waste or household hazardous waste, but you can take that to your local eco-station, and we’ll cover just what counts as hazardous in a later post.

If it isn’t Big Bin season and it must go now – take a trip out to the dump. It is an incredibly smooth process, and generally there isn’t a line. Which for a small fee, can be worth the weight of your load in saving time and getting service when you need it.

What if it isn’t trash?

Sometimes, what is trash to you will be a much-needed item to someone else. If it is in really good shape, consider selling it on Kijiji, or post it to Freecycle. There are also several great charities in Edmonton that are happy to help find new homes for gently used furniture, appliances, and electronics. The Thrift Store is one, and your local church or youth group will often help you find donation locations. If you want to find a great charity to donate your gently used items to, check out this great Reuse and Recycle web app.

2014 Big Bin Events Schedule

All events will run from 9am-5pm.




May 3 & 4 Commonwealth Stadium 112 Avenue & 90 Street
May 10 & 11 Callingwood 17740 – 69 Avenue
May 24 & 25 Castle Downs 11520 – 153 Avenue
May 31 & June 1 Ellerslie Facility 2415 – 101 Street SW
June 7 & 8 Blue Quill 11304 – 25 Avenue
June 14 & 15 Woodcroft 13915 – 115 Avenue
June 21 & 22 Northlands 11203 – 73 Street
August 16 & 17 Jasper Place 9200 – 163 Street
August 23 & 24 Blue Quill 11304 – 25 Avenue
September 6 & 7 Kennedale 12810 – 58 Street
September 13 & 14 SW District Yard 6609 – Gateway Blvd
September 20 & 21 Castle Downs 11520 – 153 Avenue
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About Environment Week Edmonton

Environment Week celebrates Edmonton’s environment. It is a great time for Edmontonians to host and attend events that include some learning, some fun and some action. Action is doing something on purpose to lessen your impact on the environment. Celebrating and action projects are great ways to bring a community together towards a greener future. Participating in local Environment Week events is a great way to discover easy things you can do for the environment. The choices you make – big and small – really do make a difference because your action counts!

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