National Earth Day is April 22, 2022

Cook Medical’s e-waste recycle Monroe County option on day one

Reduce, reuse, recycle: this is the basis of Earth Day, which this year is Friday 22 April. People who follow these principles help save natural resources, save energy and water, and save money in the process.

Here’s a guide on how to responsibly discard many of the more complicated household items.

Start by asking yourself if you need an item, from a new shirt or shoes to furniture, and considering its packaging.

Reuse what you can

The next step is to decide whether an item can be reused, whether it be repurposed or given to someone who can use it. The Bloomington branch of is an option. Find out more at

Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, at 850 S. Auto Mall Road, accepts donations of softly used household items during business hours. People should send photos of potential large items and locker set donations to before donating them. Go to to see which articles are not accepted.

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