Entries tagged with “recycle”.

Bins to Recycle Many ItemsThis Earth Day, show your love to Mother Earth by recycling items you’re no longer using in your home or office.

For instance, this Recycle Station in the Best Buy store in Bellevue, WA accepts: plastic bags; CDs, DVDs and their cases; rechargeable batteries; ink and toner cartridges; gift cards; wires, cords and cables; and remotes and controllers.


packing peanutsMany people wonder where to recycle foam packing material and “peanuts” in the Seattle area now that many shipping company stores are no longer accepting them. Styro Recycle recycles EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) commonly known as Styrofoam®. They are located in Renton, just west of IKEA, and are open 7 days a week.

Whether you are moving, downsizing, getting organized or just want to be a good citizen of the planet, recycling items that have become clutter will make you feel great on Earth Day and Every Day!





Cardboard triangle-shaped packing materialWe were recently introduced to a green packing material alternative, ExpandOS (and we in Western Washington are eager to protect our environment). They are triangle-shaped pieces of recyclable cardboard that make styrofoam packing peanuts obsolete.  ExpandOS create a protective cocoon around each item in your box and eliminate damage through better blocking, bracing and shock dispersion. When you’re finished with them, just toss the ExpandOS in your recycle bin and you are done!

They are made from first-quality post-industrial waste and come in 3 strengths, depending upon how much weight you need them to hold.  ExpandOS has been tested and proven a winner against the most stringent industry (ISTA and ASTM) standards and can be personalized with a company’s logo, if desired.

People often ask them what happens to all the holes they punch out to make the ExpandOS. They recycle them, of course! 

For more information, see their website at: Expandos.com.

We all have stuff that is no longer being used for its original purpose or the item has been replaced by newer technology. Here are a few ideas for repurposing, upcycling and reusing items we can no longer use but don’t want to part with. 

CD Holder for Bagel             Chair into Shelf/Closet      Tennis Racket Mirrors


Old Books for Shelves        Bicycle Sink Stand                     Old Piano Bookshelf

There are not too many of these old TV’s around, but Kitty sure likes this one that’s been converted to a fish aquarium!

Thanks to BoredPanda.com for the pictures and ideas!

Have you ever re-purposed or recycled an item that worked out well, or had something that didn’t work out? Please share in comments.



The average American consumes about 3 cups of coffee a day (maybe more in Seattle!).  That’s A LOT of used coffee grounds! Before you throw them in the trash, consider some of these very useful and resourceful options:

  • Keep Ants Out of Your Kitchen ~ Ants won’t cross a line of coffee grounds, so sprinkle some around any popular ant hangout. Sprinkle coffee grounds outside the perimeter of your house in order to prevent ants from getting into your house.
  • Remove Strong Odors from Hands ~ If you’re cooking with foods like onions and fish, rub coffee grounds into your hands to remove odors.
  • Keep Slugs and Snails Out of Garden and Plants ~ Use coffee grounds as an organic repellent. To repel cats, mix used coffee grounds with orange peels and sprinkle along the boundary of your garden. Curious dogs can be fatally poisoned by coffee, however, so use with caution.
  • Use to Help Spread Seeds ~ If you are a gardener, you know how difficult it can be to spread or scatter small seeds like carrot seeds or radish seeds. To help with this, mix the small seeds into coffee grounds. Not only will this make the seeds easier to spread over the ground, but it will also help to repel pests and fertilize the soil around the seeds.
  • Beauty Uses ~ Mix a quarter-cup of used coffee grounds with an egg white for an at-home skin-tightening mask. You can also massage your face with coffee grounds for an exfoliating scrub that will leave you with a radiant glow.
  • Meat Tenderizer ~ If you have leftover coffee in the pot, use it to tenderize steak. Add fresh grounds to chocolate cake and brownie batter for bold, unique flavors.

Share your favorite tip for using leftover coffee grounds with us in the comments below.

