Consider carefully what you are throwing away, says reader

It’s (nearing) the end of the month, so many people will be moving and that means a lot of stuff is going to be discarded, things that I don’t see as trash.

In the middle and the end of the month there are a lot of household items, furniture, clothing, unopened food, toys and yes even live kittens in the dumpsters.

The landfill does not need these items, however there are many people who could use these things. Phone the women’s shelter, put a ‘free’ sign on it, advertise items on a bulletin board ‘free – yours for the taking’, put an ad in the paper or haul it to Catch 22, Barachah Place or Loaves and Fishes.

There organizations will make sure the needy gets the items. There are also places like Value Village and Bibles for Missions.

The clothing bank always needs used clothing. Blankets are made for the homeless from old jeans.

As for the food, drop it off at People’s Place, Loaves and Fishes, Potter’s Hands and the food bank.

Kittens just don’t belong in dumpsters. I found three six-week-old kittens in a dumpster. Place them on KG (radio), take them to the SPCA or better yet have your cats spayed or neutered.

I sent a bunch of Teddy bears to Silver City, Mexico to an orphanage. A lot of these children thought we gave them a million bucks. One small boy offered me his only toy he had for my food, which was a small Tonka toy in his pocket. Again, these items can be given to Value Village, Bibles for Missions, the women’s shelter or local churches.

Stores that sell furniture need to place an environment charge or have a trade-in so these old items don’t end up in the landfill. I know there are some mattress companies that accept used mattresses so less fortunate people have something to sleep on.

Bigger items also do not get picked up with the trash and are left behind. Often these things get wrecked and become eyesores.

I know firsthand what it is to live in poverty. When I got my first place I furnished it with items found in a dumpster. In fact, I was grateful for the kitchen table that I was given. It meant not sitting on the floor and having somewhere to eat my meals, so we could eat as a family.

Not everybody is rich. Not everybody has the money to buy new stuff when they move. I see too much thrown away.

Ask yourself when you are going to throw something out ‘Is it broken? Can someone else make use of it?’ If you answered no to the first question and yes to the second, then it doesn’t need to be classified as garbage.

Keep in mind the three R’s – recycle, reduce and reuse.

It might not be valuable to you, but if somebody else can use it, please take it somewhere like Value Village, Bibles for Missions, People’s Place or just give it away.

It is a treasure for somebody else who can use it.

Mickaylehea Kien

Red Deer

Just Posted

Red Deer’s newest outdoor ice facility opens to the public this week

The speed skating oval at Setters Place at Great Chief Park will be open Dec. 17th

Yellow Vests protestors take to Red Deer streets

Trudeau government’s immigration and oil industry policies denounced at rally

Rebels lose to Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-1

Tigers break Rebels’ three-game winning streak

Exhibition explores the rich history and culture of Métis people

The exhibition is on display from Dec. 15th to March 10th at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

World Sikh Organization demands Canada prove Sikh extremism is a threat

Sikh community says this is first time such extremism has been mentioned in federal terror-threat assessment

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Most Read