April is National Recycling Month

In 1989 President George Bush issued a proclamation designating April as National Recycling Month.

In light of the millions of tons of waste we generate each year, let’s use this month to think about either turning our trash into someone else’s treasure or disposing of it responsibly.

 

Recycling electronics

To sell, recycle, or dispose of your electronics properly.

1-800-Recycling —  http://electronicrecyclers.com/

See a list of what they recycle.

Earth911.com — http://earth911.com/

Type in the item and your zip code to find a recycling center near you.

Environmental Protection Agency — http://epa.gov

Provides guidelines for disposing of used electronics.

Greendisk.com — http://www.greendisk.com/

Created Technotrash to recycle all computer-related materials.

Gazelle — http://www.gazelle.com/

To sell or recycle your gadgets.

 

Recycling for art

To donate leftover items that are too good to throw away – and benefit teachers and non-profits – Google “creative reuse center” to find one near you. Some examples:

In San Francisco: SCRAP: Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts — http://www.scrap-sf.org

In New York: Materials for the Arts, NYC — http://www.mfta.org

 

Disposing of medications

The Drug Enforcement Agency has set aside a day, April 30, 2011, as the second annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day. At https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/SEARCH-NTBI/, enter your zip code to find collection sites near you.

 

Recycling pesticides and other toxic waste

Call 1-800-CLEANUP to locate your local solid waste agency.

 

Recycling everything else

To dispose of all goods.

Freecycle — http://www.freecycle.org/

A nonprofit movement dedicated to reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.

Backpage.com — http://www.backpage.com

Post ads to buy, sell, or trade your stuff.

Redo.org — http://loadingdock.org/redo/

Promotes reuse of surplus and discarded materials.

Craigslist — http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites

 

Hauling away what’s left

These organizations will pick up and remove your junk, donating usable items to non-profits and disposing of trash sustainably.

College Hunks Hauling Junk — http://www.collegehunkshaulingjunk.com/

1-800-Got-Junk — http://www.1800gotjunk.com/

 

Where do you recycle? Share your favorite places with us!

LH

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2 Responses

  1. April: Recycle all computer and electronic related items at no cost. NOTE: CRT TV’s and CRT Monitors are NOT included in this offer. Please visit our website for more details and all the Recycling Events for APRIL. Don’t Delay Recycle Today!

  2. You covered everything related to downsizing. You have listed an extensive list of places to donate and get rid of unwanted items. This will help me in my business. Here is an article on illegal dumping http://junkitportland.com/illegal-dumping/

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