May 27 Care Mission

Help a Senior Recycle

From batteries to furniture, help seniors go green as they declutter homes or get rid of outdated items.

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Does a senior you know have an old computer in their home that no longer works? What about boxes of old holiday decorations? Items like these can cause clutter or even tripping hazards in a senior’s home. But recycling these items can be a green option for seniors who want to Marie-Kondo their condo.

Here are 9 surprising things that can be recycled that could clear the clutter in a senior’s home while helping others and the environment:

  1. Holiday Lights – Local hardware stores or shops may have recycling programs that will take broken or burnt out strings of lights.

  2. Old Computers – E-waste recycling centers can help you responsibly recycle your outdated computers and other electronics such as printers.

  3. CD-ROMs – It could take a CD 1 million years to decompose in a landfill. Luckily, they can be recycled to use in new products. Check local options or search online for CD recycling.

  4. Old Cell Phones – Old cell phones can be recycled or donated to a charity where they could help victims of domestic violence or soldiers connect with their family members.

  5. VHS Cassettes – If you have classics, you could try to sell your tapes at a yard sale or online. There are also recycling centers that accept these.

  6. Batteries – When batteries decompose, chemicals can leak out and contaminate the soil or water. Recycling batteries can help keep heavy metals and chemicals out of landfills and the environment.

  7. Shoes – Put your gently used shoes to good use for others. Your running shoes, heels, or sandals that don’t fit quite right can help others directly or raise money for non-profits.

  8. Prescription Drugs – Unwanted, unused, or expired medication should be disposed of in a safe way. Proper disposal can help prevent misuse and keep chemicals out of the environment.

  9. Eyeglasses – The Lions Clubs International civic organization collects used eyeglasses and distributes them to the millions of people in the world through their Lions Recycle for Sight Program.

Can’t find a place to recycle near you? Earth911 maintains one of North America’s most extensive recycling databases with other 350 materials and 100,000+ listings.

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Community Comments

  1. Helped out a friend by organizing their paperwork and cleaning out bedroom. I have allot more to do still but boy don’t it look so much better already!

    Sara
    2 Missions Completed
  2. I made this a part of my everyday life and have encouraged others to do the same!

    Jennie
    1 Mission Completed
  3. Tome to donate items to local organizations doin garage sales, silent auctions, etc. Games to youth groups.

    Rita
    19 Missions Completed
  4. My parents are in their 80’s and we did a whole house spring cleaning Memorial Day wkend with over 90% recycled. If I was able, I would have liked to be able to check this 7 times! There were 8 boxes to different places, including old meds. Feels good & the house feels lighter.
    Lisa Lynn

    Lisa Lynn
    1 Mission Completed
  5. I visited a 94 year old lady who misplaces things and thinks someone has stolen them. She doesn’t want to leave the house because she thinks people come in and steal things while she is gone. I visit her every Saturday and take her the weeks Sunday School lesson.

    Joan
    1 Mission Completed
  6. I visited a 94 year old lady who doesn’t want to leave the house because she thinks someone comes in and steal things from her when she isn’t home. She forgets where she puts things and thinks someone has come in and stolen them while she is home. I visit her every Saturday and take her the Sunday School lesson for the week.

    Joan
    1 Mission Completed
  7. I have worked out a mission with my neighbor, she loves to recycle! We recently had our recycling center moved, it being a little more of a drive she feels comfortable to do, I now weekly take her recycling to the next town over for her!

    Katherine
    14 Missions Completed

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*For every care mission completed on the Ready to Care website, imreadytocare.com, Home Instead, Inc. pledges to donate $1 to the GIVE65℠ program (up to $10,000) through July 31, 2019. GIVE65 is the first and only crowd-funding platform exclusively devoted to helping nonprofits create hope for seniors and enhance the lives of aging adults.