Don’t throw it in the trash

November 15th is “America Recycles Day”! This is a great reminder to think twice before dropping things in the trash. As you sort through your belongings and organize your home, you may find items that you no longer need or want. Keep an eye out for multiples or items that may be broken, outdated, or no longer serving a function. While reducing the amount of things in our homes, it is good to know we have many disposal options available. It is easy to give your cast-offs to someone else who can reuse it or enable it to be recycled. No longer do you have to throw out even the most unusual things, like old paint, miscellaneous lumber pieces, or worn out sneakers. It is amazing how many household items can be reused or recycled.

Below are just a few of the many great places that would love to help you keep your unwanted items out of the landfill. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information or additional options for a particular item.

Recycle:

  • Athletic Shoes: Reuse-a-shoe – Several drop off sites. Nike separates the rubber, foam and fabric and uses them to create a new athletic surface, such as a court, track, or playground – or even new shoes and apparel.
  • Books, magazines: Far West Recycling – (503) 643-9944 – recycling services at several locations.
  • Block styrofoam: Agilyx – 503-217-3160
  • Electronics: Oregon E-cycles – 1-888-532-9253 – Recycles computers, monitors and TVs.
  • Gardening/Yard Debris: Grimm’s Fuel – 503-644-5355 – Collects yard trimmings, grass, clippings, leaves and most all other vegetation.
  • GlassFar West Recycling – (503) 643-9944 –recycling services at several locations.
  • Hazardous Waste: Metro Transfer Station – 503-234-3000 – Metro operates two recycling and garbage stationsAlso does neighborhood collections on specific weekends.
  • Metal: Far West Recycling – (503) 643-9944 recycling services at several locations.
  • Paint: Metro Transfer Station – 503-234-3000 – Metro operates two recycling and garbage stations; PaintCare – Some paint stores collect paint and transport to recycling center.
  • Variety of items Freecycle.org – Website only. Allows you to list your free item and find a new owner for it.
  • Wood: Metro Transfer Station – 503-234-3000 – Metro operates two recycling and garbage stations

Donate: (in addition to Goodwill & Salvation Army)

  • Bedding/Linens- A.R.C. – 503-777-4736 – Helps people with developmental disabilities; Oregon Community Warehouse – 503-235-8786 – Collects and redistributes furniture and household goods to low-income people
  • Books- Public Library – Check with your local library. 
  • Building Supplies – Habitat for Humanity ReStore – 503.906.3823 – The ReStore raises funds to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes;  The ReBuilding Center – 503-331-1877 – Provides resources that make home repairs affordable to everyone, promoting the reuse of reclaimed materials
  • Clothing – A.R.C. – 503-777-4736 – Helps people with developmental disabilities; Dress for Success (Women) – 503-248- 7200; Career Gear (Men) – 503-916-4009 – Provides clothing for low-income individuals who are struggling to get a job to support themselves and their families; Portland Rescue Mission and Shepherds Door – 503-647-7466 – Provides food, shelter, and other services to homeless men, women and children; Vietnam Veterans – Generates the funding for the programs of the Vietnam Veterans of America; Local school theater dept. – Check with your local school or college.
  • Craft/Art Supplies – SCRAP – 503-294-0769 – Offers programs and affordable materials to the community. (Such as teachers, scout leaders, recreation programs, etc.); Dreaming Zebra – 503-206-6400 – Donations are given for free to arts education purposes in the community
  • Furniture & Household goods – Oregon Community Warehouse – 503-235-8786 – Collects and redistributes furniture and household goods to low-income people; Portland Rescue Mission and Shepherds Door – 503-647-7466 – Provides food, shelter, and other services to homeless men, women and children; Second Edition Resale – 503-644-0043 – Supports the Cedar Mill Library; – Habitat for Humanity ReStore – 503.906.3823 – The ReStore raises funds to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes.

© 2019 Beth Giles

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