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Author: Naomi CookClutter Donating General Holidays Recyling Seasonal

Recycling Christmas

Recycling arrows decorated for Christmas

The magical holiday season has come and gone and now it’s time to face the reality of the New Year…and the inevitable task of taking decorations down and cleaning up. You can just toss your tree to the curb, but what if you want a more meaningful way to lay your tree to rest? Read on for some great ways to tackle your clean up list and do some good for the planet at the same time!

Recycle Your Christmas Tree: Yes, you can recycle your tree! Just make sure that you take all the light strands, tinsel, and ornaments off before doing so. Earth 911 (earth911.com) offers a great link for anyone to be able to recycle their tree and turn it into mulch.  Type in your zip code and find the closest drop off spot near you.

Recycle Your Shipping Boxes: Of course you can break them down and put them into the recycling bin, or pass them along to a friend who will be moving soon. Note to my colleagues — as Professional Organizers, you can also offer them to clients who are moving, for their belongings and/or for taking away any donations.

Recycle Your Wrapping Paper: If you were careful to unwrap your presents because you love the paper — hang onto it for another gift. Or if it’s a larger piece, create a placemat (by simply cutting the sheet into a small rectangle) or a pretty tray liner. Another fun idea is to use a hole puncher on your wrap scraps to create confetti for your next party!

Recycle Your Gift Bags: Keep your holiday spirit going throughout the New Year! Use them as a lunch bag to bring to work or as a catchall for coupons and sale ads when you’re headed out shopping.

Recycle Your Greeting Cards: Treat your favorite cards to a frame and use them for your décor next year, or keep them up year round. You can “re-gift” them by cutting off the back of the card, which has the writing on it and give it a postcard look, writing on the flipside of the front of the card.

Recycle Your Gift Boxes: Smaller cardboard jewelry boxes work well as organizers in your catchall drawer, while shirt size cardboard boxes can be used to separate stacks of items in drawers and keep them vertical.

I hope you learned some fun tips to make recycling fun. Here’s wishing you a very Happy New Year full of special times ahead with your family and friends, and of course…a clutter-free home!

Author: Danielle OBrienGeneral Recyling

My Plastic Free Life

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Back in September, I attended my monthly meeting with the Environmentally Conscious Organizers which is a special interest group with the National Association of Professional Organizers. Our guest speaker was Beth Terry, who is the author of “My Plastic Free Life.”  In 2007, Beth began an experiment to see if she could live without plastic and began blogging her experience after seeing a picture of a sea bird carcass whose belly was full of plastic.

She explained how recycling is a business and if there is no market for certain plastics they add them to our landfills or ship them to China just as our e-waste gets shipped to Africa. The best thing we can do is put very little into our recycling buckets as well as our landfill cans.

Most of us at the meeting had heard about the large amount of plastic floating in our ocean. According to Greenpeace.org “The trash vortex is an area the size of Texas in the North Pacific in which an estimated six kilos of plastic for every kilo of natural plankton, along with other slow degrading garbage, swirls slowly around like a clock, choked with dead fish, marine mammals, and birds who get snared. Some plastics in the gyre will not break down in the lifetimes of the grandchildren of the people who threw them away.”

You may be asking, “What does this have to do with organizing?”  Well, this knowledge allows us the chance to train our clients on the many ways we can live in an environmentally conscious home.

Here are some tips from Beth’s list of 99 ways to live a plastic free life from her plastic free living guide.

1.  Carry reusable shopping bags
Say no to plastic produce bags. If you have a car, keep your grocery bags in it and remember to bring them into the store with you! And one more thing: reusable bags are not just for groceries! Carry them for all your purchases, from electronics to clothing.

2.  Give up bottled water
Not only does it come in a plastic bottle, but tremendous resources are used to extract, bottle, and ship it. And many brands of bottled water are simply filtered tap water.  Instead, carry a stainless steel travel mug or water bottle at all times for coffee and other beverages while out and about.

3.  Choose reusable glass or stainless steel containers for leftovers
We save nearly all glass jars and bottles for purchasing bulk foods and for storing leftovers in the refrigerator or even the freezer. When we run out of jars, we store leftovers in bowls with saucers on top instead of plastic wrap. Bowls with saucers are great for stacking as well.

For more information on how to live a plastic free life, go to www.myplasticfreelife.com

Author: Darla PompilioClutter Document Management Paper Recyling

Recycling – Where and When

Recycle clipartRecycling… wouldn’t it be lovely if all the cities, counties, boroughs and towns were all on the same recycling page?   Then we would know what, when and where to recycle.  Instead most of us walk around in a recycle fog looking for locations, dates and times to finally unload those outdated computers and piles of shredding.  In an effort to make your recycling search a bit easier we have compiled a list of events and programs available in southeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.

