My reluctance to discard these things probably qualifies me among the lunatic fringe of recyclers. (It’s my mom’s voice in the back of my mind: “are you sure someone can’t use this?” I bet she’s surprised to find out that I really was listening.) When the local daycare center greeted with joy my offer of a bagful of the things, I decided to let the world call me crazy and keep saving them.
Today and tomorrow are Repair/Reuse/Recycle Days at my house.
- Ran my reusable shopping bags through the wash (cool gentle wash, air dry cycle, finish drying in room air). First time I’ve tried this (don’t want to think about how yucky they were) — worked like a charm.
- Got out the duct tape and fixed the tears and cracks in said shopping bags and their liners.
- Delivering craftable odds and ends (like my world-class collection of empty toilet paper cores) to a local day care center.
- Delivering shirts and jackets that no longer fit my husband (he’s lost thirty pounds) to the Salvation Army Thrift Store (map).
- Delivering surplus medical supplies (oxygen tubing, small containers) to the Lake Humane Society in Mentor (map).
Delivering aluminum cans to the fire station’s Aluminum Cans for Burned Children collection bin.
- Delivering this week’s newspapers to the Paper Retriever at the library (map).
- Visiting the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (map) (open Fridays and Saturdays) to shop for an end table.
Little by little, I’m finding order in my chaos!
Repair, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Keep It Out of the Landfill