Thanks for the inspiration  6 Surprising Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds.

Image furnished by Jeroen van Oostrom of freedigitalphotos.net.

We learned in an earlier post Feb 28, 2012: Junk Mail is Bad…Right? that direct mail does have some value to the community.

It is a green way to shop and is made from a renewable resource; it is critical to the economic well-being of communities, business and charities; and local businesses use direct mail to let their neighbors know they have opened a new store and frequently include coupons as incentives to new customers. We also learned that we can cut back on certain types that don’t interest us by going to DMAchoice.org to limit what we receive.

Now, for you creative sorts who want to support the “Junk Mail” industry here are five fun things you can do with your junk mail, courtesy of Change of Address.org:

  • Paper Mâché – craft projects made from advertising circulars can be fun for the whole family. In addition to providing the paper for your project, you can use them to protect your work surface from glue and paint.
  • Play Store With Sample Credit Cards – kids can use the generic “credit cards” you receive in the mail to play “store.”
  • Make Origami – search online for tutorials for creating everything from cranes to elaborate flowers.
  • Teach Kids to Play Paper Football – fold your junk mail into a paper football (instructions: here) (rules: here) and have tournaments on your kitchen table.
  • Start a Garden – Relatively inexpensive, paper pot makers are easy to find from online retailers and in gardening stores. Starting your plants from seed in recycled paper is a great way to boost your eco-friendly impact while reducing clutter.

What is your best creative tip for re-using junk mail?

We found a few more cool ideas for recycling and reusing items when you are getting ready to downsize,  getting rid of things in the garage, or just de-cluttering.

Thanks to Instructables, here’s an idea for that broken bicycle in the garage. The rim is a great base for a clock.

Do you have any old VHS cases? You can use one as a picture frame with hidden storage. Now that is really clever!

Now that our TVs are wall-mounted, how about this cute Tiny Kitchen made from an old TV stand/cabinet. Dinner anyone?

Next time you are looking at an outdated or broken item, put your creative juices to work and tell us what you have come up with; we love to hear new ideas.

Of course, if you are swamped with things to do and need help de-cluttering or organizing, Seamless Moves is here to help.

SATURDAY, MAY 12th  /  Noon – 3:00 pm
Omega Office Parking Lot

FREE Recyling of: Applicances, Electronics, Electronic Scrap, Misc. Computer Items,
Cell Phones, Scrap Steel & Wire, Metal Furniture, Ink & Toner Cartridges, Small Machinery, and Building Materials. No need to erase cell phones or hard drives.

Omega Financial is a fellow BNI Bellevue Business Bulldogs member, and provider of business insurance to many individuals and businesses, including Seamless Moves.

Oh no, another one has escaped!  Another sock has gone missing. It must have been the washer, it was the last to see it and it has no alibi. Or maybe it escaped while at the gym.  A real mystery–where do those missing socks disappear to?

Amazingly, there is a holiday to celebrate those socks left in the drawer.  A day to celebrate and to stop mourning over those widowed socks. A day to stop hoping it will appear to reunite with its “sole mate.”

While there are many suggestions for what to do with your orphaned socks, from making “Sock Monkeys” to toys for your pets, you have another option.

May 9th is Lost Sock Memorial Day and we suggest you celebrate by donating your partner-less socks, along with other clean, usable women’s, children’s or men’s clothing, to Seamless Moves’ Lost Sock Day Clothing Drive to benefit Northwest Center. On Lost Sock Day, volunteers will play matchmaker and pair up as many donated socks as possible, so that they may fulfill their calling to warm chilly toes.

As you spring-clean your closets and dresser drawers over the next couple of weeks, keep a bag handy for items you no longer use. Then, take your donation to one of the donation sites listed below by May 6th, or contact Seamless Moves for pickup at 425-746-1334.

Northwest Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, has provided services to support the rights and independence of people with developmental disabilities for 45 years. From early childhood therapy and education to adult job training and placement, Northwest Center promotes the building of a community where people of all abilities can fully participate.

