When it comes time to clean out your household storage, remember the old adage: one man's trash is another man's treasure. Many people throw out items that would be useful to others. This disregard for stuff leaves our garbage cans full and others wanting (or buying) the very things that are being thrown away!
Before you toss the stuff you no longer want, consider reselling it. With the internet, selling your unwanted things is nearly as easy as tossing them. Try online resale sites such as eBay and Craigslist, or bring your things to local consignment shops. Local consignment options are available for many items, from clothing to sporting equipment. You'll make money and reduce waste-a win-win!
If you don't have the time or ability to sell your unwanted things, consider donating them to a charitable organization so that they may be used rather than thrown in the trash. From books to unused canned goods, there are many organizations throughout the Twin Cities metro area that would happily take your unwanted, usable things to help others. Because your donations help them operate, they make it very easy to donate-some have drive-through drop-off sites and some even offer curb-side pick-up at your home.
- Check with your local library; many accept donations of books.
- Charitable organizations like The Salvation Army and Goodwill take clothing, household goods, and some furniture.
- Some women's and homeless shelters accept used work clothes for clients going on job interviews.
- Unwanted non-perishable food can be donated to a local food shelf
- Usable cell phones, electronics, and old CDs, DVDs and even VHS tapes can be donated for soldiers or shelters.
Learn more at www.reduce.org.
Local Reuse Links
Anoka County (scroll down to "Reuse")
--Reduce Waste and Buy Recycled, Shop Used First publications from Anoka County
Additional Reuse Links