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Where to Recycle All Your Stuff in Stamford

Here is the Stamford guide to recycling all of your old things, from paper and glass to clothes and toys, plus some things you can do to benefit local schools and charities.

 

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 Stamford.

Clothing & Toys: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here's where to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe, as well as your children's clothes and toys:

Inspirica New Beginnings at 141 Franklin Street

Shop-a-Second Consignment

Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use.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. Staples will recycle the electronics on this list. Stamford residents can also bring cellphones to Keep Stamford Beautiful, according to Stamford's recycling brochure.

Household Goods & Furniture: Ever go through your garage and wonder why you have so many flyswatters, toasters and gardening gloves? Consider bartering them online on Craigslist or Freecycle or donating to the following local organizations.

Stamford Goodwill

Scale House at 105 Harborview Ave.

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. Safely discard your paint during Stamford's Household Hazardous Waste Collection day, currently scheduled for July 13, 2013, at Rippowam Middle School, 381 High Ridge Rd.

Paper, Glass & Plastic: 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. Besides curbside pick-up you can take your recyclables to the Kartrina Mygatt Recycling Center at 130 Magee Ave., Scofieldtown Road Recycling Center at Scofieldtown Rd. and Rockrimmon Rd. or the Transfer Station at 1 Harborview Ave.

Recycling for Charities & Schools:

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.

Locally, the Ferguson Library accepts all book donations. 

What did we miss? Tell us where you're recycling, reselling and donating your gently used items.  

Dan Colleluori March 06, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Correction is that Cell phones can be recycled through the Police Department if working or can be brought to either City recycling center.
Frank Sparagna March 06, 2013 at 05:40 PM
If you Need help recycling call the The professionals at The Independent Service Companies Inc.! Are you a Stamford resident with a long driveway and cant lug your recycle cart to the street? WE CAN HELP! We also provide Trash Collection/Recycle programs for residents and commercial establishments, Junk hauling services and provide dumpsters for homeowner clean outs and recycle all recyclable items.203-504-5184x10
DJ McAneny (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Another great suggestion from reader Laura via email was to check out Freecycle.org for things Goodwill wouldn't take.
Sue Greene March 06, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Freecyle.org is great for any items that you don't want but are still usable. You post them and someone who needs it comes to pick it up. Great for furniture and working electronics.
John March 06, 2013 at 08:40 PM
FEW.R does FREE e-recycling on all electronics for Home/Companies. They'll pick it up too as long you live in CT. https://foursquare.com/v/fewr-electronic-waste-recycling/50f1b6d5e4b0c18c9104397f
Mark Stone June 26, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I use e-ReUse.com & sell my cell phones directly to them. And, they take donations of cell phones and you can designate ANY charity to receive them!

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