Where to Dump Your Junk After KonMari

I wrote this article (originally titled, “Spring Cleaning”) back in 2013. When Netflix released Tidying Up With Marie Kondo in time for New Year 2019, I decided to rehash this post.

Japanese organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo first released The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing back in 2012. Through the years, her KonMari method has evolved into a lifestyle for legions of fans, myself included (albeit not always successfully).

Has this reality show “sparked joy” in your life as well? If you’ve recently utilized the KonMari method and now find yourself with boxes or truckloads of discarded items, here are 10 places where you can responsibly dump them.

1. Old towels and rags
Dump it where: Animal shelters. Aside from feeding rescued animals, there’s an immense amount of cleaning that needs to be done there. Old towels and rugs line the dog and kitty beds at night. Rags help with the daily cleaning. Drop off your clean old towels, rags, and rugs at your nearest animal shelter.
Try: Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA). Click here for a list of animal rights groups in the Philippines.



2. Recyclables
Dump it where: Recycling centers or help someone earn from it.
When I was in the US, my sister and I collected sacks of empty soda cans and water bottles to sell them to recycling shops for extra cash. At the recycling center, we saw a long line of homeless people doing the same thing. It pulled my heartstrings when I found out that a sack of empty cans will only get you chump change, but they were willing to line up for hours.
Back in the Philippines, I started segregating the recyclables in our house. I befriended the neighborhood manongs whose main source of income is selling recyclables to junk shops. I give my monthly recyclables to them.
Also try: Click here for Papemeltroti’s list of recycling centers in the Philippines. As for old jars and containers, donate (or sell) them by the bulk to crafters and artist friends who’d want them.

Glorietta Mall wants your plastic bags.

Glorietta Malls used to have dump bins for recyclables such as plastics and old electronics. Check with your favorite malls and barangay halls if they have waste disposal programs. Parksquare Makati has a recycling program every 2nd week of the month, where you can exchange your recyclables for cash.

3. Plastic bags
Dump it where: Reuse plastic bags as garbage can linings and many other ways before segregating and disposing.
Try: Make eco bricks or see #2 above for recycling options.

4. Old gadgets and electronic accessories
Dump it where: Try junk shops (see #2) first. Then see if your nearest mall has waste segregation bins for old electronics. Ask your favorite electronic shops and brands (like Apple, Fuji, or Sony) about their green program, where consumers are encouraged to return old gadgets, batteries, and broken accessories to the store for recycling. Also look for “trash for cash” programs in your area.
Try: Parksquare Makati has a recycling program every 2nd week of the month, where you can trade your recyclables for cash, while Legaspi Sunday Market organizes recycling programs yearly.




5. Old clothes and beddings
Dump it where: I have several options because I do this every year. First, I earn money by selling my pre-loved branded items in my friend’s annual garage sale (Hi, Cristina!). Second, I go to the nearest H&M store. Thanks to the H&M Conscious Program, you’ll get a 15% discount coupon for every paper bag of old clothes you give. Lastly, I donate to charities (Click here for a list compiled by my fellow writers at Spot.ph) and seasonal fund drives.
Also try selling your pre-loved clothes at: Carousell, Facebook Marketplace, e-Bay, Shopee, and Shopify



6. Old books
Dump it where: Book drives, public libraries, your alma mater, and other charitable institutions that will distribute your books to underprivileged children and students.
Try: Little Free Libraries, Kariton Classroom, Book Stop Project, and Ortigas Library Foundation

7. Old newspapers and boxes
Dump it where: Animal shelters. Many people would rather sell them to recycling centers, but as an animal welfare supporter, I know that shelters are in dire need of old newspapers to line hundreds of cages and animal beds daily.
Try: Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA). Click here for a list of animal rights groups in the Philippines.

Photo from PAWS

Photo from PAWS

8. Old equipment and furniture
Dump it where: If you have the time and patience, sell them to thrift stores or online via OLX, Facebook Marketplace, and Facebook groups like Manila Furniture Buy and Sell and Declutter MNL. If not, donate your old furniture to charities. They will refurbish and resell them to fund their projects. Some charities are willing to pick up old furniture from donors’ houses.
Try: Caritas Manila and Habitat for Humanity ReStore

9. Printer cartridges
Dump it where: Make money selling your empty printer cartridges and toners to junk shops and third-party stores.
Try: Click Here and here.




10. Old toys
Dump it where: If the toys are broken, just send them to recycling centers (see #2). If the toys are in decent condition, you may donate them to charities. Most toy drives are held during the Christmas season, so if you’re looking for groups that accept toy donations regularly, try the Philippine Toy Library or ask your local churches and universities about their outreach programs.

If you have more places to suggest, fill up the comments section below!

Published on: April 7, 2013
Updated on: January 5, 2019



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