I decided to put together a list of recycling resources to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Some of these are great for individuals and some will work better for larger groups. As you work on decluttering the house, check out my post on how to recycle household items. While it is important to clean out your home, you want to make sure all of your unwanted items don’t end up in landfills.
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There are only a few things you really should have as you start on your recycling mission. Here are a few things that may come in handy:
- Wastebasket for Recycling: Get a wastebasket for recycling. In fact, get several of them. One for the office, one of the laundry room…. You are more likely to recycle if you don’t have to go out of your way to do it.
- Recycling Bags: Recycling bags are great for large cans at work if you want to start a recycling program at your office. Just lift the bag out and bring it home to recycle.
- Recycle Battery Tin Box: Get a Used Batteries Waste Disposal Box to keep in your office. Once it is full of dead batteries, you can bring it for recycling.
Recycling Resources for Your Decluttering Mission!
Here is a brief list of recycling resources that you might find helpful. Stores in your area may offer different recycling programs. Call them to find out specifics.
- Eyeglasses can be recycled at OneSight.org
- Shoes can be recycled through Souls for Soles
- TerraCylce is a great resource for recycling juice pouch containers, potato chip bags, and yogurt containers.
- There are a million places to recycle your old cell phones. Check out the EPA website to learn about places in your area. You can also take them to your local Best Buy. Check out my post on electronics recycling tips for more info.
- Fluorescent bulbs shouldn’t be thrown away in the trash. Home Depot will recycle them for you.
- Earn a few extra pennies for your office or school by recycling all your paper and cardboard. The surrounding community can participate, too, thus earning even more pennies! Check out Pratt Recycling for more information.
- I wrote an entire post on stuffed animal recycling. Check it out for tips on recycling stuffed animals.
- Don’t ever throw away books! Check out my post on how to reuse old books for book decluttering tips.
- WorldMedicalRelief.org is a nonprofit group out of NY that takes donations of leftover medicine. Check out the details as I have never used this group myself!
- Check out Earth 911 to find a location in your area that will handle paint and toxic chemical disposal. Don’t dump it in your trash can!
- Even if you don’t have curbside recycling for cartons, you can recycle them! Check out my post on carton recycling for more information about where you can send them.
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Learn how to declutter sustainably!
While you work to declutter your home, consider how your disposal habits affect the environment. Use a few of these recycling resources to dispose of your unwanted items sustainably. Consider having a garage sale, donating to charity, and finding new homes for your unwanted items.
A clean home is a great thing but don’t clutter up the landfills while you do it! Have any other recycling resources to share? Remember, you can also upcycle a ton of household items on your own. Check out my post about what to do with old calendars and get started on your crafty journey!
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.