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Discarding Guide

Clothing

Donate

Not in selling condition? Donate it! One person's discard is another person's score. Find a local donation center or thrift shop whose affiliations best align with your values.

Resale

Resale services make it easy to give your gently or unused items a new home.

Recycle

Totally unwearable? Recycling isn't only for cans.

Books

Local

  • Local Schools
  • Local Libraries
  • Local Hospitals

Busted Books?

  • Paperbacks: Recycle them whole.
  • Hardcovers: Remove the cover as it often includes non-paper materials that cannot be recycled.
  • Important! Water-damaged books cannot be recycled. Trash them or learn the fine art of papier mache!

Paper

Fact

The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees.
This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!

Go Paper-Free

  • Unsubscribe from catalogues you no longer want to receive.
  • Request to be removed from paper mailing lists and sign up for email newsletters instead.
  • Switch your bills and bank notifications to paperless billing.

Recycling Rules

Knowing what you can and can’t put in your recycling bin is important. To learn more about recycling different paper grades, visit the EPA.

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Tips

  • Your Car: Get a free tow by donating your old car or vehicle to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.
  • Toiletries: Got a drawer full of hotel toiletries you'll probably never use? Donate them to a local shelter.
  • Mattresses: Mattress recycling programs will convert your old snooze pad from waste to recycling.
  • Computers: Create opportunity by donating your old PC to a youth center or career development nonprofit.
  • Misc. Electronics: When we trash electronics, we risk putting toxic materials in the ground. Many of your electronics can be repurposed instead. You can even earn cash through buyback programs.
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