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Vox Pop: Converting clutter from trash to treasure

Quick way to dispose of lots of stuff? | Ask MetaFilter

Wow, talk about good timing.

I've noticed in comments on this week's clutter posts that there's a lot of interest from you all in the away part of "throw away" -- people seem to have a lot of ideas on the most interesting, charitable, creative, and environmentally-responsible routes for converting your own trash into someone else's treasure.

So far we (and that AskMe thread) have covered:

  • Recycling
  • Goodwill (and similar charities)
  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK (and similar services)
  • Craigslist (and other classified avenues)
  • eBay (and other online sales ideas)
  • Freecycle
  • Putting it on the street with a "Free" sign

What's your creative solution? Let's try to avoid names of specific businesses and charities except inasmuch as they offer a truly creative and non-obvious solution to reuse or recycling. What's the most interesting way you've cleared your crap while doing some good? Have you got any suggestions that are clever and convenient?

Justin Bajema's picture

Where I live the local...

Where I live the local Arc chapter (www.thearc.org) will pick up stuff at no charge. If you're on their list, they'll give you a call every month or so to see if you have anything for them to pick up. Then you just set your stuff outside your door on the pickup day and they'll haul it away. There may be groups in other areas that offer similar services. While its not good if you need stuff out the door right now, its a great service to help keep the clutter from piling up again, and it requires little work on your part.




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