Before you haul your old furniture, appliances, and other items to the dump, it's important to understand how landfills and transfer stations work and the rules they have in place to protect the environment. When the trash is dumped into a landfill, it's typically compacted and covered with soil. This process helps to prevent pollution and control odours. However, landfills can still leach harmful chemicals into the ground and water, polluting the local environment. In addition, landfills take up a lot of space, which can be a problem in densely populated areas. As a result, our transfer stations and landfills have strict rules we have to adhere to when it comes to dumping.
Here are the basics of what you need to know before visiting our Local landfill sites:
-All loads must be covered. This helps to keep our roads safe loads must be securely tied down. Items that are not properly secured may shift during transport and fall off the truck, creating a traffic hazard and fines for the individual driving
-No hazardous materials are allowed. Hazardous materials include, but are not limited to: oil-based paints, pesticides, asbestos, herbicides, cleaners with toxic chemicals, motor oil, car batteries, and fluorescent light bulbs. If you have any questions about whether or not an item is considered hazardous, please contact us for any questions or if you are unsure.
-Separate! There are separate areas and loads must be sorted and disposed of accordingly (rules are similar to residential garbage collection services) Make sure to separate offsite so you can properly dispose of:
-construction and demolition debris
-clean fill (dirt, concrete, brick, etc)
-appliances (refrigerators, air conditioners, washers, dryers, etc)
-electronics (anything with a cord)
All these items will need to be separated and have different areas to be dumped in at the landfill.
Recycling material and keeping hazardous waste out of landfills are important to help protect our environment. Making sure to properly dispose of and recycle your waste will help to keep our landfills clean and safe.
-Try a donation center first! Many items that people think need to be disposed of can be donated. Check with your local donation center to see if they accept the item you want to get rid of.
-Have a plan! Before heading to the landfill, know what you're going to dispose of and have a plan for how you're going to do it. This will make the process quicker and easier and help to keep the landfill organized. Plan ahead for long wait times as stations can get busy, especially on weekends and holidays.
We hope this has helped to give you a better understanding of how our landfill works and what you need to do before visiting. If you do choose to use a Junk Removal company, please make sure they are properly disposing of your items according to rules and regulations.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our landfill clean and safe!
The Junk Brigade is Locally owned and operated, specialising in the pick-up and disposal of large items such as appliances, furniture, and electronics. We also offer Pickups for smaller projects. To learn more about our services or to schedule a pick-up, give us a call today. 604-366-2544
The Junk Brigade
Thank you for reading and we hope this was helpful!