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How to avoid filling up landfills by recycling electronics, clothes, eyeglasses

Consumers’ Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services: “Bulging closets and shelves stacked with outdated electronics plague some households, but a D. C-area-based consumers’ group has advice for getting rid of unwanted stuff. Don’t just toss electronics in the trash. “You should actually be really careful about how you get rid of old electronics. They contain a nightmarish mix of toxic materials. You don’t want them in landfills; you need to make sure that they’re taken in by a responsible recycling outfit,” said Kevin Brasler, executive editor at The Electronics TakeBack Coalition has numbers of sites in the area that can be searched for by ZIP code. The office supply store Staples does tech recycling.  For just general “stuff,” the Buy Nothing Project is an online community where people can post anything they’d like to give away or share. People also can ask for anything they’d like to borrow or receive for free. There’s too. The nonprofit website is a forum for people to give away items they don’t need or want to others that do. What do you do with your old specs Fashionistas who change eyeglass frames frequently can donate them to help needy people who can’t afford them. The Lions Club has a partnership with Walmart that lets you deposit eyeglasses at any participating Walmart Vision Center. The Lions Club also collects hearing aids. As for old wedding dresses, ball gowns or prom dresses, there are places, such as Becca’s Closet, that gets donated items to people who can’t afford to buy finery…”

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