Out with the Old: 5 Green Junk Disposal Solutions
By Dixie Somers
Our society has a penchant for junk. With so many disposable items in our home, it’s no wonder that landfills are running short on space. Even with a focus on recycling, this continues to be a major issue. However, there are green junk disposal options that you can take advantage of. Here are a few ideas that you might be able to take advantage of in your own neighborhood.
Recycle that Car
Don’t just let an unwanted car sit out in the backyard and rot into the ground. There are companies like U Pull & Pay that will come out and pick up the car for you. They’ll haul it off for metal recycling, and that’s good news for the environment.
Make Bottle Bricks
Take a plastic bottle and start stuffing it with other bits of garbage. Keep stuffing it in until it’s completely compacted with dry garbage. Use a spoon or stick to force the items further into the bottle and continue compressing the garbage. The more you fill it, the stronger it will be. You’ll be left with a useful brick that can be used to make a fort for the kids, a bench at the park, or even a little gardening table for the family.
Make a composting bin in the back yard and start recycling your food scraps. The rich compost can be used to make your gardens and flowers brighter and healthier. You’ll also make it easier to gather up dry garbage for your clever bottle bricks.
Reuse around the House
There are countless ways to reuse trash around the house, and you’ll find plenty of hacks for the process. Egg cartons are great for sorting small craft items, turn an old piano into a great workbench, and use broken tiles to repurpose an old picnic table.
Donate, Donate, Donate
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Just because you no longer have a need for that old dresser that doesn’t mean a friend can’t use it. When you’re going to throw out something large that seems to still have some useful life left, start by posting it on social media, Freecycle, or even Craigslist. Someone may come take it off your hands and put it to great use. You can also give the items to a local charity if they still have some value left in them. Some schools are setting up collection centers for recyclables. If you sort your garbage and take it to the schools, then you’ll clean up your house while helping the schools make a little money.
Do your part to save the environment by taking care of your trash. There are countless ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle the items that are taking up space in your house. You’ll clean up your property while ensuring that the garbage is recycled.