Need to find a new home for old computers, toys your kids have outgrown, or paint you're not going to use? Here is our guide to getting stuff out of your basement and into all the right places—that is, everywhere but the landfill.
Find out how to recycle everything from cereal box tops to soda tabs in Howell.
Clothing: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here are a list of places to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe.
The Howell Recycling Center, located at 278 Old Tavern Road accepts clothing and many other items and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located right next to the police station and the Department of Public Works it provides a central location for most of your recycling needs.
There are also drop boxes at shopping centers around town for you to donate your gently worn clothing to charitable organizations.
Toys: As your children get older and are gifted more toys, they outgrow certain playthings that can benefit less fortunate children. Consider donating to Toys for Tots, or go to www.donationtown.org to find out how you can get toys picked up from your home.
Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use. For example, many women’s shelters collect working cellphones for women in domestic abuse situations so they can call 911 if needed, explains HowStuffWorks.com. Here are some other examples of local organizations where you can donate, sell or recycle your used electronics.
Places like Staples will accept cell phone accessories, cell phones and other electronic equipment. Home Depot will also accept items like car batteries and construction materials.
Household Goods: Ever go through your garage and wonder why you have so many flyswatters, toasters and gardening gloves? Consider bartering them online or donating to the following local organizations.
The Monmouth County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility on Shafto Road in Tinton Falls is also an option if you're looking to recycle items like cooking oils, household cleaners and things of that nature. To schedule a dropoff appointment call 732-683-8686.
Waste and Recycling:
Paint: It's safe to dry out your leftover latex paint with kitty litter, dump it in the garbage and recycle the can. But, oil-based paints are actually considered hazardous, according to TheDailyGreen.com.
The Monmouth County facility is an option for these kids of items.
Paper Shredding Services: Looking for a way to get rid of old documents but don't want to risk someone seeing your private information? The Howell Recycling Center is one place you can take your items in addition to the regular curbside pickup.
Newspapers, Magazines and Other Paper: According to environment.about.com, recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy. Here are some ways you can recycle the old mail, used magazines and last week's newspaper that are cluttering your counters and coffee tables. The Howell facility will also handle these items in addition to curbside pickup.
Plastic: According to Earth911.com, recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. While it's pretty easy to recycle bottles in town, other plastic items can be tricky. However, many grocery stores offer recycling programs for plastic bags and product wraps. Here a list of nearby places where you can recycle plastic items from your home.
Plastic items can also be collected at the recycling center, in addition to the items that are collected during the regular curbsite recycling program.
Glass: Glass is a very efficient material to recycle, because it takes much less energy and money to recycle the material than to make it from scratch, according to curiosity.discovery.com.
Recycling for Charities & Schools:
Soda Can Tabs: Many charitable organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) collect soda pop tabs in fund raising efforts. After the tabs are collected, they bring them to local recycling centers where they are weighed to determine their value. The recycling center then sends the local RMHC chapter a check for the total value.
Cereal Box Tops: A lot of schools collect these to make money for their PTAs and other organizations. Every little bit helps. You can find a list of participating products here.
What did we miss? Tell us where you're recycling, reselling and donating your gently used items.