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 Freehold.
Clothing: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here are a list of places to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe.
One Green Shoe:Open seven days a week,specific hours can be seen here. Not only do you get to clean out your closet, at One Green Shoe they donate a portion of all of their sales to charity and we educate young people in the areas of self esteem, body image, and career management.
Toys: As your children get older and are gifted more toys, they outgrow certain playthings that can benefit less fortunate children. Consider donating to Toys for Tots, or go to www.donationtown.org to find out how you can get toys picked up from your home.
Organize those unwanted toys and store them in a place until the next school or holiday toy drive or bring them to St. Peter's Thrift Shop Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use.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. Here are some other examples of local organizations where you can donate, sell or recycle your used electronics.
Bring your unwanted electronics to Staples, the store has a Electronic Recycle Program.
Household Goods: Ever go through your garage and wonder why you have so many flyswatters, toasters and gardening gloves? If they are worth recycling bring them to the Freehold Township Recycling Center on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Furniture: Even though you think you can never have one too many end tables, chances are, they will get tucked away into a hall closet and be forgotten in months. To give yourself more storage space, consider donating or selling your old furniture on craigslist or ebay. If you are looking to recycle these items the Freehold Township Recycling Center accpets some of these pieces. Find out how to recycle them at the center here.
Waste and Recycling:
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. Here are some ways you can safely discard the cans of paint taking up space in your garage.
You may need to travel a little farther but safely discard your paint at the Monmouth County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility in Tinton Falls. You must call (732) 683-8686 to schedule an appointment, the facility is located at 3211 Shafto Road in Tinton Falls.
Newspapers, Magazines and Other Paper: 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. Recycle the old mail, used magazines and last week's newspaper in your weekly recycling programs through Freehold Township and Freehold Borough. Forgot to include your newspapers in with this weeks recycling? Then drop it off at the Freehold Township Recycling Centerevery Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Plastic: According to Earth911.com, recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. While it's pretty easy to recycle bottles in town, other plastic items can be tricky. However, many grocery stores offer recycling programs for plastic bags and product wraps. Check with your local grocery store to see what recycling programs they offer. #1 and #2 plastic pourable bottles are also accepted at the Freehold Township Recycling Center and picked up on scheduled days.
Glass: Glass is a very efficient material to recycle, because it takes much less energy and money to recycle the material than to make it from scratch, according to curiosity.discovery.com. Here is a list of ways to get rid of empty wine bottles, condiment jars and other glass products in town.
Freehold Township recycling collects glass bottles and jars in their curbside pick up. Glass can also be dropped off at the Recycling center on Jackson Mills Road, the site is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Recycling for Charities & Schools:
Soda Can Tabs: 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. Bring your soda can tabs to the McDonalds on Rt. 9 in Freehold Township.
Cereal Box Tops: A lot of schools collect these to make money for their PTAs and other organizations. Every little bit helps. You can find a list of participating products here and a list of drop-off spots below.
Visit any of the Freehold Borough and Freehold Township schools to donate your Box Tops for Education.
What did we miss? Tell us where you're recycling, reselling and donating your gently used items.