If those old documents are piling up and driving you crazy, ditch them in a safe and secure way – get them shredded for free on Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Arsenal Credit Union, 8651 Watson Rd, St Louis, MO 63119.
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.
The City of Glendale (near Kirkwood and Webster), 424 North Sappington Road, 63122 is sponsoring an electronic recycling event on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lindell Bank will be there providing shredding services. There will be refreshments and give-aways too!
In response to my blog last week about giving your Christmas cards to St Jude’s Ranch for Children, I received the following suggestion from one of our blog readers, Debra Lagemann with Seven Sisters Home Designs. With her permission I am copying it here for you to enjoy. I think it’s a fantastic idea!
Don’t throw away those Christmas cards you received! You can send just the fronts of them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children at Recycled Card Program, 100 St Jude’s St, Boulder City, NV 89005. Not only do they take Christmas cards but all types of greeting cards except for Hallmark, Disney or American Greetings.
The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding its annual Christmas tree recycling program at the locations listed below from December 26th through January 16th. Fore more information, call the parks and recreation department at 636-797-5334.
StLouisGreen.com and Operation Food Search will collect unwanted holiday lights for recycling from November 19, 2011 through January 31, 2012. The goal for the holiday light recycling drive is to collect 50,000 pounds of lights. A portion of the proceeds will go to Operation Food Search to feed the hungry. Materials from unwanted lights are recovered, reprocessed, and made into new products.
The Saint Louis County Department of Health’s Solid Waste Management Program has launched the first ever countywide recycling education campaign. Called Recycling Becomes Me, the campaign features humorous visuals that feature common recycling containers in unexpected situations. The idea is to show, in an attention-getting manner, that everyone can recycle—because recycling becomes me … and you!
Sprint’s wireless recycling programs help to prevent thousands of tons of wireless equipment from entering the waste stream. More than 90% of the phones collected are reused. Any equipment not reused is recycled. Reuse and recycling helps to conserve resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent air and water pollution.
If you have boxes of old paperwork that you’re ready to rid yourself of, Commerce Bank in Kirkwood (300 N Kirkwood Rd, 63122) is holding a FREE shredding event tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring up to 10 boxes of paperwork and they’ll shred them for you. It’s the perfect way to properly dispose of sensitive paper. For more information, call 314-746-5200.
Here’s another great opportunity to de-clutter your home and bless someone else with the things you no longer need, use or love. One of our favorite charities, OASIS International is having a furniture drive to help with their mission.
Jeffco Subcontracting Inc (JSI) in Arnold has added a new electronic recycling service. What makes this so special is that the work is done by workers at Jefferson County’s sheltered workshop. The workshop was started by a group of parents who wanted a place for their developmentally disabled children to work after high school.
I bet you’re holding on to things with the intention of selling them someday to make a hefty profit. But you’re life is so busy and that plan keeps falling to the bottom of your to-do list. The problem is that with each and every item you plan to sell, but never get around to, your clutter increases.
I recently went to Radio Shack to buy a few things and discovered that they are accepting electronics trade-ins in exchange for gift cards. You can visit their website and indicate what items you wish to trade. Items must be in working condition. The site will determine the trade-in value of your items and create a pre-paid shipping label for you.
If you have prescription drugs that are expired, or you no longer need, you can dispose of them safely at the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day program on April 30, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are many, many locations nationwide that are participating. Click here to find the location nearest to you.
A prom dress exchange will be held this Saturday, April 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the commons area at Windsor High School which is located at 6208 Hwy 61-67 in Imperial, MO.
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.
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.
Are you ready to let go of some of your stuff to be a blessing to someone else? Here’s a list of one of our favorite charites, OASIS Ministries most recent needs list:
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.
Are you ready to get that big old Christmas tree out of your house? I thought so.
I’m learning that alot of what we throw away has value and can be recycled rather than ending up in a landfill. Christmas light strands can be recycled 100%.
Test your recycling savvy by answering true or false to the following questions:
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.
Check out the interesting email I received. Seems like a fantastic idea.
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.
If you’re like most people, there’s probably a bunch of stuff in your house that you no longer really want or need. Yet you just haven’t taken action on getting it out. Sometimes that’s because you feel overwhelmed at the prospect of sorting through everything to determine what you no longer need. Sometimes it’s the sheer physical stamina that it will take to get it out.
Make It a Home is a dream that Jackie Swinnie has had for years. Their mission is to visit the homes of people with disabilities to determine what their needs are to make it a home. To meet their client’s needs, they collect gently used items from wherever they can find them.
Is your home so filled with clutter that you don’t know where to start? You can begin by looking for things that you know you no longer want or need that you can give to someone else that desperately needs it. Why not start looking for the items that are needed by the following groups?
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.
The improper disposal of leftover household chemicals can be harmful to the environment and to public health. As a safe alternative to throwing away your leftover chemicals, bring them to one of the following collection events. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or tax bill, will be required. These events are ONLY for residents of Saint Louis County and will be held rain or shine. Businesses are prohibited by law from participating.
I’ve always felt frustrated with the amount of unnecessary waste in the world. Whenever I buy one item from a store, or restaurant, and there is an extra 5-10 inches of paper on the receipt besides showing my purchase, it just sends me through the roof. That’s why my lunch experience yesterday inspired me to take a picture of the waste and post it here.
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.
Nikki Mitchell-Greenlee, with Rose Hill House, is collecting items for the homeless in St Louis until November 13, 2009. The area shelters only have enough room to shelter 40% of the homeless population. So that leaves 60% of that population, including men, women and children, out there to survive during the long bitter cold winter.
Now is the time to get those old paints and pesticides out of your house.
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.
Isn’t that a fantastic thing? Your old unwanted shoes that are just laying around in your closet can save someone’s life. Did you know you had that power? Well you do, with the help of George The Shoeman Hutchings.
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.
How many old unused cell phones do you have just laying around? How many have you already just thrown away? Now you can put those unwanted phones to good use by donating them to ALIVE. Phones that can be refurbished are distributed to domestic violence victims so they have a safe way to call for help. Your unwanted stuff is really valuable to others!
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:
As Membership Director and Newsletter Editor for NAPO St Louis, I have the opportunity to meet many fantastic people and companies in this industry that can help my clients.
I can still remember a time so vividly, almost like it happened yesterday. When in fact, it’s been closer to 20 years ago (yikes!). I was a recently divorced, single mother of two young girls, 6 months old and 3 years old. I held a very good full time job, but since we were not receiving any type of financial support from their father or my family, and I had to pay ENORMOUS daycare bills, were struggling to put it mildly.
I recently had a tooth pulled that had a crown on it. The dentist told me to send the crown to Garfield Refining. They buy any gold, silver or platinum bearing items for cash on the spot. Within a week I received a check for $10.10 for my crown that I would have normally just thrown away, unaware there was another option.
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.
At this time of year so many people are tackling their clutter filled basements. A great resource to donate your unwanted items to is OASIS International. This fantastic ministry takes your donations and passes them on to immigrants that come to the St Louis area with absolutely nothing. So many of our clients have donated unwanted furniture to OASIS International and the great part is that they will come in a truck, staffed with movers, and pick up your items for you. There is a minimal charge for this service, but our clients have all agreed that the convenience of it far outweighs the charge. You benefit from decluttering your home and the recipients of your donations benefit as well. I love a win-win situation!
Are you ready to rid your basement and garage of all that unwanted paint? If so, now is the time. This Saturday, June 6th is the last hazardous waste pick up in the St Louis area for this season. The event will be held at the South County Mall from 8:00 – 3:00. Visit our resource page for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items.