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Action of the month – do an eco-friendly spring cleaning!

Actu - Ménage printemps

Spring is officially here! It’s that time of year when we open the windows to bring in fresh air and get the urge to declutter our homes. Full of good intentions, we set about sorting, throwing out or giving away often useless, broken or unused bits and pieces that are cluttering the house. A few hours later and we’re faced with a mountain of stuff. So what do we do with it all?

REDUCE, REUSE, SORT, RECYCLE, RECLAIM

First of all, before buying something, stop and ask yourself: Do I really need this?
Since the answer is often no, you have immediately made next year’s spring cleaning easier!

How to declutter efficiently

Things that are old to you are often valuable to various organizations and people who know how to make good use of them. TIP: Make the most of your trips by sorting things to give, recycle or reclaim into clearly labelled boxes, then take them to the appropriate place when full. Encourage your friends and neighbours to do the same and make your trips even more worthwhile.

First of all, before buying something, stop and ask yourself: Do I really need this?
Since the answer is often no, you have immediately made next year’s spring cleaning easier!

  • Use the keyword search on this website to find out where items go
  • See reuse centres near you
    • Montreal residents can drop off reusable items in good condition in reuse centres. Accepted items include antiques, garden items, sports equipment, musical instruments (except for large instruments like pianos and organs), toys and games, books, DVDs, records and CDs, furniture and decorative items, hand tools, small electrical appliances (such as irons, toasters and kettles), clothing and household linen in good condition (to be placed in the appropriate recovery container)
    • In Saint-Hubert and Terrebonne: Certex Textile Recovery and Sorting Centre, for the “recovery and reuse of clothing, shoes, fashion accessories, toys and new and used textiles. The reemployment of the materials is the main objective of Certex as part of the 3RV-E principle.”

 Additional sorting centres, by category:

BULK BUYING

Most packaging can’t be recycled, so why not make the leap and buy in bulk to reduce your waste? As well as reducing waste at the source, bulk stores help you save!

Do a little extra: You use reusable bags when grocery shopping, so why not refill your own containers when getting take-out?

FIRST STEPS TO STARTING A ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE

You’ve successfully accomplished the above steps—a gradual process that can take several years, we know—and want to do a little more? Here’s how to get started on a zero waste lifestyle.

Check out these tips for living waste free, too.

Happy spring cleaning and good luck transitioning to a green lifestyle!