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6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle at Happy Stan’s Recycling

August 10th, 2015 • By: happy Uncategorized

 

 

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Recycling goes beyond just bottles and cardboard. In fact, the things you use on a daily basis can be given new life once their time is up. By knowing which appliances and objects can be rerouted from the landfill to the recycling depot, (or better yet upcycled!), we can all help contribute to a greener future.

Barbecue

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Whether your old BBQ is taking up space or you’re just trading it in for a new model, there are eco-friendly ways of disposing of it. If it’s still in good shape, try selling or donating it first. If it’s no longer working, take it to our recycling centre. Not only is this the greener option, but it’s also the safest, especially since propane tanks need trained professionals to handle the hazardous materials.

Bike and Bike Gear

 

Extra bikes and the gear that go with them often gather dust in a garage or storage locker. If you’re getting rid of old bikes, there’s no need to leave them out on the curb. There are plenty of places and people who would happily take your wheels. Hold a garage sale, list them on community websites like Kijiji and Craigslist, or donate them to your local Salvation Army. If it’s beyond repair, you can often sell them for parts at a local bike store. For the rest of the materials, recycle them!

Curling Iron

Your curling iron will typically last one to two years. Similar hair appliances like blow dryers and flat irons have the same life span. While they can’t go into the blue bin, the scrap metal found in these beauty products can be recycled. Just take them our recycling depot, where the scrap metal can be melted down for reuse.

Aluminum Foil

 

Aluminum and steel are the most common metals that are thrown away every day in North America. While we can recycle used steel cans, did you know that we could also recycle aluminum foil too? These two metals are capable of being used over and over again without losing any of its strength or quality.

Hard Drive

Now that everything is up on the cloud, you might be getting rid of hard drives at home or in the office. When it’s time to destroy a hard drive and all of the information it carries, make sure you speak to professionals who specialize in this service. We offer hard drive shredding services to ensure the complete and total destruction of these devices, as well as the confidential information stored on them.   

This week, we challenge you to take a few minutes and peruse what’s in your garage, storage, and garbage bin. Chances are, there are a lot of items that can be diverted from the landfill. If you have something to get rid of, first think about if others would want it. Recycling should be your second thought, and the garbage your very last option. As a one-stop shop for all your recycling needs, Happy Stan’s Recycling in Port Coquitlam can help guide you to a greener solution.

If you have questions about you can recycle, visit our website or tweet @happystans with your inquiries.

 

Responsible Consumption

June 30th, 2015 • By: happy Eco Tips, Live Green, Uncategorized

 

 

Food production is a major culprit in the consumption of natural resources. According to the United Nations Environment Program, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same, by 2050 we will need three planets to sustain our wasteful lifestyle. That’s why it’s so important that we take steps to minimize these patterns. Here are a few ways to consume food more responsibly:

Did you know that in North America, 40% of edible food is wasted? In order to cut down on how much you throw out, plan your meals in advance and shop accordingly.  Before heading to the grocery store, take an inventory of what is in your fridge and freezer to avoid buying too much food, and make sure to buy only what you need and will actually use. Repurpose your leftovers and food scraps and freeze or preserve excess food before it goes bad.  If you have non-perishable food that you no longer want, donate it to the food bank whenever possible, and compost produce that’s no longer edible.

Buy Organic (When You Can)

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More than just avoiding toxins, there are other benefits to buying organic food. Organic agriculture is inherently low-input, using fewer natural resources and protecting biodiversity during production.  If you’re able to find food that is locally sourced, that’s even better, since local foods have less of an environmental impact. 

Choose Foods With Less Packaging (Or Bring Your Own)

Buy in bulk whenever possible, and bring your own reusable bag or container. If your grocery store offers it, buy milk in a glass bottle from a company that will reuse it.

Grow Your Own

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Have a tip to share for reducing food waste from food production? Tweet @happystans or tag @happystansrecycling on Instagram!

Happy Earth Day From Happy Stan’s!

 

 

 

 

April 22nd is Earth Day, a day that celebrates and encourages environmental protection around the world. First celebrated in 1970, this day is recognized in more than 192 countries each year. To honour Mother Earth, here are some simple tips to help you stay environmentally conscious all year long.

