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|