donating + recycling

Cole Hardware…

Hats off to Cole Hardware in San Francisco for creating and maintaining one of the best recycling resources pages I’ve ever seen! If you want to know how to properly dispose of just about everything, check out Cole’s page first. (Just click on the title of this entry.)


How do I get rid of my stuff?

Q: I am moving into a much smaller apartment and I need to downsize  most of my furniture and knickknacks. What can I do to get rid of my stuff? A: As I have said before, getting rid of stuff is not an easy task these days. There are very few charities who will come […]


Recycling the turkey oil…

If you are deep frying your turkey, don’t pour that oil down the drain – recycle it for biofuel. Check out SFgrease.org for instructions. If you are not from the Bay Area, check the internet for places to take your oil or put it on Freecycle.org for pickup by a hungry car.


Clever ad for recycling…

This scavenger truck got my attention on a San Francisco street last week. If you live in SF you can call 415-330-1300 to pick up your junk – including electronic waste. It’s not free, but they take EVERYTHING!


Shred it…

EVERYONE should be shredding their mail and sensitive papers, but not all shredders are up to the task. I go into many homes with broken shredders and the owners are reluctant to get a new one. When buying a shredder, even for home use, go for power! I don’t recommend shredders with a mesh basket […]


Green bags…

In most of the homes I work on keeping and storing grocery bags, whether paper or plastic, is a big problem. They end up stashed in drawers and cabinets or wedged between the refrig and the stove and often times stuffed into water heater closets. Where are they in your house? My favorite reusable shopping […]


TV disposal…

As we gear up for the conversion to digital only TV, many people will be tossing their old tube televisions. Here’s important info: don’t toss that tube into the garbage. TV tubes are coded with lead and other toxic substances. Make sure to recycle those TV’s. If you are in the Bay Area, go to […]


Cell phones for soldiers…

Got any old cell phones hanging around the house or office? Here’s a great way to make use of them… send them off to our troops so they can call home. Go to www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com to find out the details and send your phones. Remember to do a “hard reset” to erase your personal data from […]


Mining for silver…

Our current organizing project takes us on an archaeological dig in an East Bay garage. We are in search of a silver service that has been missing for years. Can you find the silver tea set? Yep, you’re getting warmer… And there it is… isn’t it nice that the silver polish is right there on […]


Recycle this, or maybe not…

This article appeared in CNN news today: SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Most Americans think they’re helping the earth when they recycle their old computers, televisions and cell phones. But chances are they’re contributing to a global trade in electronic trash that endangers workers and pollutes the environment overseas. While there are no precise figures, […]