Spring Cleaning Recycling

This weekend is Easter Long Weekend!

We hope you use the extra day this weekend to spend time doing something you love with the people you love. One popular activity during the may long weekend is to do some spring cleaning. This may not be something you love, but it is important to keep your home in tip-top condition!

We have written many articles in the past about spring cleaning, so we are confident that by now you are well-versed in it. However, one aspect of spring cleaning that often gets overlooked or is handled without care is the waste side of it. Once you have your pile of throw away (you remember the three piles to make while spring cleaning: keep, donate, throw away), it can be tempting to throw it all in the landfill and be done with it. However, this is not good for the environment.

The City of Calgary has gone above and beyond to make recycling your waste easy. They understand that asking you to recycle is asking you to take time out of your busy life; recycling can be inconvenient and complicated. This is why they strive to make it as simple as possible for all of us. Here are two resources available to you when the time comes to deal with your throw away pile after spring cleaning:

1). The Blue Bins: Each household in Calgary is equipped with a blue bin that you can put the majority of your recycling in. The blue bin is easy to use. If you are recycling plastic bags, they need to be bundled all together in a larger plastic bag. Everything else can be thrown in, easy peasy. This includes paper and cardboard (including paper cups), plastic jugs, bottles and food containers, metal food cans and foil and most beverage containers (glass and plastic). Remember that you can also take beverage containers to a bottle depot and get a refund for being such a good, recycling citizen!

2). Shredding: Do not throw ALL paper into your blue bin willy-nilly. Some paper, such as bank statements, government documents, bills, etc. include important, classified information that you do not want someone to get their hands on. It is these types of documents that can be used for identity theft. While not all of us own a paper shredder, AMA hosts events where you can dump your documents in an industrial-sized shredder and be done with them. The next shredding event in Calgary is coming up, so set a box aside for that. 

Be conscious of what you throw away! We want to easy the stress on our landfills and work towards being more green-friendly. It takes a little extra effort to recycle, but it is well worth it.

Posted by Ken Richter on


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