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27th Jun

2016

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

A home clear-out or a remodeling project can create a lot of waste that goes straight to our landfills.

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But a lot of what ends up on the trash heap doesn’t need to be there. It’s important that we do all we can to reduce the amount of materials that are tossed away and focus on making items available for re-use or recycle whenever possible. Recycling reduces financial expenditure in the economy as making products from raw materials costs much more and uses more energy than if they were made from recycled products. Recycling also preserves natural resources for future generations and reduces pollution caused by harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses that are released from landfill sites.

In today’s post we will talk about some of the ways that you can cut down on the amount of waste created from your home projects.

Charitable Donations

It might seem cliché but it really rings true: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you have any household items, clothing, furniture, etc. that is not valuable enough for private sell but that someone could still see some use out of, why not donate it to the Salvation Army or ARC Thrift shops? To find the nearest thrift shop near you, just do a quick search on Yelp.  Donating to thrift shops is a great way to support local charities and to make needed items extremely affordable for the less advantaged.

Selling unwanted items

You may have items that are valuable enough for resale that you don’t want to donate. Nowadays there are a number of businesses and websites where you can easily and freely advertise your goods for sale. Sites like Craigslist, eBay, eBid, and even community Facebook selling pages are a cheap and easy way to quickly sell your unwanted items for a quick buck. If you’re not into online selling, you can sell your items at physical locations, like Plato’s Closet which will buy trendy clothing, shoes and accessories off private sellers. Another buyer in Denver called Jabberwocky Sales will even come to you to purchase anything from collectibles, antiques, oddities, and books, to any hard-to-find items. To schedule an appointment with them, ring 720-883-3650 and a company representative will arrive at your home at the designated time, look at your items and offer you a price on the spot. If you accept, an item pickup time will be arranged.  Visit their website here.

Discarding items prohibited from landfills

Certain items should never be thrown away as they can be hazardous to the environment if left to decompose in a landfill. The following items should never just be tossed in the trash. Please note this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Computers, televisions, and other electronics
  • Appliances
  • Paints and stains
  • Adhesives and glues
  • Full or partially filled aerosol cans
  • Motor Oil
  • Fertilizers
  • Pesticides
  • Tires
  • Batteries

Denvergov.org is a great resource for determining where to recycle almost anything. Their easy to use directory shows you where to recycle, compost, or dispose of various materials in Denver.  Just type in what you need to dispose of and the directory will point you in the right direction. While some of the drop-off centers may accept large quantities of materials, most centers are intended to facilitate the recycling of materials generated by households.

Recycle Colorado offers free appliance, scrap metal & electronics recycle. They will collect anything metal or electronic with the exception of TV’s. They also collect and recycle old car batteries for free. They can be reached at 303-337-2715.

By recycling, donating, or selling as many unwanted items as possible, not only are you doing the responsible thing and protecting the environment, you will save cash by reducing the size of dumpster rental needed for removal. If you have any questions, please contact us at 720-842-7249 or send us a quick email here.

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