Spring Cleaning? Don't Toss it, Recycle it.

donate old clothingSpring-cleaning is about a lot more than wiping windows and mopping floors. It’s also about dealing with all the extra “stuff” that so quickly accumulates in your home. Sometimes it’s easier to get rid of things if you know it will go to good use, as opposed to a landfill. Here are some tips for recycling your spring clean clutter:

Put clothes on the curb. Too often the clothes we intend to donate just end up sitting in bags in our garage, Fortunately, a lot of organizations do curbside pick-ups. You can schedule a pickup with the Salvation Army or look for flyers in the mail from local organizations and find out when they will be doing a pick-up in your neighborhood.

Bring it to a resale shop. On trend clothing in good condition can actually land you some extra bucks. Bring them into a resale shop and see if they are willing to buy your items. Don’t bother with the 80’s prom dresses, save those for the thrift store. If you have high-end items, look for a resale shop or website that specializes in designer goods.

Home goods that do good. Donate new and gently used building materials, furniture, appliances and home improvement goods to one of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores. Proceeds go towards building homes for those in need.

Sell it on eBay. The eBay app makes it easy to post items instantly as you’re cleaning through the clutter. And if you want to give back while you’re at it use eBay’s Giving Works program. You can automatically donate 10% to 100% of an item’s final sale price to a nonprofit of your choice.

Recycle electronics responsibly. Stores like Staples and Best Buy offer free technology recycling. Just drop off your items and they will dispose of them responsibly, no matter where you purchased it from. These stores and many other electronics retailers also have trade-in programs where you can get store credit in exchange for some items.

Attend a community-shredding event. In an effort to reduce identity theft, many cities host free community shredding events. There is usually an increase in these events around tax day, which is perfect timing if you’re cleaning out your home office this spring.

Post it on Freecycle. It’s true what they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. “Treasure” could be old couch or bike, even soil or cinderblocks from your backyard. You never know what people are looking for, so post it on Freecycle and you’ll probably get some takers.

Schedule a big garbage pick-up. For some items, it’s simply the end of the road. Chances are, no one wants your broken lawn furniture or 40-year-old fridge. However, most garbage services allow you two bulk pick-ups a year and they will happily take it off your hands.

For more ways to make extra money by recycling, check out offers from Recycle Bank.