The improper disposal of leftover household chemicals can be harmful to the environment and to public health. Due to unforeseen conflicts with other necessary site improvements, there has been a delay in the construction of the first permanent hazardous waste collection site in St Louis.
Do you have old computers, printers, tv sets, microwaves or other appliances laying around cluttering up your home or office? Just what do you do with all that old stuff? Here are a couple of solutions for you.
You can always count on some FREE shredding events around tax time. Here are three FREE shredding events that will be held in the near future. I encourage you take advantage of them and rid yourself of some paper piles.
One of our favorite charities is The Shoeman. This ministry is led by George Hutchings. They collect old unwanted shoes to save lives in Kenya. The shoes are sold and the money raised is used to buy equipment to drill for water in Kenya. Since starting this mission in 2008, they have provided fresh water for 120,000+ people.
I recently became aware of the fact that alot of fire departments and police departments like to receive donations of small stuffed animals. They give the stuffed animals to children who are the victims of house fires, car accidents, en route to a hospital, or kids who are involved in custody incidents. A great place to start looking for more information on how you can donate your stuffed animals to this great cause is by visiting SAFE’s (Stuffed Animals For Emergency) website and/or contacting your local fire and police departments.
There are 2 different electronic recycling events tomorrow that will be held in the Arnold, MO area. Both events will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine.
Bring your unwanted papers to Shred and Protect Document Services at 1429 Strassner, Brentwood, MO 63144 on February 19th, 2011 from 9am-1pm. Shred and Protect Document Services specializes in secure document destruction for home and business. They recycle any shredded documents to help save trees and reduce landfills.
You know, when we find something too big for us or overwhelming, we tend to put it off. We procrastinate about doing it. Do you know I wanted to recycle for years before I finally just jumped in and did it? Why? Because I was afraid I would have to learn alot of stuff about what could and couldn’t be recycled. I wasn’t sure how I would contain it until the trash company picked it up, etc. I had what seemed like a million questions and just like you, I’m a very busy person.
On September 25, 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency is coordinating a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country. Click here to find the drop off location closest to you.
Now is the time to get those old paints and pesticides out of your house. These free hazardous waste disposal drop-off events are for residents of Saint Louis County only. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or a tax bill, is required.
Waste Management and the St Louis Cardinals are teaming up to host an “Unplug, Drive Up and Drop Off” event on the Ballpark Village parking lot, located at Walnut St and South Broadway. The public is invited to bring old electronics to the FREE Annual Downtown Unplugged event on April 29, 2010 from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
If your filing system consists of piles of paper on the kitchen counter, or bulging file folders in an unlocked drawer, you could be setting yourself up for identity theft, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns.
Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is already hussling and bussling to get just the right thing for those people on their Christmas list. It’s difficult to figure out what to buy someone for Christmas that has everything. My suggestion is not to get them a physical gift since it will really become a burden to them, rather than a gift.
I recently learned of a fantastic tool called Paytrust that helps you manage those out of control bill piles. You can receive, review, pay & organize all your bills online with their services. You can manage multiple checking accounts within your Paytrust account. The thing about this services that really stands out for me is that your bills are sent directly to them and they scan them for you. This way you don’t still have that paper pile of bills you would have when using other services, but you still have access to see any of your past bills with just a click. You can even print copies of any bill you might need a copy of. At the end of the year, you can get a copy of the entire years records on CD.
Did you know that each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s one million tons of extra household trash is generated every week? Here are some great green suggestions for wrapping and packaging to cut down on the excess trash.
Now is the time to get those old paints and pesticides out of your house.
Southwest Bank will hold a Shredfest on October 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1060 Jeffco Blvd, Arnold, MO 63010. All documents will be shredded by a commercial shredding company, Cintas Service Partners. US Postal inspectors will be providing information about protecting your identity. Limit two boxes or bags per person or company. For more information, call 636-282-9949.
I love to listening to JOY FM, a local Christian station. Each month they select a different project to focus on. Their project this month is reaching out to women who have been in prison and are in need of a fresh start. Let’s Start is a St Louis ministry that helps women adjust and re-enter society after spending time in prison. They offer peer support, education, counseling, parenting classes, etc.
Do you have plastic shopping bags everywhere? Falling out of pantries? Hanging out of drawers? Some in the kitchen? Some in the garage? Some in the basement?If so, this grocery bag holder is the solution. You simply wall mount this in a convenient location (mine is inside my pantry) and then you can store all of your empty plastic bags in one convenient location. It’s also great because it helps you set limits on the number of plastic bags you keep, and makes you more aware of the need to return your excess plastic bags to the store to be recycled. Realistically, you shouldn’t need any more plastic bags than this will hold.
iRecycle is a FREE iPhone application that helps you find over 100,000 recycling and disposal locations in the U.S. for over 200 materials where you can drop-off your old cell phones, water bottles, cans, motor oil, and other recyclables. Use iRecycle to get directions and find out what else they accept.
Once again, the Better Business Bureau is hosting a free shredding event. Protect yourself from identity theft. Shred-It, a Security Company is allowing free shredding of up to 3 boxes of papers. This event will be held October 17, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Schucks Market, 2222 Troy Rd, Edwardsville, IL. For more info, please call 314-645-0606.
So many times when I am working with clients, I will do whatever I can to find a new home for their unwanted stuff, rather than having it go into a landfill and be wasted. I’ve been doing some research on where I could donate 3 pairs of crutches that a client no longer needed. They are still in excellent condition.
Simplified Living Solutions was chosen by SocialYell.com as one of the top ten websites for reducing and recycling your junk mail. I am a really big advocate for people making the time to take the steps necessary to reduce their junk mail. I have handed out the information with the necessary steps so many times that I finally posted it on our website. It will only take you 20-30 minutes, and $1 – $2 to complete the steps. And it will save you so much time and stress in the future dealing with junk mail. I promise! What are you waiting for?
Recycling doesn’t end when you put your recyclables at the curb. If you follow the tips provided by the St Louis County Health Department listed below, you can make a positive difference:
Jefferson County P.R.I.D.E. (Partners Responsible 4 Increasing Drug Education) have planned a series of prescription medication take-back events. They will take unwanted prescription medications, specifically controlled substances, for safe disposal under federal EPA guidelines. People have thrown away or flushed unused medications in the past but they are finding traces of medication in our water supplies these days. For additional information, contact 636-464-4423.
A simple action you can take to help the environment is to pay attention to what the clerk is bagging for you and just say no. In most cases a quick trip into the store doesn’t even warrant a bag. Do you really need a bag for your gallon of milk if you are going to carry it by the jug handle anyway? Does your bag of potatoes need a bag? What about when you run in the store for 1 or 2 items? The bag isn’t really necessary, is it?