The battery recycling process…cool video

I like knowing what happens once things are donated or recycled and this is a great video on the battery recycling process.

Call2Recycle® is the only free used battery and cellphone collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted 35 million kilograms of used batteries from the solid waste stream and established a network of 30,000 public collection sites. – See more at: http://www.call2recycle.ca/who-is-call2recycle/#sthash.yI3mnLBL.dpuf

 

 

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What’s Even Better than Recycling?

Recycling paper is a great way to support the environment – shred it, dump it in your recycling bin, or compost it – there are many options to get paper out of your home in an eco-friendly manner. But the best way of all to make an impact when it comes to paper is to not create paper products at all! When it comes to your office policies, why not take a lead on implementing some “no printing” guidelines that you and your associates can follow:

• Do not print emails. This should be a basic rule that everyone can easily handle – if you need to save information from an email, set up a folder in your email inbox for this purpose. Depending on your email provider, there should be many options available for saving and categorizing email messages so that you can retrieve them when needed.

• Arrange for an electronic “document signing” service – There are many options available now to send documents electronically for signature. This is an acceptable practice for real estate agents using leases and property transactions plus it’s being used for many legal contracts. Create the document directly from your computer – no need to print it, just send it to the recipient and once signed by all parties, save it on your computer. There should be no need to keep a printed copy when you have it stored electronically. One of the most popular services for this is http://www.docusign.com.

• Have an effective “cloud” back-up service in place for your electronically stored documents. One of the fears of giving up paper is that your computer may crash and your saved documents will be lost. But with an online daily web based back-up system in place, this fear can be alleviated. One reliable service to check out is http://www.carbonite.com.

By not generating as much paper in the first place, you won’t even need to worry about the best method of recycling it!

Community Environment Days

Do you have old paint cans and other hazardous household items you’d like to get rid of? What about some old office supplies or material you’d like to donate? Toronto’s Environment Days are starting on March 31st, 2012 and this is the place to give and receive – below is a small list of what you can give AND you can also get kitchen bins and even compost for the garden.

Click on this link to see the date for your neighborhood, what donations they’re accepting and what hazardous waste they accept.

Quick Overview of Donations Accepted:
Items donated to local schools for reuse*
• Art supplies (e.g. pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
• Buttons, keys, and collectors’ coins and stamps
• Clipboards, corks and cork boards
• CDs and cases
• Children’s books
• Costume jewelry including broken/old watches and clocks with hands
• Dress-up clothing (e.g. costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)
• Fabric pieces and yarn
• 35mm cameras and equipment

Other Items donated for reuse * (please keep separate from others)
• Sporting goods (e.g. skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
• Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
• Medical equipment in good condition (e.g. eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.)
• Small household items (e.g. dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
• Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
• Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

The City asks that all donated items must be in very good condition.

More information on Toronto Community Environment Days

Deanne Kelleher is the principal of kAos Group, author of the Core Four™ System and a motivational speaker and facilitator on productivity. kAos Group works with clients to help identify inefficiencies – the clutter and disorganization that prevents professional and personal growth – and help clients streamline their business and personal lives to reduce stress, increase profits, and create more time.
Visit www.kaosgroup.com to review the Organized Lifestyle Magazine for tips and motivation for your home, office, time and spirit.

Auctions to Buy or Sell Your Valuables and Inventory

You Bid Local Trusted experts in managing the sale of goods from residential downsizing, estate sale, relocation or business inventory reduction.

YouBidLocal makes selling easy and stress free. Their end to end service includes photography, cataloguing, management of your sale online, organization of your preview and pick up and more. They will also market your items for you.

Everything is transparent and the reporting function is clear, and timely and they pay for the goods, less their costs within 10 days of the event.

Buyers read more here…

Sellers read more here…

Watch how they do it here …

This video walks you through a full Condo Bid – how it happens, how it’s managed and how it all happens.

Recycle Batteries & Cell Phones – Find a location near you

Simply click on the link and fill in your zip code or postal code and they’ll show a drop off location near you.
Recycling Your Rechargeable Batteries and Cell Phones.

This is definitely a great link to pass along!

Going Green How to Be Eco-Friendlier – love this by Air Miles

Making sustainable choices doesn’t have to mean making huge changes in the way you live. Resolving to live “greener” can be as simple as making day-to-day choices — about what we buy, what we eat, what we use or how we live — that are easy to do and better for the environment. Here are some ideas to help you keep the eco-friendly resolutions you make.

BYOB (Bring your own bag)
When you go shopping, use cloth bags instead of the plastic bags offered at stores. Plastic bags, while seemingly convenient, can wind up in oceans and forests, where they harm wildlife and clog ecosystems, or sit in landfills for hundreds of years before they biodegrade.

