There's More to Coffee Than Just Waking Up.....

Many of us crave that morning cup of java to get our minds and bodies going. We make a pot of coffee, fill our cup a few times, clean the pot (maybe!) and throw out the grounds. BUT there are many ways to recycle those grounds – a few are listed below.

  • Soften and add shine to hair. When washing your hair, rub coffee grounds through wet hair and rinse. For brown hair, coffee grounds add highlights.
  • Use coffee grounds as an exfoliant for skin. Pat on skin, massage over skin, rinse.
  • Fertilize plants. Old coffee grounds are nutrient-rich for plants that thrive in an acidic soil.
  • Add used coffee grounds to the pots of indoor plants.
  • Work used coffee grounds into your garden soil before seed planting. After your plants start to emerge, work in coffee grounds near the plants. Used coffee grounds are said to repel snails and slugs as well as adding nutrients to the soil.
  • Use coffee grounds to repel ants.
  • Deodorize a freezer. Place a bowl with used coffee grounds in the freezer to remove unwanted odors. Add a few drops of vanilla to coffee grounds.
  • Rub coffee grounds on hands to get rid of smells from chopping or cutting up pungent foods.
  • Remove furniture scratches with wet coffee grounds.


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What Can and Can't Be Recycled?

North Carolina state recycling reports show residents diverted more than 576-thousand tons of recyclables from landfills in 2009. Amazing! Click below to see what you can do to make that number even higher next year.

What To Know About Recycling - Wake County - MyNC.com


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Recycle old electronics in Durham on July 24th

Now is the time to clean out your garage and office and rid your life of old, unused electronics!

American Tobacco and Creative Recycling are hosting the Clean, Green Challenge on July 24th from 9am until 1pm at Diamond View Park in Durham. The goal is to collect 25,000 pounds of old electronics and recycle them instead of dumping them into the ever growing landfill.

The event is sponsored by LeChase Construction, American Tobacco, Fox 50, NC GreenPower and Synergy Commercial Advisors.

Click HERE for a list of acceptable and unacceptable recycling items.

See you there!


Recycle electronics & household hazardous waste this weekend!

The Town of Cary and Wake County are teaming up to provide residents with an easy way to recycle electronics and household hazardous waste.

Gather up those old computers and components, old paint and cleaners and bring it all to Cary’s Garmon Operations Center, 400 James Jackson Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m this Saturday, May 22nd.

Follow the link for a complete list of accepted items.


Hope to see you there!