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donate old textbooks

#How to Recycle Old Textbooks

Even the most avid readers may find themselves in front of a dilemma when it comes to piles of old textbooks gathering dust around the house. The good news is that there is no need to throw old textbooks away. To get rid of old books that are no longer useful, one can choose from various recycling methods. From donating to recycling the paper, there are multiple ways to deal with this problem. Learning more about the different approaches available for recycling a book may help declutter one’s shelves and perhaps make a contribution for those in need.

Donating Old Textbooks

Donating old textbooks is one of the best ways to recycle such items. Almost any textbook can have value to somebody else and even though newer editions of a certain book may be available, the information in books changes very little for certain subjects such ashistory or grammar. for example. Public libraries and schools should be the first choices for donation.

Why Donate Old Textbooks to Charity

Numerous charities and non-profit organisations can benefit from old textbook donations. Charities often use donated books to help the illiterate learn to read or sell them and use the profits for their developmental work. Either way, donating old textbooks is a great way to breathe new life into them. Some of the organisations one may consider for donating books in Australia include:

* Give Now Australia

* Indigenous Literacy Foundation

* World Vision Australia

* Australian Books for Children of Africa

* Footpath Library

* BookAid Australia

Some of these charities offer a pick-up service, whereas for others one needs to mail the books or use one of their drop-off points. Another way to donate books is to use Book Crossing, a website that allows users to register their books and leave them in public places for someone else to pick up and do the same. Thrift stores and churches may be additional places where one can donate unwanted books.

Selling Old Textbooks

Consumers who would like to get some money in exchange for their old textbooks may also try to sell them. Many local bookstores accept old textbooks, but one can also try to sell them online, for example on eBay. Selling books to various organisations that donate the money for various causes is another option.

Trading Old Textbooks

Swapping or trading textbooks is common practice especially in college campuses. Owners can also try to trade unwanted books through their community or online. People even set up book swap parties where friends and neighbours bring books they do not need anymore and trade them for other books. This is a good way to get rid of unwanted books while getting new ones, all without having to spend any money.

Disposing of Old Textbooks Responsibly

In some cases, an old textbook may not be useful to anyone anymore due to its poor condition. Consumers who want to get rid of textbooks that no one can use should not simply throw them in the trash. The book’s pages and, sometimes, the covers are recyclable in the majority of cases.

By choosing to dispose of unwanted textbooks responsibly, people can avoid contributing to the accumulation of landfill. Moreover, as the production of paper costs the lives of trees, recycling paper is very important for protecting the environment. Recycling waste paper is also a good way to prevent air and water pollution associated with the production, packaging, and transportation of new paper.

Most areas have one or more paper recycling drop-off points that the owners can use to dispose of old textbooks. Some recycling plants offer pick-up services, so it is worth giving them a call for more information, especially for those who have a large amount of textbooks to recycle.

How to Buy Textbooks on eBay

Buying textbooks on eBay is one of the best ways to find the titles you need quickly and save money on them at the same time. OneBay. it is easy to find the exact title you are looking for. Simply type the title and author of the textbook you are interested in into the search box of the website. You can then refine the results you get by price, condition, location of the eBay seller, and more.

Recycling old textbooks you no longer need is not only a way to get some of the money you paid for the book back, but also a way to help others get the textbook they need at a great price. Just because you do not need a textbook anymore, it does not mean it is worthless.

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#How to Recycle Old Electronic Devices – Consumer Reports

Don’t just toss them! Here’s what to do with your outdated items.

Do you have an island of misfit gadgets somewhere in your home? You know, like that cell phone that dates back to the flip era, a laptop that requires regular biceps curls to lug from room to room, or that once-cutting-edge 3-megapixel digital camera—the kind of junk even your local charity considers an insult.

The most likely reason you haven’t banished these devices from your home is that recycling them is such a hassle. Admittedly, it’s much easier to toss these relics in the trash than it is to dispose of them properly—but not only would this be wrong, it’s also illegal in many states. At this time, 25 states have some form of e-waste recycling legislation, according to the Electronics Takeback Coalition.

Disposing of digital detritus appropriately may take a little research, but often it’s as easy as bringing the junk with you on your next shopping trip. Most electronics manufacturers have programs in place to take items back, either at drop-off locations or through the mail. And retailers often have bins for depositing items such as spent batteries. Municipalities also offer disposal sites in many areas. In most cases, these programs are free; some retailer programs even offer store gift cards for your trade-in items.

