Recycling

Some Great Information on Recycling Clothes!

Selling, Donating and Recycling Old Clothing

Textile waste and the fashion industry now cause nearly as much pollution and landfill waste as big oil. Going green with your (clothing) habits is more important than ever, and fortunately, it’s fairly easy to mitigate your personal impact on the environment. Start with addressing how you dispose of old clothes. The average American throws out around 70 pounds of textiles every year. To reduce waste, go through your unwanted clothes and divide them based on condition. Then, try an eco-friendly way to get rid of things rather than throwing them in the trash.

Selling

If you just throw away or donate all of your used clothes, you may be throwing out money. Just because you don’t want to wear that summer dress anymore doesn’t mean no one else does. In fact, someone would probably be willing to pay for it. Name-brand fashion consignment sites are popular online, but there are lots of small, local businesses that sell goods on consignment, too. You give them the clothes you want to sell, they do the work of drawing in customers, and when your stuff sells, they give you a payout. Other online marketplaces, ranging from Craigslist and eBay to Facebook and Instagram, give you the chance to sell used clothing directly. It’s a little more work, but you keep all of the profit.

If you don’t need any extra pocket money, you can still put your unwanted clothes to work for you. Hang out with your friends and update your fashion for free by having a clothing swap. Clothing swaps give you and your friends a chance to put together fresh looks without reaching for your wallets. Your fabric goods go somewhere they will be used and appreciated, and you provide the same service for your friends. Everyone wins, including the environment.

Donating

Technically, you can donate clothes in any condition, but that doesn’t mean everything will land on thrift shop racks. Clothing that looks like new or that has minimal stains, wear, or stretching may be sold. Your badly used clothes, however, will probably go straight to the dump. Private consumers aren’t the only ones who put fabric goods in the trash: The thrift shop throws out clothes, too. Ultimately, the better the condition, the better the chances charities can put your donation to good use.

Look around for donation centers, and remember to check online for mail-in options. While Goodwill and the Salvation Army are popular and easy to find, you may be surprised how many other groups run thrift stores to boost revenue. Even animal shelters sometimes accept clothing donations.

Recycling

The sad fact is that your textile recycling options are the most limited. Right now, you may have one or two collection centers in your area if you live near an urban center, but rural recyclers will have a greater challenge giving their heavily worn clothes a second life. Keep in mind that recycling clothing is much more difficult than recycling plastic, aluminum, or even paper waste. Some of your recycled clothes will go to overseas markets, and some will live on as shredded insulation or mattress filling. Still, some may end up in the dump, even if you deposit it with a reliable recycling agency. There is just too much fabric waste and not enough demand for it.

This is where upcycling can come into play. Upcycling delays a trip to the landfill saves you money and reduces your personal textile consumption. It’s a reliable way to stretch the use of old clothes a little further and ultimately send less fabric to the dump. A little creativity goes a long way; your old tees, jeans, and dresses can become household cleaning tools, fresh accessories, toys, or even new garments! Cut up the grungiest old clothes to use as cleaning rags. Socks make fantastic dusting mitts. Use pieces from that stained dress or suit to create soft toys, quilts, panel skirts, scarves, book jackets, decorative pillows, and much more. You can find plenty of great fashion suggestions online. Upcycling is only limited by your imagination, determination, and inspiration.

In The News!

Maclay School Clean UP!

Maclay Day of Service Tree Planting

April 14 at 7:57pm · Bradfordville, FL ·

Another incredible Marauder Day of Service. Faculty, students, and parents volunteered in Tallahassee today planting 50 trees at the Trimble Road landscape project for Keep Tallahassee Beautiful, organized the art room for Boys Town North Florida, cleaned up outside at Lee’s Place, and worked the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend booth at Word of South including reading to children. It was a great day for #learnservegrow in our community. #TrueBlueMaclay #MaclayServiceLearning

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

girl scouts

Girl Scouts get dirty for shoreline cleanup Saturday

Ashley White, Democrat staff writer Published 2:50 p.m. ET Sept. 16, 2017 | Updated 6:01 p.m. ET Sept. 16, 2017

Top of Form

Tallahassee Girl Scout Troop 1348 helped with the Keep Tallahassee Beautiful coastal cleanup project Saturday by cleaning Lake Jackson. Ashley White/Democrat

Leave a place cleaner than you found it. It’s a Girl Scouts motto that Troop 1348 was putting into practice Saturday at Lake Jackson.