Does your Technology need to be recycled?  Do you have an old cell phone, MP3 player or laptop lying around because you don’t know what to do with it?

If you decide to upgrade your hardware, it’s likely you’ll do it before your computer has broken down completely, and it can seem like such a waste to just trash your computer.

You may be able to sell to a buy-back website such as YouRenew.com or Gazelle.com, where you can sell your devices or recycle those that have no value.  GreenDisk (1-800-305-DISK) recycles all forms of techno trash: diskettes, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, audiotapes and their plastic cases, even old Game Boys, PDAs and scanners.

If you have unused but useful equipment you’d like to donate toward a worthy cause, visit Recycles.org for more information about how to donate to organizations near you.

If you are out and about on Saturday April 21 from 10AM -2PM  you can load up the car and head on over to Home Street Bank at 6949 Coal Creek Parkway SE  in Newcastle. Bring all your shredding stuff – from one bag to a car full.  Also,  Mr. Scrappy will be there to take appliances, computers, televisions, screens, etc. Any items that contain Freon such as old refrigerators/freezers will have a charge of $60.  Everything else is free.

One more thing: don’t forget to to erase your private information from any hard drives.

Happy Recycling!

The city of Newcastle is hosting a Recycling Collection Event this Saturday, March 10th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Renton Academy, 6928 116th Ave SE, Newcastle, WA 98059.

Please check the link above to see what they are accepting/not accepting for recycling.

New this year is a pilot project to recycle mattresses, box springs and futons of any size. The cost is $10 each.

You may recycle many different items, most at no charge, including appliances, auto parts, engines, passenger tires (first six without rims free), batteries (car, truck, marine and motorcycle), gas lawnmowers and scrap metal. Gentlemen (and ladies) let’s get going on that “honey-do” list and early Spring Cleaning!

Beginning Feb. 1, 2012, free Recyclables Service is closing at most King County Transfer Stations. These materials will no longer be accepted for recycling at King County‘s Cedar Falls, Enumclaw, Houghton, Renton, and Shoreline facilities: aluminum cans; cardboard; glass bottles and jars; mixed paper; newspaper; plastic bottles, tubs and jugs; and tin cans. Their FAQ Sheet may be viewed here:

Most cities include recyclables pick-up at no cost with your curbside garbage pick-up, except Skykomish, Snoqualime Pass and Vashon communities, whose residents may still take their recyclables to their local transfer stations.

We were curious what happens if you have more recyclables than will fit in the curbside pick-up recycling cart, such as after a move when you have lots of boxes and packing paper you don’t wish to keep. We confirmed with both Waste Management by telephone and with the City of Renton curbside recycling page on their website that there is no limit to the amount of clean recycling you can set out for collection. Put recycling that doesn’t fit in your cart in recycling bins, cardboard boxes (limit 2′x2′x2′), or a 32-gallon can with handles marked “recycling.” Check with your city of residence and garbage pick-up service for their policies.

Of course, it will take you some time to cut up your used moving boxes into 2′x2′x2′ pieces, but that is the requirement for having them picked up curbside at no cost.

Seamless Moves offers removal of moving boxes and packing materials to our unpacking clients, but what are alternatives for the moving do-it-yourselfer?

You may take clean, used cardboard and paper to a recycling center such as SeaDruNar Recycling in Seattle who pay you a small amount for them or 1 Green Planet in Renton who accept these and many other items (appliances, electronics, scrap metal, etc.) at no cost to you.

If you would rather have someone pick them up for you, we recommend Rubbish Works. Owner John Davies says, “Rubbish Works can help with any type of recycling services. Our two-man crews will show up on site and take co-mingled recycling – metal, cardboard, plastic, etc.  We then distribute it to the proper recycling center.” Rates depend upon the amount you have them pick up.

OR: Skip the cardboard altogether and use Frogboxes!

Free Recycling Event in Bellevue WA