Green on the Go – My Recycle List iPhone App

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Whether you’re moving, renovating or just doing a couple little updates, there’s a good chance that you’ll have some things to get rid of during that process. While it may be really tempting to stealthily toss that old shag carpet or half-bucket of paint in the dumpster behind the building next door in the middle of the night – you know it’s not the best thing to do (hence the cover of darkness!). Much of the stuff we have can be reused and / or recycled, so saving it from being wasted in a landfill makes a lot of sense. It’s really just a matter of finding out who takes what and making that little effort to get it there.

A lot of urban recycling  programs have restrictions on the type and amount of materials they’ll pick up. Thankfully, there are a host of different companies, agencies and non-profits that can make use of anything from old furniture to building materials to paint thinner. To encourage you to make use of these green services, has developed a new iPhone and Android app that shows you who will take what in your city.

If you’re already familiar with, this app is just a handy mobile version of their great website. If the site is new to you, here’s the scoop: First you select a material category among the choices of plastic, electronics, paper, glass, metal, automotive, yard, household, hazardous and “other.”  You then narrow down the item in question from a possible checklist. Next, enter your zip code or find your city and a list of depots and businesses will instantly populate. Click on a location and you’ll get the full scoop – address, phone number, map and details about what you can drop-off (and what can be picked-up! Even better if you’re feeling lazy!).

And the other great thing about My Recycle List? It’s a free app! It’s easy on the wallet and recycling is easy on the conscious!  Win-win!

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About Jen

Jen (but never “Jenn”) Byck, aka the Fix'n Vixen, is a Toronto-based freelance writer and communication consultant who is undoubtedly home fixated (she is also TV fixated, really bad TV fixated and donut fixated). Her approach to home improvement has been rather trial and error, the latter of which is evidenced by the amount of spackle she buys on an annual basis.

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