While spring cleaning may be officially over, with COVID-19 still seeing a large number of people working from home you might be looking for ways to clear out your house. Instead of just taking everything to the dump, or trying to list it on Facebook Marketplace, there are options to recycle many of your larger items. That said, recycling large items like mattresses, electronics, and construction waste can be a challenge if you aren’t sure how to go about it. There are waste management and recycling companies like ours that can help. If you would rather take care of it yourself, here are some of the ways you can properly dispose of large recyclable items in Calgary.
Did you know that the recovery rate of recycled mattress materials is over 95%? Recovered materials from a recycled mattress include cotton, fabric, foam, plastic, and wood.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to make recycling your mattress a stress-free process:
According to the Alberta Recycling Management Authority’s 2018-19 Progress Report, 9.5 million TV’s and computer products have been recycled in Alberta since 2004, as part of Canada’s first electronics recycling program. The electronics recycled are broken down to remove and separate the glass, plastic, and metals in them. These parts are then sent to the manufacturing supply chain to be repurposed in other products.
If you have electronics you've been holding onto, you can drop them off at a registered recycling facility.
Below is a list of the more common household electronics you might want to dispose of:
Construction waste like drywall is highly recyclable. Metals removed from the home, asphalt roof shingles and any masonry or glass are also recyclable.
Additionally, the City of Calgary says other materials made of raw and unprocessed wood like pallets and dimensional lumber can also be recycled.
To assist your construction waste removal, dumpster bins can be rented from waste disposal companies like C&C Waste Disposal. Our team will help you figure out what size bin you need, and schedule a drop off time and date. Once the bin is full, we can pick it up and properly dispose of the materials on your behalf.
According to the City of Calgary, furniture can be recycled in two ways. If your old furniture is in good condition, consider donating it to participating charities. Find out which charities are accepting furniture at Alberta’s Recycling Hotline.
If your furniture is broken or in poor condition, you can still take it to a city landfill to be disposed of or recycled for scrap metal.
If you want to avoid the stress of recycling large items, you can count on the professionals by hiring a waste disposal company. Waste disposal companies have the experience and tools to properly dismantle large items into their smaller recyclable components.