Recycling

Dispose of E-Waste Right at Your Door

Since January 1 of last year, it has been illegal in New York State to dispose of e-waste in your household trash. According to the NYC Department of Sanitation web site, “The electronics covered by this New York State law include computers and their peripherals, televisions, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, printers/scanners, video game consoles, MP3 players, tablets, and small servers. The law does not include appliances, batteries, or light bulbs.” So what do you do with all of these items…

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Fun Facts about Recycling in NYC

I spend a lot of time with people who are getting rid of stuff. A frequent question that my clients ask me is, “Can I recycle this?” Usually I know the answer. But sometimes I wonder if I’m giving the right advice. I figured that I couldn’t be the only Professional Organizer who faces this issue, so I inquired about doing a recycling program at our monthly NAPO-NY meeting. (That’s the NY chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers). Once I…

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Give Back Box

If you do a lot of mail order, as I do, you are frequently recycling cardboard boxes. Would you like to know a better use for those boxes? Give Back Box is a charity that was established to reuse those cardboard boxes to donate clothing and small household items. Simply pack up your unwanted items in the empty box, go to GiveBackBox.com to print a label, and mail it to Goodwill for free. You can drop off your package at a local UPS store…

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Every April, the Drug Enforcement Agency sponsors National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It gives consumers an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs so that they don’t affect the environment or fall into the hands of children or abusers. This year, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to 2 pm. To find a collection site near you, click here. This is your chance to clear your home of medicines you and your family no longer use,…

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Trash Talk

The rules about what to throw out and what to recycle get more complicated as time goes on.  I’ve written before about what gets recycled here in New York City and what just gets thrown in the trash. My most recent post on this topic was Plastics Recycling Grows Up, but if you search this blog for the word “recycling”, you’ll find many more posts on this subject.  Even as of January 1 of this year, we have new rules about…

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