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donate old computers

#How to recycle your old computer

We live in a world of incredible innovation in consumer technology. What’s cutting-edge now (Retina display Macbook Pro. anyone?) will likely be ho-hum only a few years down the road. We ve all grown accustomed to the planned obsolescence of our electronics. Keeping a primary computer running smoothly for five years or longer seems like a herculean task, and very few self-respecting gamers would consider using their machine for longer than two years – at least, not without major component upgrades.

There’s undoubtedly an upshot to all this. Newer, faster, more powerful devices keep popping up, and in turn the technology we were previously perfectly happy with gets cheaper and cheaper. But there’s a darker side, too. Discarded, outdated, or broken electronics pose a serious environmental problem.

Previously, we’ve covered how to recycle your old iPhones. With the holidays on our heels, you may soon be getting that new laptop you ve been wanting. But what do you do with your old one? Follow our guide on recycling computers to make sure your well-loved laptops and desktops end up where they belong.

A word of caution on recycling

Before getting into the details, it’s important to understand how – and why – to recycle computer parts ethically. According to a 2010 NPR story. even when we try to do the right thing and recycle our e-waste, about 80 percent of it ends up in countries like China, India, or Nigeria. There, during so-called “dirty” recycling, low-wage workers perform tasks like bathing computer parts in acid to retrieve gold components. They’re exposed to heated mercury, lead, and other toxic materials without any protective gear. Meanwhile, unprofitable plastic parts often end up in landfills anyway.

Dirty recycling has become such a problem that at least 25 states have passed laws regulating e-waste. usually by requiring electronics manufacturers to recycle as much as they sell. Below, we’ll cover how to find reputable and environmentally-responsible recyclers for your goods.

Step 1: Wipe all personal information

While many recyclers and donation programs offer to wipe your hard drive for you, we recommend erasing all personal data yourself for safety reasons. Don’t forget to back up everything you need first!

Some beginners fall into the trap of thinking that simply deleting personal files will do the trick. This makes your data harder to find, but doesn t erase it entirely. An experienced programmer can still retrieve it easily. Rather, we recommend fully overwriting your hard drive, preferably multiple times, and then re-installing your operating system from scratch if you need to (for instance, if you’re donating the computer). After all, physically smashing your hard drive to bits a la Office Space may be satisfying, but it still doesn t solve the problem of environmental contaminants.

When it comes to drive-rewriting programs, the U.S. Department of Defense guidelines serve as the market standard. However, any of the following software should do the trick. Again, don’t forget to back up your files and make a backup disk of your OS before beginning!

1. Darick’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN) –  Darik’s Boot and Nuke. an unsupported freeware program, gets the job done. Download the .iso file, burn it to disk, and boot your computer using DBAN after entering the BIOS screen.

2. [email protected] Kill Disk –  While [email protected] Kill Disk comes free for basic wipes, only the paid version ($39.95) conforms to DOD standards. Don’t be fooled by the mediocre rating; most low-raters didn t realize that this program would do what it says it does and were surprised to see their hard drive erased.

3. WipeDrive –  WipeDrive is the power tool of disk overwrite utilities: not only does it conform to DOD standards, but its clients actually include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as the U.S. Army and Navy. However, this prowess doesn t come free. The unpaid version only wipes 25 percent of your data, making it useless except for trials, while the full version is currently on sale for $19.95.

Step 2: Attempt to donate your computer

Remember the old “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” posters from grade school? Well, there’s a reason that “Reduce” and “Reuse” come first. It’s actually much better for the environment to donate your old computer to a place that might still be able to use it – like a school or retirement center – than it is to strip it down and recycle it part-by-part, which is both energy- and labor-intensive. In other words, unless you dropped your computer in a bonfire or spilled hot cocoa across the motherboard, it’s worth trying to donate it before you opt for recycling. The following are all good starting places.

1. The National Cristina Foundation –  From the website of the National Cristina Foundation. you can search for non-profits in your neighborhood seeking computers for at-risk students, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals. This way, your donation stays local, and you might even help someone join the digital age.

