Spring Cleaning 2020 – Sorting is More Important than Ever!
and Take it to the Right Place!
Two key steps in reducing waste are sorting and then storing unwanted materials. During these challenging times, these steps are more important than ever considering public social distancing measures. At RDNO Diversion and Disposal Facilities, the RDNO is asking residents to delay non-essential trips until the current pandemic subsides and is advising that because of social distancing measures that wait times can be significant.
Most residents can avoid unnecessary trips to Diversion and Disposal Facilities by sorting out materials that can be kept out of landfills as there are many other opportunities to use curbside programs, local recycling depots or practice backyard composting. Having a good plan to sort and store will save you space, time and money. Here are some tips to consider:Most Household Packaging and Paper Products are accepted in the Recycle BC program. Click here for a full list of materials the program takes. Recycle BC as recently published a helpful article in setting up home recycling systems that minimize space and keep things organized. Where to take them: Curbside Recycling, some materials such as glass, styrofoam and plastic bags need to go to Recycle BC Depots
Provincial Stewardship Programs cover a wide range of household products including batteries, electronics, lightbulbs, medications, paint, tires and much more. A helpful guide for all these options is the BC Recycling Handbook. To save time and show others courtesy at recycling depots pre-sort your recyclables at home by which program they are in.Where to take them: Find your local recycling depot by downloading the RECYCLEPEDIA mobile app or call the RCBC Recycling Hotline (1-800-667-4321). Reusable items for donation can be sorted into boxes for temporary storage. Having these items in temporary storage may also help you recall items that are worth keeping, or share them with a friend saving many resources in having to extract materials, manufacture, package and transport that go into producing new materials that replace discarded ones.Where to take them: Thrift Stores will inevitably open again and the RECYCLEPEDIA mobile app is a great way to find one near you (important to call first to ask if they are open).Sorting and storing Food Scraps? Yes, composting food scraps is one of the most effective ways to reduce garbage. By removing food scraps from garbage you will also remove much of the odor and properly maintained home compost will not smell and will transform food scraps into a valuable resource for your yard and garden. Find a system that works for you at: www.rdno.ca/composting. Where to take them: If you have a back yard, a compost bin is a great accessible option (need a composter –apply for a rebate. If not ask around with friends, family or local gardening clubs, they don’t call compost “Brown Gold” for nothing. Also consider vermicomosting or Bokashi Composting which are great options for people without yards.Construction and Demolition Materials can be separated and kept out of landfills and include asphalt shingles, concrete, metal and wood. Check out the Separate, Sort & $ave Guide. If your trip is not essential consider holding off your visit in consideration of the COVID-19 situation and storing your items if you have room; you may find that delaying a DDF trip may give you other opportunities to collect items that DDF’s accept such as scrap metal which in the long run will save time and money. Where to take them: For building materials, home furnishings and appliances that are in good condition and can be resold check in with a local Reusable Building Materials Store (again the RCBC Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667-4321 can help you find your nearest option). For items at the end of their life take them to your nearest RDNO Diversion & Disposal Facility and remember to Separate Sort & $ave!