It is a great time of year to go through your home and office to do some spring cleaning. Clean away the clutter, give unwanted items to charity, and recycle or reuse what you can. But, just because it is spring, don’t be too eager to throw everything in the trash. If one of your goals is to reduce clutter in your home or office, combine that with reducing your contribution to the landfill as well.
Tips for Green Spring Cleaning and Recycling:
Know what you Can Recycle
Household items made from paper, plastic, glass, tin, or paper can be recycled. Recycling Centers across the country vary as to what they accept and how. But some will even take small appliances, clothing, or even items like bikes. There are many items that are recyclable that you may not be aware of. Just ask!
Recycle or Trade In Electronics
Spring cleaning is not just for your home, but also for your digital life. For instance, consider the e-waste at your home and office. Proper disposal of e-waste is critical because they usually contain chemicals that are hazardous to people and the environment, as well as metals that can be re-used. Do you have an old cell phone or computer monitor that you can trade in or for new electronics? Some places to check out are Gazelle or Best Buy. Another great resource is SellCell, a Chicago based company that guarantees the most cash to buy back your cell phone.
Before you Throw it in the Trash
Take a moment to think before you throw any items in the trash. Would a local youth group or preschool use it for art projects or games? Can an animal shelter use old blankets or rugs? Hazardous waste items such as batteries, paints, lightbulbs, etc. should never be thrown in the trash. Find a drop-off site or recycling center that recycles those types of items. Here are some tips on how to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste.
Donate to Local Organizations
Many local organizations will take donations of clothing, household items, appliances, furniture, and more. Donating your gently used items to a local charitable organization, instead of tossing it in the trash, could help an individual or family in need, while also saving landfill space (read what TWD Inc. is doing with textile recycling). You can also try using Freecycle for giving (and getting) free stuff in your hometown.
Now, go ahead and do some spring cleaning and de-clutter you home and office! Donate, recycle, and re-use what you can, and try to reduce your waste moving forward.