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Old 06-12-2009, 02:34 PM
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Got a broken clay pot – don’t just toss it in the trash. Take a hammer to it and break it into pieces (but not too small) and use it at the bottom of another pot to help with drainage.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:38 PM
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The plastic sandwich bags you use every day for lunch can be washed out and reused instead of being tossed out.
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Set up recycling bins in your home and label them for aluminum, plastic, glass and paper. When they are full take them to your city or towns local recycling center.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:39 PM
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If you find that you have a lot of plastic grocery bags, you can use them instead of bubble wrap when mailing things in a box.
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Once you have eaten a pie, don’t toss out that aluminum pie pan. You can use it a couple different ways. You can use it as a tray to catch water underneath you potted plants. You can also use it to scare animals away from your garden. Just punch a hole through it and tie a bunch onto a post. They make noise when blown against the post and they reflect light that scares critters.
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Your local SPCA or animal shelter would love to have your old newspapers to use as bedding for cages.
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Not sure what to do with all of the magazines that you get after you have read them? Donate them to your local hospital, doctors offices, vet offices, etc. This will give people something to read while waiting and the offices will not have to spend the money on the subscriptions. Just make sure to black out your name and address with a black marker before handing them over.
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A fun gardening project you can do with little kids is to use items like plastic bottles, egg containers, chipped mugs, old shoes and much more as containers to either start growing seeds, or to create a container garden out of.
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Contact your local preschools and day care centers to see if they could use any of the following for craft projects for the kids. They can use newspapers, wrapping paper, magazines, egg containers, milk bottles, plastic bags, shoe boxes, greeting cards, buttons, ribbons, tiles, fabric scraps and so much more.
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Place a can cruncher next to the bin you are using to collect aluminum cans. By crushing them you will be able to fit twice as many in before you have to take them to the recycle center.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:40 PM
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You can re-use plastic bags from the grocery store as doggie-doo bags, and you can also use them while cleaning out a cats litter box.
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Got an old atlas lying around? Don’t just throw it out. Tear it apart and use it for any of the following ideas: Wrapping paper, scrap booking backgrounds, a small framed print (think how cool it will be to look at it 100 years from now to see the changes) and so much more.
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Glass jars have endless opportunities to be use and re-used again and again before you even have to think about sending them to the recycle center. You can use them to put small gifts in instead of a wrapped box. Just line the inside with some scrap cloth to hide the gift. You can buy a book for a “meal in a jar” that will show you hundreds of ideas.
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Lightbulb "Recycling" your subscription magazines

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Not sure what to do with all of the magazines that you get after you have read them? Donate them to your local hospital, doctors offices, vet offices, etc. This will give people something to read while waiting and the offices will not have to spend the money on the subscriptions. Just make sure to black out your name and address with a black marker before handing them over.
Another way to avoid identity crises is to snip out the address label entirely. You'll clip off part of the cover, but chances are excellent you've seen the ad before!

Incidentally, our local public library encourages dropping off used magazines that are donated to our hospital. They also encourage donating magazines that are of interest to male readers. (Obviously, not Playboy! In this instance, such publications as Sports Illustrated, Motor Trend, Popular Science, etc.) Face it, if you're a guy, you may not be interested in "5 Ways to Shinier, Healthier Hair."
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Cool Another thing to do with excess plastic bags

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If you find that you have a lot of plastic grocery bags, you can use them instead of bubble wrap when mailing things in a box.
If you take your dog walking in a public place, take along a couple of plastic bags to dispose of what comes naturally. Just slip the bag over your hand and pick up Fido's fertilizer. Turn the bag inside out so that the waste is inside the bag, tie the bag up, and dispose of it in a nearby trash can. Some communities even have little walk-side receptacles where you can leave empty plastic bags for others to use.
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Angry All aluminum cans are not alike!

Strange as it sounds, some recycling companies now require customers to separate beer and soda cans from other aluminum cans. According to the recycling center I use most often, soda and beer cans use a different, thinner-gauge aluminum that is easier to recycle than, say, aluminum food and cat food containers. So the thinner aluminum cans are often separated from the heavier ones and you receive a higher price--and cash on the spot--for the soda cans. In my case, the cat food and other aluminum cans sell for less, and you receive a check for them instead.

To make the task of separating soda cans from other aluminum cans easier, buy a smaller container into which you can put the cat food containers. A small metal can which can be lined will make the separation job easier and faster.

And by the way, don't even think of recycling reusable aluminum foil baking and cooking pans (pie tins, baking pans, etc.) OR aluminum foil. Our recycling center will not take them. I was told that's because they're often contaminated by leftover food and grease.

Fortunately, you'll find tips to recycle those in some of our earlier posts!
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Last edited by bongobro; 12-19-2014 at 12:22 AM. Reason: a suggestion to keep the cans separate!
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