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.

Date

Location

Address

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

The Trouble With Getting Green

Getting Green. Being more eco-friendly. Wasting less & reusing more. Leaving the world a better place, or at least not a worse one.

These are thoughts that cross many of our minds. Who hasn’t noticed that they could be a little more environmentally friendly, or waste a little less? But don’t worry, these feelings pass quickly, swallowed by more important things as we continue on with our lives. I mean, where would you even start? Buying smarter? With all the ‘eco-marketing’ happening these days, who can actually tell what the greener choice of laundry soap or all-purpose cleaner is? Besides, they probably don’t work as well and we’ve heard they cost more. To top it off, you can only buy them at that store on the other end of town, which only opens twice a week.

After all, who has time to save the world anyway?

I do. Your neighbour does. The people in your office do, and so do your kids. And so do you.

It isn’t about saving the world. Chances are, you won’t have to do much anything different from what you do today. But making those small choices is something to feel good about, because you are making your footprint on the world a little smaller. And if we’re all doing that, we just might save the world too. And who doesn’t want to have that on their list of accomplishments?

But where do you start? That’s where we’re here to help. From shopping to eating, travel to home decor, from getting involved to talking out loud, there are many great ways to live a little greener. So many in fact, that we have had to pick and choose to come up with our top 50 to tell you about. Starting later this month, we’re going to be talking about 50 Shades of Green, 50 Ways to Love your City.  

Some of our topics we already know a lot about, and some of them we’re going to have to do some research and call in some experts along the way. Check out our 50 Shades of Green word cloud for some of our top ideas, and let us know if there is something you want to learn about in an upcoming post!

50 Shades of Green Word Cloud

After a lot of thinking about what kinds of topics we could write about for 50 Shades of Green, 50 Ways to Love your City, we came up with a lot! And we’ll probably add more along the way. But coming up with the ideas was so much fun, we thought would turn it into a word cloud, click on it to open an interactive version!

We still have a lot of white space in here, is there something here that you’d like us to add? Let us know in the comments!