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GREEN Cleaning, not Spring Cleaning

March 23, 2011

In Chicago last week Mother Nature was kind and provided us with temps in the 60’s, warm enough to allow me to open my windows and breath some fresh air. It was also a reminder to clean my apartment, as I had to relocate a few boxes of ‘junk’ simply to reach the windows. Then this week, I was reading the March issue of Consumer and came across an article about spring cleaning titled “How to get rid of practically anything.” As our world population nears 7 Billion, Reduce Reuse Recycle, a phrase I heard a lot in the 1990’s, will be coming back. Be ahead of the trend, don’t think of it as Spring Cleaning, think of it as GREEN Cleaning.

If you are interested in becoming more green, being nice to Mother Nature, or simply cleaning out your home, you will find the resources below very helpful. On this post, find info on recycling Electronics, C.D.’s, Cell Phones, and Household batteries. Next week I’ll cover Appliances, Stuffed Animals, Books, and Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs.

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Spring cleaning ELECTRONICS

Technology moves so fast this stuff becomes outdated very quickly.

1. To recycle and find recycling centers, visit:

Manufacturers and retailers will recycle your junk too:

2. For resale, visit:

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Spring cleaning C.D.’s

Seriously, its time to get rid of your old Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, and Nine Inch Nails CD’s.

1. To Recycle – only at

2. Sell what you can on Ebay, Craigslist, or

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Spring Cleaning CELL PHONES

Remember to erase all personal information from your phone.

1. Recycle – visit Earth911 or, type in your zip code for locations near you

Stores that recycle: Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Office Depot, Staples, & Ace Hardware.

2. Use Facebook and Twitter to find someone you know who needs a new phone.

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Spring Cleaning BATTERIES

Rechargeable batteries require hazardous heavy metals. Please do not throw into the trash.

1. Recycling is your only option. For drop-offs in your area, check: OR

For SINGLE-USE batteries (AA, AAA, etc.):

They contain heavy metal such as mercury, lead, cadmiun, and nickel. You can find info at earth911, here is the link: Single Use Batteries

Here is an informational article from Earth911: Everything you need to know about batteries

Thanks for reading, I hope you find this information useful. Mother Nature, and your children and children’s children will appreciate your efforts. Please take the survey below. And remember–Be happy and LET YOU BE YOU!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. AMR permalink
    March 23, 2011 9:49 PM

    Thanks for the effort. The items covered in this post are pretty “traditional” and I feel as a veteran recycler, this is not very groundbreaking information. So bring on the next post! Especially stuffed animals, cfc bulbs, books, and may I put in special requests for shoes, halogen light bulbs, paints (and their cans), and expired medications.

    Also, for anyone near or around DuPage County, IL, here is a list of townships and free recurring electronics recycling opportunities. I just took advantage of the Lisle one last Saturday, it was great!

    • March 23, 2011 9:59 PM

      My goal is to create awareness of the ease of “traditional” methods. There are many people who don’t recycle at all, being traditional is an easy way to start.

      I will definitely find information for the next post about shoes and expired medications. I have plenty of those lying around.

      Thank you for your feedback.

      • March 25, 2011 2:37 AM

        You can get rid of medications at the Lisle Police Dept building on Rt53. There’s a drop box right inside the front door. Goodwill pretty much takes anything, clothing, shoes, etc. They also take electronics and you’ll get a receipt for tax purposes. There are convenient drop off centers in Naperville and Bolingbrook.

  2. MissE913 permalink
    March 25, 2011 1:56 PM

    What about plain old batteries? Never sure what the rule is on that…

    • March 25, 2011 4:04 PM

      Plain old batteries, aka single-use batteries, can be recycled at different locations. I updated my post to include a link where you type in your zip code and the nearest facilities show up.

      Thank you for the comment!

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