The troop, which consists of mostly 12- and 13-year-old girls, participated in Keep Tallahassee Beautiful’s annual Shinin’ Our Shores cleanup Saturday. All of the trash collected at the Sunset Landing will be logged and used to determine future cleanup initiatives.

“We’re just getting them excited about giving back,” Troop Leader Jodi L’Heureux said.

The girls filled their trash bags with mostly cigarette butts and beer bottle tops – more

Keep Tallahassee Beautiful stays in the news with the good works we do. Here’s an article in the Tallahassee Magazine highlighting us:

http://www.tallahasseemagazine.com/January-February-2016/Adopt-a-Street/

___________________________________________________________________________________

Attention College Students!

Want to do your part to “go green” on campus? Letsgogreen.com is committed to educating those interested in solar and the many ways to go green while researching ways colleges and their students can boost sustainability efforts. Check out their website for resources for Going Green on Campus: http://www.letsgosolar.com/consumer-education/colleges-going-green/

Got Trash?

Keep Tallahassee Beautiful is committed to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Thanks to a grant from Capital City Bank Group Foundation, Keep Tallahassee Beautiful has created a Recycling Information Site.  Additions will be made as new locations become available for.  In some cases there is a charge to dispose of your recyclables.  You may want to call the vendor beforehand.

*Steel cans and Office paper can be added to your home recycle bins.
Please select an item to see a list of dropoff locations.

 

