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Posted by Kathy Foran on 12/2/2018

Household recycling has become easier than ever. Many towns and cities offer free recycling pickup, and even private waste management companies are implementing recycling programs.

There are a number of advantages to recycling. It helps protect the environment by reducing the amount of waste and making it easier to reuse raw materials. But, recycling is also advantageous to homeowners who donít want to pay hefty fees for trash pickup when they can often recycle for free.

One of the more difficult aspects of household recycling is the learning curve of actually learning what is and isnít recyclable. Homeowners might think something is recyclable because itís made from plastic, only to find out later that itís a specific type of plastic that canít be recycled. On the other hand, you might be throwing some items in the garbage, filling up your bin each week when you could be recycling it instead.

In this article, weíre going to talk about some of the lesser known items you could be recycling. Weíll also cover some items you shouldnít throw in your recycling bin, and give you tips on how to tell which is which.

Things that shouldnít find their way into your recycling bin

Itís easy to assume that just because something looks like paper, plastic, or glass, that it can be tossed into your recycling bin. However, that isnít always the case. Look out for these items that may not be recyclable in your area.

  • Used paper food containers. Pizza boxes are one of the biggest culprits that end up in recycling bins when they shouldnít be. Items like paper food containers, use paper towels, and paper plates are all soiled with grease and other food residue making them ineligible for recycling.

  • Those glossy drink cartons made from unknown materials. Thereís a good chance that if you canít find a recycling logo on it somewhere it canít be recycled. However, a growing number of cities are accepting milk cartons, so be sure to check on the rules in your area.

  • Plastic shopping bags. Those flimsy bags that you get from the supermarket? You canít recycle those. As a result, many cities and stores are encouraging the use of reusable shopping bags. If you forget your bags at home, however, fear not: many supermarkets now accept your used plastic bags to be recirculated.

So that eliminates a lot of common household waste from being recycled. However, there are plenty of items you might not be aware of that can be tossed into the recycling bin.

Lesser known recyclable items around the house

Even if something isnít eligible for curbside recycling doesnít mean you should just toss it into the trash. There are many items that you can drop off or donate. Here are just a few items that are likely sitting in your house right now:

  • Old cell phones and electronics. Our gadgets are becoming obsolete at an ever-increasing rate. That means many of us have a lot of old tech junk sitting in boxes in our basements. The good news is that several stores accept free drop-offs of old electronics for reuse and recycling.

  • Mattresses and furniture. Large items like mattresses and old furniture are a pain to get rid of. Theyíre also likely useful to someone out there. For mattresses and box springs, try contacting retailers to see if they reuse them for materials. Furniture that is still in usable condition can be placed on Craigslist or donated to a thrift store like Goodwill or Salvation Army.

  • Oil and ink. Run out of ink in your printer? Online retailers will often pay you for your old cartridges. Also, if you recently changed your oil, drop it off at an auto parts store to be recycling into other automotive materials.




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Posted by Kathy Foran on 9/3/2017

After a long, challenging journey, you've managed to get your home ready to add to the real estate market. Now, you'll need to start thinking about your long-term plans, i.e. what you'll do after your home sells. For instance, what will you do with that massive tube TV that sits in your basement? This TV has served you well for years. At the same time, it requires at least two people to pick it up, and you'll need to move it up your stairs simply to get it out of your house. And if you decide to take your tube TV to your new residence, it may prove to be more trouble than it's worth. Fortunately, you have a lot of great options if you want to get rid of your TV before you relocate, including: 1. Sell It Websites like Craigslist make it easy to take photos of your TV, provide information about it and offer it to the highest bidder. Plus, these sites usually are hyper-local, ensuring you can find local buyers who can pick up your TV, remove it from your home and pay you for the TV. Of course, you'll want to make your TV as attractive as possible if you decide to sell it online. As such, be sure to include high-resolution images of your TV, along with up-to-date information about it in any online advertisement. Typically, you'll want to make it as easy as possible for buyers to find your TV in a crowded marketplace, so you should try to incorporate information about your TV's condition and age into your online advertisement as well. 2. Donate It to a Charitable Organization Depending on the size and condition of your TV, you may be able to find a charitable organization near your home that will pick it up and take it away from your home. Although you may not receive any money for your TV, you'll know that your TV is going to a worthy organization. Also, there is a chance that you could receive a tax deduction for your charitable donation. 3. Offer It to Friends or Family Members If you can't find an interested buyer or a charitable organization to accept your TV, you may be able to give it to a friend or family member. Your TV might be far from perfect, but if it is in working condition, a friend or family member may be able to use it in his or her home. In addition, you may want to consider offering the TV to your neighbors before you relocate. By doing so, a nearby neighbor may be able to stop by your residence, pick up the TV and wish you well on your upcoming move. Think about what you will do with your large tube TV before it's too late. The process of selling a home can go quickly, and you'll want to prepare as much as possible for an upcoming move. Therefore, dedicating time and resources now to determine how you can get rid of your tube TV may help you streamline your efforts to pack up your belongings and move to a new address after your house sells.




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Posted by Kathy Foran on 8/28/2016

Going Green We live in a world with finite resources. It makes good sense to live in a way that is aware of the environment, going green, while working to leave a better, cleaner planet for our grandchildren. You may say that sounds good, but what can one person do? The answer is a whole lot! Going green does not have to be a struggle. The choices we make daily affect our impact on the earth, so make good choices. There are many ways that you can start to live a greener life today! Trees As Gifts Next time you decide to brighten someoneís day with a silly gift or a delivery of flowers, why not buy them a tree. Planting a tree is fun, an earth-friendly way to celebrate a milestone event that lives for years and years, and benefits the environment in a way that truly keeps on giving and giving. You can choose a lovely shade tree or a flowering fruit tree for someone that has room for a new addition to their landscape, or give a gift of a container planted dwarf tree for greenery indoors or on the deck or balcony. Greenery indoors helps to remove toxins and pollutants from the air and celebrates life in a way that cut flowers never can. Shop Locally Forget purchasing food that has traveled miles to get to your house. Buy local and buy fresh. Shop at the farmerís market and support local businesses. Much of the food purchased at supermarkets is prepackaged, and you end up paying for wrappings, plastic trays, tape, and plastic wrappings that end up in the landfill. Be part of the solution and not a part of the problem. Always use recyclable bags for shopping and avoid foods with excessive packing materials. Let There Be Light Take advantage of natural light to set the rhythm of your day. Get up early to do your chores using natural light rather than waiting until evening when you have to turn on lights to see to work. If you are building or remodeling, consider adding lots of windows to take advantage of natural light in all seasons. Choose eco-friendly lighting fixtures and bulbs to reduce energy consumption and save money. Energy efficient light bulbs reduce energy consumption by 75 percent over standard light bulbs. Turn down the thermostat to save energy. Keeping the home two to five degrees cooler than normal during winter months has a significant impact on fuel consumption and energy use. Put another blanket on the bed or wear a sweater and you will be more than comfortable. Stop Wasting Food While millions of people in the world are starving, most people in America waste a huge percentage of the food they grow or purchase. As much as 40 percent ends up in the compost bin or landfill. Make it a family goal to not over purchase when shopping: buying only what you can consume before produce, meat and products start to spoil. Walk More, Drive Less Not only will you save money, walking or bicycling to work is a great way to lose a few pounds, get in shape, and ease up on the amount of fossil fuels you use. If you canít walk or bike to work, ride in a carpool or use public transportation whenever possible. Get Rid Of The Clutter In Your Life Clean out closets and drawers, getting rid of clothing and items that no longer serve a purpose. Recycle useable items and let them serve someone else.




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