Recycle – Reuse – Reduce

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS

Now that Fall is here, many of us start cleaning out Closets, Garages & Basements.

Did you know many of your local communities have many resources available for you to Recycle many of your household items? Many of these items we give away, but many items we have no idea on how to dispose of or recycle.

 "What do I do with all these BOOKS"?  Check out this website http://www.adoptalibrary.org/ This website gives you ways to Recycle books for libraries and schools here in the USA plus all over the world. Also, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and AmVets will accept books.

 

 

 "What do I do with old CELL PHONES"?  Old cell phones can be recycled. Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Circuit City and Sprint stores are donation centers for cell phones. Check with your local store. Other sources are Verizon Wireless Hopeline for domestic abuse victims and http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/

 

 

 "What do I do with used BATTERIES"?  Household batteries can be recycled at most Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers or at Radio Shack. Many town/city offices have collection centers for household batteries. Check with your local city government for battery collection centers. Use this website to find your town/city: http://www.citiesandtowns.org/content/cities/citiesandtowns_DHT.htm

 

 "What do I do with MOTOR OIL & ANTI-FREEZE"?   Motor Oil and Anti-Freeze can be recycled at most oil change centers. Also check with your local municipality for recycling centers or at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection center where it can be reused or recycled. http://www.citiesandtowns.org/content/cities/citiesandtowns_DHT.htm

 

 

 "What do I do with ELECTRONICS"?  Electronics can and should be recycled. Staples, Inc. stores nationwide accept e-waste for $10 per large item. Smaller items like keyboards are free. Also check with your local or county government for special e-waste recycling dates in your area. http://www.citiesandtowns.org/content/cities/citiesandtowns_DHT.htm   

Comments (14)

» Bill Burress Nationwide Mortgage Originator
» Bill Burress Nationwide Mortgage Originator - Fort Myers, FL

Chuck:

I think if we went back to the out house, we wouldn't have a water shortage.

Oct 10, 2007 08:17 AM
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN
Chuck - I am sending a link to this blog to some friends of mine who were talking about a few electronics they needed to get rid of, but didn't knwo how. Thanks for posting this!
Oct 10, 2007 09:22 AM
Sandi Bauman
Chico Homes Real Estate - Chico, CA
Chico CA Realtor
Very helpful post, Chuck.  I had no idea there were recycling centers for cell phones!  I just give them to my kids to play with  :)
Oct 10, 2007 11:50 AM
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
SFR, SRES, CNC

Hi Chuck!  Good useful post... a place to put our stuff!  This got a 5 from me... a good list to give our clients before they toss out their stuff prior to moving into their new home.

thanks

Oct 10, 2007 12:12 PM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!
Good post Chuck! Great to keep all these hazards out of the landfills. 
Oct 10, 2007 05:38 PM
Eva Armstrong
Environmental Visions - Tallahassee, FL
Environmental Visions
Chuck - Awesome post!  keep up the good work!  I'm saving this info and handing out to folks....Thanks!
Oct 11, 2007 07:10 AM
Chuck Dellorto
Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS - Highland, IN
"Talk To Chuck"
Bill = Could you imagine all the out house all over the place? I think the water problem would be better...lol
Oct 11, 2007 07:36 AM
Chuck Dellorto
Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS - Highland, IN
"Talk To Chuck"
Kim =  I have been cleaning out the last few years so I knew where to go. I know this will help the ones that do not know yet.
Oct 11, 2007 07:38 AM
Chuck Dellorto
Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS - Highland, IN
"Talk To Chuck"
Sandi =  The cell phones I find out about a year ago. I used to just throw them out. But now I give them to the woman's shelters.
Oct 11, 2007 07:40 AM
Chuck Dellorto
Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS - Highland, IN
"Talk To Chuck"
Diane =  I give this list to all my sellers in their packets. The more that know, the better.
Oct 11, 2007 07:41 AM
Chuck Dellorto
Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS - Highland, IN
"Talk To Chuck"
Mary = The electronics would really take up the space in the landfills. The mom and pop computer stores are happy to take the electronics. They use them for spare parts.
Oct 11, 2007 07:44 AM
Chuck Dellorto
Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS - Highland, IN
"Talk To Chuck"
Eva = Thanks for the comment. The more of us that can recycle, the more it benefits the economy and the landfills.
Oct 11, 2007 07:46 AM
Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP

Hi Chuck,  This is great tips on recycling what can be toxic in landfills! 

Oct 11, 2007 12:15 PM
Chuck Dellorto
Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS - Highland, IN
"Talk To Chuck"
Steph = Thanks for commenting. Could you imagine if recycling never was adopted. We would have mounds of landfills.
Oct 11, 2007 06:18 PM