There are many ways to reuse or recycle items that are no longer of use to us in our homes. Some alternatives to disposal that you should think about include:
Fix it! Can your item be repaired? If so, you will not have anything to dispose of, and you could save on replacement costs.
Give it away! If the item you have is still usable, chances are that there is someone else that could use it. Before throwing it away, check with friends, relatives, and neighbors to see if they would like to have it. Consider listing items on an Internet site such as FreeCycle, and Craigslist, or in free classified ads and circulars.
Donate it! Many charities are happy to take items such as consumer electronics, furniture, rugs, etc. Before throwing these kinds of items away, check with your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, church, reuse store, or other charities to see what items they may be willing to take. Some organizations will even schedule free pickups of donated items.
Sell it! Hold a tag sale, or take your item(s) to a local flea market (look in your local newspaper for times and locations in your area). Or, list your item on an Internet site like eBay, Craigslist, or other similar sites. You might be surprised to find that an old item you think is a piece of junk is just what some collector is looking for!
None of these ideas work for your item? Then read on for assistance on proper disposal or recycling: