Magazines and magazines and magazines… oh my!

nwsstndRecently I approached a few local drugstores and asked them what they do with their outdated magazines. (I was hoping to set up a program where I could pick-up those magazines or have them delivered to the paper recycling dumpster behind my kids’ school so they could earn money from the recycling company.)  Unfortunately I was told that they remove the covers, return them to the publisher for credit and are told they MUST discard them in the trash dumpster….OUCH!  TRASH dumpster, not recycling dumpster.

Sadly, this is the fate of many magazines.  In fact, about 60% of magazines remain unsold and are destine for this same misfortune!

I’ve also recently taken inventory of how many magazines make their way into my own household and, let me tell you… it’s time to make a change! We not only receive magazine subscriptions, but also print publications for every local organization we’ve joined… from the Zoo, to the Natural History Museum, to the Science Center!iPd mag2

There are definitely better options.  More and more magazines are becoming available in e-formats, digitally delivered right to your computer, iPhone or iPad.  Check Zinio.com or emagazines.com to see if your “favorite reads” are available.  For all those other publications, a quick glance inside (typically around the publisher’s information) will often turn up an option to actually receive the publication digitally… all you need to do is digitally subscribe!  And if you don’t want it, UNsubscribe or opt out!

I assure you, once you take a look at all those un-read magazines piling up, you’ll realize you can make a change too!

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4 thoughts on “Magazines and magazines and magazines… oh my!

  1. Dor – have no fear. This is not the same fate everywhere. As luck would have it, even my own recycling center takes used magazines, newspaper and even junkmail for recycling. Even better, they’ve decide to return your investment on them. We get paid per the pound to recycle them… at least for now. Oh happy news! … literally!

  2. I should have also said, I am a much happier recipient of the e-version and think everyone should go digital. Less waste is so much better!

  3. Hi Doreen – I too have a ton of magazine subscriptions. After I’m finished with them, I give them to any friends and family with the stipulation that they have to give them to someone else when they’re finished with them. I’ve heard that they’ve been passed around many, many times, which makes me happy.

  4. Jeanette – As always, I’m proud of you being green! Magazines can be recycled here too and our kids’ school gets paid for them also… it’s just all those poor magazines that meet the dumpster that gets to me! 60%… yikes!

    Annette – Perfect idea… just as long as the last recipient helps them make their way into the recycling bin! 🙂
    .-= Doreen / Mom Goes Green´s last blog ..To buy or not to buy a leaf blower… THAT is the question! =-.

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