You may have purchased some school supplies that were necessary for your child to have one year that may not be needed the next year. Throwing them out seems such a waste since they were gently used and have more life in them. Most want to be “green” and do not want to waste anything that is usable. So where do you turn when you want to recycle your child’s school supplies? The good news is that there are many ways to get more life out of school supplies that were not used or that were used gently.
• Hand Me Down – If there is a younger child in the family who is headed for the same class in a year a two, you can pack the items away for them. If not, find out if there is a friend or relative who has a child that needs the items. Everyone appreciates saving money and you could really be helping them and the child about by giving them the school supplies so they do not have to purchase them.
• Yard Sale – During the summer months, you can have a yard sale and include these items in it. Allow your child to find old toys or clothes to sell as well to help with the cost of school supplies for the upcoming year. You can also sell anything that you no longer want. Yard sales are a great way to make some spare money and other parents frequent them to save money.
• Donations – There are many charities that help low income families with the school supplies that they cannot afford. You can donate these school supplies to them and they pass them on to these families. If the items are brand new and have the original price tag, you may even be able to use these items as a tax deduction. Please check with your tax preparer before using this deduction.
There is no reason to throw away perfectly good school supplies that are not needed anymore. Recycling them can even be as easy as putting them into your home office and using them yourself. When you give or donate them to those who are less fortunate or to those who have a child who can use them, you are making families happy. It is so much better to give them away and recycle them than it is to throw them away and clog up landfills unnecessarily.