Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring Cleaning? Where To Get Rid Of Your Junk

Photo Credit - Design Milk
I just hauled all the recyclables that I save up to three different places trying to figure how I can get rid of them. I had months of used batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, inkjet cartridges and stuff that just couldn't go in my recycling bin. If you throw batteries or CFLs into the trash - don't do it! There is mercury in those products and it can get into our water system. To make things easier, I decided to compile a list of how you can get rid of this stuff without putting it into the garbage:

Staples - ink jet cartridges, cell phones, PDAs, old chargers, toner, electronics & batteries

Best Buy - Mp3 players, batteries, gift cards, cell phones, CD players, CDs, DVDs, ink cartridges, portable DVD players, CPUs, mice, turntables, batteries, printers, laptops

LensCrafters or The Lions Club - old eyeglasses

Home Depot - compact fluorescent light bulbs, used batteries (not rechargeables)

Ikea - used batteries, CFLs

Goodwill - gently used clothing, household products, furniture, books, CDs, appliances, electronics. 84% of their revenue actually goes into funding for charity. So don't fall for those big boxes in parking lots that sometimes only donate 10% to the charity they are advertising.

The Furniture Bank - Do you have furniture or mattress that's in good condition? Check out the Furniture Bank in Toronto to arrange pick-up

Happy spring cleaning everyone!


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