Do you long for the days when you could put pretty much anything you want on your curb and the next day, it had disappeared just like magic? I hope not! Sure, it was more simple and convenient but there’s a very good reason that the City of Ottawa no longer provides services like e waste removal or appliance disposal. In order to safely remove difficult substances, such as e waste and large appliances, it is important to seek the expertise of a responsible, specialized garbage and recycling company who know how to dispose of those substances in a way that will not jeopardize human health and the environment.
E waste removal
Today’s households and offices are filled with electronics and most people don’t have a clue what to do with them once they’re no longer of any use. My father has so many printers piled up in the corner of his home office, we refer to it as the Printer Cemetery. For the longest time, my brother actually used his old (and ridiculously heavy) tube television as his TV stand for his new flat screen. I have a shoebox full of cellphones dating back to the 90s and an old stereo collecting dust in the corner of my living room. I know this will ring true for many of you and you’ll recognize yourselves in this. I’m also ready to bet good money that almost every single house has a drawer full of random cables and wires that have absolutely no purpose but that, for some unfathomable reason, we all keep ‘just in case’.
It’s time to purge people! But it has to be done the right way. E waste removal requires specialized procedures because electronics components are made of materials such as various metals, plastic, glass and rubber, as well as elements like mercury, arsenic, lead and flame retardants that are considered hazardous waste. Recycling these items must be done properly to reduce the impact on human health and the environment.
There are businesses in Ottawa who can help you get rid of used electronics by providing drop-off locations at specified stores. Some communities also organize special days where citizens can bring their e waste to dedicated locations for proper disposal and recycling. There are also many junk removal companies for hire who offer full-service e waste removal at reasonable prices.
Like e waste, getting rid of your appliances requires special care because they are also made up of particular components and hazardous materials that are harmful to humans, animals and the environment. As previously mentioned, the City of Ottawa no longer provides appliance disposal services as part of regular garbage day pick up, so unless you want to be ‘that’ neighbour with used appliances as lawn ornaments, you’ll have to make other arrangements for disposing of them. The same junk removal companies who can handle e waste can also likely handle proper appliance disposal for you.