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How Compulsive Hoarding Can Affect & Harm Others

Compulsive hoarding is a mental illness so persons affected by this should be approached with empathy and understanding.  Never should you try to force a person to remove items and/or start removing items from their home, as this may lead to severe anxiety, depression, and tension between the hoarder and family members and friends.

There are many health and safety risks associated to hoarding which a typical hoarder may not understand.

First, the hoarding items are generally a fire and safety risk.  If a fire breaks out in a hoarders home, which has happened in the past before, the spreading of fire will be much more intense and severe, thereby unnecessarily risking the hoarder’s life and, just as importantly, other adjacent residents in the condo or apartment.

Second, I have witnessed first hand how some hoarder’s rooms are filled up to the top of the ceiling with heavy materials.  Unfortunately, this creates a potential load issue with the building and the last thing one would want to happen is for the floor to collapse and harm families and residents below.

In summary both load weight and fire hazards are potentially present in a hoarders homes.  It is always difficult to discuss these issues with the hoarder, but at minimal some level of awareness needs to be understood by the hoarder on these vitally important issues.

Here are some fire safety tips you can provide someone that you know who may be a hoarder to help mitigate any fire and safety risks:

http://www.derbys-fire.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health/hoarding

 

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ClimateSmart Program

Today, we began our official ClimateSmart certification process!  We will be working intimately with ClimateSmart on various strategies to effectively reduce our carbon footprint and increase our environmental impact!

Click here to visit their website and find out more information about their unique and fantastic program!

We are looking forward to learning new ways about how EZJUNK can more positively impact our community and environment.

Waste Diversion Biotechnology

We are living in a critical point in time where biology and technology are complimenting one another and perhaps, as futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts, will merge into one!  In the future people will be walking around with eyes capable of telescopic and microscopic sight, implantable filters for your lungs to remain clean, and many more fascinating biotechnology implementations.

Presently, we have cool new products coming out like the invention of shrimp-shelled plastics that can biodegrade within 2 weeks while becoming nutrients for plants during the degradation process.  This type of technology is very much attuned with the Circular Economy blog I mentioned previously.  How products are not just an “end product” but one that contributes for a purpose across all stages of its life cycle.  This is all great news as it means less plastics and less “junk” heading to the landfills!

Click here for more information on shrimp shelled plastics!

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The Circular Economy

Operating a waste management and recycling business, we don’t see the materials that we come upon as “waste” instead we see it as an opportunity to save money, help the environment, and create beneficial work for our community.

This core mandate of our business is very attuned to the concept of a “Circular Economy.”  Modern society is unfortunately a very wasteful one, where we simply buy products and dispose of them accordingly when their life cycle is over.

Nature is in many ways a beautiful, complex infrastructure that creates value in a product across all stages of its growth and use.  The circular economy thus is a way to mimic nature’s processes and demonstrate how a product can be of value through its life cycle to its rebirth.

Watch the video below for more information on the Circular Economy and how you can help the development of our future and environment!

Closed-loop systems

Many businesses are converting their post-consumer products and waste back into the loop of their production process. For example, here at EZJUNK.CA our uniforms are made from recycled plastic bottles!

Many businesses are seeing the value of closed-loop implementations! Imagine a big business that sends their plastic bottles in to a manufacturer to develop uniforms for their business! Not only would this save money and help the environment, but it would create an alluring business foundation for others to follow.

Materials such as aluminum are traditionally one of the most closed-loop materials as it takes 95% less energy to make a can, for example, from recycled aluminum as opposed to raw materials.

 

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Gypsum and Drywall Recycling

There are a lot of challenges when businesses or residents embark upon construction projects that require the tear down and replacement of drywall.   Drywall is a very sensitive issue in terms of recycling and ensuring that it is safe to do so.  Here are some quick and easy pointers on how to begin the process of recycling and ensuring it is disposed of properly by us or any other business.

– If your drywall is older than 1990 (before 1990) you will need to get it tested for asbestos.  Click here to search for a local place within Metro Vancouver

– If your drywall does not contain asbestos, you will receive certification of the results showing that it is safe to dispose.  If this is the case give us a call and we will handle it from thereon in

– If your drywall DOES contain asbestos it will need to be disposed of by a licensed hazardous disposal company.   Generally, the hazardous asbestos will have to be shipped off to Calgary in a private deep landfill for safe covering.  Unfortunately, the whole process is very expensive.

We deal with drywall on a daily basis, so feel free to contact us directly for further information on this unique issue.

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Rethinking Food Waste

Canadians waste more than $27 billion per year on uneaten food.  This is a very concerning statistic as it does not even consider the carbon footprint of producing this food.  Check out the article below for more information!  Not only do we need to eat more healthy, but also a lot smarter to help our planet out.

Click here to read more about it!

 

Recycling asphalt

We here at EZJUNK.ca remove a lot of roofing materials and asphalt!  Do you ever wonder what happens to these materials?  We love recycling  and treating your junk and waste as a resource, which is why we take all our asphalt and roofing materials to a local asphalt recycling facility.

The materials we take to the recycle are re-created into a homogeneous product comprised of asphalt cement and shingle grit which is used as an additive in paving mixtures for roads, parking lots, bike paths, and driveways.  The end product actually creates a higher quality, more durable and costs less than traditional pavement asphalt cement.

 

 

Waste Information Specialists

Welcome to EZJUNK.ca’s first blog.    Wen are a local waste management business that treats your waste as a resource and a solution towards recycling, upcycling, or helping others in the community.

In our upcoming blogs we will feature local and fascinating information on waste management, treating waste as a resource, and the problems & solutions prevalent in our industry!

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