The Earth provides so many resources for us, but as there is constant growth in human population it is imperative that we do our part in preserving and protecting those resources. Recycling and using recycled materials are helpful in taking care of our planet for both ourselves and the future generations. As greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise, our efforts in conserving nature make a huge difference. Being mindful of product consumption and what is done with those products after use is very important in protecting our valuable natural resources.
Pollution and waste are reduced when people utilize recycling centers. While plastic, paper, and aluminum are the most advertised recyclable items, there are recycling centers that accept glass, wood, and metal. Hazardous materials such as batteries, household cleaners, ink, paints, and pesticides should be disposed of properly instead of being put in the garbage. Batteries and paints are some of the most toxic waste products, as they contain lead, mercury, and nickel. Auto garages and stores often will accept gasoline/fuel. The city of Springfield has information on two recycling centers on their website at www.springfieldmo.gov.
How to Resale?
Many times there are items that are in great or good condition that are able to be refurnished or restored at an antique shop. Some online options for reselling things are Craigslist, eBay, Amazon and even Facebook. A garage sale is also a great way to sell unwanted items and it removes the task of transporting goods. Most consignment and thrift stores give the option of either getting cash or getting store credit. Next-to-New, Other Mothers, Uptown Cheapskate, Plato’s Closet and the Plaid Door are just a few of the options in our area.
When to Reuse?
If a recycling center does not take items and you do not want to resell them, there is still the option of letting the items be reused. Many cities, including Springfield, host local collection events that accept a variety of items. Clothing, furniture, and other goods can be donated to a homeless facility or another shelter. Places like GoodWill Industries, Salvation Army and the Disabled American Veterans will give you a tax write off for any items that they accept. Drop bins for different organizations are also located around town for convenience.