Spring is here! This marks a time when many residents feel the itch to clean their homes and dispose of seldom-used items. Metro Vancouver is reminding residents to help keep waste in its place and ensure unwanted items are disposed of properly.
For items in working condition, donation to a local secondhand shop or utilizing a community buy/sell/swap online group is encouraged. Small to large electronics such as computers or fans can be dropped off at a local recycling centre. If donation or recycling is not an option, large items such as mattresses can be brought to a local waste centre.
With more residents spending time at home this year, construction and renovations are at an all-time high, and illegal dumping of construction materials such as gypsum is also on the rise. Contractors and do-it-yourselfers are reminded that illegal dumping is not only a crime — it also creates a hazard in our shared communities and costs tax dollars to clean up. More information is available on proper gypsum management at Metro Vancouver Recycles.
A list of safe disposal options for each Metro Vancouver community, information on donations, information on safe disposal methods for personal protective equipment (like masks and gloves), and links to local recycling and waste centres can be found at www.wasteinitsplace.ca.