Ways to Recycle, Redistribute, or Safely Dispose of Items in the Annapolis Valley
Whether you are cleaning out your basement, garage, the upstairs bedroom, or your kitchen cupboards, we’ve all got items that are no longer needed. Here is a sampling of where you can recycle, redistribute, donate, or properly dispose of the goods in your home that are no longer serving their purpose there. There are many more options, but hopefully this list will get you thinking!
REDISTRIBUTE: The Opportunity Shop, 963 Central Avenue, Greenwood Mall
The Opportunity Shop is a non-profit organization operated by the Greenwood Health Auxiliary. The shop is the main fundraiser for the purchase of equipment for Soldiers Memorial Hospital, donations to several other health-related organizations, and the funding of three bursaries to graduating high school students.
What they accept: Used clothing, small household items, and books.
RECYCLE & SAFELY DISPOSE: Greenwood Recycling Inc, 1070 Central Avenue, Greenwood
In an effort to keep hazardous chemicals out of our landfills, the Nova Scotia government has banned electronics from garbage. Instead, end–of–life electronics are recyclable through a network of drop-off depots across the province.
What they accept: Televisions; desktop, laptop, and notebook computers (includes CPUs, keyboards, mice, cables and other components in the computer); computer monitors; printers, fax machines, and scanners; and audio and video playback and recording systems (includes VCRs, DVD players, speakers, MP3 players, radios, cameras, telephones, and answering machines).
REDISTRIBUTE: Baby Central Consignment, 7106 Hwy 1, Coldbrook
A consignment store for clothing sizes from newborn-6X as well as toys and equipment such as strollers, cribs, highchairs, etc.
What they accept: Infant and children’s clothing, sold on a consignment basis.
REDISTRIBUTE: Chrysalis House, Kentville
Chrysalis House is a safe and non-judgemental environment providing shelter and outreach services for women and children.
What they accept: Cleaning items, household items (laundry baskets, laundry detergent, towel sets, toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue), kitchen items (dishpans, dish soap, dishcloths, tea towels, can openers, silverware sets, dish sets, sets of glasses, sets of pots & pans), small appliances, personal care items, feminine products, baby/childrens products, clothing (pajamas, housecoats, slippers, socks, underwear: women/boys/girls all sizes), art supplies, VHS and DVD players, DVD movies/shows (only non-violent please), suitcases, backpacks, duffel bags.
REDISTRIBUTE: Fidelis House, 140 Exhibition Street, Kentville
Fidelis House provides a “Home Away From Home” for patients receiving treatment on an outpatient basis at the Valley Regional Hospital, or families who have loved ones in the hospital and would like to be near them.
What they accept: Food items (canned foods, breakfast cereals, dried foods) and personal care items. Current magazines are also appreciated.
REDISTRIBUTE: Kings Family Resource Centre, 503A Main St, Kentville
The Kings County Family Resource Centre strengthens the lives of families and inspires growth by providing quality programs and resources in a respectful, supportive learning environment.
What they accept: Household items, personal care items, clothing (infant to adult), office supplies, food items, craft supplies, and baby and children’s products.
REDISTRIBUTE: OATS Thrift Store, 58 Webster Street, Kentville
OATS Thrift Store is a not-for-profit venture with great prices on used clothing. 100% of profits go to Inn From The Cold.
What they accept: In-season clothing for men, women, children and babies.
RECYCLE & SAFELY DISPOSE: Valley Waste Resource: The Eastern Centre, 100 Donald Hiltz Connector Road, Kentville Industrial Park
**What they accept: recyclables, compostable organics, metals, construction and demolition debris, leaf and yard waste, residuals (which is to say garbage: things that can’t be reused, recycled, or composted), household hazardous waste.
REDISTRIBUTE: King’s SPCA Thrift Store, 8759 Commercial Street, New Minas
The King’s SPCA Thrift Store features housewares, small furniture, and quality clothing. 100% of proceeds support the animals at the Kings SPCA Shelter.
What they accept: Quality new or used clothing and shoes, home decor, childrens’ toys, frames and art, housewares, jewelry, sunglasses, small kitchen appliances, books, furniture such as dressers, coffee tables, night stands, bed frames, etc.
REDISTRIBUTE: Flower Cart, 9412 Commercial Street, New Minas
The Flower Cart Group believes that everyone has the right to meaningful, challenging employment. They are a collection of social enterprises united in the goals of promoting community participation by adults with barriers through supported training and employment.
What they accept: By donating your used clothing to The Flower Cart Group you are providing training and work opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities.
REDISTRIBUTE: Consignor’s Place, 77 Crescent Drive, New Minas
A great venue where you can sell your unwanted clothing and household items.
What they accept: Check out their website or pop in to pick up the Consignor’s Calendar to find out what they are accepting each season. Generally, they take in-season clothing and household goods.
RECYCLE & SAFELY DISPOSE: New Minas Recycling, 8751 Commercial Street, New Minas
New Minas Recycling is a fully licensed Enviro-Depot
What they accept: Beverage bottles and cans, household paint. They also accept old items for cash, such as metal screen doors, old barbeques, siding, radiators, and aluminum pots and pans. They buy non-ferrous metals (aluminum, brass, copper, etc.), and car batteries.
REDISTRIBUTE: Jane’s Again, 390 Main Street, Wolfville
Jane’s Again is a special consignment shop located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia focused on providing exceptional customer service and value for consigning partners and buyers.
What they accept: Brand name and designer casual, career, and special event wear, in-season and freshly laundered women’s clothing.
REDISTRIBUTE: The Odd Book, 112 Front Street, unit 118, Wolfville
Hard to find, out of print, used, and rare books.
What they accept: Check in with the Odd Book to see what genres of books they are currently accepting.
REDISTRIBUTE: Wolfville Area Inter-Church Council Food Bank, 487 Main Street
The Wolfville & Area Food Bank aims to provide not only food, but other resources, to those in need. Some of the supplied food comes from Feed Nova Scotia, or from community donations; however, the majority of food is bought with funds donated to WAICC.
What they accept: Non-perishable food donations can be left in the donation bin at the Wolfville Save-Easy, or inside the front entrance to the Wolfville Baptist Church. **Other donations (fresh produce, clothing, books, etc.) can be coordinated by calling 542-0040, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
REDISTRIBUTE: Valley WAAG Animal Shelter, 12-112 Front Street, Wolfville
The Valley WAAG Animal Shelter rescues stray, feral, unwanted cats and provides for their needs until their new forever homes are found.
What they accept: Check in to see what they might need this season, but they are regularly in need of bleach, paper towel, and canned cat food.
REDISTRIBUTE: The Acadia Dump and Run, Acadia Athletic Complex Gymnasium
The Acadia Dump and Run is a large campus-community garage sale held each spring, this year on Saturday April 28, 2018, from 9am – 1pm. Student and community groups volunteer at the event with proceeds donated to the participating campus clubs, societies, and community non-profit groups.
What they accept: Furniture, toys, clothes, sports equipment, decorations, tools, kitchenware, shoes, and electronics.
ACROSS THE ANNAPOLIS VALLEY
RECYCLE & SAFELY DISPOSE: Efficiency Nova Scotia: Appliance Retirement
A free service to help you save money, and get paid to recycle older appliances.
What they accept: Older fridges and freezers can use more electricity than any other home appliance, so retiring them can mean real savings. They will pick up your old fridge or freezer, recycle it, and give you $30, add an air conditioner or a small fridge or freezer and get an extra $10. They make sure your appliance is recycled responsibly, and the CFCs are removed.