Material Company Address City ST Zip Phone Web or email
Aluminum Cans City of Tallahassee Recycling Program http://www.talgov.com/you/solid/recycle.cfm
Leon County Recycling Program http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/Recycling/index.asp
. Ace Salvage Inc. 31556 W Highway 90 Midway FL 32343 (850) 574-1364
Marpan Recycling 6020 Woodville Highway Tallahassee FL 32305 (850)216-1006 www.marpanrecycling.com
Antifreeze Safety-Kleen Systems 4426 Entrepot Blvd Tallahassee FL 32310-8740 (850) 576-9764 www.safety-kleen.com
Super Lube – all locations www.superlube.com
Appliances Charity-Thrift stores for functioning appliances
City of Tallahassee–Non-functioning appliances can be placed at the curb for Bulky Pickup. http://www.talgov.com/you/solid/recycle.cfm
Marpan Recycling 6020 Woodville Highway Tallahassee FL 32305 (850)216-1006 www.marpanrecycling.com
Auto Metal Parts Jacks Auto Recycling 4413 Entrepot Blvd Tallahassee FL 32310 (850) 574-4147
FL
Batteries-Auto *All car battery retailers as required by Florida Law.
Super Lube – all locations www.superlube.com
Interstate Battery Systems of Tallahassee 2543 W Tennessee St Tallahassee FL 32304-2516 (850) 580-5545 www.interstatebatteries.com
Batteries–Household Interstate Battery Systems of Tallahassee 2543 W Tennessee St Tallahassee FL 32304-2516 (850) 580-5545 www.interstatebatteries.com
Batteries–Rechargeable Battery Source 3210 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 877-4440
Best Buy 1400 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301-3004 (850) 942-2300 www.bestbuy.com
Cornerstone Tool & Fastener 1110 Stuckey Ave Tallahassee FL 32310 (850) 580-1200
First Communications 234 Blountstown Hwy Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 576-7113
FSU Computer Store 609 W St. Augustine Rd Tallahassee FL 32306 (850) 644-3388
Home Depot 3200 Capital Circle NE Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 422-2777 www.homedepot.com
Home Depot 1490 Capital Circle NW Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 350-9001 www.homedepot.com
Interstate All Battery Center 2543 W Tennessee St Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 580-5545
 Call2Recycle.org Tallahassee FL 32301
Liberty Communications 3419 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 877-7329
Lowe’s 5500 Commonwealth Blvd Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 575-1435 www.lowes.com
Lowe’s 2121 Capital Cir NE Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 386-5022 www.lowes.com
Office Depot 4300 W Tennessee St Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 580-4068 www.officedepot.com
Office Depot 1416 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 656-3019 www.officedepot.com
Office Depot 3151 Capital Circle NE Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 298-4441 www.officedepot.com
Radio Shack 1964 W Tennessee St # 18 Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 575-2355 www.radioshack.com
Radio Shack 2415 N Monroe St # 670 Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 385-7504 www.radioshack.com
Radio Shack 1707 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 877-6695 www.radioshack.com
Sam’s Club 3122 Dick Wilson Blvd Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 671-5959 www.samsclub.com
Sears 1500 Apalachee Pky Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 671-6278 www.sears.com
Target 2120 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 671-2041 www.target.com
Target 3700 Bradfordville Rd Tallahassee FL 32309 (850) 894-3213 www.target.com
Verizon Wireless 2014 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 325-6695 www.verizonwireless.com
Wal-Mart Supercenter 4400 W Tennessee St Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 574-3588 www.walmart.com
Wal-Mart Supercenter 5500 Thomasville Rd Tallahassee FL 32312 (850) 668-2511 www.walmart.com
Wal-Mart Supercenter 3535 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 656-2732 www.walmart.com
Books Leon County Public Library-Collins Main Library 200 W Park Ave Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 606-2665 www.leoncountyfl.gov/library
Leon County Public Library-Lk Jackson Branch  Library 3840-302 N Monroe St Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 606-2850
Leon County Public Library-NE Branch Library 5513 Thomasville Rd Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 606-2800
Leon County Public Library-Perry Branch Library 2817 S Admas St Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 606-2950
Leon County Public Library-Parkway Branch Library 1210 Capital Circle SE Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 606-2750
Leon County Public Library-Ft. Braden Branch Library 16327 Blountstown Hwy Tallahassee FL 32310 (850) 606-2900
Leon County Public Library-Woodville Community Library 8000 Old Woodville Hwy Tallahassee FL 32305 (850) 421-1081
Goodwill Big Bend 300 Mabry Street Tallahassee FL 32309 (850) 668-3898 http://www.goodwillbigbend.com
1943 Thomasville Road Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 386-2165
2576 N Monroe St Tallahassee FL (850) 385-0716
3416 N Monroe Street Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 562-9721
1308 Mahan Drive Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 877-6840
1108 W Tharpe Street Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 385-1559
