Trash or treasure, it all depends on the eye of the beholder.
Before you put what you don’t want in the garbage, consider its possible use to someone else.
And, you might even make some money in the process.
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s re-use website is a popular site where members can offer items for sale up to a value of $99, post items for free or request items they want for themselves.
People can also post services.
“If you’re having a yard sale or cleaning out your garage and want people to know, or if you want to know if other people are having a yard sale, you can post it for free,” says Carmen Fennell, CSRD waste reduction facilitator.
Organizations such as churches and other non-profit groups are also welcome to post their garage or rummage sales, ski swaps, sports swaps, etc. for free.
The site at www.csrd.reuses.com has been up and running for three years and is considered to be a success, says Fennell.
“We had almost 10,000 visits in 2011 with 400 items or events listed on the site,” Fennell says. “We’re still getting new listings for goods every month and new members. And, so far this year we have had 2,000 site visits.”
Shuswap residents can also dispose of organic waste for free at all CSRD landfills and transfer stations now until May 13 during regular hours of operation. Visit www.csrd.bc.ca to find the operating hours of each facility.
Residents can take organic yard and garden material and, new this year, the regional district will accept metal free of charge for the same six-week period as organic garden waste.
This includes bed springs, barbecues, fridges, freezers, old swing sets, metal toys or tools, bikes, lawn chairs, old bathtubs, any kind of piping and other metal items.
Keep in mind, though, that yard and garden waste does not include fences or railway ties, and wood material should be no larger than eight inches in diameter.
Sicamous residents will be able to get rid of other unwanted material Saturday, April 28 at the rec centre parking lot.
Acceptable items for disposal include paints, pesticides, old gasoline, residential fluorescent tubes and bulbs, electronic waste such as computers, and small appliances such as toasters, microwaves. Tires will be accepted as well.
Residents of both Sicamous and Salmon Arm will have an opportunity to dispose of more hazardous products at Bill’s Bottle Depot Saturday, May 12.
“Bring anything and everything that’s toxic, corrosive, poisonous, flammable – whether it has a label on it or not, we will take it,” Fennell says. “We will also be accepting tires – passenger, light, medium, on or off rims.”
For more information, call Fennell at 250-833-5936.