Campaign Materials - Article Make your Move Safe Moving is a busy time. It’s also a time when your decisions about everyday items can have a big impact on the environment. By planning ahead and using some of these tips, you can simplify your moving process and protect the environment at the same time. Electronics Recycling Electronics waste, or “e-waste” is any waste that has a circuit board or a cathode ray tube (CRT). This includes products such as TVs, computers, and DVD players. Electronics don’t belong in the garbage. In Minnesota, you must recycle televisions and computer monitors by law. Visit RethinkRecycling.com to find electronics recycling options. Finding Surprises Left Behind Don’t trash items left behind by previous owners. If you can’t use up items like paint, cleaners and bug killer, bring them to a county household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off site for safe disposal. Before the Move: Reuse and Donation Opportunities Don’t want it? Maybe someone else does! Build in enough time to sort through your stuff before you move. That way you’ll have time to give things away or sell them instead of trashing them at the last minute. You can donate to charities, give things away to someone you know, or sell them online or at a garage sale. Twin Cities Free Market is a great online tool for finding someone who could use your items. Visit www.TwinCitiesFreeMarket.org to get started. Unpacking When you’re done with those cardboard boxes, be sure to recycle them! You can flatten and stack cardboard boxes for curbside pick-up or take them to a location that accepts cardboard for recycling. In Your New Home Making recycling as convenient as throwing something away is the key to getting the whole family to recycle as much as possible. Think about where you generate recyclable paper, bottles and cans. It’s not just in the kitchen. Have a recycling container where you read your mail, pay your bills and use the computer. Visit RethinkRecycling.com to learn more about recycling, find electronics recycling options or find your county’s HHW drop-off site. July 2010 - This article was provided by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board as a part of the Household Hazardous Waste Education Campaign. Please help us track the use of this campaign by sending an e-mail to Info@RethinkRecycling.com with a description of how the article was used, the date it will be published, and the estimated circulation of the publication.