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Summer: a time to refresh your home

    Rising temperatures and the peak moving season can create a sense of renewal. Decluttering around the house and cleaning out unwanted items from your closet are great ways to freshen up your home and wardrobe. Donating those items will help reduce landfill waste while giving a new life to your used clothing and household items.

    According to Diabetes Canada, which collects and recycles more than 100 million pounds of gently used clothing and small household goods annually, donations nearly double at this time of year. Organization experts suggest tackling your home refresh room by room. Here are some examples of the type of items you can donate:

    – Electronics such as cameras, cell phones, PDAs;
    – Sporting goods, toys and gaming consoles;
    – Small kitchen bakeware, pots and pans, utensils, and tableware;
    – Small bath items;
    – Small household appliances (blenders, irons, hand-mixers);
    – Clothing, accessories, and bags:
    – General textiles such as bedding, towels, and curtains;
    – Shoes and boots;
    – Sleeping bags.
    It’s easy and free to donate. You can pack your unwanted items in plastic bags or boxes and mark with the letter D. You can donate more if using the home pick up service rather than a donation bin. Learn more and to schedule a free home pick up of your unwanted items at

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