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5 Easy Steps to Get Rid of Absolutely Everything

Make some cash, recycle it and help someone in need

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Trash It

Last stop: your local landfill. But before you rent a Dumpster, summon a junk hauler, or call for local bulk-trash pickup and drag your crud to the curb, think green, and set aside recyclables. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 70 percent of heavy metals in municipal landfills are from discarded electronics. Many states and cities offer free electronics recycling; Staples and Best Buy stores recycle computers, cellphones and some office equipment without charge. Best Buy will also haul away televisions and appliances when a new one is delivered.

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