| Below is a list of useful resources to help you get organized:
Medication / Recycling / Hazardous Material Collection
Charities to Donate Household Goods, Clothing, and Computers
For Sale or Give Away
End Telemarketing Phone Calls
Junk Mail Reduction
1. Medication and Household Recycling / Hazardous Waste Collection
Medication Disposal: Medicine Drop boxes are located at the following police departments:
Darby Township, Haverford, Marple, Radnor, Ridley Township, Springfield, Tinicum, Upper Chichester and Upper Darby.
Permanent Electronic Waste Collection Dumpsters: Marple Township Public Works Facility, 446 Marpit Road, Broomall PA.
Links to Local Collection Dates and Information:
Chester County (610) 344-5937
Delaware County (610) 892-9627
Montgomery County (610) 278-3618
Philadelphia (215) 686-5560
http://earth911.com keeps a database of electronic recyclers and reuse organizations.
2. Charities to Donate Household Goods, Clothing, and Computers Top
Impact Thrift (215) 957-6131 x3105 or x31104
Impact Thrift Stores is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose primary mission is to financially support local charities through the net proceeds generated by our thrift store operations.
Impact Thrift will repurpose your donated gently-used furniture, clothing, and household items that you no longer need and put them back into service.
Career Wardrobe (215) 568-6693
The Career Wardrobe accepts nicer women's clothing, shoes and uniforms to provide interview/work clothes to women transitioning
into the work force. Drop-off centers are located in Center City, East Fall, Haverford, and Jenkintown.
MenzFit (215) 922-1614
MenzFit's mission is to ensure long–term gainful employment and financial fitness to low–income men who have little
formal education. This is achieved by providing professional interview clothing, career development and financial literacy services.
MenzFit accepts (by appointment) men's suits, ties, sport coats, dress pants, belts, shirts, cuff links, and socks (new only).
Nonprofit Technology Resources (215)564-6686
NTR serves low-income people in Philadelphia by recycling used computers, providing hands-on work experience, and
assisting community-based service organizations to use computers in their work. NTR's computer refurbishing "factory" serves as a training
ground for people to grow their computer skills. NTR's Computer Thrift Store serves the whole community with affordable, dependable computers.
Center City drop-off location, or NTR will pick up 10 or more Pentium IV's or 5 or more Pentium V's
Purple Heart (877) 851-8111 (MD, VA, DE) (800) 338-1448 (PA, NJ, CT, NY)
Purple Heart raises funds through the collection of donated clothing and household items to support American veterans.
Arthritis Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania (215) 574-3060
Please consider this charity for financial donations
Kids get Arthritis, too! We learned this fact when a family member's Arthritis was diagnosed at the age of six.
For those who are considering financial donations for a good cause, please consider supporting this charity.
Besides funding research to find a cure, AFEP runs numerous programs for children who live with Arthritis and their families.
Programs Include Camp JRA (a one week sleep-away camp just for kids with Arthritis), Family Education Days, Youth Ambassadors for Arthritis Program,
Holiday Parties, Newly Diagnosed Family Packets, Advocacy for Children & Families, and Informative Brochures, Books & Resources.
3. For Sale or Give Away Top
Free Online Classified Ads: Craigslist
Join a free network of neighbors who give items away for others to use: Freecycle
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of neighborhood groups of people who are giving and receiving stuff for free from other group members.
Their mission is to reuse and keep good items out of landfills.
4. Shredding Resources Top
Links to Listings of Local Shredding Event Locations/Information
CBS Philly Listings
Titan Mobile Shredding Listings
Montgomery County Shredding Events
www.wigginsshredding.com (610) 692-8327
www.proshred.com (484) 323-2103
5. Favorite Products Top
Undo (888) 929-9301
Undu removes stickers, tapes, labels and adhesives on contact without harming the surface, and you can re-use the sticker.
Undu is safe for photographs.
Smead Viewables: Hanging File Folder Tabs
Smead Viewable file folder tabs lets you open your file drawer, glance down, and clearly read the names from above.
Pendaflex Hanging Folders
Generic hanging file folders often bend, tear, and slide with difficulty. A good quality file folder is worth the investment.
Schoolfolio: Storage of Children's Art (800) 288-4195
Acid-free and UV-resistant storage
Holds 24" x 18" paper with 3.5" capacity, perfect for your child's elementary school art projects.
6. Recommended Services Top
Call in an E-mail Message: Jott Assistant, Jott Voicemail
Call a number, and your voice message will be converted into text and sent to you via e-mail or text message.
Convert Photos, Slide, Negatives, Movies and VCR tapes: Save My Pix (484) 234-0656
www.savemypix.com Customer #190022
Economical, professional digital transfers save your precious memories for easy viewing, always!
7. Junk Mail Reduction Top|
The following tips help reduce the amount of junk mail received (both postal and e-mail):
Eliminate Credit Card and Insurance Offers: Optoutprescreen (888) 567-8688
Optoutprescreen takes your name off the major credit bureaus' mailing lists.
If a link to www.optoutprescreen.com should arrive in an email addressed to you, don't click it. Always type
in the address (https://www.optoutprescreen.com) yourself. Don't forget the 's' in the URL because that
ensures the encryption of your data when you submit the form.
Do Not Share Information: Be selective about giving out your private information.
When opening a new credit card, making a purchase online, or ordering by catalog, call or write the company to let
them know that you do not want your private information shared.
When joining or registering for anything, look for an "Opt Out" box to click or check. If you do not see an "Opt Out" box, usually you can
read the Private Policy of the company for directions on how to Opt Out.
Before you sign up for mailing lists, newsletters and such, be mindful that this information can be shared. Perhaps you can find the information by visiting
a website, instead of having the information mailed to you.
Warranty Cards: Marketers use this information to put you on specific mailing lists according to your interests.
Often, you do not need to fill out the warranty card to activate the warranty. You just need to save your sales receipt.
Infant/Children's Car Seats: It is a good idea to always fill out the warranty cards for infant/child carseats. In the event of a recall,
the recall information will be sent directly to your home.
Donate to Charity anonymously: http://www.networkforgood.org
Get Off Mailing Lists for Free: Contact the following groups to remove your information:
The Federal Trade Commission www.http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262-stopping-unsolicited-mail-phone-calls-and-email
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) www.dmachoice.org
Valpak Coupons http://www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression/s/DisplayMailSuppressionForm
Call each catalog company individually and tell them not to share your name with other companies. This is a time consuming task but it helps.
Pay for a Junk Mail Removal Service to remove your information from the marketing lists
8. End Telemarketing Phone Calls (888)382-1222 Top
Registering your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home or not.
Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007.
9. Energy Audits Top|
MaGrann Associates (856)722-9799
Contact Steve Clark, PhD
Learn how to increase your efficiency of your home.
Lower utility bills by using less energy.
Feel more comfortable in your home by fixing the air leaks.
Increase the safety of your home by testing for gas leaks.
10. Laundry Care (888)382-1222 Top
Stain Removal: Martha Stewart.com has a detailed article about various types of stains:
Stain Removal: Textile Industry Affairs also has stain removal information:
Laundry Codes: For Laundry Codes printed on labels, the following website explains them all: