Don't just throw it out...sell it or donate it if you can!
Have you thrown any of the following items in the garbage?
We discussed the basics in Recycling Part I - At Home Basics and in Recycling Part II - Oddball Items we talked about where to recycle household hazardous waste, plastics #4 and #5, e-waste, and other oddball items that did not fit into the basics category. We mentioned that if the item was in good working order to wait for todays post: Selling and Donating Items, because if it's good, why not sell it or donate it to someone who needs or wants it?
Selling and Donating Items
"One mans junk is another mans treasure." I don't know who originally said that, but it couldn't be more true! If your garbage can be useful to someone else, then please don't just throw it out! Either sell it for some extra money or donate it! It would be a shame to let good stuff take up space in a landfill...
Donating Your Stuff
Theres a fine line between donating and recycling...sometimes they call it recycling when it is actually a donation. Bottom line: as long as it stays out of a landfill, who cares what it's called?
Donating Basic Items:
It' pretty common knowledge that you can donate toys, clothes, and many usable household items to several different charities such as:
But what about some of the other stuff? Like old sneakers that aren't even worth donating! How about stuffed animals or old video game systems? Do you want to help children in bad situations? Well, take a look at the list below to see what sort of 'other stuff' can be donated. I think you might find some of them very surprising!
For other items, especially large ones, that you think might be worth something to someone else (swing sets, trampolines, sheds, etc.) and even other things you just don't want to be bothered selling or mailing out, make an account and post them on FreeCycle. On this site you can find a group of people in your local area that recycle items by posting them and sharing them for FREE! The first person to respond get first dibs on scheduling a pick-up time and date. You just leave the item out on the agreed upon date and they come and get it! It's better than needlessly adding to a landfill. You can also find items you might want on there rather than buying brand new!
Coming Soon - Recycling Part IV - Repurposing Your Garbage!
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!