Collection Events

2013 Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Hazardous Waste and Old Electronics Collection Program

ELECTRONICS ONLY Collection Event

 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Lower Bucks Area, Lower Makefield Township

Lower Makefield Corporate Center

770 Township Line Road

http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/communityservices/planningcommission/2013HHWElectronicsDates.pdf

Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Recycling Event October 19

Delaware County will host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Recycling Event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Upper Chichester Township Municipal Building at 8500 Furey Road, Upper Chichester, PA 19061.

Delaware County has expanded what can be accepted at this Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events to include most small E-Waste. Simply stated, if it has a cord, does not contain Freon (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, small refrigerators), and is not considered a large appliance, they will accept it. Visit http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html for more information.

Delaware County 2013 E-Waste Recycling Events

Saturday, October 19, 2013
8500 Furey Road
Upper Chichester, PA 19061

Upper Chichester Township Municipal Building

2013 Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

Lower Merion Transfer Station

Sunday, October 20, 2013

1300 N. Woodbine Ave.

Penn Valley, PA 19072

http://www.montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/4551

2013 Montgomery County Electronics Collection Program

Upper Merion Middle School – Electronics

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Enter near 435 Crossfield Rd.

King of Prussia, PA 19406

http://www.montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/4550

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs or CFL’s are a great way to reduce your electricity bill while lessening your carbon footprint. However, these types of bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and should be handled carefully and disposed of properly at all times.

Intact CFL bulbs can be taken to any Home Depot, Lowes, or Ikea stores for free proper disposal and recycling. CFL bulbs can also be taken to any county-sponsored household hazardous waste event for free disposal and recycling.

Please DO NOT throw them in the trash. Nationwide, over 670 million mercury-containing bulbs are discarded improperly each year. In Montgomery County most of these bulbs are ultimately land filled or incinerated. These disposal methods can lead to a release of mercury into the environment through breakage and leakage and ultimately contaminate the food chain.

TV, Computer & Electronics Recycling
Computers and many electronics contain heavy metals and other materials that should be recycled if possible. Below are a few options for proper computer and electronics recycling.

Permanent Electronics Collection Programs

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/household/14079/electronics_collection_programs/589591

Berks County Recycling Center

1316 Hilltop Road, Leesport, PA

Limited hours of operation, call 610-478-6362 for details.
Links: Berks County

 

Chester County Solid Waste Authority accepts computers and peripherals at the Lanchester Landfill

7224 28th Division Hwy., Narvon, PA.

Telephone: 610-273-3771

South East Chester County Refuse Authority
219 Street Road
West Grove, PA 19390
Dawn Robinson (610-869-2452 ext 11)

West Chester Borough
205 Lacey Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Meghan Fogarty 610-696-5282

 

Delaware County Marple Township offers free electronic recycling to residents at:
Marple Township
446 Marpit Rd.
Broomall, PA 19008
Joe Romano 610-356-4040 for information.

Springfield Township offers free electronic recycling to residents at:
Springfield Delco Public Works
1258 Church Rd.
Springfield, PA 19064
Contact Jeff Bickel at 610-543-2837 for information.
Police Court Yard 24/7 or
Public Works Facility 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (www.lcswma.org) Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Lancaster, accepts computers (including peripheral equipment), televisions and cell phones free of charge from Lancaster County residents.

1299 Harrisburg Pike,

Facility hours are Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Links:Lancaster County

 

Lehigh County residents can recycle electronics at AERC Recycling Solutions at

1801 Union Blvd. or 2591 Mitchell Ave,  Allentown, PA

Fridays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

List of prices (pdf) and AERC Electronic Recycling Information 

Contact information: 610-797-7608 or visit www.aercrecycling.com.
Links: Lehigh County

 

Montgomery County – Cheltenham Township – Residents can recycle electronics at:
Cheltenham Township Public Works Facility
8101 Old York Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027
William Ferrari 215-635-4600
Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

East Greenville Recycling Center
620 W. Side Alley.
Pennsburg, PA 18073
215-679-5194
Mon. to Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lower Merion Township Township – Residents can recycle electronics at:
Robert J. Koegel Public Works Complex
1300 N. Woodbine Ave.
Penn Valley, PA 19072
Joseph Przybyszewski 610-667-1952
Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Northampton Borough – Residents Only
King Street Recycling Center
King Street
Northampton, PA 18067
Hours: Wed. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 8:00 p.m. to Noon
Contact: Gene Zarayko (610) 262-2576

Philadelphia County – Computers, TV’s and cell phones are accepted at all HHW Events. Citizens may bring their computers and TV’s to any Sanitation Convenience Center

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Links:Philadelphia County

 

Wayne County residents may drop off electronics at the Wayne County Recycling Center

66 Volunteer Dr., Honesdale, Pa.

Hours are Monday – Friday from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm or Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to1:00 p.m.