2. Dell Reconnect through Goodwill –  Dell Reconnect represents Dell’s partnership with Goodwill, and in many ways, offers the best of both worlds. If Goodwill workers can refurbish and resell your computer, they will; if not, they’ll recycle it for you, adhering to an e-waste policy that prohibits export to developing countries. Best of all, the program accepts any brand of computer in any condition at more than 2,500 locations and can provide receipts for tax purposes.

3. Free Geek –  Free Geek accepts even broken computers and spare parts, making it one of the few donation services to take machines in any condition. Afterward, this teaching-oriented non-profit transforms them into FreekBoxes, Frankenstein-like assemblages of refurbished parts running Linux. Even if you don t live in Portland, Oregon, where the company is based, you can mail used computers and other electronics to them. Simply write Attn: Hardware Donation on the package. You ll need to pay for shipping yourself. Free Geek also asks for a nominal monetary donation with each electronics donation, but your entire donation is tax-deductible, and goes to a fantastic cause to boot.

Step 3: Recycle through a reputable service

As discussed above, all electronics recycling programs are not created equal. Be sure to check out the EPA guide and the list below to find places to donate for free while keeping a good conscience.

1. e-Stewards certified recyclers –  All e-Stewards certified recyclers come pre-vetted as environmentally responsible. Affiliated with the Basel Action Network. a major activist group fighting e-waste, e-Stewards certification means no landfills, no incinerators, no prison labor, and no export to developing countries.

2. Best Buy –  As of September, Best Buy’s Recycling Program has committed to partnering exclusively with recyclers certified to e-Stewards standards, making it one of the best “big box” options for recycling. The program will accept any computer brand in any condition, no matter where you bought it, as well as TVs, cell phones, and most other electronics. Just bring your worn-out goodies to any Best Buy store.

3. Dell –  In addition to the Dell Reconnect program through Goodwill mentioned above, Dell partners with FedEx to provide Dell Mail-Back Recycling. This may be a good option for rural computer users. Dell computers are always free to send in, and you can send in any other brand with the purchase of a new Dell product.

4. Apple –  The Apple Recycling Program comes with a cool incentive: if Apple’s contractors decide that your device still has resale value, you’ll get an Apple Store gift card as thanks. Otherwise, your computer will be recycled for free, following standards that ban landfills, incinerators, prison labor, and overseas shipping. Since the program provides a free shipping label, this option also fits the needs of rural consumers. Just start by entering info on an accepted device – iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, or PC computer – to get a gift card quote.

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donate old tv

#Where and How to Recycle Old TV sets, Computers, Printers, Cell Phones and Other Household Consumer Products and Electronics

Where and How to Recycle Old TV sets, Computers, Printers, Cell Phones and Other Household Consumer Products and Electronics

If you have an old television, computer, printer, cell phone or other household electronics that no longer work and you’re about to throw them out, stop! Send it for recycling instead! It’s become easy to do, by using the locators below to find a drop-off point near your home or office!

There are several ways to do this:

1. Retail Store programs. Many large electronics retail chain stores, like Best Buy, Circuit City, OfficeMax and Office Depot to sponsor free, in-store collection events. In some cases, these occur sporadically, but in most cases, you can simply drop off an old tv set (inside the store!). A few retailers may charge a fee or accept only certain types or brands of equipment. Click here to see the master list of stores and click on the one that is best for you!

2. Local community recycling centers and Private recycling firms – Many municipalities now offer recycling programs that can accept electronic waste, like tv sets. You can also take your TV set and other electronic waste directly to a private recycling company. To locate the closest center of either type near you, just use the forms below. The map on the left is specialized to find electronics consumer product recycling centers only, the form on the right find centers to recycle all products. They connect to different external databases, so they may provide different results, and you might want to try both.

Electronics Products Only

Click on your state below to find reuse, recycling, and donation programs across the country for your electronic products. And see these pages if you want to recycle your batteries or mercury containing lamps?

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movember donations

#It s my (old) blog: Fwd: Suggested Movember Donation Email Wording

Fwd: Suggested Movember Donation Email Wording

———- Forwarded message ———-

Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Subject: Suggested Movember Donation Email Wording

Hey Mo Bro,

The easiest way to get people to donate to your moustache growing efforts is to send them an email or message directing them to the ‘Donate part of the Movember website where they just enter the donation amount and their credit card or PayPal details.

Below is some suggested wording you can copy and paste into an email or networking application message and send it off. Too easy!