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Shop Smart
Try to purchase second-hand items from consignment stores and garage sales. To avoid waste, buy what you need instead of what you want. Choose local and organic foods that are in season, and support local food producers. And when shopping, don’t forget to bring reusable shopping bags!

Simple Savers Around The House
Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-wise LED bulbs. Use aerators on faucets and shower heads to use less water, and ensure that you weather strip your windows and doors to conserve energy.

Find Alternative Transportation
If you can, consider using a different modes of transport. Walking, cycling, carpooling, and public transportation are environmentally friendly ways of getting around. If you don’t drive a lot, consider forgoing your vehicle and joining a car-share program. When driving, reduce idling and maintain correct tire pressure to reduce emissions.

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Don’t Discard
Recycle, donate and reuse items before throwing them into the trash. Don’t forget that harmful materials like batteries, chemicals and electronics should be taken to your local hazardous waste depot or recycler.

Have an eco tip to share for Earth Day? Tweet @happystans or tag @happystansrecycling on Instagram!

Spring Cleaning Part 2!

 

 

 

A clean house can help clear your mind. If you’ve read Part 1 of our Sustainable Spring Cleaning series, then you already know of sustainable ways to clear the clutter. But don’t let that stop you from continuing to live green even after you’ve rid of extra ‘stuff’. Here are some simple steps to adopt eco-friendly habits at home!

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Reduce your paper towel consumption. Take some of those ratty old t-shirts you’re getting rid of and turn them into rags for cleaning. If you don’t have any holey clothes in your closet, try using lonely socks. It’s a simple alternative that helps to save you money and conserve the environment.

Create homemade cleaning solutions. Many household products, like baking soda and vinegar, serve as strong cleaning agents. For an effective counter cleaner, mix ¼ cup baking soda and just enough liquid castile soap until it becomes a creamy consistency. When you clean your home regularly with eco-friendly, homemade products, you live in a home that not only smells fresh, but is also free of chemicals that are harmful to you and your family. You save money because you no longer have to buy cleaning supplies. Plus, you’re not making extra waste as you spruce up your home. What could be cleaner than that?

Sanitize sponges with salt. There’s no use cleaning anything with a sponge that’s filled with bacteria. Instead of throwing it out, sanitize it! Sud up your sponges, rinse them thoroughly, and then soak them in cold, heavily salted water for two hours. This will kill the germs, and get your sponges ready to clean.

Hang-dry your laundry. Drying your clothes in a dryer isn’t just hard on your clothes, it’s also hard on the environment. With Spring and Summer weather coming our way, stay green and install a clothesline in your backyard.

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Have some ideas for living green and clean? Tweet us @happystans!

Sustainable Spring Cleaning: Part 1

 

 

 

Spring is almost here! As we bid adieu to winter and usher in spring, it’s the perfect time to purge, clean and organize. However, all of that cleaning means you probably have a lot of items that are ready to be tossed. Instead of creating landfill waste, there are plenty of ways to de-clutter that help the planet and others in need. Here are some helpful tips for sustainable Spring cleaning.


Charity/Thrift Stores.
Second hand stores are a great place to get rid of things you no longer want. As long as they’re in good condition, most items accepted include clothes, shoes, books, toys, pictures, jewelry, and household items. Some even take furniture and small working electrical items as well. Plus you’re giving back to your community!

Animal Shelters
. If you’re one to spoil your pets, you may have a few too many chew toys that go unused. So why not donate them to an animal shelter? They also accept a variety of items, like blankets, towels, pillows, cat and dog beds, carriers, toys, and bowls.

Pre-Schools, Playgroups, or Community Centres. If you’re looking to unload toys, art and craft supplies, or even musical instruments, these facilities will typically take them off your hands.

Garage Sale. Having a garage sale is one of the best ways to get rid of anything and everything. Plus you can meet people in the neighbourhood and pocket some extra cash!

Swap Party. Host a party with friends where you can all swap toys, clothes, shoes, even jewelry! 

Recycle. As a last resort, you can bring them by our resource facility to be recycled. If you have old electronics and appliances sitting around, we’ve got you covered. Spare coat hangers? We accept those too. From batteries to light bulbs and even scrap wood, we can help you recycle many items that are cluttering up your garage.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Spring Cleaning series!

 

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