First, let’s expand the definition of recycling for the purpose of this article to include reuse and repair. After all, the entire point of recycling is to not waste resources. It’s important to use what we already have so that we don’t run out.We have already written numerous articles about organizing your home, including decluttering by putting things in their place. We’ve also covered yard sales. However, what if you don’t want to hold a yard sale, and you have items that you want to get rid of, not find a new place for? That’s where recycling comes in.
Unsure whether your old clothes can be worn again? Consider dropping them off in an USAgain collection bin. There, you can drop off used clothes and textiles, so long as they are clean, dry, and secured in tied plastic bags.Most areas have places to recycle paper, plastic, and metal, though some companies are specific about what they take. Metal recyclers often offer good money for all sorts of ferrous and nonferrous metals. Some states charge a few cents per drinking bottle or can, and you can return them to get that deposit back. Alternately, you can bring them to recycling stations.
Bring old magazines and newspapers to a company that handles paper recycling. If you have old files, such as taxes from many years ago that you no longer need, shred them before you recycle them. Of course, many companies that recycle paper will do the shredding for you.You should not simply throw out computer and electronic parts, or put them in with ordinary recycling. This includes batteries and power sources, which can contaminate the environment. Instead, do a local Internet search to find out where you can take them. If you’re bringing in old hard drives, make sure the company taking them will thoroughly wipe the data, to protect your privacy. The materials used on old electronics can be used in new products.
In fact, anywhere you donate items, from those old computer parts to clothing, get a receipt if you can for when you get your taxes done.
With these steps, you’ll be able to reduce clutter and ensure that those things you no longer need get a second life.