During Movember (the month formerly known as November) I m growing a Mo. That s right I m bringing the Mo back because I m passionate about tackling men s health issues and being proactive in the fight against men s depression and prostate cancer.

To donate to my Mo you can either:

Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember Foundation , referencing my Registration Number 1637201 and mailing it to:

Movember Foundation

PO Box 292

Prahran VIC 3181

Remember, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The money raised by Movember is used to raise awareness of men s health issues and donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative. The PCFA and beyondblue will use the funds to fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and depression.

Did you know:

  • Depression affects 1 in 6 men. most don t seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide.
  • Last year in Australia 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2,900 died of prostate cancer – equivalent to the number of women who will die from breast cancer annually.

For those that have supported Movember in previous years you can be very proud of the impact it has had and can check out the details at: [ Fundraising Outcomes ].

Movember culminates at the end of month Gala Partés. If you would like to be part of this great night you ll need to purchase a [ Gala Parté Ticket ] .

Thanks for your support Simon.

More information is available at http://www.movember.com/ .

Movember is proudly grown by Holden and Schick.

Movember is proud partners with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative.

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old clothes donation

#Where do your old clothes go? BBC News

Every year, thousands of us across the UK donate our used clothing to charity – many in the belief that it will be given to those in need or sold in High Street charity shops to raise funds. But a new book has revealed that most of what we hand over actually ends up getting shipped abroad – part of a £2.8bn ($4.3bn) second-hand garment trade that spans the globe. We investigate the journey of our cast-offs and begin to follow one set of garments from donation to their eventual destination.

UK consumers ditch more than a million tonnes of clothing every year.

The Western world’s growing desire for fast, disposable fashion, fuelled by the ready supply of cheap goods manufactured in China and elsewhere, means we are consuming and then disposing of an ever greater quantity of garments.

There’s a moment of magic where a gift turns into a commodity Dr Andrew Brooks, King’s College London

And, encouraged by charities and recycling companies, we are handing more and more of these old clothes over – via shops, collection bags or clothing banks – for reuse by new owners.

Almost half of the garments we now throw out end up going to a new home rather than ending up in landfill or at an incineration plant, estimates the Waste Resources Action Programme (Wrap). a UK government and EU-backed agency tasked with reducing waste.

Few would dispute that diverting clothing away from landfill and giving it a new life is a good thing.

But Dr Andrew Brooks, lecturer in development geography at King’s College London. argues in his book Clothing Poverty that many donors don’t realise that the majority of the cast-offs they hand over to charity will be traded abroad for profit.

“The way most people encounter the second-hand clothing trade is their High Street second-hand store. I think there is a common presumption amongst the general public that if they give something to charity it’s most likely to be sold in one of these shops, ” he says.

“And while many garments are sold in these shops, the demand is relatively low compared to the supply, and far more get exported overseas.”

Clothing in the UK

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where to donate old cell phones

#Learn To Parent – Houston, TX – Donate Old Cell Phones

Those electronics aren’t doing anyone any good sitting in the drawer or in the trash, but they can do a lot of good to some Houston families!   Recycle 4 Fundraising will donate money to ESCAPE for each piece of electronic equipment that is recycled through our efforts.

Protect the earth while helping Houston’s families. The average cell phone user upgrades every 14-18 months in the U.S. but only about 8% of cell phones are recycled today.  With over 110 million cell phones in use, this high turnover rate creates a very large source of used and discarded electronics.  Keeping phones out of landfills protects ground water and ultimately protects you.

What we take*: Laptops, MP3 Players, GPS devices, digital cameras, cell phones.  The collected items do not need to be in working order. All makes and models are welcomed.   All donations are tax-deductable.  It’s a win-win!

  • Place collection boxes around your office or school – help us collect!
  • Ask your friends, neighbors and family to donate their old electronics.
  • Put a notice on your website/facebook/myspace page encouraging others to help!
  • Bring your items to our office and drop them in our collection box.
  • Hosting a party or event?  Ask people to bring an old cell phone for entry!

If you would like to help collect items for ESCAPE , please contact Sandi Mercado at 713-942-9500, ext. 14.

* Please note that we are unable to accept donations of cell phone cases, chargers, holsters or earphones.

** Unfortunately, we are unable to pick up any donations.  Items can be dropped off at our offices, located at 1721 Pech Road Suite 300, Houston 77055.  Business hours are 8am-5pm.

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