Spring is the perfect time to rethink the way we consume and recycle. For many, it's time to get some serious spring cleaning done, and that can mean piles of clothes the kids have grown out of, bins of recyclables that have been accumulating, delving into home renovations, and more. It can be overwhelming, but for each and every item you're ready to dispose of… we've got you covered!
For those who are thinking of selling their home at some point in the near future, it's especially important to focus on decluttering your home. In fact, it's the most effective and least expensive thing you can do to as a first step in making your home inviting and ready to show off. Learn more about how to prepare your home to sell in this handy two-minute video.
When you're cleaning out your closet, garage, basement and attic this spring, you'll want to keep in mind all of these ways to recycle, donate, and sell used items that you no longer need!
- Somerset County Recycling
The Somerset County Recycling website is a fantastic resource for where and how to recycling a wide variety of items, including electronics, waste oil, batteries, yard waste, ties, textiles, and more. Pretty much everything you can think of!
Donate to a good cause (plus some pick-up options!)
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
An excellent organization all around, Big Brother Big Sisters not only supports children in our community, but they even do donation pick-ups! (It doesn't get easier to donate than that!) You can schedule a pick-up on their website, and view their guidelines for acceptable donations here.
- Donation Town
DonationTown.com is an excellent resource for those who are looking to donate their used items to support a good cause. Donation Town has a handy directory of 400+ charities and a convenient list of the items that are generally accepted.
- The Lupus Foundation of America
Dedicated to solving the mystery of Lupus and helping those affected by the disease, The Lupus Foundation of America not only accepts monetary donations, but they accept donations of used items as well. They have a branch in Springfield, NJ; to learn more, email or give them a call! You can also schedule and learn more about their pick-up service here.
- Unique Thrift Store
Unique Thrift Store is a HUGE second-hand shop with everything from clothing to household items—donate your used stuff or go shop for something "new"! Plus, if you sign up for their VIP program, you can receive 25% off of items on Thursdays. The most convenient location for Warren residents is at 1581 US Highway 22 Watchung, NJ 07069.
- The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills
This non-profit, Medicare-certified organization helps to provide our community with a range of health services, regardless of an individual's or family's ability to pay. A couple of times each year, The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills holds a rummage sale and take donations the weeks prior. This year, the rummage sale is from May 1 - May 3, but check their website for their next one and for donation dates!
- Good As New
This non-profit resale shop in Somerville benefits Zufall Health, an award-winning professional medical center that provides people will access to high-quality healthcare. Good As New accepts all kinds of items, including gently used clothing, household items, decor, and more. Learn more about their donation requirements here.
- Hockey in Newark
This wonderful non-profit provides the community's youth with a positive environment where they can play hockey, but also have access to a support network. Hockey in Newark accepts hockey equipment donations of gently worn items, and you can learn more about where to make your donations here.
Ready to give your bookshelves or entertainment center a good clean? BookBGone takes your used books, CDs and DVDs and redistributes them to a long list of excellent organizations in need. Learn more about how to donate and the organizations they support here.
"Freecycling" refers to the idea of recycling those used items by giving them away to others for free. Most often, people will connect online to find new homes for their unwanted items. When it comes to freecycling, pretty much anything goes!
A nation-wide organization with thousands of people involved, Freecycle.org is an excellent place to give away your used items (and you can browse for items you need, too!). Simply use the "Find a group near you" function and start connecting with others in your region. (The Rutgers/New Brunswick group can be found here.)
- Somerset County New Jersey Freecycle Yahoo Group
Another way to connect with locals is the Somerset County New Jersey Freecycle Yahoo Group. It's easy to join, and you just have to follow their basic rules of engagement. One of the key rules? Everything you offer must be free! Everything from toys and swing sets to a bed and garage doors are up for grabs.
Get a little something in return…
If you have an old refrigerator you're ready to get rid of, be sure to recycle it responsibly! New Jersey's Clean Energy Program website has all of the details you'll need, from whether or not your fridge qualifies to all of the benefits to getting rid of your old one and trading it in for a new, more energy efficient model. (Did you know you can receive $50 for recycling your fridge, AND another $50 as a rebate on a new one?)
- Vested Interest Consignment Shop, Warren, NJ
Bringing your gently used clothing and accessories to a consignment shop is an eco-friendly way to get rid of the things you don't use, and get some extra cash along the way! Vested Interest Consignment Shop offers sellers 50% of whatever the selling price of each item is. Their helpful guidelines for selling can be found here.
- Flip Consignment
Ideal for those with active kids who are quickly outgrowing their sports and dance equipment and apparel, Flip Consignment accepts a variety of used items Located in Bernardsville and New Providence, Flip Consignment accepts walk-in sellers and resells at very competitive prices.
- Milk Money (Children's Consignment Shop)
With a few different locations in New Jersey and a convenient location in Stirling, this local consignment shop is packed with clothes and accessories for a bargain. Milk Money is dedicated to helping the environment by recycling perfectly good used clothing and helping you find a great deal along the way!
Have we left one of your favorite places to recycle or donate? Please let us know and we will update our blog with new ideas. Give us a call at 908-287-1269!