Clothing and Household items donations for Veterans

It’s never been easier to help Veterans.
Donate your clothing and household items. In this way you will be recycling and helping others.
Call 888-821-UWVC or log on to http://www.UWVC.org/recycle to schedule a pickup.

 

The service area includes the greater NewYork/NJ & Long island area.

 

 

 

 

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NYC Safe Disposal Events

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This spring, the NYC Department of Sanitation is holding five SAFE Disposal Events (one in each borough) to provide NYC residents with a one-stop method to get rid of potentially harmful products.

Only NYC residential waste will be accepted. No commercial vehicles allowed. Residents must provide proof of NYC residency .

Here is a partial list of the types of items that will be accepted at the NYC SAFE Disposal Events, and includes electronics. When deciding what items to bring, look for products labeled with the following signal words: DANGER, POISON, or CAUTION. Products labeled DANGER represent the highest hazard level. Please also bring any other materials stored in your home that you know may be harmful.

All events will be held from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine.

Locations:
Queens: Saturday, April 26, 10AM–4PM. Cunningham Park, Ball Field parking lot cars enter on Francis Lewis Blvd between Union Turnpike & Grand Central Pkwy.

Brooklyn: Sunday, May 4, 10AM–4PM. McCarren Park, Bedford Ave between N 12th St and Lorimer St cars approach from Driggs Ave & Lorimer St.

Bronx: Saturday, May 10, 10AM–4PM. Orchard Beach parking lot follow Park Dr to the end.

Manhattan: Sunday, May 11, 10AM–4PM. Union Square, North Plaza south side of 17th St between Park Ave & Broadway cars approach from Park Ave and 20th St.

Staten Island: Saturday, May 17, 10AM–4PM. Midland Beach parking lot Father Capodanno Blvd and Hunter Ave cars approach from Midland Ave.

For additional information on the SAFE events, visit http://www.nyc.gov/safedisposal or call 311.

 

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NO MORE JUNK MAIL – PLEASE MR. POSTMAN

Are you receiving mail that you don’t want? This junk mail comes in the form of catalogs, advertisements, and credit card invitations. It is easy enough to recycle these catalogs but much better to reduce these mailings altogether. Reduce your mail and you can save trees, and also the cost of disposing this junk mail if it is not recycled. If it is a catalog that you would rather not receive there is a solution. Call the toll free number on the catalog and ask to be removed from their mailing list. Catalog Choice is an online service that lets you decline catalogs you no longer wish to receive. Catalog Choice also keeps track of what you have declined and when. You can always go back to their site and log in to check on your choices. I myself use Catalog Choice and have seen the results. The Direct Marketing Association has a mail preference service.  This service allows you to receive more of the mail you want and less of the mail you don’t want. Prospect or Customer? To start managing your mail, one of the first things you’ll need to figure out is whether companies consider you a prospect or a customer. What’s the difference? Glad you asked. If you receive mail from companies you’ve never bought from, you’re a prospect—and your name is on a list they’re using to try to find new customers. However, if you have purchased from a company in the past, you are considered a customer. Why is this important? Well, if you request to stop receiving mail for an entire category (for example, you don’t want to receive catalogs anymore), companies are required to remove you from their prospect list. But if you are a customer of a particular catalog, that company needs to keep you on their list for invoicing—and in case you ever return an item. So, you will keep receiving mail from them and will need to contact them directly to be removed. On DMAchoice, you will be connected to these companies’ websites or customer service departments—making the process of managing your mail as quick and hassle-free as possible.  For more information click here: http://www.dmachoice.org/consumerassistance.php

You know that bulky blue envelope you receive with all the coupons you never use?  Would you like to stop receiving it?  Write directly to ValPak by clicking here and request that they stop their mailings to you. The next offenders are those credit card company’s who invite you to open a charge account you did not ask for.  Equifax, Trans Union and Experian are the credit bureaus that send out most of the credit card invitations. To opt out of receiving this mail, call (1-888-5-OPTOUT) or do it online by clicking here. Be aware when you fill out a warranty card, enter a sweeptstakes, answer a consumer survey, and things of this nature, it may result in unsolicited mail from many marketers. When you donate by check to a charity, be sure to write on the check  “do not give out my information”; if not you may receive solicitations from other charities by phone or mail. By opting out, and taking precautions, you are telling the postmanno junk mail for me.  By not having to go through all that junk mail, and then recycle it, you save some precious time for yourself…to read blogs like this.  Thanks!     Share/Save/Bookmark

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CONSERVE PAPER AT THE OFFICE – SAVE A TREE

Anything we can do to reduce waste, means less trash in the landfills.  If we throw paper in with our trash and not our recycling, we are adding to the landfill.  Paper must be recycled.

To conserve paper at the office, use e-mail instead of memos and faxes. Important e-mails may be saved in folders on your computer. Whenever you can reach someone electronically, do it. Offer reports and major documents on a disk to interested parties. Consider using rewriteable discs and/or memory sticks. Print out e-mail, documents, and reports only when necessary.  Use fax stick-on labels instead of cover sheets. Set your printer to print a document on both sides of the paper, with your supervisor’s permission. Order only recycled paper.  Recycle all paper but not before you have used it to the fullest. Did you print out something you did not need?  Put the paper back into the printer, turned to the opposite side and print something else.  Of course this works only on documents for your eyes only.  The point is to make the most of the paper you have used.  Make it a habit to treat paper like the precious commodity that it is.  One person can make a difference….pass it on.

