What do lesbians bring on a second date? The classic joke takes a turn when those lesbians are waste-conscious and try to recycle our renovation waste.
CoolJ here, staring out into the rain at a renovation garbage pile in our back lane.
In typical LezRenovate fashion, I have thought about the DIY solution to this problem so long it has become much worse. In the fall, we had some garbage left from some repairs & gutting we did, assuming we would either build a jam space or update our bathroom. I thought I would save money by getting a trailer hitch on my car and getting a utility trailer, then haul the stuff away to be recycled or landfilled. I had hoped that there is a place to recycle carpet, toilets, lumber in Vancouver. But it is not so easy... more on that later.
Anyway. Over the last 8 months we neither recycled, nor hauled it away, nor hired anyone to haul it away, nor indeed, updated our bathroom, nor built a jam space, despite all the fun it was to rip out the old storage room under the deck
|Here's what we'll look like this sunny saturday|
Maybe we'll join the Modo Car Co-op and use one of their trucks to do our hauling. I've been a member of this co-op before, when I lived in a shared house of five lesbians and the car co-op was the Cooperative Auto Network, the first carshare co-op in North America. I checked & they have trucks with and without canopies, parked nearby in East Van. Let's run the numbers:
|North America's first car share coop|
- $500 refundable deposit (ironically the refund of my membership share when I left the co-op in 2008 to get my own car went toward the real estate closing costs on Georgia Cottage)
- $6/hr on weekdays (to a max) x 2 hours for a run to the Kent Ave transfer station or North Vancouver city dump = $18 to dump this junk
- $8/hr on weekends (to a max) = $25 to dump the junk
Trailer hitch install = $200 (approx)
Craigslist utility trailer = $700
I could make 56 trips to the dump, recycling station, or Craigslist Dunbargains using the co-op truck before the trailer option makes sense, and the trailer option does not include fuel, insurance etc. whereas co-op membership covers all of this.
So Co-op truck is looking good so far. How does it compare to the HomoDepot Load & Go Van available in Vancouver? A friend reno/cheapo gayfriend of ours uses these vans and trucks for any large load he has to carry that his convertible won't fit - including items not purchased at HomoDepot. Hmm. Crafty.
This van is $19 per 90 minutes. So it would be $24 for a 2 hr dump run + fuel. About the same as the Co-op, only no feel-good-community-support aspect to it.
What do you think? Shall we get a LezRenovate membership in Vancouver's community auto share co-op? Get a trailer hitch on the VW & buy/build/beg/borrow a trailer? Or scoot over to score a Craigslist Dunbargain (a bargain in Vancouver's Dunbar neighbourhood) with the HomoDepot van?