If you’re looking to dispose of something, you have the options of donating, repairing or having it picked up at your curbside.
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If you’re looking to get rid of an old computer, you can donate it, repair it or have it collected at your curbside.
The piles of junk on the curb in my neighbourhood early in the morning on garbage day are a testament to the fact that everyone is cleaning out their garages and basements big time.
But by lunch time it becomes apparent that the city won’t take away half of the stuff we put out. And so, unless we want to put the stuff back where it hibernated all winter, we’ll have to come up with better disposal solutions.
Several years ago I wrote about how to get rid of unwanted stuff on the website wastenothing.ca, owned and operated by Michael Fagan. I checked back and I’m happy to say it’s still up and running with more ideas than ever.
You can use the search tool to figure out how and where you can dispose of your unwanted stuff. The site provides tips which fall into all three categories — donating it, fixing it, or safely disposing of it.
For example, if you have an old computer, you can:
• Donate it to Free Geek Toronto which takes old computers to be reused and recycled by volunteers. Reusable parts are used to make new computers for volunteers and non-profit organizations.
• Find free repair guides on iFixit.
• Have it collected in Toronto at your curbside on your scheduled garbage collection day. Computers, monitors, printers, fax machines and televisions are also accepted at recycling and solid waste depots.
In every case, the search results display an interactive map of your area, which includes the address, hours and directions to the business disposing or fixing the item.
For hazardous waste like paints, solvents, fluorescent light bulbs and batteries, you will be directed to a nearby Orange Drop site. The Orange Drop program is a free and easy way to dispose of household products that require special handling. The closest one to where I live is the Victoria Park transfer station.
One option for recycling used sports equipment is FutureWatch EDEP. Your donation can include camping gear and outdoor seasonal clothing will help provide outdoor recreational activities to newcomers. You can call to arrange pick-up or delivery and donations over $50 receive a tax receipt.
And if you think parents of the kids on the local little league team may also have sports paraphernalia they want to get rid of, you can click on the share button and easily post the information about FutureWatch EDEP to your Facebook or Twitter accounts.
Detailed information is available on the website for Toronto. There is less comprehensive information for other places in Canada and the U.S. You can register and log into the site to post additional tips for your preferred location. The website has also been optimized for use on mobile devices.