Friday, January 16, 2009

Recycling & Reusable Goods, including motor vehicles, and where to do it

It's amazing how many everyday used goods we have lying around the house that someone else can use, either to recycle so they can help our environment, or to re-use for a personal project. Go through the comments underneath this post to find them or add more. There are even places that will recycle used motor vehicles to help promote environmental education, such as the Dodge Nature Center, http://dodgenaturecenter.org. In my 10/29/05 comment under this category, learn where you can RECYCLE YOUR APPLIANCES, ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS and BATTERIES, or places where you can give or get free reusable goods. Also, some schools collect Campbell's soup can labels to help purchase new equipment. School computer labs often need used paper if it's only printed on one side. Perhaps you need used greeting cards for personal projects. (Let natureinfo.blogspot.com know, and we readers can save and send them to you.) The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/ needs used ink cartridges for recycling to raise money for raptor rehab. (Go to "Make a Donation," then "Recycling for Raptors.") So does the "Cash for Critters" program at the MN Humane Society (call 651-665-9311 for more info. or e-mail questions to mnhumane@aol.com), and again, the Dodge Nature Center. Also, Cartridge World of Eagan, 651-454-4453, sells refilled ink cartridges at a discount price. Don't forget you can use the water from your dehumidifier to water your plants and yard! Recycle spent rechargeable batteries (4/11/07 comment). C'mon, people, spread the word! Help each other, and our environment.

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At 4:08 PM, Blogger amygeekgrl said...

Very cool idea. I think it's great that you are committed to helping save the earth. :)

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Thanks! The way I see it, instead of spoiling the very earth that sustains us by throwing all our "garbage," be it used ink cartridges, paper, soup can labels or whatever, into our ever-growing landfills, if we can find someone or some cause that can use them, we can make each others' lives on this earth more beauteous and self-fulfilling, too.

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger buddagoddess said...

This looks to be a great place. hopefully there will be more and more posts here in the future. i would love to be able to use this as a resource to help find a job also!

 
At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Mary Ann said...

Go to http://www.freecycle.org/ Find your location and register to receive lists of items people need or are giving away and to list things you need or need to get rid of that someone else may need.

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

Mary Ann, thanks so much for the FREECYCLE link. Because of them, to quote from their site, "There are freecycle groups around the globe, a grassroots movement of people giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns." The group is accomplishing precisely what this category on “Nature Info:” is all about!

As for MARY ANN, she has created her own unique wildlife-filled hermitage, along with a log house, in the woods of rural New York. You really should drop on over and visit her site, FIVE WELLS.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

FREECYCLE also accepts large items, such as chairs and pianos! For those of us living in the Twin Cities in MINNESOTA, the closest group I could find was in Anoka County, but they only work with people living there: anokacountyfreecycle.

To find where there's a FREECYCLE group IN YOUR OWN AREA (AROUND THE WORLD), or for OTHER LOCATIONS IN MN, click on the main site's link FREECYCLE, scroll down to your area (for MN it's Central U.S.), then scroll down to your state or country. If you can't find a group close to you, maybe some of you and your friends would consider starting your own. Sounds rewarding!

 
At 11:57 PM, Blogger Rajiv Badlani said...

Hiya Darlene

Thank you for your nice comment on my blog at http://norquest.buzznet.com.

See this page on my site http://www.badlani.com/recycle.

I'm sure you will find the idea interesting. Then write to me and let's discuss how you might want to see it developing... I look forward to hearing from you, Rajiv

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

Don't forget, you can recycle plastic bottles from canola and other oils, and plastic milk and popcorn containers as long as they have the recycling symbol on them. If they're not on the side, turn them upside down and check the bottom for it. Darlene 7/25/05

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

Don't forget to recycle the water you get from your dehumidifiers! My husband dumps the water from our dehumidifier in the basement into a bucket, and we use it to water our plants and yard. 7/25/05

 
At 7:50 AM, Blogger Ventana Amico said...

Reuse shower water for watering plants. Put a bucket, or two, or plastic wastebasket in your shower to catch the water as you shower. Then water your garden or houseplants with it. Amazing how much you save. You can also put a container (open top) in your kitchen sink as you rinse dishes and reuse it. There is nothing wrong with a few crumbs on your plants.

