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If you are switching to a newer, more energy-efficient programmable thermostat for your home, be careful how you dispose of the old one. Old thermostats contain mercury, a potent neurotoxin.

Bring your mercury-containing thermostat to the REAL Deal for collection. A recycling facility will dismantle it and prevent the mercury from contaminating the environment.

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REAL Deal Reuse Store
Open Thurs, Fri and Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Next Make a Deal Day is Friday, November 28th and the next Silent Action Close is Saturday, November 29th at 1:30 p.m.

We truly appreciate donations of gently used items, but please do not leave your donations when we are closed. Check out the REAL Deal Store Facebook page.

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Christmas at the REAL Deal. - Note these December dates

Make a Deal Day: Fri. Dec. 19
Silent Action Close: Fri. Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m.
Open House: Sat. Dec. 20, 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. Join us for refreshents!
Closing for holiday: Sat. Dec. 20
Reopening: Fri. Jan. 2, 2015.

Watch for great deals on Christmas items starting around December 10. Trees will be out December 4.

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Thanks to everyone who came to our free screening of Watermark, an award winning feature documentary on our relationship with water, October 30 at the Station Theatre. See poster. .Read more about Watermark

If you missed it, see this 7 minute video on the making of the film, entitled An Immersive Look at Water: The Making of Watermark. You'll see some of the images in the film, some taken by drone helicopter.

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REAL now has a promotional video!

Thanks to Roger and Liane Sands at Arranel Studios for pulling this five minute piece together from REAL's photo collection. This was one of the projects we chose to help celebrate our 25th anniversary. Yep, we've been around since 1989!

See REAL's 25th Video.

Harvest Dinner

Our Local Foods Harvest Dinner and Murder Mystery Evening Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 was a great success. It exceeded our expectations! Next year's date is tentatively Sat. Oct. 17.

See poster. Proposed Menu. The Program.

Thank you to our sponsors and to our silent auction donors.

Winners of the REAL Action Grants were announced publicly at our Oct. 18 dinner.

In honour of it's 25th year, nine community groups received $250 REAL Action Grants to make a REAL difference in their neighbourhood.

See a list of the winners.

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Volunteers Needed!

We could use your help at the REAL Deal Store or for other REAL activities.

Contact our new volunteer Volunteer Coordinator, Leann Merriman at 205-0818 to find out more.

Save a step and complete our volunteer application form so we can suggest a position that's right for you.

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Home Energy Audit Services

REAL offers energy audit services that will give you a better understanding of your home. A blower door test or thermography reading will help you determine energy-saving solutions that will genuinely benefit you.

For more details contact REAL (613) 283-9500 or Sue.

Read some other solutions to high home heating bills.



Electronics Recycling at the REAL Deal

REAL Deal is now an official Ontario Electronics Stewardship (OES) collection site for electronics waste.

Only certain items are accepted so please consult the list carefully. No "white goods", appliances containing freon, or miscellaneous electric appliances will be taken. What is accepted.

Materials accepted during store hours only. Find out more.

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Have E-Waste, Can't Get to the REAL Deal?

Electronics are accepted for recycling at several authorized Ontario depots. Search by postal code at Various neighbouring municipalities also provide collection services, e.g. Tay, Rideau Lakes and Drummond North Elmsley, and may require proof of residency.

YAK in Perth also accepts e-waste.

Take it Back

Rideau Mississippi Take It Back 

Keeping it out of landfill. Find businesses and organizations in the Rideau Mississippi region that Take Back used materials for reuse, recycling or proper disposal. Art, batteries, electronics, eyeglasses, medical equipment, musical instruments, pet medications, toiletries, toys and more.

Supported by the municipalities of North Grenville, Mississippi Mills, Perth, and Smiths Falls. Let us know about other businesses that should be on the list.

Available for borrowing through Perth, Almonte, Smiths Falls or South Elmsley Public Libraries or at the REAL Deal. NEW! The Pakenam, Carleton Place and Elizabethtown-Kitley libraries willl be getting meters soon as well.

Wondering what you can do about your high electricity bill? The Kill a Watt meter is a handy device to monitor the energy consumption of some of your electrical appliances. Call 613-283-9500.

Are you on dialup? Tips from the Ontario Trillium Foundation on how to improve the dialup performance of your computer.


Page last updated: November 20, 2014

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