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Waste and composting

Every week, households across the GTA sort tons of waste into recycling, compost, and garbage. Local municipalities are responsible for collecting and processing this waste. While many garbage items can be converted to energy at an energy-from-waste-facility, there are still some items that must be diverted to landfills, like broken exercise equipment, or large pieces of furniture.

This is where charities like the JRCC Furniture Depot come in, helping find second homes for used furniture items with vulnerable populations across the GTA. The JRCC Furniture Depot collects used furniture items like tables, chairs, desks, and more and distributes them free of charge to marginalized populations such as new immigrants, women and children leaving women’s shelters, and people with chronic illness or disabilities.

Donating your used furniture to the JRCC Furniture Depot is a great way to make sure it has a second life and can be part of a new home. It also ensures that these items will not end up in landfills. However, furniture donations aren’t an everyday occurrence, so it’s also important to know how you can reduce the amount of waste your household produces on a regular basis!

The number one tip from Waste Reduction Week in Canada on reducing household waste is ‘buy what you need, eat what you buy, compost the rest.’ This is because food waste is a major problem across Canada. Studies show that the average amount of food wasted each year for every Canadian is 183 kilograms of food, or 404 pounds! This is approximately $1,100 worth of food beyond thrown out.

A great way to start a habit of reducing food waste is by placing a small compost container in your kitchen. This makes it easy to remember to redirect food waste into the compost, rather than straight to the garbage. Products that can be put into the compost include:

  • Coffee grounds (and filters)
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Nut shells
  • Tea and tea bags
  • Paper towels and cardboard rolls

Composting is a great way to ensure that even our regular scraps don’t go to waste. They can be used for a second purpose. So many things we own and use can be given a second life, like our used furniture! The JRCC Furniture Depot is committed to environmentally friendly solutions to used furniture through collecting donations of used furniture items. If you have unwanted furniture items in good condition, contact the Furniture Depot today to arrange a donation. (Please note that we do not accept appliances or electronics.)

Recycling doesn’t stop with furniture

Donors to the JRCC Furniture Depot are sometimes surprised to learn just how easily their furniture can be given a second life through our donation program. Donating used furniture pieces is a charitable and environmentally friendly way to make sure these items can be given to underprivileged people trying to establish safe and healthy homes.

The Furniture Depot accepts donations of used furniture items, like tables, chairs, desks, and mattresses. However, furniture pieces are not the only household items that can be recycled. Many other household items can be reused or donated for a good cause, and some of them may surprise you!

Even products that you may consider single use, like plastic bags, can be recycled. Currently, Ontarians use about seven million plastic bags every day. In York Region, the Plastic Bag Take-Back program was started to reduce this amount of waste. The program allows consumers to drop off their plastic bags at certain stores to be recycled, reducing the amount of plastic that is sent to landfills. Recycled plastic bags can be used to manufacture new plastic bags, plastic lumber, patio furniture, and park benches.

One of the most unique recycling programs in Canada is run by March of Dimes, which accepts donations of aluminum pop tabs, the small pieces of metal that open aluminum cans. Because of their size, it is easy for charities to handle recycling large volumes of tabs. They are easy to store and cleaner than full size cans, in addition to being easy to recycle. There are so many ways to repurpose everyday items to reduce the impact of household waste on the environment. One method is to take advantage of the JRCC Furniture Depot’s commitment to reducing waste through reusing and repurposing used furniture. Make sure to contact us today for an environmentally-friendly solution to your unwanted furniture items. (Please note that we do not accept appliances or electronics.)

The impact of furnishing your home

Our homes should be safe, secure spaces where we are able to relax and be ourselves. They should be warm and comfortable, furnished with the essential items we need to take care of ourselves and our families.

Sadly, many Canadians do not have access to a comfortable home. Women and children fleeing domestic violence, or newcomer refugees, for example, often do not have the economic resources they need to find and furnish their homes. They may feel like they have to stay in unstable situations because establishing a new home seems like an overwhelming task. This is where charities like the JRCC Furniture Depot come in.

By providing functional, quality furniture to those in need, the JRCC Furniture Depot allows people in less fortunate situations to create safe, comfortable spaces to call their own. In some cases, this may be the first time they are able to do so.

Being able to furnish a home provides both tangible and psychological benefits. It can validate the decision to seek help, confirming for those who need assistance that they have access to the resources they need to get out of dangerous situations. Establishing a new home is a huge achievement that helps people feel that they are on the right track, towards safety and independence. Donating to the Furniture Depot is a charitable and environmentally-friendly way to repurpose old furniture. If you are redecorating your home or even just upgrading some furnishings, consider those who are not in a position to do so and contact the JRCC Furniture Depot today.