Do you ever wonder where you can donate this item or that? Best bet, search the web to find a location in your area. Below are some more resources.
First, ask your local Goodwill if they take the item in question. You might be surprised what they DO take and how much they really want it (listen to our show To Donate, Or Not To Donate: That Is The Question to learn more). A few items that Goodwill does not take are mattresses and box springs, major appliances, gas or diesel powered equipment, tires and car seats.
Mattresses and Box Springs:
A great resource for donating gently used mattresses is Sleepyhead Beds. They provide mattresses to bedless children. Finding where to donate mattresses that are past gently used is a little more challenging. Some areas have plans in place to recycle them and some do not. This is a great article by Sheryl Eisenberg on what to do with a mattress.
Here is the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s information page. There are companies that can give you a quote on disposing your waste. Search Local.com to find companies in your area. Most cities have hazardous waste programs. Here is Kansas City’s hazardous waste program information.
Other charities (with their links):
Many of these places even do home pickups.
Do you toss your ink cartridges in the trash? If so, you’re not alone.
I (Tracy) collect mine in the same container as I keep my new ink packages. When there are 20 (the limit is 20 per month) I take them to Office Max and earn $2 for each cartridge.
Electronics, Appliances, etc:
Best Buy has this great site that explains exactly what Best Buy accepts and doesn’t accept in their recycle program! They haul away some appliances and they allow some things to be dropped off at store locations.
Watch this EXCELLENT, 3 minute video to learn where your recycled items go…quite amazing!