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Welcome to Redefining Trash: A place designed to share insights on how to more responsibly dispose of almost anything and make taking out the trash a thing of the past.

Box Up Your Recycling for Free!

Most of us love the convenience of printing out a pre-paid label, taping it to a box, and sending our return items back to the seller....

Not-So-Heavy Metal

Most people are aware that recycling aluminum cans saves almost all of the energy that is required to make cans from scratch (95%)....

Vote Today!

In the Northeast, autumn brings many things to our yards: leaves, pumpkin decor, and election signs. We can compost the first two, but...

Beauty Packaging Recycling

Many readers reposted about the free recycling of snack/candy wrappers through TerraCycle and Subaru (REI), so here is another post about...

Yellow Pages

As I was pulling into the driveway this past week, I saw a plastic bag that contained a large book: the Yellow Pages. When it happened a...

New Plastics Recycling Opportunity

Great news—there is a new opportunity to recycle plastic in Western PA! This is a follow-up to a prior posting about plastic recycling....

The Fabrics of Our Lives

Americans are fashion conscious. Particularly, they like to buy new clothes. There is even a term, “retail therapy,” that is often...

Junk Mail

Junk mail. Its very name implies something that we don’t want or need. I know at our house, it tends to make up the majority of the mail...

Redefining Trash 2020!

Been holding onto your dreams of a Mondale presidency and are finally ready to let go? Or, more likely, you may have some signs from our...

Sponge Alternatives

Sponges. We all use them, from cleaning pots and pans to other household chores. But did you know that many sponges contain plastic? They...

The quickest picker upper...

I grew up having paper towels handy for many uses, especially in the kitchen. Wash your hands; dry with a paper towel. Spill on the...

Eating in and staying green

It is hard for all of us to be thinking about the environment during the pandemic, which is why I have not posted very much. But as a...

Earth Day at Home

Today’s Earth Day will rank among the most unusual, not because we are celebrating the 50th anniversary but primarily due to a virus....

Recycling the "unrecyclable"

I have reviewed TerraCycle’s partnership with Subaru and TerraCycle’s free recycling programs in recent posts. Perhaps my favorite...

More free options from TerraCycle

In a prior post about TerraCycle, I explored the partnership between Subaru and TerraCycle that allows for a number of items to be...

Year-end Reflection

As 2019 comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on the first year of this blog and what I learned throughout the year. When I started this...

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