Use recycled-paper products

When it comes to toilet paper, tissues, napkins and paper towels, buy brands that are made from 100% recycled paper instead of those produced from newly cut trees. To be sure you’re buying wisely, check the packaging and look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp of approval.

Buy in bulk
Cut down on excess packaging (and the energy and resources needed to produce it) — and maybe save on your grocery bill at the same time — by shopping for products in bulk. Many retailers now offer bulk sections, allowing you to buy as much or as little as you need, thereby helping to reduce excess waste.

Recycle more than just cans
Find new “homes” for the things you no longer use — instead of tossing them in the trash. Donate items like clothing or electronics to a thrift store or charity. Books, magazines and DVDs can be given to seniors’ homes or hospitals. Old sheets and towels are often appreciated by animal shelters and rescue groups. Check with organizations in your area for specific needs and ideas.

Soak up the sun
Consider installing solar panels or a solar water heater to your home to help offset the amount of electricity you consume. Using a solar water heater can also save the average Canadian home up to 1000 cubic metres of natural gas (or 2.2 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions) annually. Or chose a solar-powered lawn mower over one that uses gas or electricity.

Compost
Your trash can also be a treasure! Instead of throwing out your organic garbage — everything from vegetable scraps and coffee grounds to eggshells and yard trimmings — get a backyard composter and convert your waste into a nutrient-rich substance that will improve the quality of your soil.

Clean green
Instead of buying chemical- and synthetic-based cleaning products — which can contain pollutants and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) — try more eco-friendly alternatives. Many companies now manufacture soaps, detergents, disinfectants and all-purpose cleaners from less-toxic, natural, plant-based sources.

Choose Energy Star appliances
If you’re replacing the dishwasher or the fridge or any other appliance in your home, buy one with an Energy Star rating and seal. That indicates a product operates with premium energy efficiency, which translates to lower energy consumption… and higher savings on your energy bills.

Use alternative-energy providers
Green your home on a larger scale by opting for alternative-energy providers in your city or province. Bullfrog Power (bullfrogpower.com) offers customers 100% green electricity using wind and hydro power instead of fossil fuels like coal or oil, and 100% green natural gas — a certified net-zero carbon dioxide emissions energy source created from decaying organic matter in landfills. Green natural gas does not release additional carbon dioxide into the environment when burned.

For more great ideas on greener living or to read the entire article click here…. Air Miles website at

Cool Places to Donate Your Stuff

We’ve been in the Professional Organizing business for quite a few years and the list of donation/recycle places has grown to a 5 page document. I thought I’d take a moment and post a selection of businesses that gladly accept your reusable items – of all sorts.

Feel free to send this along to your friends and family.

“360 degrees of good – Something amazing happens when you start recycling. And that triggers
something else amazing. And so on and so on until the whole world benefits. “
Value Village

Donation Options

Dress Your Best
www.dressyourbest.ca
Dress Your Best changes the lives of Canadians and New Canadians by outfitting women, men and youth with clothing for employment. Our unique wardrobe service helps clients look impressive, feel confident, and find a job.

Canadian Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.ca – Clothesline – 1-800-505-5525
When scheduling a free pick-up from your door, Clothesline® gladly accepts reusable clothing, shoes, boots, books, kitchen wares, toys, small appliances and much more.

Salvation Army
www.salvationarmy.ca

Value Village
www.valuevillage.com
Each year, our recycling program prevents 280-million pounds of unsold merchandise from ending up in landfills by re-selling it to people in developing countries. Items like clothing, shoes, toys and books, goods for the home and necessities for the baby.

Good Will
www.goodwill.org
Donations are critical. When you donate your new and gently used goods, the revenues generated go directly toward supporting our core mission of creating jobs opportunities for people in our community who need them most, including the young, the old, new Canadians and disabled people.

Deliver Good
www.delivergood.org
Deliver Good facilitates a process to connect non-profit organizations who need stuff with individuals and businesses who have stuff.

Oasis
www.clothingbank.ca
416.488.5393

Ontario Humane Society Thrift Stores
416.266.7716

Recycling Matters
www.communitylivingontario.ca/take-action/recycling-matters
416.446.1620
Free pick up of reusable items

Freecycle™
www.freecycle.org
Everything is free – it’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.

Deanne Kelleher is the founder kAos Group and a Silver Leaf Professional Organizer. kAos Group is in the business of organization – they work closely with clients to help identify inefficiencies – the clutter and disorganization that prevents professional and personal growth – and help clients streamline their business and personal lives to reduce stress and increase productivity.

Visit www.kaosgroup.com and complete a complimentary Assessment to learn more about your current organizational situation.