needy hands are better than landfills

The Sunday afternoon shadows are falling across your front yard, and you’re staring at the mounds of stuff your garage sale’s best efforts didn’t eliminate. Next step:? a quick trip to Goodwill, then the dumpster, right?

It’s Monday morning at the office, and you’re standing in front of a large pile of old monitors and telephones, the result of the office’s big move and upgrade. It’s seems a shame to throw it all away, but then again, it’s not like anyone could use it, and even if they could, how could you contact them, anyway?

Enter the website, where people can recycle used goods by offering them on an online forum to anyone who needs them. People can view and bid on the items, and the giver picks the worthy recipient of their choice. It’s all free, with the goal of keeping the items out of landfills, and helping people who are struggling in the current economy.

The site as launched by the owner of a prestigious graphic design firm in Washington DC, when she saw a need for a place where goods could be given to those who needed them, instead of thrown out. Lomangino developed and financed herself, with the goal of aiding nonprofits across the country, specifically those benefitting victims of natural disasters, or recent economic hardship.

So, next time you’re staring at a load of what you consider useless stuff on your lawn or in the workplace dumpster, remember: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Unless it’s a Hummer. In that case, I doubt anyone wants it.

And as a very last resort, if the item won’t even be accepted by recycling centers, follow ENN’s brilliant little suggestion, in their List of 21 Things? You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle: send the item back to the manufacturer as a statement that they need to make products that “close the waste loop responsibly”.?


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