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Getting organized is all about cleaning out items you don't need -- clutter that has been doing nothing but taking up space in your life. However, that doesn't mean that everything you don't want has to go in the TRASH! So many of the things that end up in the "get rid of pile" -- plastic and glass containers, cardboard boxes, old magazines, junk mail, video tapes, batteries, packing peanuts, etc. -- can be RECYCLED. The biggest challenge is knowing where to take them so they don't end up in the dumpster. So this month, let's concentrate on reducing the amount of trash that goes into a landfill -- and increasing the quantity of recyclables.
Some Practical Organizing Tips...
Start by cutting down on the amount of PACKAGING you purchase. Buy in bulk and refill containers yourself. Take your own fabric shopping bags instead of using the store bags. There is no need to recycle it if you don't create the waste to begin with.
Set up an easy-to-use recycling SORTING center in your home using stacking bins or a set of tubs lined up together. It's a lot easier if you sort recyclables as you toss them into the receptacle, rather than sorting them later for drop-off or pick-up.
Educate yourself about which items CAN be recycled and where to take them. If it is an electronic item or appliance or other usable item, donate it to a thrift store or other business that can fix and refurbish it, before you toss it in a landfill.
Get Organized Newsletter
Check out past issues for tips on clearing out clutter and recycling
Follow the links for tips on deciding what to keep and what to pitch
Checklists and tip sheets to help you stay get rid of unused and unwanted items
What Is Your Time Worth?
Find out how much of your time is wasted by clutter in your life
Do You Need To Get Organized?
Take this quick quiz to see if your life could be a bit less cluttered
What Are You Doing To Get Organized?
Share your recycling strategies and techniques with others like you
The Latest Organizing Products
"Do-it-yourself" tools to help you know where to take recyclables (and more)
Useful Website Links...
America Recycles Day
The official website of this environmentally-conscious holiday
Create A Home Recycling Center
Step-by-step instructions make it easy to recycle efficiently at home
Directs you to recycling centers in your area and tips for making a difference
Environmental Protection Agency
Informative links -- where to go to recycle and how to put the 3 R's in your life
Global Recycling Network
Maintains a list of recyclers -- cans, glass, paper, etc. -- around the country
Internet Consumer Recycling Guide
A starting point for consumers searching the net for recycling information
Keep America Beautiful
Improve your community through litter prevention and waste reduction
National Recycling Coalition
Can point you toward recycling centers in your area
Fun recycling-related games and activities for your kids
Recycle It Now
Beverage companies offer a hip bottle and can "reincarnation" program
Has information about every kind of recycling possible and a directory of centers
Recycling In Your Workplace
Guidelines for creating simple recycling programs for any business
A listing of various recycling links and directories on the web
Reduce Your Rubbish
Innovative and quirky ideas for recycling plastic, paper and household items
White House Proclamation
Read George Bush's official proclamation in declaring November 15th a holiday
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