After completing my early morning eight mile run, I asked Vonnie what was on her agenda for the day. She suggested we do some much needed cleaning, but first she wanted my help in repotting some plants. After doing one, I started looking for a hand garden shovel that would make the task easier. My search led me to the small shed on the side of our garage.
I opened the door of the shed and stared at the cluttered contents, knowing the small shovel was likely buried in a box under a pile of junk. It was while I was emptying the contents of that shed looking for that small garden shovel that my Saturday objective switched from repotting plants and cleaning to creating a large pile of things that we had wanted to throw away for quite some time.
After a few hours of work, objects were gathered from all corners of our house to be loaded into our van and disposed of. Looking at that pile in the middle of my garage floor, I saw old and useless computer equipment, partially full pails of expired paint, a disassembled broken grill, a worn out inflatable water slide and several other items that wouldn’t fit in our normal trash bin used for weekly garbage disposal. My job was to assemble the pile while Vonnie worked the phone to figure out where the items were going, and how much it was going to cost us.
Best Buy, a large electronics retailer, has a recycling program that will take up to three items per household off your hands for FREE. We stopped there first and dropped off two old computers and a monitor. We had more equipment but we honored the three item limit. Although they didn’t take our names or addresses, so I suspect we could have brought in the remaining equipment on a different day.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever buried an empty paint can deep in a garbage bag and sent it out with your household trash. Yeah, I’m guilty too, but in this case we had several one and five gallon buckets which pushed us down the path of disposing them correctly. We also had a large box of insect killer sprays, weed killers and other outdated chemical products. We dropped them all off at our County’s hazardous waste center for FREE. I believe the logic here is that they would rather take the waste for free and dispose of it properly than have people just throw it away and have it end up in a landfill.
They do take paper, aluminum, and glass for recycling, but they also take large trash objects. The rest of the items left in our van were separated into separate dumpsters designating whether it could be burned in the incinerator or not. They took it all for $25. They also took the rest of our outdated computer equipment for 30 cents a pound.
We got rid of a van load of junk that was simply taking up space in our home, and by taking advantage of some free programs it cost us under $35.
Have you ever had similar items in your home that you wanted to get rid of, but just didn’t know how? How did you do it?