Garbage and Recycling

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Taking out the garbage and recycling is probably not anyone’s favourite thing to do. With London’s six-day schedule, holidays, STAT days, and bonus days, it can be pretty hard to keep track of what goes out and when. Missing a garbage day can mean you are hanging onto that trash for almost two weeks! Watching your neighbours curb for hints may not be foolproof if they’re as confused as you are. And what about the items that could not/should not go into the garbage and aren’t eligible for your blue box? Or are they now eligible with the new blue box rules? Don’t worry. There’s an app for that. No, really, there is! In fact, there are a whole bunch of ways to stay on top of your garbage.

CALENDAR

The paper calendar is delivered at the end of each summer to your mailbox. You will receive the calendar for your zone. If you didn’t pay attention to what zone you are in or if you’ve lost your calendar (or need a new one after a move!), you can order another one online. Input your address in the link above and it will tell you in what zone you live.. If you’d like, you can also use the link to request a new paper calendar be mailed to you. The calendar doesn’t just tell you when your garbage and recycling will be picked up, it also has lots of great numbers and addresses, links for resources, and information about what to take where. You can also print your own schedule from here: ZONE A ZONE B ZONE C ZONE D ZONE E ZONE F

EMAIL REMINDERS

There are two ways of getting email reminders and I must say, they are genius. No more digging around for your calendar, you’ll just get an email direct to your inbox (or all of your inboxes!) the day before garbage day, reminding you to collect it and put it out. Sign up at When is Garbage Day and schedule when you would like the email reminder to come to you or London Trash for an email reminder or a text.

THE APP

OK, so now that you know when your garbage day is, you might still have questions. Download the My Waste app through iTunes or Google. You will be able to access your waste collection calendar, all of the information about London’s programs including Christmas tree collection, yard materials collection (what and how it is collected), composting, grasscycling, and a great section called What Goes Where where you can type in any household item and it will tell you where to put it – like your old blender, the mountain of old AA batteries or the crystal vase your kid knocked over. You can also set it up to send you reminders and emails 12 hours in advance of garbage/recycling collection, yard waste collection, London Cares Curbside food drive, and those lovely 4 container exemption pick-up days.

If you’re still missing garbage day after all of that, I can’t help you ;) I will remind you that yard material collection has begun for certain zones and that the first week in May is the 4-bag exemption pick up. Time to spring clean!

 

Letters to Santa

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This is the time of year when kids of all ages are excitedly dictating or penning their own letters to Santa Claus. In the age of electronics, the old pencil and paper method is not the only way to get your letters through to the Head Elf though! Here are some cool ideas for your kids this Christmas.

SNAIL MAIL

If your child wants to mail a letter to Santa Claus, they can do so free of charge through Canada Post. Add a full return address and he will respond to their letter! Make sure you have it in the mail before DECEMBER 16, 2014 to ensure a response before Christmas. Let your kids know that Santa really wants to read about what they’ve been up to this year, what sports or activities they have done, any adventures they’ve had and he also really loves to read jokes! Of course, they can add in their wishlist as well. Send letters to:

Santa Claus

North Pole

HOH OHO

CANADA

PORTABLE NORTH POLE

Santa Claus has gone digital! After the kids go to bed, Mom or Dad can email Santa by going to the link above (it’s top secret though! Adults only!!) and letting Santa know what their child/ren have been up to this past year. Santa will then email a personal video message to each child! This is a great way to get them engaged with Santa Claus.

Using the PNP is free for the Classic version or you can upgrade for the Premium video. Go even a little further and you have the option of getting a personal phone call from Santa to your child.

INSTANT MESSAGING

For quick and easy messaging to the North Pole, you can send Santa a fill-in-the-blank online form and he will respond right away! Try HERE, HERE or HERE.

 

When messaging Santa online though, make sure you’re not communicating with a naughty elf! There have been some warnings lately about companies pretending to be Santa Claus. Have a read through this for some insight.