Safe, Green Ways to Dispose of Your Clutter

by Helene Segura

Editor’s note: As many of us take advantage of the cooler weather to declutter before the holidays, we asked Certified Professional Organizer® Helen Segura to give us some great local, green options for disposing of that clutter and sparing our landfills.

Donate to a Good Cause

Goodwill of San Antonio accepts almost anything under the sun – even computers and electronics. Local Salvation Army Family Stores also accept donations of clothing, furniture and housewares. Save the earth, get rid of clutter, and help others in the process! Your donations are sold in their stores, and the revenues from those sales fund educational programs that put folks back to work. Visit www.GoodwillSA. org or for more information.

Hire a Disposal Company

NA_San_Antonio_10_13_web_Final_Page_17_Image_0001There are many “pay for pick-up” disposal companies. For example, a local company that has a “green” focus is Rubbish Works, which will pick up everything you no longer want in your home or office and deliver itto the appropriate places: donations to Goodwill, building materials to Habitat for Humanity, recycling to the appropriate centers. You don’t even have to drag items to a certain spot – just point, and they’ll pick it up. Visit for details.

Building and Hazardous Materials

NA_San_Antonio_10_13_web_Final_Page_17_Image_0004With cooler temperatures, fall is a great time to start on home projects. Be sure to drop off your unused paint, building and hazardous materials at these places:

  • City of San Antonio Drop-off (hazardous): Remember to take a recent copy of your CPS bill and a picture ID as proof of residency.
  •  Habitat for Humanity is a great destination for unwanted building materials:

Maximize your Curbside Recycling

The average American produces 1,600 pounds of trash annually. Thankfully, San Antonio residents can recycle a lot of that NA_San_Antonio_10_13_web_Final_Page_17_Image_0002trash through the city’s curbside recycling program! Do your part to help save energy, resources, landfill space and more by filling up your “blue bin” each week. If you have questions on what you can recycle, go to


When you are cleaning out that medicine cabinet, don’t flush items down the toilet or rinse them down the garbage disposal. Both of these methods end up dumping chemicals into the water system. Instead, consider one of these alternatives:

  •  Find an environmentally friendly pharmacy. Check with your neighborhood pharmacy to see if they offer a disposal program. If your pharmacy offers disposal, ask them to get listed on this website: The site currently includes two local pharmacies: Carvajal’s Pharmacy, and Davila Pharmacy.
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration also offers two collection days per year. The next collection is October 26, 2013. To find participating drop-off locations, check their website: DEAdiversion.

HeleneHelene Segura, MA Ed, CPO®, is the owner of LivingOrder® San Antonio. A Certified Professional Organizer®, she helps stressed out folks regain control of their chaotic living and working spaces. For more information visit or call 210-892-4990 x73.

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