Recycler’s Toolkit

Following are links that can help you discard sustainably by recycling, upcycling, free-cycling or donating.

Recycling

Guide to Recycling in Bucks County: www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/communityservices/planningcommission/recycling.aspx

Hunterdon County, NJ, Recycling Information: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/recycling/residential.html

All Metals Recycling: www.freemetalrecycling.vpweb.com

Recycling Milk Cartons

Horizon Organic, http://www.horizonorganic.com promotes the recycling of milk cartons (and cartons for juices and other products). Recycled cartons are used to make a variety of paper and building products. You can find out if your town has curbside carton recycling by visiting Horizon’s site and searching their data base. Unfortunately, there are not many towns in the Delaware River Valley currently offering this type of recycling. But if your town doesn’t have it, you can still take two important steps: 1. Write or call your waste management company and ask if they will look into offering it. 2. Save your cartons and when you have at least 30, mail them into a recycling center. Simply follow the instructions on Horizon’s site.

Recycling of Donated Vehicles

If you’re looking to get rid of an old car or other vehicle and want to make a charitable donation, you can contact the following local organizations.

  • Wheels for Wishes, http://midatlantic.wheelsforwishes.org, a non-profit that benefits the Midatlantic Make-A-Wish foundation, accepts cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, motorcycles and boats. The organization picks up or tows  away vehicles at no charge and then auctions them off or recycles them.  Proceeds benefit the Midatlantic branch of Make-A-Wish, an organization that grants the wishes of terminally ill children. The organization says that all donated vehicles are put to use. If a vehicles cannot be auctioned off to a new owner, car parts are recycled and reused to build new vehicles.
  • WXPN, http://www.xpn.org/support-xpn/donate-your-car, the listener-sponsored Philadelphia radio station, accepts donated cars, SUVs, motorcycles and other vehicles. Vehicles are picked up free of charge and auctioned off to raise money for programming. Donations may be eligible for a charitable tax deduction.

Upcycling/Free-Cycling

Very cool site on recycled, upcycled and free-cycled garden projects: http://facebook.com/Recycled.Upcycled

Great way to earn money for a school or non-profit while recycling plastic waste and other materials:

http://www.terracycle.net/en-US/

Donating

Fisherman’s Mark , 89 N. Main St., Lambertville, NJ. Food pantry and second-hand shop. Donate food, household items, clothes.

Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, www.RollingHarvest.org, rollingharvest@gmail.com, 267-293-0085, Lumberville, Pa. This organization picks up surplus produce from local farms and donates them to local hunger relief sites, including food pantries, shelters and senior centers. The organization serves Bucks, Hunterdon and Mercer counties. If you are a farmer, you can contact the organization about donating surplus crops. You can make a tax-deductible donation to help fund the organization at www.RollingHarvest.org.

Philabundance. Provides food to those in need through affiliated food pantries throughout the Delaware Valley. Donate money, time, food, your garden harvest. www.philabundance.org. NOTE: You can donate your garden’s bounty this summer through Philabundance’s Share the Harvest program. Bring produce to Carousel Gardens, Newtown, or Seasons Garden Center, Washington Crossing, Sats, 10-12, July 7-Sept. 22, 2012. See April 17, 2012, post, “Philabundance offers opportunity to share your harvest with neighbors in need.”

Trenton Soup Kitchen. Food pantry. Donate money, time, food, etc. TASK, P.O. Box 872, Trenton, NJ  08605, www.trentonsoupkitchen.org.

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