300 Mabry Street Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 576-7145
2309 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL (850) 216-2437
2729 Capital Circle NE Tallahassee FL
6810 Thomasville Rd Tallahassee FL
Refuge House Thrift Store 729 W. Gaines Street Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 487-8859 http://www.refugehouse.com
FL
Brake Fluid Auto Care Services of Tallahassee 1703 Capital Cir NE Tallahassee FL 3308-5503 (850) 402-0600 www.autocareservicesoftallahassee.com
Super Lube – all locations Tallahassee FL www.superlube.com
Tallahassee FL
Tallahassee FL
Cardboard City of Tallahassee Recycling Program http://www.talgov.com/you/solid/recycle.cfm
Leon County Recycling Program http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/Recycling/index.asp
The Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility 7550 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 606-1800 http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/solidwaste
Marpan Recycling 6020 Woodville Highway Tallahassee FL 32305 (850)216-1006 www.marpanrecycling.com
Carpet Marpan Recycling 6020 Woodville Highway Tallahassee FL 32305 (850)216-1006 www.marpanrecycling.com
Cellphones, PDAs *Consider donating your old phone or PDA to a local charity or non-profit organization.
Refuge House Thrift Store* 729 W. Gaines Street Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 487-8859 http://www.refugehouse.com
The Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility 7550 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 606-1800 http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/solidwaste
Tallahassee Police Department 234 East Seventh Avenue Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 891-4200 http://www.talgov.com/tpd
Leon County Sheriff’s Office 2825 Municipal Way Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 922-3300 http://lcso.leonfl.org/
Battery Source 3210 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 877-4440
Best Buy 1400 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301-3004 (850) 942-2300 www.bestbuy.com
Cornerstone Tool & Fastener 1110 Stuckey Ave Tallahassee FL 32310 (850) 580-1200
First Communications 234 Blountstown Hwy Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 576-7113
FSU Computer Store 609 W ST. Augustine Rd Tallahassee FL 32306 (850) 644-3388
Home Depot 3200 Capital Circle NE Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 422-2777 www.homedepot.com
Home Depot 1490 Capital Circle NW Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 350-9001 www.homedepot.com
Interstate All Battery Center 2543 W Tennessee St Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 580-5545
K-Mart 1701 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 -850
Liberty Communications 3419 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 877-7329
Lowe’s 5500 Commonwealth Blvd Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 575-1435
Lowe’s 2121 Capital Cir NE Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 386-5022
Office Depot 4300 W Tennessee St Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 580-4068 www.officedepot.com
Office Depot 1416 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 656-3019 www.officedepot.com
Office Depot 3151 Capital Circle NE Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 298-4441 www.officedepot.com
Radio Shack 1964 W Tennessee St # 18 Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 575-2355 www.radioshack.com
Radio Shack 2415 N Monroe St # 670 Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 385-7504 www.radioshack.com
Radio Shack 1707 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 877-6695 www.radioshack.com
Sam’s Club 3122 Dick Wilson Blvd Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 671-5959 www.samsclub.com
Staples 2241 N Monroe St Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 385-9155 www.staples.com
Staples 2345 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 877-3500 www.staples.com
Target 2120 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 671-2041 www.target.com
Target 3700 Bradfordville Rd Tallahassee FL 32309 (850) 894-3213 www.target.com
Verizon Wireless 2014 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 325-6695 www.verizonwireless.com
Wal-Mart Supercenter 4400 W Tennessee St Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 574-3588 www.walmart.com
Wal-Mart Supercenter 5500 Thomasville Rd Tallahassee FL 32312 (850) 668-2511 www.walmart.com
Wal-Mart Supercenter 3535 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 656-2732 www.walmart.com
Clothing Goodwill Big Bend 3610 Shamrock West Tallahassee FL 32309 (850) 668-3898 http://www.goodwillbigbend.com
1943 Thomasville Road Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 386-2165
3416 North Monroe Street Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 562-9721
1308 Mahan Drive Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 877-6840
1108 West Tharpe Street Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 385-1559
300 Mabry Street Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 576-7145
Tallahassee FL
7771 Mahan Dr. Tallahassee FL 32309 (850) 878-8314 www.lighthousechildrenshome.com
Refuge House Thrift Store 729 W Gaines Street Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 487-8859 http://www.refugehouse.com
