Earth Day 2015

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Today is Earth Day! A wonderful day to celebrate this gorgeous planet we live on and to take a moment to see if there is more that we can do for it to preserve it’s beauty. London has been celebrating with it’s annual 12 Days of Cleaning. Have you been keeping up? If not, there’s no time like the present to jump in and clean up your act. Get the kids involved, make it a game!

12 DAYS OF CLEANING

Here are some of London Clean and Green’s ideas for what you should do to clean up your own small part of the world:

LCBO and Beer Store

Clear out all of your empties and return them to the Beer Store. You can return nearly everything that you get from either the LCBO or The Beer Store – beer, wine, liquor bottles, cans, and boxed wine (recycle the cardboard box, return the bag). There’s money in this for you!

Garage

Your garage is likely home to many special waste that requires care when disposing. See HERE for a list of materials that should not be placed at the curb with your usual waste and the locations at which you can dispose of them.

Renovation Materials

Have you done a reno? Big or small – whether there are empty paint cans or large amounts of debris, find out where to take them HERE.

Clothing Drive

This is the perfect time of year to clean out your closets! Clear out all of the warmer clothes in your closet that you’ve gone the whole winter without wearing, anything that does not fit, and anything that you just don’t like or need. Do the same thing in your children’s closets and your partners. Once collected, you can choose to drop it all off at the nearest GoodWill, a clothing drop-off bin, a consignment store, hold a garage sale, jump in on a mom to mom sale or pass them on to someone who could use them.

Medicine Cabinet

We recently posted about stocking your First Aid kit. If you have cleaned out your medicine cabinet or if it’s still on your list of things to do, be sure to return all of your old or expired medications to your nearest pharmacist to properly dispose of them. Do not throw them in the garbage!

Electronics

With new electronics coming out every day and not lasting remotely as long as they used to, many of us have old appliances, phones, TV’s, etc. collecting dust somewhere. Go HERE to find a place to recycle yours.

Yard Clean Up

Rake your lawn, pick those weeks, do a little pruning, and get everything into paper bags for your areas next green pickup.

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!

 

London Recycles

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If you didn’t take a moment to read your new collection calendar this fall, you may have missed the new additions. London has added the following items to your regular Blue Box pick up:

RIGID PLASTIC

* this includes all of that annoying plastic around toys,light bulbs, and batteries. Just separate it from the cardboard (recycle that separately in your Paper Products bin) and add it to the Containers Blue Box. Christmas and birthdays just got a lot greener!

PAPER CUPS

* if you didn’t have the foresight to bring a reusable coffee cup to Tim’s or Starbuck’s, at least now you can recycle the cup. Take the sleeve off if there is one and put that in the Paper bin, then take off the lid of the cup before putting both in the Containers bin. Toss the straws, stir sticks, etc. in the garbage not the recycling bin!

ICE CREAM TUBS

* ice cream tubs, boxes and cartons can all be recycled. Make sure you rinse it out first so that it doesn’t get your Blue Box all dirty when the last bits melt away.

 

DID YOU KNOW…

You can also recycle juice boxes, milk and juice cartons, and cardboard cans (frozen juice, coffee, bread crumbs, hot chocolate, etc.)  in your Container bin as well!

If you don’t have a home compost to add your Halloween pumpkins to, they will be picked up at the curb with your Yard Material Collection. There are a few more pick up weeks this year – check your calendar to find out when your week is and roll them down off your porch. Take the candles out first!

 

LEAVE THESE OUT!

Remember that kids toys, styrofoam containers and coffee cups, plastic bags, and wrapping paper CANNOT be recycled. The city spends thousands of dollars every year sorting out non-recyclables from the recyclables. Make sure your bins are sorted properly and aren’t loaded with trash.