Author Archives: Think Outside The Bin

Christmas Tree Recycling

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, almost 33 million live Christmas trees are sold each year in North America. After Christmas, look for ways to recycle real Christmas trees instead of sending them to the landfill. Communities across the country … Continue reading

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Paper or plastic shopping bags?

When shopping, which bags should you choose when the cashier asks the proverbial question: PAPER OR PLASTIC? The best answer is neither. The Huffington Post reports: The Seattle City Council voted Monday (12/19/11) to ban single-use plastic bags from groceries … Continue reading

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Outdoor Gear Needed for At-Risk Children

BLUE LOTUS FARM AND RETREAT CENTER A Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization, Blue Lotus Farm is providing a safe and healing place for at-risk special needs children and adults. They accept donations of wheelbarrows, fishing poles, life jackets, water floatation supplies and … Continue reading

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Donate a Prom Dress to Help Someone

CATHERINE’S CLOSET Since 2002, Catherine’s Closet has provided over 6,000 gowns for special occasions and over $20,000 in scholarships.  They need your help with gown donations to keep their dream alive and continue the good work they do in New … Continue reading

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Furniture Banks in Need of Donations

Furniture banks are not-for-profit 501(c)(3)  organizations whose mission is to provide free furniture to families struggling with poverty and other severe life challenges. They collect donations of gently used furniture, and provide it for free to families in need via … Continue reading

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Sell Comic Books Online

When you are ready to get rid of your childhood comic books, “Think Outside The Bin” and consider selling them online. Here are several solutions for selling individual comic books, comic artwork or entire collections. COMIC LINK The mission at … Continue reading

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Recycle Christmas Wrapping Paper

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we hope you’re planning for holiday recycling. In America, we throw away 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day than at any other time of year. This extra garbage amounts to 25 million tons … Continue reading

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Reduce, Reuse, and Rejoice

Cute Christmas crafts can be made with the kids in 30 minutes or less using items you have around the house like light bulbs, CDs, and last years greeting cards. Penguin ornament: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/penguincrafts/ss/lbpenguin.htm CD photo ornament: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/cdcrafts/a/CDPhotoOrnament.htm Gift tags: http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/greetingcards/a/blgcardtags.htm

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Creative Reuse for Trampoline

Recycling a trampoline doesn’t have to be difficult. The frame and springs can be recycled for steel scrap at a local metal scrap yard and the bounce mat can be reused. Kudos to this person we spotted using the bounce … Continue reading

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Compostable Plates Made from Sugar Cane

COMPOSTABLE BIO-PLASTICS Some plastic items like these single-use plates by Solo are bio-degradable in community composting facilities. Find a Composter offers a searchable database to locate a composting facility in your area. Explore the Resources Page, as well as links … Continue reading

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