If you have ever visited the Load of Rubbish Facebook page, you may have noticed we have a habit of doing a couple of things; we post pictures of items we collect AND we also encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle what they have. Ultimately, we like to showcase the best and most interesting pieces we come across, as well as encourage you to steer clear of throw away items. We offer junk removal, but pride ourselves on doing our part in reducing junk that heads to landfill. There are a few ways you can do that before we even arrive at your door.
Reducing Junk with LoR
Load of Rubbish is more than a junk removal company. We do not claim to be garbage collectors. Yes, we collect items you no longer want, but that doesn’t mean our next step is the dump. Much of it still holds value for one reason or another, so we have made it our mission to divert as much as we can from our steadily shrinking landfills.
Many of the items we collect are quite old. That doesn’t mean they do not hold value though. Antiques are often sought after pieces. Why is that? They were often made from high-quality materials with an eye to craftsmanship and attention to detail. What constitutes high-quality and craftsmanship?
- solid wood pieces
- sturdy metal supports
- hand-crafted details
These items deserve a second chance and we do our part to donate them to thrift stores whenever possible.
When it comes to electronics and appliances, we also recognize that there are still many valuable resources within them. By getting them to appropriate recyclers, those materials are salvaged and reused in the manufacturing industry.
Poorer quality items on the other hand hold little value and do not age well, like;
- flimsy plastic items
- composite materials (poly-cotton blends, fibreboard, synthetics, etc.)
- mass-produced machine-made pieces
Do we need to tell you what’s wrong with plastic? It doesn’t break down. For like hundreds of years or longer. If it breaks (which happens with a lot of cheap dollar store items), it isn’t worth fixing, so ends up in landfills. Or our oceans! As it ages, plastic often becomes brittle, making it that much more apt to break. The answer—don’t buy it!
The problem with composite materials is that they cannot easily be broken down into their original base materials. For example, cardboard coffee cups coated in a plastic film are difficult to recycle due to their plastic layer. So in communities where they do not have the facilities to deal with that composite, the items in questions becomes garbage and head to landfill. And that pesky plastic stuff again interferes with any hope of the item biodegrading or breaking down.
And while some machine-made pieces are sturdy enough, the point of them is to reduce costs. Less cost for labour. Less cost on materials. Often less quality for the final product reducing its usable lifespan and increasing the speed with which it heads to the landfill again.
Quality VS Quantity
Do you get where we are headed?
When you purchase higher quality items, they usually last longer. They are often made with higher quality materials and to a higher standard of workmanship. This offers you more joy, usefulness, and longevity of the item AND keeps it out of our garbage dumps for longer, if not forever. Even if you decide that you no longer find value in it, something well-made has the potential to be reused by others when handed along. Or is more easily recycled into new products.
So by all means, contact Load of Rubbish when you have junk to remove. We will gladly take it away. But the next time you make a purchase, think about what you are buying. Perhaps choose better quality pieces so that they don’t need to be replaced as often, or so that they still hold value for someone or something else down the road. If we make better choices with our purchasing dollars, we will be reducing junk on the overall system. And even if you don’t care for yourself, ultimately your children and the planet will be thankful for that small consideration.
Choose quality in the fight for reducing junk!