“I’m only one but I am one. I can’t do everything but I can do something and what I can do I ought to do and that by the grace of God I will do.”
– Brett Blair

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COMPOSTING IT’S NOT A “WASTE” OF TIME

THE BENEFITS OF COMPOSTING ARE MANY. I HAVE REDUCED TREMENDOUSLY THE AMOUNT OF GARBAGE I PUT OUT. I ALREADY RECYCLE PAPER PRODUCTS, PLASTIC, GLASS AND ALUMINUM. COMPOSTING ALLOWS ME TO DIRECT CERTAIN OTHER WASTE INTO MY COMPOST BIN, LEAVING MY GARBAGE BAGS LIGHTER AND FEWER. MY WASTE PRODUCTS IN THE COMPOST BIN CHANGE INTO BEAUTIFUL, RICH SOIL TO BE USED IN PLANT BEDS. THESE IN TURN YIELD BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS, VEGETABLES AND FRUIT. WHATEVER I AM GROWING IN MY YARD IS ENHANCED BY THIS NATURAL SOIL, AND IT’S FREE!
IN NEW YORK WE HAVE THE NYC COMPOST PROJECT. CREATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION IT PROVIDES INFORMATION, WORKSHOPS AND EVEN FREE COMPOST TO RESIDENTS. I AM SURE THERE IS A PROGRAM LIKE THIS IN EVERY CITY. CHECK IT OUT AT http://www.nyccompost.org/program/index.html.

YOU WILL FIND STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON THEIR WEBSITE.
IT IS BEST TO START A COMPOST BIN IN THE FALL BECAUSE YOU BEGIN YOUR BIN WITH LEAVES. IF YOU START AT ANY OTHER SEASON YOU CAN BEGIN WITH SHREDDED NEWSPAPER. STOCKPILE THE LEAVES IF YOU HAVE AVAILABLE SPACE.  THESE SHOULD BE ADDED REGULARLY TO YOUR BIN. ADD WATER TO YOUR LEAVES TO COAT THEM.
NOW YOU ARE READY TO ADD FOOD SCRAPS. KEEP THEM BURIED BENEATH YOUR LEAVES OR OLD COMPOST SO YOU DON’T ATTRACT ANY “WILDLIFE”. THIS WILL ALSO KEEP THE ODOR AT BAY.
IN ORDER FOR YOUR PILE TO BECOME COMPOST, YOU HAVE TO HAVE WATER AND AIR. ANOTHER KEY ELEMENT INVOLVED IS TURNING YOUR PILE. FROM TIME TO TIME, TAKE A RAKE OR SHOVEL AND TURN EVERYTHING OVER A FEW TIMES TO AERATE AND CIRCULATE YOUR PILE.
KEEP A LID ON IT. THIS WILL KEEP PESTS OUT AND THE HEAT IN. HEAT SPEEDS UP THE PROCESS OF BREAKING DOWN WASTE INTO COMPOST. IF YOU ARE EXPECTING RAIN YOU MAY KEEP THE LID OPEN TO ALLOW THE WATER IN. JUST BE SURE TO COVER IT AGAIN.

YOU MUST HAVE A COMBINATION OF “GREEN” AND “BROWN” MATERIALS IN YOUR BIN. SEE THE ATTACHED LINK FOR EXACTLY WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT ADD TO YOUR BIN. nyc compost project: materials to compost
IT COULD TAKE A FEW MONTHS TO A YEAR FOR YOUR WASTE TO BECOME COMPOST. YOUR EFFORTS WILL BE REWARDED WHEN YOU SEE THE FINAL PRODUCT; A RICH, BLACK SOIL. YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD STARTED COMPOSTING YEARS AGO. YOU MAY EVEN START ANOTHER BIN.  ONE THING IS FOR SURE, YOUR WASTE WON’T BE WASTED ANYMORE!

 

 

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TIPS TO GET BETTER GAS MILEAGE