Salvation Army 2131 Jackson Bluff Road Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 575 9758 www.salvationarmysouth.org 
Tallahassee FL
Tallahassee FL
Tallahassee FL
Compact Florescent Lightbulbs Home Depot 3200 Capital Circle NE Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 422-2777 www.homedepot.com
Home Depot 1490 Capital Circle NW Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 350-9001 www.homedepot.com
Computers The Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility 7550 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 606-1800 http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/solidwaste
Marpan Recycling LLC 6020 Woodville Hwy Tallahassee FL 32305-1200 (850) 216-1006 www.marpanrecycling.com
Goodwill Electronics & Computer Store 2800 West Tennessee St Tallahassee FL 32304 http://www.goodwillbigbend.com/
Apple www.apple.com/recycling
Dell http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/recycling/en/product_recycle
Gateway http://gateway.eztradein.com/gateway/
Tallahassee FL
Tallahassee FL
Tallahassee FL
Tallahassee FL
Fluorescent Bulbs The Veolia Environmental Services (VES) Tallahassee 342 Marpan Lane Tallahassee FL 32305 (850) 877-8299 http://veoliaes.com
Furniture Tallahassee FL
Gear Lube Super Lube – all locations Tallahassee FL www.superlube.com
Glass Bottles and Jars City of Tallahassee Recycling Program http://www.talgov.com/you/solid/recycle.cfm
Leon County Recycling Program http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/Recycling/index.asp
The Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility 7550 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 606-1800 http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/solidwaste
Ink/toner cartridges  Quill’s Tallahassee FL http://www.quill.com/content/index/ink-toner/recycle-ink-toner-cartridges/default.aspx
Hangers Many dry cleaners will take back wire hangers.  Charity and thrift stores are another option.
Magazines *Consider sharing a magazine subscription with a neighbor or donate your magazines to a nursing home, assisted living facility, doctor’s office, school or community group.
City of Tallahassee Recycling Program http://www.talgov.com/you/solid/recycle.cfm
Leon County Recycling Program http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/Recycling/index.asp
The Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility 7550 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 606-1800 http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/solidwaste
Leon County Public Library-Collins Main Library 200 W Park Ave Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 606-2665 www.leoncountyfl.gov/library
Leon County Public Library-Lk Jackson Branch  Library 3840-302 N Monroe St Tallahassee FL 32303 (850) 606-2850
Leon County Public Library-NE Branch Library 5513 Thomasville Rd Tallahassee FL 32308 (850) 606-2800
Leon County Public Library-Perry Branch Library 2817 S Admas St Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 606-2950
Leon County Public Library-Parkway Branch Library 1210 Capital Circle SE Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 606-2750
Leon County Public Library-Ft. Braden Branch Library 16327 Blountstown Hwy Tallahassee FL 32310 (850) 606-2900
Leon County Public Library-Woodville Community Library 8000 Old Woodville Hwy Tallahassee FL 32305 (850) 421-1081
Metal scrap Ace Salvage Inc. 31556 W Highway 90 Midway FL 32343 (850) 574-1364
Leon Iron & Metal 1351 Aenon Church Road Tallahassee FL 32304 (850) 575-5000 http://www.leoniron.com
Newspapers Newark Recycled Fibers 3201 Springhill Rd Tallahassee FL 32310 (850)575-3906 http://www.newarkgroup.com
City of Tallahassee Recycling Program http://www.talgov.com/you/solid/recycle.cfm
Leon County Recycling Program http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/Recycling/index.asp
The Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility 7550 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 606-1800 http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/solidwaste
Marpan Recycling 6020 Woodville Highway Tallahassee FL 32305 (850)216-1006 www.marpanrecycling.com
Office Paper Copy Shop 2096 N Monroe St Tallahassee FL 32303 (850 385-3751
Newark Recycled Fibers 3201 Springhill Rd Tallahassee FL 32310 (850) 575-3906 http://www.newarkgroup.com
Confidential Shredding & Recycling Tallahassee FL (850) 562-2073 www.csrshredding.com
Oil – used Super Lube – all locations www.superlube.com
Oil Filters Super Lube – all locations Tallahassee FL www.superlube.com
Other Hazardous Waste Leon County Swap Shop  7550 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 606-1803 http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/solidwaste/hazardouswaste.asp
Paperboard (food, drink boxes, shoe boxes etc.) *All paper and cardboard not intended for use with wet or greasy food can be recycled Tallahassee FL
City of Tallahassee Recycling Program http://www.talgov.com/you/solid/recycle.cfm
Solvents The Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility 7550 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee FL 32311 (850) 606-1800 http://www.leoncountyfl.gov/solidwaste
Transmission Fluid
Auto Care Services of Tallahassee 1703 Capital Cir NE Tallahassee FL 32308-5503 (850) 402-0600 www.autocareservicesoftallahassee.com
Yard Waste Marpan Recycling 6020 Woodville Highway Tallahassee FL 32305 850-215-1006 www.marpanrecycling.com