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Tips for Reusing, Repurposing, Recycling

Tips for Reusing, Repurposing, Recycling

Think before you trash. It's tempting to throw away things you don't use anymore but most can be reused, repurposed, or recycled.

I HATE clutter, and sometimes I (or my husband) have to stop myself from throwing things away just to get them out of my house. It can be difficult and frustrating to find the right way to dispose of things but it's worth it. 

Reuse

You don’t use certain items anymore but someone else may want them. You can donate a lot more than clothing. Home goods, working electronics, and building materials can all be used by others if they're in good shape. 

Seeking out places that take these items and get them to the people who need them can be time-consuming but once you find it, you’ll know for the future.

Freebox groups on Facebook and other online communities are a great way to get items you don’t want anymore to people who do. 

Repurpose

People are amazingly creative at repurposing things. Pallets, tires, and books turned into planters; old furniture can be transformed, and taking old clothes to make new are just a few examples.

Admittedly, not everyone has the time or desire to invest in repurposing but others do. Cheers to them for keeping items out of the landfill! Buying repurposed items is also sustainable. :)

Recycle

Most cities offer the basic recycling - paper, plastic, and glass. 

Recycling other items can be a bit elusive. Computers can be recycled but you have to get them to the right place. Batteries should not be thrown away but where should they go? Metals can be recycled but where do you take your 50lb metal file cabinet you don’t want anymore? And better question, how do you get it there?

It’s unfortunate but most of this falls on the individual. Google is a good place to start, local government offices may have a list of resources, and local sustainable groups can help too. 

It’s not easy to figure out what to do with your unwanted items but it is satisfying when you know they won’t be going to the landfill.

BONUS TIP

Keep a list of the places you find for recycling and donation. No reason to do all that work next year or the year after. You can share this list with your family and friends who live in the same community to help them with their recycling efforts.