Spring Cleaning To Pass Unwanted Items Along

Clothing given to charityThere’s a reason we have all grown up with the tradition of spring cleaning. it’s a time of renewal. We can open the doors and windows, blowing out the stale winter air and letting in fresh breezes. That makes us itch to clean house. Out with the old and in with nothing, if we plan it right. Spring purging can feel fantastic.

You can begin by going through your closets and drawers. Ask yourself when the last time it was that you wore each garment. If it’s been a year…let it go. There is someone else who has a use for it and you really don’t need it any more. Check your towels, sheets, washcloths, tablecloths, and throw pillows. Do you have any that have served their purpose and are ready to move on? You can add them to the charity box and give them to another family. [Read more…]

Recycling Used Motor Oil

motor oil recyclingFor those people who still change their own oil, deciding what to do with the used oil can be a challenge. Most people know it shouldn’t be tossed in with your regular trash but aren’t sure exactly what should be done with it.

Motor Oil is unique in that it never wears out so is a perfect product for recycling. It can be used over and over, thus saving a lot of earth’s resources in refining fresh oil. But where to recycle it can be confusing. [Read more…]

Non-Typical Things That Can Be Recycled

recycle booksWe all know about recycling our household waste in the form of paper, plastic, metal, glass, and cardboard but there are plenty of other things we can recycle as well. Clothing can be re-used by donating to charitable organizations or we can reduce our consumption by buying from resale shops. It’s surprising what you can find if you make it a habit to browse these stores while you are out shopping. You won’t find something every time but you can pick up a gem pretty often if you go regularly. [Read more…]

How to Start Recycling

recyclingRecycling can be one of those things we keep intending to do but are slow to begin implementing. Much of the process can be simplified by quick organization. You need to find out what your area accepts for recycled material and then you have to set up your recycling containers in an area that is suitable for your family. [Read more…]

Recycling Paper Makes a Big Difference

Paper RecyclingWhen we really start looking at the amount of paper we use in our everyday life it is easy to see that recycling it is a good idea. We are sometimes surprised to find out just how big an impact recycling paper can have on the earth’s resources.

You may have seen the statistics that recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and it can save more than 3 cubic yards of space in the landfill. What may make these numbers easier to relate to is the fact that those 17 trees can save enough energy to power an average home for 6 months. That’s a lot of juice. [Read more…]

The Benefits of Recycling

recycled plastic cupsFor a long time it was rumored that recycling cost more than it could return and many were reluctant to get involved. Over time, that is being found to be untrue. We are finding that a well designed recycling program can save money in many ways.

It can save the family money by reducing the amount they pay for trash removal services. Businesses save that way as well. It creates jobs for communities at a rate of 4 to 1 when compared to waste management and disposal industries. [Read more…]

List of How to Recycle Things A to Z

A to Z Recycled ItemsThere are lots of odds and ends that we don’t know if we can recycle or, if so, how. This website How to Recycle Anything lists volumes of items to answer those questions. Some items are listed with a link to a website for more information.

A – Aerosol Cans
If you completely empty the contents and pull the plastic nozzle of the can, you can usually recycle this with other cans. It is important to empty the contents, however, as they can be combustible. [Read more…]