This guest post comes from Transit Systems, a shipping freight company specializing in small moves and furniture delivery:
When you move, you want to do so in an organized, methodical way, including recycling stuff you are not bringing with you to your new digs. You've sorted your plastics, used your t-shirts, towels and blankets as packing materials, yard sale-d, donated or free-cycled everything you can; but what about those things that are not so easily re-used? No worries: There are interesting recycling options for these items, as well as options for those that move in a disorganized blur!
- Blankets and Towels: One option for these is your local SPCA or animal shelter. These agencies take clean otherwise unusable blankets and towels for their animals. Call your local shelter to find out when and where to donate these items.
- Blue Jeans: An interesting option for jeans that are not re-usable is to mail them to companies that are recycling jeans into insulation! Check out www.cottonfrombluetogreen.org and www.greenjeansinsulation.com for information on how to create new life for your favorite old jeans.
- Un-Wearable Clothing Items: Some local art programs will take donations of "fabric squares" for their arts and crafts classes! If you have sharp scissors and the ability to cut fabric into squares, your local art center (or art program at your local school) might really appreciate your effort. Call around first to determine who is interested in your handiwork.
- The "Hodge-Podge": Sometimes you have to move out in a hurry. This can be due to lack of planning, procrastination or other unexpected circumstances. There is no reason your rapid exodus needs to negatively impact the environment. There is a new-breed of "dumps" popping up around the country that recycle everything you drop off. These companies charge by the load (usually around $50.00 for up to a ton) but will find a use for everything you bring there. Try searching for "construction waste recycling" within your area.
Getting ready for a move? Visit www.transitsystems.com for a shipping quote and more information.