on Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tax season is upon us, everyone’s *favourite* time of year… which is why we’re excited to introduce Hollyburn’s newest Value-Added Partner! The Taxback.com team are a group of global online tax refund specialists, which provide tax refunds from 13 different countries and are intent on saving you money and maximizing your return.
Filing 322,000 tax returns every year, Taxback has strong relationships with tax offices all over the world, and specialize in providing the highest legal tax refunds possible for their clients. Their refund service is ISO 9001 certified, and they are committed to providing high quality customer service and 100% compliance.
Hollyburn is proud to offer our residents an exclusive discount – 15% off of all Taxback services. Contact them today for a free refund estimate.
on Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Photo: Queen's University
One of the most common reasons that batches of otherwise acceptable recycling are wasted and sent to landfill is due to cross contamination. The wrong items landing in the wrong bins is not only a waste of time for whomever is attempting to divert their garbage, it is also harmful to the recycling equipment, dangerous for employees, and can tarnish a perfectly good batch of recycling.
Last year, an estimated 45,000 tonnes of garbage was accidentally put into the recycling stream. That is a preventable dilemma that can solved through simple education and awareness.
Some of the most common garbage diversion mistakes are:
- Discarding food scraps in the blue recycling bin. Food residue and particles can soak into paper and ruin large batches of recycling. Food goes in the green (organics) bin.
- Not rinsing jars and containers can also contaminate recycling. Glass and metal containers should always be cleaned and free of food when they are disposed of.
- Clothing and textiles do not belong in the recycling. They get caught in machines and cause workplace injuries. If your item is in good condition and can be donated, put it in the community donation bin that Hollyburn provides in the laundry room of most of buildings.
- VHS tapes, chains, electrical cords and hoses cannot be recycled. Electrical items are considered e-waste and must be left 2 feet away from garbage bins for separate pick up by the City and many household items (including VHS tapes) can be donated to your local thrift store.
- Coffee cups are sadly not recyclable at this time. White coffee lids and the cup sleeve are recyclable in the blue bin, however plastic lined coffee cups are still garbage. Consider using a reusable mug as a green alternative!
All it takes are a few simple changes to ensure our collective garbage diversion and recycling efforts are not in vain! For more information, visit your city’s Recycling, Organics and Garbage web page.
on Friday, January 20, 2017
As 2016 came to an end and with the New Year now well underway, we reflected on the customers and communities we serve, within our rental buildings, among our valued residents and staff, and amidst the community at-large. The Hollyburn Properties team believes in strong family and community values, and each year we work to embody those values by providing quality homes, contributing to vibrant neighbourhoods and offering rewarding careers that empower our staff to give back.
We’ve put together an annual newsletter, which highlights some positive projects, milestones, events, and initiatives that were achieved in 2016. For example, did you know that Hollyburn Properties completed Bridgewater, our first new construction purpose-built rental building in August, bringing 130 new rental suites to the City of North Vancouver? (And that two additional rental projects were approved for North and West Vancouver.) Or that we conducted a full LED lighting retrofit for all Vancouver building hallways, including motion-censors in parkades, reducing Hollyburn’s energy consumption for lighting by a whopping 61%?
These achievements and many more to discover in the 2016 Hollyburn Herald, available here for download:
Hollyburn Herald - 2016 (6650 KB)
on Sunday, December 25, 2016
on Friday, December 23, 2016
The busy holiday season is now in full swing as we move into the fourth month of the City of Toronto and Hollyburn Properties’ Waste Reduction Challenge. Officially named the ‘Mayor’s Towering Challenge’, the initiative was launched to motivate Torontonians living in multi-family apartment buildings to do their part in diverting waste and to help reach a collective goal of diverting 70% of the City’s waste from landfill.
The holidays are a time of family, friends, festivities and food, and can also be a time of increased consumption, consumerism, waste and garbage. Here are a few tips for keeping your holidays as environmentally friendly as possible:
- Everyone loves receiving homemade baking from neighbours and friends. Did you know that cookie tins, pie plates and aluminum pans can all be washed and thrown in the recycling bin?
- All food waste, including meat, bones, fat, eggshells, crusts, and leftovers can all be placed in the green organics bin.
- If you do opt to use plastic disposable cups, utensils and plates, they can be rinsed off and thrown in the blue recycling bin.
- Used paper plates, napkins and even compostable take-out containers can be thrown right into the green organics bin.
- When the gifts are all open, throw the wrapping paper and plastic bags into a large recycling bag and put it out with your blue bin.
With these small habits in place, we can easily do our part to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Hollyburn is running a Waste Reduction Quiz until Dec. 31st. Fill out this 5-question quiz for a chance to win a $100 gift basket from Fresh City Farms!