From trash to treasure

Kick your stuff to the curb and help the planet recover from mass consumerism while gifting another in Hope.

Hope is hosting a special event to help recycle and reuse quality household items an effort to keep it from seeing the abyss of the landfill, while providing a solid starter kit for kids heading off to university.

“It’s something they can take to school and never bring back,” said Victor Smith, president of Communities in Bloom.

There is an international-wide trend of recycling and re-purposing household goods in a new environmentally conscious movement geared toward preventing the reduction of waste by taking a stance against the creation of it.

By reusing, re-purposing or salvaging the wreckage from someone else’s trash pile, each Hope citizen has the distinct opportunity to offer some relief to the tragic piling up of waste in today’s landfills.

The planet is taxed with the consumerism culture of our society. Every time a new product is made it requires the use of extracted materials and energy — the process involves fabrication and transportation, an intricately woven system that is taxing to both human resources and those of the environment on multiple levels.

Benefits to a re-purposing attitude are plentiful and assist in the prevention of pollution and the continuation of Neocolonialism, which involves the arduous and exploitative task of uprooting foreign soil for domestic goods.

By re-using salvageable goods, there will be a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to the current global climate change and it will help maintain the environment for new generations in a fiscally responsible way.

Using a product to its maximum potential is another added plus of re-purposing your neighbours furniture, as well as providing the valuable service of taking it off of their hands and allowing university students on a budget to enjoy the comforts of home.

On Saturday, June 13th, a call to all Hope residents has been issued to put quality goods, furniture, appliances and anything that is in decent condition or has been kicking around the garage for a decade, out on the curb from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This day is a community initiative to de-clutter in an environmentally conscious fashion, whilst sending the kids packing in style.

“It’s about recycling and reusing — put it out front and help someone out,” said Smith.