• Disposing of Invasive Plants Disposing of Invasive Plants

    Disposing of Invasive Plants

Disposing of Invasive Plants

Haul a Day Junk Removal has been part of the composting removal business for many years in the Greater Victoria Area. Composting is nature’s way of recycling and the cornerstone of organic gardening. Composting helps minimize soil erosion, helps plants grow stronger and it reduces the amount of trash we produce on a daily basis. Without question, British Columbians are leaders in composting and recycling in North America.

Composting uses all sorts of organic materials, from kitchen scraps to garden clippings. Last year, one of my clients inquired how we handle and dispose of noxious weeds or invasive plants. I was stumped, no pun intended!

Invasive plants, if left unchecked, can have a very negative effect on the native plant ecosystem and even on human health. Most invasive plants have been brought in by people who purchased seeds from other continents and planted them in private gardens. It is important not to re-introduce these invasive plants into our public or private composts.  When these plants end up back into the compost ecosystem, the following can happen:

  1. They can aggressively push out and kill native plants, damaging our sensitive ecosystem.
  2. They are poisonous to humans, pets and wildlife.
  3. They reduce soil bank stability and increase fire hazard when dried out.
  4. They reduce future land and water use.
  5. They provide a habitat for invasive insects.
  6. They are painful for humans and wildlife due to spines and burs.
  7.  They cause an economic loss of 50 million dollars annually in BC.

Some Common examples of Invasive Plants

Scotch Broom 

English Ivy

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  • Haul a day junk removal Dunp truck at landfill
    Today’s Recycling Today’s Recycling

    Today’s Recycling

Today’s Recycling

Haul a Day Junk Removal has seen a lot of changes over the past seventeen years on how we separate the Recycling from the Waste Material. The amount of recycling presently diverted has without question changed our organization techniques and increased dramatically our loading and turn around times. The days of load it, dump it and on to the next job no longer exists.  Fifteen years ago a typical load was brush, TVs, mattresses, computer monitors, printers, fluorescence bulbs, electronic devices and loose paper; today they are all banned from the landfill.

Some Quick Facts: The CRD services 340,000 people, receives 140,000 tons of waste per year and it now has the capacity to accept Solid waste until 2035. Victoria has also beaten National targets as of 2012 and the BC Electronic Waste Programs is the first to be implemented in North America. This is quite an accomplishment for the CRD and the Province of British Columbia.

Our Commitment to Recycle:  Haul a Day Junk  Removal Company diverted 100% of all recyclables from being dumped at the CRD Landfill, resulting in a much smaller “Carbon Footprint.” We also pride ourselves in donating much needed articles back to the less fortunate in our Community.  These recycling procedures increases the probability that the 2035 landfill life may be extended. 

For more information on our Services call Pete at 250 888-1221

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    Dumped & Found in the CRD Dumped & Found in the CRD

    Dumped & Found in the CRD

Dumped & Found in the CRD

I thought this would be a good Blog discussion on what we see left on the boulevards, corners and back alleys of our 13 CRD Municipalities.   I did some research on the cost of illegal dumping in the CRD for example televisions, lamps, mattresses, drywall, and microwaves.  In 2012 the CRD region collected 650 tons of abandoned and illegally dumped Junk for the cost of 330,000 dollars.  Another travesty is people who dump their unusable gifts at Charities; these Organizations are struggling to help the less fortunate.   The costs to Charities are in the thousands of dollars for the trucking, tipping fees and cleanup. Last, but not least, is the impact on our environment and the ability for others to enjoy outdoor recreational areas.

People often make the mistake of leaving unwanted articles in front of their houses, hoping that someone will give it a new home.  As you know living in Victoria, it will rain and make that cabinet or TV worthless and there it sits, “as an orphan.”  I have observed on many occasions a couch left on a vacant lot, the next day a couple of mattresses and the next day after that a chair.  After a couple of weeks, you end up having a mini dump developing.  The problem with abandoned Junk it’s like graffiti, If you don’t deal with it right away…you get the picture!  Some Municipalities have tried to solve the problem by investigating who’s responsible and that takes a lot of time and money. The solution is that people understand that it is everyone’s responsibility to pitch-in and keep our CRD Region cleaner and safer for our environment.

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