Local strategies for a better world

Getting rid of stuff


Talk to Doug Trollope, co-founder of the Perth Coalition Against poverty. Pick up is free. They’ll accept desktop computer towers, laptops, keyboards, mice and flat-screen monitors, but not the large outdated versions. Doug makes sure machines are safely wiped before finding them a new home.  Read the story about it, or contact Doug at 519-348-0407 or email

City Garbage and Recycling

Stratford has some rather complicated garbage routines that take a little getting used to. You can get a garbage and recycling schedule from the city website, and there’s a special page for hazardous waste.  I have found the landfill to be very well run, and it’s easy to get to.

Leaf and yard waste can sometimes be a bit of a headache, and you’d better be sure to get your Christmas tree out to the curb in the first week of the year, or you’ll be looking at it for a long time.

There are apps that help you keep track of all this; I’ve talked about my favourite one here, but you may know of others. They connect with the city website, and let you know what’s happening on your street. What I like about mine is that I can set it to send me little reminders by e-mail. Very handy.

Recycling Outlets

The Restore accepts building materials and some furniture–even, sometimes, couches and stuffed chairs. It has to be approved first, so it’s a good idea to talk to them before bringing your stuff. At 245 Griffith Rd. You can call them at (519) 273-7155.



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