Peter from Metro Vancouver alerted me to this handy little resource a while ago, and I keep meaning to spread it to the masses. I think the greatest question we have as consumers trying to reduce our waste is “where can I recycle this?” Well, if you live in Metro Vancouver, your prayers have been answered.
It’s called Metro Vancouver Recycles (It may not be the most catchy and inspiring name, but at least it cuts to the chase), and it’s a handy little online tool that tells you where you can (responsibly) ditch you recyclables and household goods.
“Wait a minute,” you may be thinking. “Didn’t you already tell us about that?”
What I told you about a few weeks back was the RCBC recyclepedia which covers the entire province and deals mainly with recyclables and toxics (ie. paint cans). It not only tells you where to recycle it tells you a bit about what the product is (ie. What is plastic #2 and what do they recycle it in to?), so it’s a great resource regardless of where you live.
Metro Vancouver Recycles is for Metro Vancouverites only (sorry to our other readers, but it’s always good to get ideas on what other regions are doing isn’t it?). It doesn’t give the product definition details and it is somewhat simplified (for example you would search “plastic bottles and tubs” instead of the specific plastic number), but it does have some great, user friendly features:
First, you can type in your address not just your city to find locations.
Second, it covers more than recyclables. You can learn about different places that will take everything from your plastics and organics to your used clothing, antiques, collectibles, medication, and children’s toys. It encourages reuse first (mostly through thrift stores and charities) which I think is great.
Third (and fanciest of all), you can specify the distance you are willing to go, and it will give you a Goggle Map of exactly where to take your stuff.
So if you’ve got some slightly used maternity clothes, burnt out light bulbs, electronics, packing peanuts or even an animal carcass (yup, that is a category and I did get an answer), take a look at http://www.metrovancouver.org/MetroVancouverRecycles/ and maybe even bookmark it for when you’re doing you spring cleaning.