This is a big month for releasing! I’m playing the #MinsGame with a number of you this month. I’m also helping a couple of clients work to keep as many of their discards as possible out of the landfill. I’ve written about some greener disposal options previously, and today I want to share a few of my favorite tools for greener disposal of your cast-offs.
1) One of my favorite tools for helping my local clients find an ideal release site is the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District’s website. Their website is a wealth of information on the what, where and how of recycling / disposing just about anything you can think of. Some items, like those in the photo above are easy to donate/recycle. But what about the tough stuff? One of my favorite sections is the What Do I Do With …? Page which lists potentially tough to dispose of items, such as books, computers, hazardous waste, and usable building materials and explains what to do with them. Another favorite is a resource called Pass-It-On which provides an extensive list of local charities actively looking for the types of items you’re anxious to find a good home for. This resource started out as a booklet years ago, but has transitioned into a much easier to navigate searchable online database. The site also has an excellent section on stopping unwanted mail. I could go on and on about the great information available at this site, but instead of increasing the word count of this post, I urge you to check it out. I know you’ll be impressed with what you find! (Note: If you live in Lorain County, you might also want to check out the Lorain County Solid Waste District’s website and familiarize yourself with the types of disposable accepted at their Collection Center.)
2) For those of you who live outside of the metro Cleveland area, Real Simple Magazine created an awesome A to Z recycling guide titled How to Recycle Anything a number of years ago that is still available on their website. You might also want to check out the Earth911’s recycling guide and their related app – iRecycle for iPhone or Android which helps you find the right drop off location nearest you for what you’re trying to release.
3) When you’ve donated and recycled all you can on your own, but still have more to release, especially big items, consider calling a local hauling company who specializes in recycling what they haul away, such as Junk Away here in the Cleveland area. Junk Away owner, Paula Lewis has shared with me that their company’s goal is to recycle as much of what they haul as they possibly can. Contact them at 1-855-855-JUNK.
Thanks for allowing me to share! I’d love to hear some of your favorite ways to keep discards out of the landfill!