Vancouver isn’t just Canada’s hottest real estate market, it’s also ground zero for renovations in the country. When the average price of a detached home is over $1 million and even a townhouse averages over $550,000, you can bet that a lot of people are facing tough choices. For some, this might mean holding onto an existing home and making it fit their changing needs. For others, this might mean buying a house that they may not have looked twice at a decade ago. Either way, the key to making a house a home often lies in renovating.
The City of Vancouver recognizes this growing trend and publishes a guideline on green renovations, aimed at helping city residents improve their living conditions while contributing to the city’s ecological goals. Not only is recycling big, but if you happen to be replacing your kitchen, Vancouver would like you to consider green options like salvaged hardwood flooring, non toxic sealants, Energy Star appliances and water efficient fixtures.
However, when renovations are undertaken, older run-down properties gentrified and appliances replaced by more energy efficient models, a huge amount of waste is generated. City garbage collectors are not going to pick up heaps of smashed drywall, empty paint cans and the old cabinets ripped out of a kitchen. Likewise with the old stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and freezer. And when an old property is cleaned out, the mound of junk that results can include everything from worn tires and car batteries to soiled mattresses, old couches, decades old computers, ancient (and heavy) CRT televisions, dirty carpets and yard waste —leaves, branches, lawn clippings and other assorted material. Carefully sorting through everything that’s been collected might yield some recyclables and actual garbage to put out for pickup, but everything else needs to be disposed of at various waste facilities. That’s why people used to opt for a dumpster. They’d rent a big metal box, park it on the lawn, and throw everything inside.
Many people frown upon dumpsters these days, especially in residential areas. They’re ugly, take up space, attract pests and they’re far from environmentally friendly. Instead, when it comes to rubbish removal Vancouver residents are opting for professional junk collectors. It’s convenient, economical (they are only charged for the space taken up on the truck), the crew does all the sorting and heavy lifting, and they take virtually anything —including renovation debris and anything that might be encountered in a home, property or business clean-out. There’s no rusting dumpster to look at, no need to sort everything and the junk collection company ensures that everything is disposed of according to environmental regulations, ensuring an even greener renovation.
About the Author:
Jack Lennon has lived in Vancouver his entire life and watched as many neighborhoods have changed and been upgraded, keeping Vancouver junk removal companies busy. Jack points out that residents who choose professional junk removal over a dumpster on the front lawn contribute to a green, ecologically responsible city while making their neighbors a whole lot happier.