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When tenants leave junk behind

Feb 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

Did your tenant move out without their junk? Try these quick ‘traffic tips’ to purge the leftovers! As a landlord or property manager, you may have lingering junk that former tenants left behind. We don’t want to knock renters, of course - most people are very responsible -...

Weird junk at the dump

Dec 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

Cash, bombs, blueprints…is this a gangster movie or just the dump? People tend to avoid landfills, and with good reason–they’re not exactly fun places to hang out. However, there are some mysterious and sometimes dangerous secrets hidden in landfills. Mattresses...

Why clutter matters

Sep 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

Whether you like it or not, clutter matters. Try as you might to forget about it, it’s time for a reality check. Why is it important to clear the clutter? For starters, clutter can have a negative impact on your well-being and, believe it or not, it can also affect you financially as...

Host an AWESOME yard sale!

Jun 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

You’ll need good items, a conducive location, people to sell the items, and as appealing a display as possible. If anything needs to be assembled, do it in advance so a potential buyer can see what it looks like and how large it is. Offer a solution to deliver bigger items (ie. the number for...

Storage ideas for your next project

May 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

Junk drawer no more We’re all guilty of having that ‘miscellaneous junk drawer’. You know the one we’re talking about: the drawer that’s full to the brim with seemingly random items that don’t seem to belong anywhere in particular. Start off by disposing of...

Clean together as a family

Mar 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

It should go without saying, but keeping a clean house is a major step toward keeping your family safe. Clutter can collect dirt, provide a hiding spot for pests, and can cause trips or falls. By working together, you can ensure that your home is a safe, happy and healthy place where you and...

Creative ways of reusing old electronics!

Feb 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

Just because you have old electronics collecting dust, doesn’t mean you should simply recycle them by dropping them off at the recycling center. If you’re proficient in electrical work, you can wire old electronics together in a very creative way. You can literally make your electronic...

A resolution to de-clutter

Jan 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Are you looking to clean up your act this year? The running joke about New Year’s resolutions is that they don’t last. In fact, most people seem to forget about them after just a few months. The resolutions we make at the beginning of the year are often unrealistic or unachievable, so...

Fun recycled Christmas tree ornaments

Dec 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

We know you love recycling. We know you love the holiday season. With North Americans producing more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of year, why not combine the two? Learn how to make some tree ornaments yourself while also reducing waste! Why throw...

Your recycling questions answered!

Nov 19, 2013 / 5:00 am

Did you know that the average American generates almost five pounds of waste per day but only recycles 1.5 pounds? Let’s change that. Last week was America Recycles Day, and to celebrate, here are the answers to some of your commonly asked recycling questions: Can I recycle...

Disposing of hazardous materials

Jul 6, 2013 / 5:00 am

If you ever cleaned up your garage, you’ve come across some items that are not conventional. Spare bottle of engine oil? Some leftover paint from renovations? An odd bucket with skull and bones on it? I’m sure you stood there looking at the items puzzled over what to do with them. Well,...

De-clutter before you list your home!

Mar 30, 2013 / 5:00 am

Ask any real estate agent how to make their life easier and better prepare your house for sale – and the answer will be focused around de-cluttering and organizing. The last thing any potential buyer wants to see is a cluttered house. Clutter will take away focus from your house, make it look...

Glenmore Landfill - more than a dump

Feb 15, 2013 / 5:00 am

Just because it’s headed for a landfill, doesn’t mean it won’t get recycled! People are often surprised when we tell them we’re going to a landfill with their items. Their usual reaction is a puzzled “Well, I thought these guys recycle...” look. Yes,...

Fall cleaning better than spring

Nov 2, 2012 / 5:00 am

If we all agree that our homes need at least one ruthless and focused de-cluttering clean-up each year, then I propose the fall for this event. Nesting instincts notwithstanding, the fall offers us the best timing for your annual elbow-greasing housework. Consider these 5 reasons to get...

Is your garage full of junk?

Aug 30, 2012 / 5:00 am

After all of my years as a professional junk remover, I can say with a 99% certainty that your garage contains junk. There’s no way it doesn’t have any. For some mysterious reason, junk always ends up there – we are excellent at keeping our bedrooms clean, our living rooms are...

Are you a hoarder?

May 9, 2012 / 5:00 am

Once in a while people ask me if I’ve ever done a hoarder's job. Most of the questions come from seeing us on our hit TV show, Hoarders. Unfortunately, yes, I’ve seen them with my own eyes. I have cleaned them out. I was even on the Hoarders set once while they were filming our...

The house that junk built

Mar 15, 2012 / 5:00 am

The witch from Hansel and Gretel built her house out of gingerbread. The old woman of lore built her house out of a giant shoe. Fairy tales suggest anything is possible when it comes to story book house construction, so it’s somewhat surprising that we’ve only recently decided to use...

Inside a landfill

Feb 12, 2012 / 5:00 am

While we all do our best to recycle everything and anything, let’s face it, some stuff still ends up in the landfill. How is the true waste that cannot be recycled or donated to charity, treated? Like most environmentally-sensitive systems of this magnitude, modern landfills are a complex and...

When recycling meets art

Dec 1, 2011 / 5:00 am

Last week I was frantically looking for information about recycling oversized (semi truck) tires. Google usually comes in handy, and after a couple of phone calls, I found two local locations that would take these tires off my hands. In case anyone is wondering, Kal Tire locations accept tires for...

Disposal costs are going up

Oct 1, 2011 / 5:00 am

Sounds like it will cost more to dump at Glenmore landfill come January 1st. Regional District of Central Okanagan (RCDO) just released an updated rate structure that will come in effect on January 1st, 2012. These price changes will affect both commercial and residential clients. Keep in...

About the Author

Yoree Grozenok owns and operates 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in Kelowna, part of world's largest junk removal company. Years of operating this great business gave him wealth of knowledge and experience in recycling.

While other companies think of recycling as "nice thing to do", Yoree Grozenok built his business with recycling in mind from the very beginning. Not only every effort is made to recycle obvious items like scrap metal or cardboard, but the goal is set to recycle up to 80% of items that they pick up. They also recycle through donating items to charities or Kelowna Food Bank. All recycling efforts are tracked and publicly available for greater accountability.

Yoree Grozenok also started an annual eWaste recycling event that takes place in April in effort to divert electronic waste going to the landfill and give residents a chance to recycle their TV's, computers, and other electronic junk the right way.

1-800-GOT-JUNK? was nominated for Green Business award through SIFE Okanagan for their recycling efforts.

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