October 26th, 2023
The following column was co-written with Green Economy Peterborough member and recycling enthusiast Adeilah Dahlke of Jigsaw Organizing Solutions.
When getting yourself organized in the home and business, it is essential to focus on the decluttering process. Decluttering means removing unwanted or un-needed items from a cluttered area.
We have so many amazing resources in the Peterborough area which will help you divert your disposed items from the landfill. They can help you reuse/repurpose/recycle your old items, find a new home for the items, and ultimately help reduce the waste you have at home!
Start by finding new homes for your items. Habitat for Humanity and Vinnies are both fantastic options for donating unwanted items.
Vinnies takes household items, clothing, linens, hygiene products, working electronics, bicycles and some furniture.
Both of these places are registered non-profit organisations, and contribute back to our local community.
Good Neighbours, YES Shelter, One City, One Roof, EFRY, Food Not Bombs, Kawartha Food Share, and Community Fridge are also wonderful local resources to support if you want to reduce the waste you create. Your items can find a new purpose by being used to support these community programs.
Next, choose to recycle your items. The City of Peterborough Waste Wizard search engine on their website is a useful resource for identifying whether an item can be recycled or not. The Wizard is a great starting point for quick answers!
Ready to take your decluttering to the next level? Here are some specialty recycling or donation programs that you may not be aware of:
Batteries of all shapes and sizes need to be disposed of with other Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). They can be dropped off at the HHW section at Pido Rd. or depending on the size, in the collection bins at GreenUP, Kingan Home Hardware, Staples, or Home Depot.
Computers, accessories, LED/LCD monitors, network equipment and mobile phones can be donated to reBOOT in Peterborough. They will even clear off your data, and can provide a charitable donation receipt.
These can be dropped off at the new Textbooks For Change locations around Peterborough, all found at Trent University.
LED and Fluorescent Light Bulbs
These can also be recycled at HHW at Pido Rd. Regular incandescent bulbs must go in the trash.
Grocery Bags (Plastic or Reusable)
To properly dispose of old prescriptions and OTC medications, drop them off at your local pharmacy.
If you have old clothing or fabric that is not reusable (hole-y socks, for instance), drop them off as material recycling at Pido Rd.
Oral Care Packaging
Printer Ink Cartridges & Pens/Markers/Writing Utensils
These can be recycled at Staples.
These can be dropped off at the HHW section at Pido Rd.
Drop tires off at Canadian Tire! These tires will be recycled into rubber surfaces for children’s playgrounds.
New Personal Care Items
Never-opened menstrual products, toiletries, and toothpaste/toothbrushes can be donated to a Personal Care Bank, open 24/7 for people to access personal care items when/if needed! There are 2 locations currently in Peterborough (509 Gilchrist St. and 14 Alexander Ave.)
Who’s ready to reduce waste and get decluttering?
Adeilah Dahlke (she/her), owner of Jigsaw Organizing Solutions has been helping people declutter and organize their spaces since 2015. She is a member of GreenUP’s business program Green Economy Peterborough, and is passionate about creatively reducing the number of items being sent to the landfill.