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" Recycling turns things into other things which is like magic " Unknown


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Don’t throw away your stuff; sell it on the web instead. It’s like the old adage…. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Go to which is an online community of classifieds and forums that is region specific and is free and easy to use. There are 10 million new classifieds posted each month and many of them are from people giving away free stuff. Just go to the “For Sale” section and click on the free button.

Consider an exchange store which pays you in cash or trade on the spot. Stores like Crossroads Trading Co. ( ) and Plato’s Closet ( stock and buy only what they consider stylish such as popular brands like the Gap, J. Crew and Abercrombie and Fitch. Plato’s closet also buys picture frames, books and CDs. They will pick the items they want and give you cash or credit towards a purchase. Use the websites above to find locations and get more information.

Go to for a nearby location to can get cash for clothes.

Sell or swap or trade in everything from coats and jeans and accessories at, or were you can post your clothes and swap them

Or find your nearest consignment center at is a search engine that culls ads from local and national sources to take your items online to online buyers. You post your classified ad for free with a photo on one of its local classifieds providers, including,, and and bargain hunters near and far can find what you are selling. This is a good alternative If you like eBay but don’t like the fees and auctions, also is a good alternative if you want to reach a wider audience than at Craigslist especially if you are selling what people might travel for …such as cars, campers or furniture.


There is an online network of “freecyclers” who are ordinary folks who give and get stuff free in their own hometowns. By trading things this way they can keep junk out of landfills and save hundreds maybe thousands of dollars. The simplest way to join the Freecycle Network is to go to and sign up with a local group. This site will let you swap all kinds of free items with your neighbors.

Other recycling groups on the Web include, were you can get everything from home items (like newly upholstered chairs) to food items like fresh veggies to free outdoor furniture.
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A good source for local recycling and disposal information is Earth 911 ( Search by zip code to find where you can recycle just about everything from household chemicals and motor oil to cell phones and computers. Look under recycling guides.


 If your computer is too old it may be destined for the recycle bin. Check with your local waste management agency to find out if your municipality has a recycling program that accepts electronic waste. Many municipalities in states that have banned computer equipment from landfills offer collection or drop off programs. Some companies also provide discounts on new equipment for customers who send old equipment back for recycling. Major manufacturers with recycling services include Apple, Dell and HP. Some manufacturers also have teamed with retailers such as Best Buy and Office Depot to sponsor in store collection events. In many cases these services are free but some retailers may charge a fee or accept only certain types or brands of equipment.

Trade or sell your old toys for new ones at

Look up at a similar item like the one you want to get rid off on and then click on “sell yours here”. The site will ask you whether it is in good condition and the price you want.


Another free site were you don’t bid money ( ). Most items are available either as a direct trade (your item for my item) or as a free giveaway. You only pay postage.



( Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.



For a list of reuse organizations nationwide, check and click on “Find a Reuse Center”.


If you gave outdated or broken cell phones, movies, computers and other electronics you can trade them for unused gadgets for cash depending on the item at You can start by typing which electronics you want to sell to find out how much you can get.


Log on to .. they will buy almost any CD, movie or videogame you own.


Swap you CD’s and DVD’s for ones you really want at and


Bring your old toys to your local Kid to Kid or Once Upon a Child store. These nationwide stores buy your old baby clothes and even maternity wear. To find one near you log on to or  or do a toy swap at or


Sell your old textbooks which buys and resells them online or bring your old books to a Half Price Bookstore ( look for a store nearby at )


Trade books for new ones at or log on to  which is free textbook swap sites were students can sell or trade.

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