Post-Holiday “Stuff” Management Suggestions
Now that the holiday season is behind us, it is time once again to start
deciding where you are going to store all the new things that you received
as gifts, (known officially as “stuff”), and determining what
old stuff you are going to part with to make room for the new stuff.
Of course, this annual post-holiday purge of closets, basements, garages
and attics has environmental consequences when all this unwanted stuff
is left at the curb for disposal as garbage. Rather than filling up valuable
landfill space, you can sell, donate, trade and exchange your unwanted
possessions. After all, one person’s garbage is often another person’s
While holding a yard sale is certainly one approach to take, there are
other options that you should also consider, especially since winter is
not a great time for a yard sale. Undoubtedly, the following leads do
not represent a comprehensive list of options that are available, but
they should help get you started on the road to reuse.
“A Place for Everything – The Ultimate Redistribution Guide
for Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties.”
If you have ever wondered where you can donate used books, clothes, computers,
housewares, appliances, exercise equipment, stationery and just about
anything else in Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, this guide,
written and researched by Audrey Rockman, is for you. This NJDEP-supported
guide not only lists organizations that accept donations, but also includes
ideas of where to sell, trade, consign or buy almost every item in your
home. The reuse of various items helps charitable organizations, businesses
and consumers in many ways and also keeps many tons of material from entering
the waste stream. It is available at no cost from the NJDEP. Contact the
NJDEP, Bureau of Recycling and Planning at 609-984-3438 or at http://www.nj.gov/cgi-bin/dep/contactdep_general.pl
for a free copy.
The Freecycle Network™ is an on-line materials exchange that allows
donate unwanted items or obtain donated items at no cost. There is also
no cost to
join the Freecycle Network, which was formed as a way to promote waste
reduction. There are almost 3,100 Freecycle groups in the United States
at this time. For more details, visit
Throwplace.com is an online market where individuals, nonprofit organizations
and businesses can exchange excess goods and surplus inventory free of
Zunafish matches people who want to trade CDs, DVDs, video tapes, video
games, paperback books or audio books. Check out this reuse option at
International Softball Federation
Used softball equipment can be donated to the International Softball
Federation, a non-profit organization located in Plant City, Florida.
The ISF sends the equipment to developing countries all over the world
that either cannot afford equipment or cannot get it shipped to their
country. For further information, contact Cindy Kersey at 813-707 7204.
CellsForCash.com is one of several companies that will pay consumers
for their old cell phones. The phones are resold mostly in South America.
According to industry statistics, the average life span of a cell phone
is 18 months. www.cellsforcash.com
Anything But Costumes
Anything But Costumes is a full service prop rental house that makes
available all of the things that you need to stage or film your production.
This organization may be interested in some of the items that you no longer
want or need. Visit www.anythingbutcostumes.com
for further information.
Local libraries usually accept donations of books, CDs, VHS tapes and
DVDs. Contact your local library to confirm that they accept such donations.
Disclaimer: This information is provided free of charge to the public.
The State of New Jersey, its agencies and employees assume no responsibility
or liability to any person or entity for the use of this information.
There are no representations or warranties, express or implied, of any
kind with regard to this information, and any use of this information
is made at the risk of the user. Many web links on this website are for
sites not maintained by NJDEP or the State of New Jersey. The NJDEP, Bureau
of Recycling and Planning makes no special endorsement for the content
of these links, their sites or the views expressed by the site’s