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Read This Before You Throw Out Your Garbage

Updated on November 7, 2014

One man's garbage is another man's treasure

None working appliances can be recycled instead of putting them in the furniture dump or landfill.
None working appliances can be recycled instead of putting them in the furniture dump or landfill. | Source
goodwill can be found in almost all communities and provides jobs for those in need as well as recycling items to needy families.
goodwill can be found in almost all communities and provides jobs for those in need as well as recycling items to needy families. | Source

Read this before throwing out your garbage is well worth your time

There are three things you should know about your garbage. You can save the earth, make money and help with America’s economic situation all from not using a trash can. Read this before you throw out your garbage.

Everyone should be aware of recycling benefits. Recycling, reducing and reusing are a mantra that is being used to reduce the waste in our landfills. While saving the earth and Going Green you could also help out many who need your help. Instead of donating your time or energy donate things you were going throw out anyway.

Donations are tax deductible. Receive a receipt for your “donations” that you may have considered garbage. Many people are not aware of all of the ways they can recycle or things that are recyclable.

The following is a list of some of the things you can recycle, make money and help those in need.

· Appliances that no longer work

In almost all communities you can donate your appliances to the local Goodwill. However, in many communities there other charities where you can donate your non working appliances in order to receive a tax write off instead of the furniture dump.

There are charities that receive these donations in many cases for the homeless in the community. As part of the homeless coalitions or charities, these non working appliances are accepted and fixed to be put in housing that is being erected or assisting homeless in furnishing apartments or houses.

· Cardboard boxes

Many women domestic abuse shelters in the area will use these cardboard boxes and request to have them on hand. Workplaces that collect more than one hundred boxes a month, contact to recycle them. Used Cardboard collects these boxes for recycling them in communities. There are also people who post on Craigslist for cardboard boxes.

· Tennis Shoes

Nike has a reuse a shoe program that turns old tennis shoes into playground equipment as well as athletic flooring. The agency can be contacted at Athletes in Africa and Latin America receive still usable shoes from if you donate to their charity.

· Clothes

When people consider donating clothes they always think of their local Goodwill. However, consider donating to your local domestic abuse shelter. These are typically families that are leaving their house in the middle of critical situations with nothing but the clothes on their back.

In my community I donate to young teen mothers and babies homeless shelters. These are young women that can use business attire for employment opportunities. In that same vein there is that provides the same service on a national scale. Office attire is collected for low income women as they search for job opportunities.

Used bedding and towels are excellent for your local animal shelter. They can use both for bedding for the animals.

This is a small list of the hundreds of charities and different ways to recycle a lot of what we normally would throw away with our garbage.

Be sure and obtain your receipt for tax purposes and pat yourself on the back for doing three things, Going Green and saving waste from the landfills, donating to a great cause as well as making money in almost all cases of getting rid of waste. Aren't you glad you read this before you threw out your garbage?


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      Ask_DJ_Lyons 6 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      This was an extremely useful article. Thanks for sharing!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      excellent Hub with valuable information, thanks !

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      Bail Up ! 6 years ago

      Thanks for helping me think outside the box. I didn't realize so many others apart from Good Will could use donations. The Sheriffs office here collects used cell phones to give to domestic abuse victims. Thats pretty cool too.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Excellent hub. I recycle all the time and as much as I possibly can. Good tips! Never knew about the cardboard boxes for the Womens Shelter and will keep this in mind next time I need to recycle them.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Great "green" information! Who would have thought that garbage would become so valuable - one person's garbage is another person's gold. Thanks for the info!

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Thanks, excellent Hub and information. Stu

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Many good tips here and recycling is what we should be doing more than we are doing now. I specially like the thought of donating clothes to a shelter in benefit for those who have difficult times. And if I can deliver them personally I will also know that they come to the right place! Thanks for the inspiration, there is always more we can do since most of us have to much stuff anyway!



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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I think I'll go find something to donate.