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RONA to offer Canada wide CFL Bulb recycling program

Posted by TheGreen on 05/30 at 03:56 PM

This is great news for all of us CFL (Compact Flourescent Light) users out there. RONA has officially announced that they will have a Canada-wide collection program for all your CFL bulbs. From the press release:

“RONA inc. has announced a new Canada-wide collection program for compact fluorescent light bulbs. Canadians will now be able to take their used compact fluorescents to participating RONA stores where the bulbs will be collected for safe recovery.”

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The little eletric garden tractor

Posted by TheGreen on 05/30 at 11:56 AM

My cousin and I have been toying with the idea of building an electric lawn tractor. In our search for other people’s stories on the internet, we have come up with quite a few interesting ways to build an electric tractor. It is obvious we would need a welder, and a few spare lawn tractors to start out with.

Here are a couple of the links we have found so far:

If you are in the southern quebec or eastern ontario area, and have experince in toying with electric tractors or any electric vehicles for that matter, please feel free to drop us a note. We’d be happy to hear from you.

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Still getting junk mail

Posted by TheGreen on 05/30 at 11:53 AM

We first put our mailbox stickers on May 16th. It is not May 30th, a full 14 days later, and we are still getting junk mail. Canada post told us on the 26th they would take care of if, as did Publisac. Seemed to make little difference. We will call again on Monday if we keep getting junk mail then.

Do any of you readers out there have a similar or different experience in stopping junk mail delivery to your house. We would love to hear from you.

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No junk mail please

Posted by TheGreen on 05/26 at 04:11 PM

A quick followup to my previous post on junk mail. Today I went to get my mail and not only did we have a publisac on the front stoop, we also had junk mail in our mail box from Canada Post! Not really all that shocking when you think of it. These folks are just trying to deliver their route as fast as possible, but they should still honour our request.

What was amazing about the publisac was that we got two publisacs that were identical. Furthermore their contents were spread out across the step, a bench in front of our house, our flower garden and up the walk way. Since it was raining a bit, this made a soggy mess.

A phone call to Canada Post at 1-866-607-6301 was met with a very friendly reception, and they promised to send the issue to the supervisor who would then get a message to the delivery dude or dudette. For publisac I found these two numbers—General Delivery 514-337-6920 and West Island/Lachine 514-636-5559—and got a very friendly reception there also, with a promise to have the matter sorted.

We will see if the matter improves now.

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Electric garden tractor, made in Canada eh

Posted by TheGreen on 05/26 at 04:08 PM

Are you in the market for a lawn tractor for your property. Look no further. You can now get an electric lawn tractor made right here in Canada. There is no pricing available on their site, but it looks interesting. I sent them an email today and will post more details as I get them.

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Stop Junk Mail in your mail box - SVP. Pas de Circlulaires!

Posted by TheGreen on 05/16 at 01:39 PM

You are as tired of ALL the junk mail you get from publisac and from Canada Post? You can stop that junk mail... did you know that? We did but are only getting around to taking action now. My wife at first didn't much like the idea as she wanted to still get the flyers for stores we frequent. The solution to that was easy, download the flyer from the stores websites. See a fairly complete list below of flyers to download or view online. Oh hey, if you have more flyers online you would like me to add to the list, please email me or leave a comment below. Thanks.

Step one to reducing junk mailing and helping to save our planet:

Put a no Junk Mail sticker on your mailbox. This will help to eliminate the amount of non-addressed ad-mail you get in your mail box. Here in Quebec you might want to do that in french, or both french and english. Your choice, but I doubt just putting an english sign up will get you too far. If, like me, you don't know where to get a sticker, I have made a PDF you can print on your own colour printer and put on your mail box yourself. You can either get Avery type sticker paper at your local stationary store, or you can use clear packing tape to tape the stickers printed on plain paper, to your mail box. If you keep getting non-addressed ad-mail then take a quick minute to call this number 1-866-607-6301 or visit Canada Post's website contact page.

Download the No Junk Mail stickers now:

Step two:

Sign up on the Canadian Marketing Agencies (CMA) website for their no-call list. This will help eliminate new companies from sending you addressed ad mail.

I would love to hear other peoples success on eliminating their junk mail they get. Now if only we can get rid of all that spam smile Actually we can, but that is a different story all together.

List of circulars that you can view online or download in PDF format:

Food - Alimentation

Other - Autres

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