 
At 5:07 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

Now why didn't I think of that?! Actually, I guess I was concerned about whether the soap might harm the plants, but then I use a soapy-water solution to wash mealy bugs off the leaves of certain plants, and that doesn't harm them. Thanks for the idea, Ventana!

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

DONATE YOUR CAR, BOAT or SNOWMOBILE TO THE DODGE NATURE CENTER, an environmental educational nature preserve, if you live in Minnesota! (The acceptable list includes cars, boats, RVs, ATVs, personal watercraft, trucks and snowmobiles.) The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center, in West St. Paul, is partnering with “Cars With Heart,” an organization that facilitates the donation of used motor vehicles as a way to support non-profit organizations. Once they’re refurbished and sold, the majority of their proceeds go to Dodge.

The Dodge Nature Center strives to provide a place where members of our community can experience, study and enjoy nature, and in doing so be inspired to become responsible stewards of our environment. Located on 320 acres of diverse landscape, they offer a variety of experiences for people of all ages. Besides their year-long workshops and classes, they also operate miles of hiking trails, including their prairie and oak savanna restorations projects, marsh lands, ponds, woodlands and orchards.

The vehicles can either be dropped off at the Dodge Nature Center, 365 Marie Ave. W., in West St. Paul (phone: (651) 455-4531), or “Cars With Heart” will pick them up from your home. Donations are tax deductible.

Visit the center's site at Dodge Nature Center. (9/7/05—Darlene)

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

RECYCLE USED INK CARTRIDGES—and BUY RE-FILLED CARTRIDGES! Cartridge World of Eagan, in Eagan, MN, is partnering with the Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul (see the comment directly above this), to recycle ink and laser toner cartridges. For each laser toner cartridge you bring to the Dodge Nature Center office, Cartridge World will donate $3 to the nature center. They will take any type of printer cartridge. The funds raised will be used to support Dodge’s environmental education programs, and the cartridges themselves, instead of ending up in a landfill, will be reused.

Also, don’t forget to buy refilled ink cartridges from Cartridge World. They will give Dodge Nature Center 10% of the proceeds from any refilled cartridge you purchase from them at their store! Make sure you mention Dodge, and Cartridge World will credit 10% of the purchase price to the nature center. Their refilled cartridges cost 30-50% less than a new one and are guaranteed to work.

Cartridge World of Eagan is located at 3324 Promenade Ave., Unit 300, in Eagan. Phone: (651) 454-4453. (9/7/05—Darlene)

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

RECYCLE YOUR APPLIANCES, ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS and BATTERIES! About 95 % of the materials in refrigerators are recyclable, including the metal, plastic liner, and glass shelves, and although many electronic products contain potentially hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium, some electronics equipment can be recycled or reused, according to the Oct. 2005 issue of Consumer Reports. They have a free web site, Greener Choices, that lists groups that will accept old or broken parts. (Under “What you can do,” click on “recycling center.")

Also, Consumer Reports suggests that if you need to know which stores in your area accept worn-out rechargeable batteries, go to Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. It has worked with Home Depot, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart, and other major retailers to implement a battery recycling program. (10/29/05—Darlene)

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Regarding free reusable goods for the home, garage and garden that you want to give away or get,if you live in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, my friend Dick just sent me this listing service for residents. It is part of an effort to reduce the amount of reusable goods being thrown away. Go to the Free Market. (10/29/05—Darlene)

 
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At 8:59 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

RECYCLE YOUR RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES—from digital cameras, laptop computers, cordless and cellular phones, camcorders, cordless power tools, two-radios, etc.—that no longer hold a charge.

You can RECYCLE THEM AT: Target, Sears, Staples, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Circuit City, Office Depot and other collection sites nationwide. To find your nearest drop-off location, go to call2recycle.org, or call toll free: 877-2-RECYCLE. (4/12/07)

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

Sorry, folks--I couldn't get that link to connect, and finally succeeded! Thus the deletions of the previous comments.

 
At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Dehumidifier Dan said...

If your into extreme recycling you might want to look into greywater piping to reuse drainage water for your gardens or to fill you toilet. We only have one planet.

 
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