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.