Responsible Disposal

Earth911.com Search Offers Local Recycling & Disposal Options

I'm not on the extreme end of environmental activism, but I do feel guilty throwing useful stuff away, and I do want to dispose of hazardous materials responsibly.  So to all of you that already knew about Earth911.com, I'm late to the party.  But I'm sure I'm not alone, so I want to pass on the information.

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Earth911.com offers great information on recycling, safe disposal, and environmental responsibility, but that's not its most compelling feature in my book.  It has a search by material type and location to pinpoint recycling agencies and companies in you local area!  It is very well done, and even includes some interactive map features.

Here is a list of categories that Earth911.com handles:

  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Hazardous
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Electronics
  • Automotive
  • Household
  • Garden
  • Construction

I found this site while looking up more information on the 1 (800) CLEANUP phone number.  It turns out that Earth911.com has taken over for the former 1800cleanup.org site.

Keep in mind that some recycling agencies only serve residents of their covered areas, but it's absolutely worth investigating to see if there are recycling options in your area.  Plus, the wealth of information and articles about responsible consumption and recycling is worth the visit.

Freecycle.org Keeps the Landfills Not-So-Full

Call it a personal flaw, but...

I Hate Throwing Usable Items Away!

My wife recently asked me to throw away a lamp. The lamp is missing a shade, but apart from that its only fault is not having a place in our current décor. I couldn't bring myself to toss out a perfectly good item. However, because I try to keep the amount of unwanted junk from accumulating, I don't often have enough critical mass of stuff to hold a meaningful yard sale. So what do you do with unwanted stuff without throwing it away or selling it on eBay or in a garage sale?

Here's an option that you might find useful...

Freecycle.org Helps Match You With "Takers" For Your Stuff

Freecycle.org (as in "free"+"recycle") is a great movement that helps people give usable items away instead of sending them to a landfill. Freecycle.org is organized around local groups of people whose common interest is finding a good home for useful items instead of throwing them away. In short, if you're looking to get rid of an item that someone might want, but you just don't know how to find the right person--who would want a lamp without a shade??--Freecycle.org can help.
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Just post an item to an email list for your geographic area and wait. If it catches someone's eye, they will post a response, and the two of you can make arrangements to meet and transfer the item. There's one main rule: the item must be absolutely free. No selling is allowed. (There are some other rules about allowable items and proper group etiquette, but it's basically very simple.)

Plus, if you're looking for an item, you can always post a request, and someone else in the group might just have what you're looking for and be willing to part with it--you never know, you might just find it!

To learn more and find a Freecycle.org group in your area, check out their website:
http://www.freecycle.org/

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