How to Recycle Your Stuff With Care

How to Recycle Your Stuff With Care
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    You have just finished decluttering your home or have recently completed a renovation project.

    Barrels and boxes of stuff are just waiting to be disposed of, but that pile of junk is not suited for the town dump.

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At least you would prefer not to compound your area’s garbage problem by adding in your own debris.

Fortunately, what appears to be junk to you may be useful for someone else. Its a matter of sending your stuff to the right place, provided you take some time to direct it correctly. Read on and we’ll look at the various items that can be reused elsewhere.

Cell Phones

Sign up for a new cell phone plan and your old cell phone will likely be turned off and placed in a draw out of the way. Accumulate enough of these devices and you’ll soon be over run by a legion of formerly used phones.

The easiest way to dispose of your old phone is to give them to your carrier. Many cell phone service providers take these phones, clean them up and donate them to military personnel, battered woman’s homes and other organizations. Make good use of you what you no longer use by making a donation today.

Personal Computers

Old computers can be recycled and reused, cannibalized for parts and put in to use once again. Your town may collect them, but you can ensure that your PCs are used once again by contacting local retailers that accept them.

Companies such as Sony, Sharp and Samsung have permanent drop off sites for recycling. Panasonic does the same and also promotes special recycling events. Dell makes it possible to ship your own computer to them while Staples and Best Buy will accept your machines.

Old Clothes

Many organizations will take your old clothes, especially clean and useful items for men and women as well as for boys and girls. Homeless shelters, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and some churches will accept what you have.

Consider donating clothes that match the upcoming season. Giving away a winter coat in the spring means that it won’t find a home for another six months. The same can be said for summer gear which isn’t particularly useful in Jan.

You may also be eligible to take your clothing donations as a tax deduction. Ask the charity for a receipt and save that information for tax time.

Building Materials

Quite easily, you could put your building materials by the curb, post a “free” sign and watch as people rummage through your stuff. Just as easily you might annoy your neighbors or face the wrath of your building association or town.

List what you have on Freecycle.org, a website that promotes the sharing of stuff between neighbors, even distant community members. If you have newer stuff, such as home goods that are less than five years old, your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore may want to take your stuff.

Sports Equipment

Your children are growing up so fast! And that may mean that they’re outgrowing their cleats, shin guards, shirts, pants and other sports gear before they wear out. Why not pass these items on to a child that could use what you no longer need?

The easiest way here is to pass these items to someone you know. Or, you could donate sports gear to your church or to your local athletic league. You might also consider Sports Gift, whose mission is to supply children around the world with sporting gear.

Other Stuff

There are many other items you may need to find a home for, things that can be moved out by holding a yard or a garage sale or by giving to someone you know personally.

Old books in very good condition can be donated to school and public libraries. Eyeglasses can be dropped off at optician’s offices and given to people in need. Lastly, ink cartridges can usually be returned to the manufacturer.

See AlsoGot Junk? Get Organized!

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".