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Clean Wood Disposal Ban – either sort it, or pay up!

The City of Vancouver has a had a program in place to divert clean wood from the city’s landfill since the start of the year, but up until now they have just been identifying loads containing more than 10% clean wood.  As of the first of July the clean wood disposal ban goes into full effect and any load with more than that 10% clean wood will have a 50% surcharge added so it’s in your best interests to make sure clean wood is separated out.

Just what is clean wood?  It is any is solid wood, lumber, and pallets that are unpainted, unstained, untreated, and free of glue.  Nails and staples are still OK.  Clean wood can be dropped off at any of Metro Vancouver’s transfer stations and disposal facilities.


Clean Wood Recycling and Disposal Ban

Metro Vancouver Transfer Stations


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The Best Advice Your Dad Ever Gave You

Well, it’s Father’s Day this month and a pretty exciting one too! It got me thinking about the whole “Fatherly Advice” thing, wondering what the best advice I ever got was, wondering what the best advice I might give could be.

I asked a few friends, had a look on the web and, in no particular order; here are some of the top bits of fatherly advice:

  • Every person you meet in life, even the last wretch on the street can teach you something.
  • Sleep on it; never make a life changing decision when you are angry.
  • Hire people smarter than you.
  • If wealth is lost nothing is lost, if health is lost something is lost and if character is lost everything is lost.
  • Buy a plunger before you need a plunger.
  • Never quit your job without another one lined up.
  • If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
  • And for laughs: If you ever plan on committing a robbery make sure it’s enough money that you only have to do it once.
  • If you want something, go out and buy it. If you don’t have any money, then go out an earn it.

Feel free to comment with the best advice your Dad ever gave you!


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Refillable: Business is Booming in Vancouver

Reduce, reuse, recycle and REFILL! The refill phenomenon is taking Vancouver, and other major cities, by storm. From cleaning products, to personal care and even beer, shops all over the city are popping up to refill your containers.

The idea of reducing waste by creating refillable packages is not new. Method is a line of personal and household cleaning products sold in various major retail stores. They offer dispensers that are intended to be refilled with Methods refill products, which are sold in larger quantities and in reduced packing. Not everything they sell is refillable and not every store offers it. I know you can get your salon products refilled at some hair salons, but that is more about product type, not recycling. The fact is, until now, refillable was a nice thought, but offered little selection and still required packaging, and shipping to a store near you.

These new refill stores are offering an incredible selection of personal and household products, too many to list. Often made locally and/or in Canada, the products are generally cleaner, greener and safer. By requiring you to bring your own bottles, they are dramatically reducing the plastic waste that ends up in landfills or floating at sea.

While soap and shampoo refills are awesome, I have to say that the increased availability of Growlers is my favourite refill trend. What’s a growler? It’s a large bottle, similar to a milk jug, that’s made of glass and made to keep your fresh beer in your fridge for a few days. There are so many local breweries in Vancouver that offer these and who doesn’t want a fresh pitcher or Mocha Porter in the fridge?

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Give Mom What She’s Been Asking for Your Whole Life: Clean Up Your Room!

If you’re looking for a great gift for Mother’s Day, look no further! Linda Chu from Out of Chaos Professional Organizing Solutions and Thomas Goodall from Fresh Start Recycling and Disposal have come together to help you step up your gift giving this year!

Whether you just want someone to clean out your old room so Mom can have the craft room of her dreams, or you want to help Mom get the attic organized and cleared out – the Mother’s Day Clean and Tidy package has what you are looking for.

The Mother’s Day Package includes a visit from Linda Chu during which she will help you (and Mom) vision, clean and organize the space. Once Linda has worked her magic, Thomas and the crew from Fresh Start will come and haul all the clutter away to be donated, recycled and disposed of. On top of that, they can also recommend a good photographer who can photograph the results so Mom can post that extra space on AirBNB, or just brag to her friends!

Please call for a Mother’s Day Clean and Tidy Quote. Appointments can be booked between now and Sunday May 10th, 2015. For a little more information about Linda and Thomas, please read on!

