Archive for October, 2014

Let’s be Friends!

Or at least partners in environmental improvemt!

Fresh Start Recycling and Disposal Ltd. believe in Reduce – Reuse – Recycle as much as you do, we limit the impact on the environment by contributing reusable items to charity and recycling as much as possible. We know you want to do the right thing with your waste, and we totally understand that for some people it can be almost impossible. So many of you are making great choices like not owning cars or owning compact cars, living in high density housing and choosing to live near where you work!

Those are great choices, but they limit how easily you can sort through your clutter and dispose of it in a meaningful way. Whether you are moving and cleaning out your storage locker or just spring de-cluttering – at Fresh Start we want to pick up where you leave off. And we want you to know that not only are your items ending up where they should.

your garbage

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DIYer or Fresh Starter?

You are ready to clean out the garage/storage room/shed and you are trying to decide if you are going to call Fresh Start or tackle it yourself. Here are some considerations: You will need to use your limited time off, sort all your recyclable and donations into piles, drive to the store for bags and other disposal supplies, load your car, drive to the dump, pay, drive to the local thrift place and beg them to take your donations, drive to the recycling depot, clean your car, fill up on gas, head home and wish you had called Fresh Start and spent the day at the park with your kids. Sure we cost money, but we’re priceless!

Alternatively, you could call Fresh Start first. We will arrive when you want, hand sort all your items, recycle and donate whatever we can and dump the rest for you – we do all this at extremely competitive rates.

We talk about hand-sorting; we talk about ensuring your trash ends up in the right place. Curious about what that looks like?

What we do

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e-Waste: taking bad to better

Everyone is back to school and back to school means new calculators, computers, phones and even iPads! All of these electronic devices are great tools for learning – sadly they are also a major environmental problem. For all the new devices brought home in shopping bags, other, slightly outdated devices are thrown in the trash.

Approximately 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic-waste was generated last year. Do you ever wonder what happens to it? A lot of that e-waste is exported to developing countries like India and Kenya in the form of used goods, where it ends up in landfills or is burned, putting lead, arsenic and mercury into the environment.

There are companies that are making a positive impact. According to Corrine Chin’s article on Global News, the Kenyan government and the East African Recycling facility are making a genuine positive difference. Read the article when you have a moment, it has a lot of interesting information in it and really illustrates the importance of disposing of your e-waste in a safe and environmental way.

Fresh Start Recycling and Disposal Ltd. hand sorts all the items we pick up and ensures that all e-waste is taken and disposed of in an environmental way.

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Where Have all the Animals Gone – and more Importantly, why isn’t Anyone Talking About it?

According to a report from the World Wildlife Federation, the earth has lost half its wildlife in the past 40 years!! The report names habitat destruction and hunting as the main causes for the decline in all wildlife populations on land, in rivers and in the oceans.

Mike Barratt, director of science and policy at WWF said “We have lost one half of the animal population and knowing this is driven by human consumption, this is clearly a call to arms and we must act now,” He said more of the Earth must be protected from development and deforestation, while food and energy had to be produced sustainably.

I don’t know about you, but HALF in 40 years seems so incredibly shocking and yet, it doesn’t seem to be big news! How is this not top of the list on every news show and in every paper… We are all trying to be more sustainable – but this is a real wake up call – the future is now and we need to make a change.

There is no time like the present to make better choices in our lives, or to make our voices heard. Call your local paper and radio station and ask why they aren’t covering this – heck, call your MP.

Please check out the Guardian article and WWF Living Planet Report.

Then make a call and make it count.

 

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