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Recycling, donating or disposing of your ‘stuff’ can help with moving stress

Are you downsizing? Do you help seniors move? We gathered resources on how to deal with the overwhelming amount of “stuff” that’s no longer wanted.

Are you downsizing?  Do you help seniors move?     

We gathered resources on how to deal with the overwhelming amount of “stuff” that’s no longer wanted.

Visit www.hazwastehelp.org/home/HHW/downsizing.aspx for more information:

Household hazardous products – Many caregivers and families have not dealt with the hazardous materials that stack up under sinks, in garages or sheds. Call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC ED to find a disposal site near you.  Elderly or disabled folks may qualify for curbside pick-up of hazardous products.

Old chemicals – You may find banned chemicals such as DDT or hobby chemicals that may be dangerous to move. If you are uncertain about chemicals you come across, call the Household Hazards Line 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC ED before moving them.

Unwanted medicines - Find drop-off locations to safely dispose of medicines.  Visit www.takebackyourmeds.org or call the Household Hazards Line 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC ED.

Hoarding - For help planning a move or tackling a family member’s hoarding, call the Senior Information and Assistance Line at 206-448-3110.

To order copies of When You Can't Take It With You (PDF), a guide to recycling, donating and disposing of household stuff, call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692or 1-888-TOXIC ED.

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Kim Hornsby January 31, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Great Idea! I'm trying to fill some garbage bags this week for Value Village and the dump!
Julia Singer January 31, 2013 at 06:09 PM
If you have cleaners, solvents or other chemicals you don't need/want you can get rid of them at no charge at various sites around the County: http://www.lhwmp.org/home/HHW/disposal-locations.aspx#factoria Good luck with your "stuff!"

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