At Haul A Day, we have a philosophy. We call it the Pillars of Recycling. We believe that every old, broken or unused object deserves to receive thorough and thoughtful consideration. Is it really trash? What consequences will sending it to the landfill have on the environment and on others in the community? 

Give it away

You’re probably a lucky person. You have a roof over your head, food to fill your belly and maybe a car to take you places. You have enough money to replace old objects, and would rather get a new one than spend money getting a broken one repaired. But not everyone has the same luck.

The first pillar of recycling is charity. It means giving away things that we don’t use anymore to those who gladly will. It means considering the needs of the less fortunate in the community.

Many charitable organizations are always looking for donations in kind—whether it’s your old fridge, your now grown children’s clothes, or even a couch that doesn’t suit your new paint color. They will give them away to those who need them, or sell them to sustain their charity activities. Your things get a second life.

Don’t worry: people are very creative with old objects. They recycle, upcycle, reuse and remake. They repair and beautify. They create things outside of the purchase-and-throw-away cycle; they resist the corporate call to never-ending consumption.

Avoid the landfill

Another good thing about giving away your old stuff is that you prevent adding to the landfill for no reason. The Hartland Landfill Facility, hidden away in the woods of Saanich, may be out of sight for most of us, but it certainly isn’t out of mind for people who, like us, deal with trash every single day.

The sad fact is: the Hartland landfill is finite. It’s not going to magically grow more space as we produce more and more trash. One day, rather sooner than later, it’s going to be full. And then we’ll have to pay even more money to send our waste up-Island or to the mainland. The ferry ride is already an annoyance to most Islanders—would you like to add the smell of trash to that?

By giving away things instead of throwing them out, you save some well-needed space and time for the landfill. We can’t stretch it indefinitely, but we can certainly slow the rate at which we fill it with trash. Charity makes a difference not only to those you help, but also to the community at large. 

When you think of throwing things away, the first question you should ask yourself is: Is there someone I know I can give this to? If not, is there an organization that takes this kind of object? If you’re not sure, contact us; we know who takes what in the Victoria region and can help you choose which organization you can give to.