With the trees blooming and the birds chirping, it’s time for spring cleaning.  This isn’t just about brightening up your home, but also relieving the stress of clutter.  Once you’ve figured out what you want to get rid of, then separate the items between what can be donated and what can be recycled. Some items can be donated to charity, such as kitchen utensils, clothes, books, bikes and home decor.  But if you’re looking to make some money on your old items, then get to the nearest consignment shop or offer your items for sale on Craigslist or eBay.

If you still have items you need to get rid of and can’t find a new home for them, then it’s important to recycle as much as you can to keep your trash out of the landfill.  Are you already recycling your newspapers, magazines, plastic and glass?  Good!  But you should be taking a second look at what else you might be throwing away.  For example, shipping supplies like peanuts and styrofoam, typically a major hassle to dispose of, can be returned to a local UPS store.  Many electronics, such as cell phones and computers, can also be recycled through retailers with recycling programs.

Keep in mind that most fabrics can be recycled, and are often used to fill things like mattresses and cushions.  Look for recycling centers that will accept old clothes or stained sheets.  Many animal shelters will accept sheets and old towels as well.

Check in with your local municipality, since many towns and cities organize recycling days for residents.  You can also help your neighbors and friends out and plan your own day.  The website Zero Waste Day offers plenty of guidance and tools to help plan any events.

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