Every spring when we emerge from our winter hibernation, it seems there's more personal junk to offload than ever before. While some of the usual suspects—hello, Dearborn or Ballard Goodwills—often have long lines these days, you can take advantage of lesser-known resources to clear the way. And for heaven's sakes, try not to get in line at Goodwill on a Saturday!
Seattleites know it's actually illegal to toss food scraps in the garbage! Besides staying on the right side of the law, separating your food scraps is good for the planet (in landfills, scraps can release lots of methane) and you can keep the nutrients benefiting your own soil and garden if you have your own composting bin; here are some tips for getting it right.
And get those non-perishables where they can do some good fighting food insecurity:
If you just have TOO MUCH to deal with, I've been very happy with services from Happy Hauler or 1-800-Got-Junk; they charge by truck volume and are very helpful when removing heavy items. Good luck!