 Increased global demand and higher gasoline prices have finally gotten our attention. The amount of gasoline we use has a great impact on many priorities we all share. The effects have touched our personal well being, the air we breathe, the prices we pay at the pump, our dependence on foreign oil, and the world we leave behind. While we cannot reduce the price we pay per gallon for gas, there are things we can do to reduce our gas usage.
Improve your gas mileage by keeping your tires properly inflated.
Observe the speed limit. Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.
Use the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. Also, look for motor oil that says “Energy Conserving”.
Check and replace air filters.
Curb aggressive driving. Speeding, rapid acceleration and rapid braking can lower gas mileage.
An extra 100 lbs. in the trunk cuts a car’s fuel economy.
Avoid lengthy idling. Turn your engine off when you are delayed more than 2 minutes. This will cut down on your gas usage and the pollution emitted from your exhaust.
When you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.
Use cruise control while driving on a highway or parkway without hills. It helps maintain a constant, steady speed by eliminating slowing down and speeding up and in most cases saves gas fuel. Cruise control is a simple, effective, way to increase fuel efficiency.
Have you considered car pooling to work? The advantages of car pooling are significant. Taking one car off the road eliminates pollution, reduces traffic congestion, and gasoline use.  Besides the monetary savings, it can be an enjoyable social experience, and will save wear on your car.
When driving in general, consolidate your trips. You will save time, money, and help our environment.
When your trip is short, consider walking or biking. This exercise will improve your health and may even eliminate a gym membership.
If you own more than one vehicle, drive the one that gets the best gas mileage whenever possible
If you are considering the purchase of a new car visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/. This site will give you the gas mileage (MPG), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars and trucks. Gas emissions are one of the greatest pollutants we use. So consider this, instead of whether or not your new car will come equipped with satellite radio or a gps system.
Beginning next year, all new vehicles sold in California must display window labels that rate the environmental performance of the car or truck. The stickers will carry scores, from 1-10, based on how much the vehicles contribute to global warming and smog. The lower the scores, the worse the performance. The average new vehicle will get a 5 on both scales. The cleanest vehicles will get 10s. The labels also urge drivers to: “Protect the environment, choose vehicles with higher scores.”

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THE LITTERLESS LUNCH

Do you bring your lunch to work? If you do, you are already saving money and watching what you eat. How you pack your lunch could be another money saving, earth saving gesture. Eliminating plastic wrap and aluminum foil saves us money and we also do something good for the earth. Alternatives would be to use Tupperware or any safe reusable food container. As for your favorite beverage, use a BPA free sports bottle. These can be washed and reused unlike soda cans and plastic water bottles. If you must have a can of soda or bottle of water, please remember to recycle. By having a litter-less lunch you eliminate garbage. Eliminating garbage is what it is all about to be earth-friendly.

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NO MORE PLASTIC BAGS “PLEASE?”

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens, can change the world; indeed, it’s the only that ever does.”

Margaret Mead

 

Going food shopping?  Take along non-disposable bags or re-use plastic or paper bags. 

Legislation was passed in January, 2008 to encourage recycling plastic bags. Stores using plastic bags and occupying 5,000 or more square feet, or have more than five branches in New York City must have in-store receptacles where we can return our used plastic bags. 

Americans use billions of plastic bags annually, about one billion of them in New York City. The production of plastic bags worldwide uses over 12 million barrels of oil per year, causing other negative environmental impacts.  In March 2007, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to pass a law banning plastic checkout bags at large supermarkets and large chain pharmacies.  Making a small change from plastic to non-disposable bags would create a significant, positive effect that we could be proud of.

We can create the habit to switch to reusable bags when shopping.  When you have unpacked your groceries, place the reusable bags back into you trunk for future shopping.  If you had to use plastic bags, remember to bring them back to the store for recycling.

Shoprite is giving the following incentive:

Get back 5¢ for each Shoprite Earthwise or any non-disposable bag you re-use at Shoprite.

Get back 2¢ each time you re-use any paper or plastic bag at Shoprite.

Stop and Shop has in store reusable bags for purchase of 99¢.

Whole Foods is now offering free paper bags in four sizes made from 100% recycled paper; and reusable bags which are made 80% from recycled plastic bottles for 99 cents.  Whole Foods is also encouraging consumers to bring their own bag with the incentive of 5 to 10 cents off their bill for each.

Ikea now charges customers who want a plastic bag.

Most warehouse stores do not give you plastic bags. You just take your cart to your car and unload. This would be another good reason to bring your own reusable bags or keep a few boxes in your trunk for these shopping trips.

This is a small, simple change to make and if many people make this a habit the effect will be great.

Before you know it you will feel guilty using a plastic bag. So Please…No More Plastic Bags….Please??

 

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RECYCLING CELL PHONES AND RECHARGABLE BATTERIES

Recycling your unwanted cell phone is a great alternative to tossing them. There are many organizations you can donate your phone to. Donating your cell phone helps the environment while helping out a charitable cause. 

CollectiveGood International http://collectivegood.com/, Best Buy, Staples, and The Body Shop are a few organizations willing to take your phone and recycle or reuse it. http://cellphonesforsoldiers.com/ is another worthy organization you can donate your cell phone to. All these organizations have drop off locations or offer pre-paid shipping labels. Be sure to remove your SIM card before donating you phone.
RBRC (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation) http://www.rbrc.org/call2recycle/is a great source of information for locations taking back rechargeable batteries. The goal of RBRC is dedicated to keeping rechargeable batteries and cell phones out of our nation’s solid waste stream and preserving natural resources.
Rechargeable batteries have a longer life span so we use fewer batteries and eliminate waste. However, rechargeable batteries still contain heavy metals such as nickel-cadmium. When disposing of rechargeable batteries we should recycle them. Stores such as Best Buy and Staples will accept your rechargable batteries.
Battery recycling and reuse, can make a positive impact towards our reduction of battery waste and pollution.

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