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Trouble Spot: The Refrigerator

The refrigerator is where many people store plastic food storage containers; these may be hazardous to your health and can leach BPA into foods when heated.

Healthier option: Instead of plastic, opt for glass containers. “Glass is great for storing,” says Greene. If you must use plastic, look for the best possible plastics (#2 HDPE, #4 LDPE and #5 PP) and those that let you know they are free of BPA and phalates.

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Ways to Make Money by Recycling

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Image by Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest via Flickr. Scrap metal collection truck.

  • Set aside space in a garage or extra room to hold recyclable materials. Any operation involving recyclables requires storage space where you can keep them until you are ready to sell.
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    Take your recyclable materials to a center which pays for them. The easiest way to make money recycling is simply to find a local center which will pay for your newspapers, bottles and cans, and bring them in when they fill up your space. You can easily expand your recyclable booty by asking neighbors to give you their old recyclables, or drawing up advertisements in the neighborhood and arranging to pick up recyclables from a number of different houses.

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    Look for old or reused computers that people are upgrading to newer models. The circuit boards, screens, and other elements can be removed and resold. A number of online groups, such as UsedComputer.com, buy used computers and refurbish them for sale elsewhere (see Resources below.) In addition, some recycling agencies accept used ink cartridges from printers. Check with local businesses to see if they are upgrading their systems.

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    Collect used cell phones for resale. The phone companies want people buying newer and more advanced phones, even though the older ones work just fine. People may be happy to get rid of their older phones, which you can then resell on eBay or to businesses like UsedPhone.com

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    1. Furniture & Clothing

    You can donate your furniture and clothing to Good Will for a tax deduction, or you can give them to consignment shops to be sold from the store. The store keeps a percentage of the sale for doing the work of finding buyers, but you can still make more than you would at agarage sale or flea market. Most large cities have downtown areas full of consignment shops, and this is a great way to make money by recycling.

    2. Large Structures

    Do you have an old barn or storage shed that you’d just love to get rid of? Make money from the sale by fixing it up and selling it as a refurbished structure. This is a great way to promote recycling and to make a few bucks, and it doesn’t cost much to buy paint, new screws, bolts and other things that can make the structure look attractive again.

    3. Antiques

    You’d be surprised at the great deals you can find in antique shops. Often, their owners don’t have any idea as to their value, and you can make a significant return by recycling them on eBay or other auction sites. You might get a few duds, but every once in a while you’ll find a magnificent piece that makes a significant product. As you continue to do this, you’ll gain more experience and an eye for selecting product.

    4. Scrap Metal

    If you’re disappointed in the going price for recycling scrap metal in your city, you can try to beat the prices with online recycling centers, such as Recycleinme.com. It connects you with a host of buyers who might be interested in what you have to sell, and you can also unload other materials depending on the site you use. This is a great way to get into recycling without worrying about which center will take what.



    Online Cellphone Recycling Programs

    Mobile Phone showing multimedia options

    Image by johnmuk via Flickr

    Nokia recycles your old phone at no charge

    Cell phone and wireless phone recycling

    Charitable Recycling
    For every used cell phone received, a donation to a charity is made

    Collective Good
    Recycle your old mobile phones, pagers or PDAs in a responsible manner

    Cell Phone Recycling
    Comprehensive cell phone recycling database

    Cell phone recycling program for environmentally minded fundraisers

    Recycle My Cell Phone
    Set up a cell phone recycling program in your community or workplace

    GRC Recycling
    Offers cell phone recycling programs for organizations of all types

    Recycle Wireless Phones
    Helps you locate a local donation center or mail-back programs
    Recycling for Charities
    Donate your old cell phone, PDA, digital camera or iPod to be recycled and benefit the charity of your choice


    Reduce the Use of Plastics: By Pamela Lundquist

    Plastic wrap on top of a vessel.

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    Reasons to Avoid Plastics

    They’re made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource.

    Production of plastics releases toxic chemicals into the environment.

    Chemicals can migrate from many plastics into food, water, air and our mouths.

    How to Avoid Using Plastics

    Bring cloth totes or string bags to your supermarket to carry groceries home.

    Choose refillable, reusable containers made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel.

    Choose packaging that’s made from the most easily recyclable materials: paper, glass, metal cans.

    Bring your own container to salad bars, delis, wherever they serve in plastic.

    For wrapped foods, best choices are butcher paper, waxed paper or wood-based cellulose bags (available from Seventh Generation).

    Avoid single-use, disposable packaging. Buy in bulk, the least-packaged option.

    Microwave foods and drinks in oven-proof glass or ceramic. Never let plastic wrap touch food while in the microwave.

    Avoid plastic cutlery and dinnerware. Use metal utensils and look for recycled paper plates.

    Safer, Sounder Plastics to Choose

    When plastic cannot be avoided, check container bottoms for recycling codes (in triangle) and choose those that are accepted for recycling in your area. The most commonly recycled plastics are #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE).

    Choose non-PVC cling wrap (such as Glad and Handiwrap).

    Plastics to Avoid

    Steer clear of PVC vinyl (#3) whose manufacture and incineration releases carcinogenic dioxins into the environment and food chain. PVC often contains lead, and toxic plasticizers such as phthlates that can migrate into food, water, air and our mouths.

    Avoid plastics that are often not recyclable: #3 (PVC), #4 (LDPE), #5 (PP), #6 (PS), #7 (“Other,” often polycarbonate).

    Avoid plastics that leach chemicals suspected of disrupting hormone functions: #3 (PVC), #6 (PS), #7 (often polycarbonate, other varieties of plastic labeled #7 are regarded as safe).



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