Environment Week is shaping up to be an awesome time here in the City of Edmonton. From contests to weed pulls and art installations, this week has something for everyone. Do you know of an event not posted on this site? Send us a note and we will try to include it in the events listing.
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|
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!
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!
On June 1st; Join YESS at the Environment Week Edmonton kickoff on June 1st from 9am to 2pm right outside our door at 85 Ave and 104 St! We’ll have info about what we do in the community and will be taking donations to help support our programs.
Want to donate? A cash box and YESS ambassador will be on hand to tell you more about the agency.
Help YESS continue to make a difference
Some of Youth Empowerment & Support Services most needed items include: socks, underwear and shoes. A full list of items we collect is available online at http://yess.org/donate/in-kind-donation
“Youth Empowerment & Support Services is a not-for-profit organization unconditionally devoted to helping youth facing difficult realities. Our one-of-a-kind services provide support to youth who have found other doors closed to them.
Looking for a great way to green your kitchen and learn how you can grow food for Edmonton’s Food bank? Take a look at the annual Garden Market Festival coming up on Wednesday May 29th at the Southwest Edmonton Farmers Market!
- Plant A Row Grow A Row: A Unique Partnership
- Plant A Row, Grow A Row: What Do I Plant?
- A Tour of the Food Bank
- Sealed Bags of Rice
- Empty Egg Cartons
- Boxed, Canned & Bagged non-perishable Food Donations
- Any used shopping bags
Our veggie growers will have plants ready for your gardens and hanging baskets all set to beautify your front porches, balconies and backyard decks. Most importantly, there will be little vegetable plants ready to put in your gardens and patio pots for Plant A Row, Grow A Row… our partnership with Edmonton’s Food Bank.
A number of organizations will be on site to answer any questions you might have and to help you take your gardening to the next level. Sustainable Food Edmonton focuses on ways to make our local food resources support our community, lessening our dependence on food trucked and shipped in from afar. Eating local food decreases the environmental cost of our food system, and increases the nutrient density of our food… find out more by stopping at their booth.
Master Gardeners will be on site in our Community Tent… ask them any questions you have about gardening! They will have the answers! At the same time, they have a children’s craft for your kids to do to help them participate in Plant A Row, Grow A Row. Stop by and have them make a newspaper pot and plant a seed for the food bank. Then take it home, plop it directly into a pot or your garden and.. voilà!… your kids are growing a donation!Master Composter will also be at our market this year, teaching us all how to compost our kitchen and yard waste easily, efficiently and effectively. Stop by their booth to see for yourself how easy it can be to turn your garbage into valuable, nutrient-dense goodness for your garden!
Get ready, Environment Week Edmonton 2013 is fast approaching!
We will be kicking things off with our annual festival on Saturday June first, and along with some of last year’s favourites, we’re looking forward to bringing in some exciting businesses and organizations with new activities and information to help you be the greenest Edmontonian you can be!
Be a part of Environment Week 2013
Are you part of an organization or business that should be a part of Environment Week?
Whether you want to host an event during the week and have us promote it, donate a prize for our 2013 contest, or host a green activity at the kickoff festival, we want to hear from you! Send us an email and let us know how you’d like to be part of the action!