Even the most eco-savvy shopper sometimes has stuff hanging out in the garage that shouldn’t be thrown away. What to do with it? Before getting rid of that stuff, learn what recycling, reusing, and repurposing really mean. Even things that can safely be thrown away doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be thrown away. Is there somewhere to actually recycle keys that no longer open doors or those annoying styrofoam packing peanuts? There is! And the San Francisco Recycling Examiner is here to help you clean out your closets and garages without filling up the dumpster.
Foam packing peanuts can be returned to certain UPS stores for reuse. As each UPS store is an independent franchise, check before showing up with a truckload of the packing material. Most stores will, however. accept them and either reuse them in packaging or recycle them for you free of charge. Find a UPS location near you.
Even those that aren’t wine drinkers seem to have a cork or two hanging around. But for those that drink wine with dinner every night or consider themselves knowledgeable wine taster, the corks can pile up fast. There are some great crafts out there using corks, but after awhile, the drawer full of corks has got to go. Cork Reharvest is an organization that collects used corks and redistributes them to organizations that use them in various ways. Cork Reharvest also works to educate the public about cork forests and sustaining those forests. Whole Foods is one of the partners working with Cork Reharvest by supplying drop-off locations. Find a drop-off location near you.
One lady’s medical diagnosis led to the creation of Keys for Kindness, a group that collects metal keys, scraps the metal and donates the money to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Who doesn’t have a junk drawer with at least two or three keys that no longer start a car or unlock a door? This mission that started in 2008 continues on in hopes that while helping out the environment, they will also be helping to find a cure for MS. Find out how you can donate your keys.
Baby Earth Renew actually recycles car seats, strollers, and baby swings. This company located in Round Rock, Texas will take these baby items, disassemble them and recycle the parts. In gratitude of recycling these huge items that may otherwise end up in the landfill, Baby Earth will send a coupon for $5 off any purchase from their earth-friendly store. Visit the Baby Earth website to view all the products they carry.
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