Need to find a new home for old computers, toys your kids have outgrown, or paint you're not going to use? Here is our guide to getting stuff out of your basement and into all the right places—that is, everywhere but the landfill.
Find out how to recycle everything from cereal box tops to soda tabs in Wall.
Clothing: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here are a list of places to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe.
One of the two Recycling Centers in Wall will provides nearby locations for nearly all your recycling needs, including clothing. In South Wall, try the Recycling Center off Tiltons Corner Road or White Boulevard, behind South Wall Little League fields.
In North Wall, try the Recycling Center in the Camp Evans area off Monmouth Boulevard, adjacent to the North Wall Little League fields.
Both are open six days a week, except holidays. Monday through Friday the centers are open 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There are also drop boxes at shopping centers around town for you to donate your gently worn clothing to charitable organizations.
Toys: As your children get older and are gifted more toys, they outgrow certain playthings that can benefit less fortunate children. Consider donating to Toys for Tots, or go to www.donationtown.org to find out how you can get toys picked up from your home.
Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use. For example, many women’s shelters collect working cellphones for women in domestic abuse situations so they can call 911 if needed, explains HowStuffWorks.com.
Places like Staples -- a Route 35 location in Wall opposite the Sea Girt Center -- will accept cell phone accessories, cell phones and other electronic equipment. Home Depot, like the one in nearby Neptune on route 66, will also accept items like car batteries and construction materials.
Household Goods: Ever go through your garage and wonder why you have so many flyswatters, toasters and gardening gloves? Consider bartering them online or donating to the following local organizations.
The Monmouth County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility on Shafto Road in Tinton Falls is also an option if you're looking to recycle items like cooking oils, household cleaners and things of that nature. To schedule a dropoff appointment call (732) 683-8686.
Waste and Recycling:
Paint: It's safe to dry out your leftover latex paint with kitty litter, dump it in the garbage and recycle the can. But, oil-based paints are actually considered hazardous, according to TheDailyGreen.com.
The Monmouth County facility is an option for these kids of items.
Paper Shredding Services: Looking for a way to get rid of old documents but don't want to risk someone seeing your private information? Both Recycling Centers will accept your items in addition to the regular curbside pickup.
Newspapers, Magazines and Other Paper: According to environment.about.com, recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy. Here are some ways you can recycle the old mail, used magazines and last week's newspaper that are cluttering your counters and coffee tables. The Recycling Centers will also handle these items in addition to curbside pickup.
Plastic: According to Earth911.com, recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. While it's pretty easy to recycle bottles in town, other plastic items can be tricky. However, many grocery stores offer recycling programs for plastic bags and product wraps.
Plastic items can also be collected at the Recycling Centers, in addition to the items that are collected during the regular curbsite recycling program.
Glass: Glass is a very efficient material to recycle, because it takes much less energy and money to recycle the material than to make it from scratch, according to curiosity.discovery.com.
Recycling for Charities & Schools:
Soda Can Tabs: Many charitable organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) collect soda pop tabs in fund raising efforts. After the tabs are collected, they bring them to local recycling centers where they are weighed to determine their value. The recycling center then sends the local RMHC chapter a check for the total value.
Cereal Box Tops: A lot of schools collect these to make money for their PTAs and other organizations. Every little bit helps. You can find a list of participating products here.
What did we miss? Tell us where you're recycling, reselling and donating your gently used items.