Getting Rid of Junk

There’s an old saying: “Stuff is the junk you keep, junk is the stuff you get rid of”. Not all of it can go in the weekly curbside trash pickup. So what do you do with all the rest of your junk? As if sorting through the weekly trash isn’t complicated enough, there are numerous destinations for all the junk cluttering our garages.

Today, I filled my car with a load of junk, and headed out. My first stop was the local Habitat ReStore on Gardiners Road where I dropped off  a heavy box of nails left in our house by the previous owners.

Next, I went to the nearby Staples store to drop off a couple of dead flat-screen computer monitors. To find out where you can drop off your old electronics, visit Recycle My Electronics.

My third stop was the metal waste bin at Kimco, on John Counter Boulevard. It was a popular spot today, with three other people dumping stuff, or rather, junk, while I was there.

I then had some old paint cans to get rid of. In Kingston, you drop them off at the Hazardous Waste Depot at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre, 196 Lappan’s Lane. Note that they’re only open two days a week, on Thursdays and Saturdays.

My fifth and last stop was also at the Recycling Centre, but at the Yard Waste Dropoff. I often drop off bags of weeds, branches, and leaves there. This time, I just had two bags.

So five different types of junk, and five places to bring them! If you want to find out where you can go with your junk in Kingston, check out the Waste Sorting Lookup page.

Cheers! Hans

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