Magazines and catalogs: Old magazines and catalogs can still have use. Donate them to a school for use in projects where the students need pictures. Doctor’s office or hospital waiting rooms can also be a great place to donate magazines you are finished reading. Nursing homes or senior centers are also options, especially if any of the magazines are large print. Even if you don’t donate, you can recycle these at schools and churches where many have Abitibi paper recycling bins. This gives money to the organization for all the papers they collect.
Sports Equipment: Many sports items such as balls (all kinds), bats, jump ropes, skates, scooters and even corn hole games can be donated to schools to be used for recess or gym. Boys and Girls Clubs, daycares, camps and churches also will take equipment.
Pet Products: Pet shelters are always happy to take old leashes, collars, food bowls and toys that your pet no longer needs or uses. Consider donating a bag of food or cat litter as well if you are taking items for donation. Frankfort and Indianapolis are close shelters to our area. If you contact the Boone County animal shelter, they also will take donations and distribute them to the homes where animals are currently being fostered.
Clothing and shoes: Clothing and shoes can be taken to area shelters for homeless or domestic violence victims. The Red Cross will also take donations if there has been a major disaster in the area. Many schools and preschools will take children’s clothing for accidents that may occur at school. Shoes can also be collected for organizations like Heart and Sole. Some churches also collect clothing for mission projects.
Of course, the standard recycling of all glass, tin, plastic, cardboard and metal can be done at a recycling center like the one on Lafayette Avenue in Lebanon. Used metal and appliances as well as soda cans can be sold at a scrap metal company. Old oil and batteries can be taken to automotive centers for recycling.
Generally speaking, there are very few things that can’t be either reused or recycled. So give the Earth a chance and do your part to clean your home and environment at the same time.