Where to Recycle All Your Stuff in Verona-Cedar Grove
Here is the Verona-Cedar Grove guide to recycling all of your old things, from paper and glass to clothes and toys, plus some things you can do to benefit local schools and charities.
Need to find a new home for old computers, toys your kids have outgrown, or paint you're not going to use? Here is our guide to getting stuff out of your basement and into all the right places—that is, everywhere but the landfill.
Find out how to recycle everything from cereal box tops to soda tabs in Verona-Cedar Grove.
Clothing: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here are a list of places to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe.
Verona and Cedar Grove residents can head down to Ozone Avenue in Verona to donate to Goodwill.
Kids' Clothing: Whether you are looking to donate clothes or sell them for next year's school wardrobe fund, here are some local places you can get rid of the outgrown hand-me-downs from your kid's closet.
Toys: As your children get older and are gifted more toys, they outgrow certain playthings that can benefit less fortunate children. Consider donating to Toys for Tots, or go to www.donationtown.org to find out how you can get toys picked up from your home.
You can also sell your gently used toys and clothing at Once Upon a Child in Fairfield, co-owned by Erin Schmidt and her mother Kim Schmidt of Verona.
Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use. For example, many women’s shelters collect working cellphones for women in domestic abuse situations so they can call 911 if needed, explains HowStuffWorks.com. Here are some other examples of local organizations where you can donate, sell or recycle your used electronics.
Residents can bring their unwanted electronics to the Essex County Fleet Maintenance Facility, located at 99 W. Bradford Ave. in Cedar Grove. Every year the facility hosts the countywide Computer and Electronics Recycling Day.
Waste and Recycling:
Paint: It's safe to dry out your leftover latex paint with kitty litter, dump it in the garbage and recycle the can. But, oil-based paints are actually considered hazardous, according to TheDailyGreen.com. Paint can also be brought to Essex County Fleet Maintenance Facility.
Newspapers, Magazines and Other Paper: According to environment.about.com, recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy.
Plastic: According to Earth911.com, recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. While it's pretty easy to recycle bottles in town, other plastic items can be tricky. However, many grocery stores offer recycling programs for plastic bags and product wraps.
Glass: Glass is a very efficient material to recycle, because it takes much less energy and money to recycle the material than to make it from scratch, according to curiosity.discovery.com.
Soda Can Tabs: Many charitable organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) collect soda pop tabs in fund raising efforts. After the tabs are collected, they bring them to local recycling centers where they are weighed to determine their value. The recycling center then sends the local RMHC chapter a check for the total value.
What did we miss? Tell us where you're recycling, reselling and donating your gently used items.