CAN: Act Sustainably
Lifestyle Choices - Don't throw it out!
Where does our garbage go?
Rehome your Household Items, Clothing, Including Furniture, and food
First we always look at reduce. Do you really need that item on sale that is catching your eye? Or will it be taking up storage space soon? Challenge yourself before making purchases - do you really need it? This question will not only save you money, but it will save the earth.
Now what to do with what you have? Don't toss it - find it a new, useful home. Here are some suggestions:
Join the Buy Nothing Rivertowns South Facebook page. Residents try to find homes for their unwanted items. Everything is free.
You can advertise free items on Next Door Ardsley
VVA, and Big Brothers and Sisters will pick up your items curbside. Check their lists of what they accept. Not only do you find a new home for your items but you support these charities and their mission.
The Fuller Center ReUse store in New Rochelle will take unused construction material, paint, furniture, and much more. Proceeds are used to support their work building affordable homes for local residents and veterans.
Towels, rugs and blankets are often needed by local animal shelters.
Give those unused coats, socks, mittens, gloves, blankets, scarves and hats to Midnight Run right here in Dobbs Ferry and help the homeless.
Though a pet's death is a sad event, you can donate the food, toys, beds, and other pet items to the Humane Society of Westchester. They also need cleaning items and stuffed animals.
Before you take your clothing to the local clothing dumpster repository, read this article. Don't assume your clothing donation is helping a cause - it could just be assisting a for-profit organization. The article will list organization that need the clothing. For women's professional clothing please consider Dress for Success or Career Closet.
Excess food or unwanted food? Donate to the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry at South Presbyterian Church.
Kitchen cabinets, windows, doors, and so on removed as part of a renovation can be donated to The Fuller Center.
Our Ardsley DPW has provided residents with great tips to keep items out of landfills
Here is a list of organizations that will pick up your items for reuse.
Check out Martha Stewart's A-Z guide on how to get rid of your stuff responsibly and to do good.
Check out Sustainable Westchester's Zero Waste initiative,including recorded webinars on how to move toward zero waste.
Repair, don't toss
In the 'old days' nothing was tossed if it could be repaired. These days, many of us have lost the skills to repair things. However, there is good news. A new movement, called Repair Cafes, is sweeping the nation. For free, experts will help you repair your items so that they are not discarded. We are fortunate to have an active Repair Cafe in the Rivertowns. Generally, every season a Repair Cafe will pop up in one of the Rivertowns - just bring your broken items and leave with a working, viable treasure...and some new friends. If you know how to repair items, contact the local Rivertowns Repair Cafe or the Ardsley CAC and volunteer your expertise and services in this fun community event.
Reduce and reuse plastic
Don't gift stuff
One of the many sources of unwanted items are gifts. Rather than giving a thing that may or may not be wanted, give an experience or meaningful contribution. Here are some ideas:
Contribute to the college fund of a child - they will thank you when they are in college
Provide gift certificates to favorite stores/vendors
Contribute toward a wanted item, like a vacation
Gift an experience or a getaway
Purchase a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant
Make a contribution in the gift recipient's honor to their favorite charity or cause
Give consumable gifts such as food, beverages, sweets
Delight with plants, shrubs and annuals - the earth and pollinators will thank you if they are native.