A great way to get rid of unwanted items when you no longer want them without throwing them away is finding others that can use them. Freecycle is a yahoo group where people post items they want to giveaway or are looking for.
I've a tendency to hang onto things I no longer am using. Yesterday I found 2 wonderful people to take some things that I no longer am using. One fellow freecycler was looking for containers to put her seedlings that had outgrown their pods into. She picked up my 20 large yogurt containers (see I knew they were "too good" to throw away) which she said will be perfect. Another freecycler came and picked up 3 pregnancy books & old issues of Parenting magazine for someone who is expecting.
To find a Freecycle group near you go to www.yahoo.com click on groups, then type freecycle. There are currently 10,828 freecycle groups worldwide!
What are you doing to lessen your impact on the earth?