Any time you undertake a remodeling project, you are going to have some amount of waste. We were completely gutting the kitchen so we would be producing quite a lot of it. You can make mindful decisions about it – or you can rent a dumpster and just let chips fall where they may. We tried to be mindful and we used the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” to guide decision making.
Mike Morone is trying to start a trend — the giving stuff away trend. He explains global Give Your Stuff Away Day on his website:
“Because of all the shopping we’ve done, many of us now own lots of great stuff we never use anymore. And for some reason, we don’t sell or give it away. Lots of valuable suff – just wasting away. Let’s take all this stuff and over one weekend, make it available to others for free.
“On May 14th, bring your unwanted stuff to your curb. Some guidelines – no trash, recyclables, illegal or dangerous items. No food, drugs, chemicals, or weapons. Just safe, valuable items we would like to donate. Then watch the fun – or better yet, take a walk and find some free stuff you can use.”
I’m going to add: PUT A SIGN ON THE STUFF telling people it’s Give Stuff Away day and that these items are free to take.
Feel uncomfortable just putting stuff out? Try posting it on Freecycle. We’ve freecycled a LOT of stuff. It doesn’t necessarily have to be nice. You never know what people are looking for, or why they are looking for it. We had a lazy boy chair that the cat had scratched up the back fabric. Someone took it to stage an empty house. Put the back against the wall and who knew it was damaged? We freecycled some pretty ugly old paneling to someone building a basement sound studio. He was happy – we were happy – nothing went to the dump.
You can also try posting in the free area of Craigslist.
It’s spring and every good Minnesotan with a square inch of land is heading out to the garden! The Recycling Association of Minnesota is offering rain barrels ($69) and compost bins ($55) for a limited time.