Recycling $aves You Money!

We all know that we should recycle for the long term sustainability and health of our planet, but often times it can seem much more like a chore than any sort of feel good thing to do. But there’s more to recycling than putting a blue box of newspaper out by the curb. Everyone loves $aving money, so here are some great ways to $ave money and $ave the environment at the same time!

  1. Buy reusable $hopping bags!
    Not only are you saving landfills, usually you receive a 5 cent discount per bag used off your grocery bill.
  2. Compost your trash*
    There are so many items that you throw away everyday that can be turned into compost; eggs (shells), coffee (grounds), fruit & vegetables just to name a few. *unused plant matter* decomposed = awesome dirt (fertilizer). Want to learn more? Click here
  3. Do you use fabric softener dryer sheets?
    If so, either switch to the Bounce Dryer Bar (love it!) or learn how to make your dollars $tretch by reusing them.
  4. Recycle used toner and ink cartridges.
    Keep your empty ink and toner cartridges for recycling. Click here to find a location near you.
  5. Bottle Deposit.
    Are your cans/bottles returnable for a deposit refund? In Michigan soda pop is worth 10 cents for every bottle/can. Are you throwing these away? If you are in an area where there isn’t a deposit, did you know the aluminum & plastic bottles can be put into your curbside recycling?
  6. Buy $econdhand.
    Whether you are looking for a that one-of-a-kind vase or your kids are growing too fast. Bargains can always be found at your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity Resale Shop or Upscale Resale Shoppe.
  7. Home Improvement Project.
    Making your house look prettier? Finally replacing that outdated stove? Recycle your windows/doors/appliances/extra supplies at your local Habitat for Humanity Resale Store.
  8. Cell Phone.
    Wouldn’t it make you feel good knowing your old cell phone is helping someone else? Give our troops the best gift ever, a chance to hear the voices of their loved ones. Donate today and help military families cope with deployment.
  9. Magazines.
    Share a subscription with a friend.
    Read until your heart’s content at your local library.
    Subscribe online for a significant discount.
    Donate them to your local hospital for their waiting rooms.
    Finally, recycle them curbside.
  10. Batteries.
    Use rechargeable batteries. There is an initial investment, but in the long run you will $ave!
  11. Plastic bags.
    Every supermarket has a bin located at the front for dropping off your plastic bags, even those that are torn. Or reuse them.
  12. Ditch the Disposables
    Choose reusable goods over disposables. A sturdy water bottle (made from recycled products) or set of cloth napkins may cost a little more upfront, but you’ll $ave money in the long run by not having to constantly replenish your supply of disposables. That also means less garbage filling up landfills. Try finding creative new uses for products you would otherwise throw away.
  13. Shoes
    Souls4Souls was created – to facilitate the donations from these groups to the people who desperately need footwear.

To learn more about Recycling in general, visit has information on recycling and provides maps of local recycling centers in your area.


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