Vancouver's Fresh Start Recycling

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

In this age of reducing, re-using and recycling it still isn’t easy to find someone to cart off your old couch, computer or dry wall after a home reno. Sure, there are companies out there that will haul away anything you can toss at them out the window but how do you know your semi-mint condition couch won’t end up clogging up landfills?

That’s where Vancouver’s own Fresh Start Recycling comes in. I had a chance to meet with their community relations/customer service guru Kara to discuss what exactly it is that they do, and why.

Founded in 2004 by Vancouver native Thomas Goodall, Fresh Start Recycling & Disposal Ltd. is committed to reducing clutter in your life while minimizing our impact on the environment by reducing the amount of material that goes straight to the landfill. [About – Fresh Start]

Fresh Start rents out bins for big home projects but can also take away your TV, computer, garden waste or furniture for safe and eco-friendly disposal – even flooring tiles get recycled. They also donate all re-usable items to non-profits like the Salvation Army with a main goal of having as little as possible going to the dump. The company also practices what it preaches, with all of its vehicles powered by natural gas.

They reach out across Metro Vancouver and yes, will even pickup your unwanted items downtown, which I have found can be an issue sometimes with disposal companies not wanting to bring their trucks into the core.

They’re currently in the process of rejuvenating their blog (hence reaching out to yours truly) but you can also find Fresh Start listed on happyfrog, “BC’s green directory and sustainability community” and through their Facebook page.

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  1. Ianiv SchweberMonday, July 7th, 2008 — 12:06pm PDT

    Cool, we are going to get new floors and was wondering what the best way of getting rid of the old sandstone tiles was. I’ll be giving them a call 🙂

  2. muvarMonday, July 7th, 2008 — 7:29pm PDT

    I too am looking to get new floors…thanks!!

  3. DaveOWednesday, July 9th, 2008 — 11:45am PDT

    While packing to move (again), I’m assembling a pile of stuff to free-cycle and recycle so might have to give Fresh Start a call.

    Sometimes, accurate recycling resources can be hard to come by so Fresh Start seem to have a win-win here ~ you get rid of your unwanted stuff and someone else extends the life stuff.

    PS Very glad to see green-minded start-up bizes like Fresh Start seeing benefit from their listing!

  4. Peter BissadaMonday, August 11th, 2008 — 3:12pm PDT

    Not a bad idea… i’m glad that more companies are offering free recycling programs… here is another (strictly commercial) but they will pick up all your shrink wrap, and provide free bins at no cost for free…
    Kudos on the article.

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  6. TuinmeubelsSunday, March 29th, 2009 — 7:54am PDT

    i have heard about the recycling over the time period by approaching differnet blogs…this is really good that there are some of them on this earth who are taking care of atmosphere and using old buddies…nice and keep up the hard work 🙂

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  8. D BanksMonday, July 26th, 2010 — 7:10pm PDT

    Anytime material destined for landfill is reduced its good. I am looking for a working car battery and wish there was some vancouver website I could advertise on. Can’t find any.

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