Out of Chaos Professional Organizing Solutions

Need to reclaim that extra bedroom? Don’t know where to begin digging out?  Call in the professional organizers at Out of Chaos.  They will sort you out and clear your stuff so that you can enjoy your space again.

Check out their great reviews on Yelp

Fresh Start Recycling and Disposal

Have you got clutter you don’t know what to do with? It’d be simple if it was all just trash, but it’s not! Fresh Start’s approach is simple: we show up on time, sort thoroughly, recycle conscientiously, and haul efficiently. We’re dedicated junk haulers who use our talent for cleaning up big messes to create opportunities for growth in our community – particularly Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES)!

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The Unseen Benefits of DIY: there is more to DIY than saving a few bucks

When I poured my first beer from my beer keg made out of an old fridge I was pumped! Do it yourself is a great way to be creative, change your perspective and re-use/re-purpose items that would otherwise be trash. That said, not everyone is a DIYer, believe it or not, some people would rather have a root cannel than trying to build something in their own home. To those people I say – branch out, get out of your comfort zone, try something new! If that doesn’t convince you, keep in mind there are many unseen benefits to being a DIYer. Check out the short list of great reasons to try something new.

A chance to use your hands AND your brain. Human beings evolved opposable thumbs for a reason. The sense of reward you get from making something with your hands can’t be earned any other way. It’s obvious that people learn faster from “hands-on” experience than they do watching someone else do something.

Psychological benefits: DIY and home maintenance projects are said to benefit overall well being. For instance, frequently DIYing helps you gain confidence and establish a sense of self. This self-reliance helps better equip you to deal with bad situations calmly.

Gain Knowledge: The more you use certain tools, the better you are with it. Home maintenance projects often lead to learning more about how home appliances actually work. For instance, after sanding a floor you walk away with a better understanding of the importance of solid flooring.

Improve Air Quality: Painting can allow you to unleash your creative mind and benefits your health as well.  According to Yahoo! Voices, painting interior walls with “quality, low VOC and zero-VOC paints and finishes can reduce odors and fumes, and promote healthy, indoor air quality for you and your family.”

Barter Better: According to The Simple Dollar, learned DIY skills “will allow you to barter for other needed items or skills.” The blog believes that if you learn how to do a home maintenance project, such as plumbing, you have a better awareness of the time and costs. Though you might not save the first time, the more times you preform that maintenance task you’ll know what is considered a good deal or a bad deal.

Built-In Work Out: One thing to definitely count on when DIYing is it can be considered an exercise workout! For instance, painting your deck burns about 340 calories and leads to a gorgeous deck! Expending that kind of energy can help to keep your home looking its best and your health on track.


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DIY pallet stairs

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Your Shoes are Rubbish

Big props to Charles Duffy, Williams Gubbins and Billy Turvey for bringing us “Your Shoes are Rubbish”. This short video illustrates a few key issues with amazing clarity.

  1. Everything is Rubbish.
  2. Mass Production and its best-friend Rampant Consumerism will do us in if we don’t make fundamental changes to the way we live.
  3. When you take the time to engage in a hands-on way with the world around you, you will be more connected to the reality of what is happening, more encouraged to make a change.

And lastly,

  1. Man, to be an artisan takes real love and skill and TIME!

Take a few minutes of your time and check out the website and video.

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Flat Pack Products: the future has arrived!

Flat Pack:
Definition of flat-pack in English:


1[OFTEN AS MODIFIER] British A piece of furniture or other equipment that is sold in pieces packed flat in a box for easy transport and is assembled by the buyer: a flat-pack bookcase

It seems pretty self-explanatory, but man, was I in for a surprise when I clicked a link to see the top new designs in flat-packs. I was expecting “improved” tetra wine packs, instead I found a world of intricately designed items from chairs, desks, shoes, heck even bomb-shelters and water butts!!

The items are very unique and futuristic looking, which, considering they are designed to arrive at your door flat, isn’t really surprising. The added benefits are great too. You have to put everything together yourself which means you can now legitimately tell your mates that you built your furniture yourself! If you are moving or just rearranging your furniture, this stuff is MADE to come apart and go back together – gone are the days of needing to purchase a new bed every time you have to move the frame! And not for nothing, but flat pack items are easier and cheaper to ship, so less fuel!


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