Questions can be directed to the Wayne County Recycling Center at 570-253-9727 or E-Mail: wcrecycling@co.wayne.pa.us.
Links:Wayne County

 

Delaware County Municipal Curbside and Drop Off Programs

http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/pdf/townhsipcurb.pdf

Delaware County 2013 E-Waste Recycling Events

Saturday, October 19, 2013
8500 Furey Road
Upper Chichester, PA 19061

Upper Chichester Township Municipal Building

Shredding Events

City of Bethlehem – FREE SHREDDING SERVICE

Shredding of confidential documents is available FREE to businesses and private individuals at the Theis/Cornfeld Recycling Center. If you have 4 or more boxes, please call (610) 865-7082 to schedule an appointment.

Hours of Shredding – Monday-Saturday – 9:00a – 3:00p

  • If you have 4 or more boxes, you need to      schedule an appointment
  • If you wish to stay while your material is      shredded, you must have an appointment regardless of how much material you      have.

We cannot shred the following:

  • Anything heavier than a paper clip or staple
  • Rubber bands
  • Heavy file folders
  • Glossy material
  • X-rays or photographs

Two E-Waste Recycling Events Planned

Northampton Township has scheduled two e-waste recycling events for April 20 and Sept. 28

Northampton Township has partnered with Leck Waste Services to schedule two e-waste recycling events so residents have a place to properly dispose of computers and other electronics safely.

The first e-waste recycling event will be held April 20 from 8 a.m. to noon and the second will be held Sept. 28 , also from 8 a.m. to noon. Both events will be held at Leck, 237 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland.

According to township officials, a new state law prohibits the township’s trash hauler from taking electronics. The law, the Covered Device Recycling Act 108, prohibits computers, keyboards, televisions, printers, microwave ovens, fax machines and other electronics from disposal at Department of Environmental Protection solid waste landfills.

Acceptable e-waste recycling items include:

  • Computers/laptops/monitors/keyboards
  • VCR/DVD/CD players
  • Cell phones
  • Small office copiers/printers/fax machines
  • TVs/radios/MP3 players
  • Electronic toys and games
  • Microwaves
  • Common household appliances like stoves, washers, dryers, air conditioners and refrigerators

Monthly Community Shredding Services

Titan Mobile Shredding Service

Cost at all locations is $10 for each standard file box, copy paper box or the equivalent.

One box minimum quantity – No maximum box quality

Cash or checks only please, no credit cards are accepted at Community Shredding

No reservations required, just stop by!

 

First Friday of Every Month

 

Bailiwick Office Park

252 West Swamp Rd (Rt 313 & Rt 611 Bypass)

Doylestown, PA 18901

Time: 8:30am – 9:30am

 

Second Tuesday of Every Month

 

Upper Moreland Township Library

117 Park Ave (off Rt 611 in the Police Dept parking lot)

Willow Grove, PA 19090

Time: 8:30am – 9:30am

 

Third Thursday of Every Month

 

Shady Brook Farm

931 Stony Hill Rd

Yardley, PA 19067

Time: 12noon – 1:00am

 

http://www.titanshredding.com/Community-Shredding-Services.aspx

http://www.titanshredding.com/Community-Shredding-Services.aspx#calendar

 

Saturday, September 28, 2013  

Larry Farmbry & Associates
7300 City Line Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19151
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
215-877-4950
http://larryfarmbry.com/new/larryfarmbry/
http://www.proshred.com/all-events

Representative Rozzi
4933 Kutztown Road
Temple, PA 19560
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
610-921-8921
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1647
http://www.proshred.com/all-events

Bucks First Credit Union & Bucks County Planning Commission
Lower Makefield Corporate Center
770 Township Line Road
Yardley, PA 19067
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
215.788.5270
http://www.bucksfirstfcu.com

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Friends of Easttown Public Library
720 First Ave
Berwyn, PA 19312
9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
http://www.proshred.com/all-events
http://www.easttownlibrary.org/friends-of-the-library
$10 for one box or two shopping bags

First National Bank & Trust of Newtown
Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
http://www.fnbn.com
http://www.titanshredding.com/Community-Shredding-Services.aspx

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Whitemarsh Township
Miles Park – Lower Parking Lot, Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19444
8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
610-825-3535
http://www.whitemarshtwp.org/services/public-works/waste.aspx

Middletown Township (Residents only)
3 Municipal Way
Langhorne, PA 19047
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
http://www.middletowntwpbucks.org
http://www.titanshredding.com/Community-Shredding-Services.aspx

Upper Macungie Township
Public Works Garage
8550 Schantz Rd.
Breinigsville, PA 18031
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
610-395-4892
http://www.uppermac.org
http://www.titanshredding.com/Community-Shredding-Services.aspx

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Penn Liberty Bank Trooper
2724 Ridge Pike
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
610-535-4860
https://www.pennlibertybank.com/UserFiles/File/2013Shred_Event_flyer.pdf

Schuylkill Township
1580 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA
610-933-5843
http://www.schuylkilltwp.com
http://www.proshred.com/all-events

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Montgomery County
Lower Merion High School
Montgomery Avenue
Ardmore, PA
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
http://www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?NID=1588

Representative Briggs
554 Shoemaker Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
610-768-3135
http://www.pahouse.com/briggs/
http://www.proshred.com/philadelphia/events