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:
Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use.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.
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.