Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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I recycled the anti-freeze that’s been sitting in my garage for a couple of years. It was quite easy to do, I just called up the hazardous waste and got a time to dump it. There were four people apparently doing nothing, so I’m not sure why I needed to set up an appointment.

I returned another batch of bottles.

I found a place that will dispose of the propane tanks for only $3 each. They will also take my daughter’s bed for $20.

I now have even more metal to get rid of since I now have the old garage door opener (with runner).

My garage is starting to look good. I hung up the bikes on the joists. I also hung up some lawn chairs to the walls. 2 years ago

SpyrunnerThis last week

I returned two trunk fulls of beer pop bottles, and I have one more trip to go. I also have a pile of cardboard to get rid of. I need to get the basement clean so that my father-in-law can install a new garage door opener. Ours has been broken for a couple of years now. My wife wants the new vehicle stored safely away. 2 years ago

Andromeda123It's easy

I throw it all in a blue bag, then a blue bin I don’t even have to seperate anything. 2 years ago


I’ve finally moved to a place with a recycling program. Between that and the bins at school, I recycle fairly often. 2 years ago


I took the 2 car batteries to a car battery shop around the corner. I was given $16 for the pair. Most excellent. I then took my daughter to turn in the pop and beer cans and she made $27 from them.

To do:
a pile of metal (I’m not sure where it is)
imported beer bottles
2 old propane tanks
more cardboard
antifreeze 2 years ago

WorldTraveller94Why Am I Not Doing This?

I am an eco-nutjob. Tree-hugger, whatever. I fight for ANWR in my community and feel bad for roadkill. I shake my head in sadness when I see ‘development’ and even come close to tears when I discuss the perils in the rain forest.

So why am I not recycling?

First of all, I live in the south. Good luck finding a recycling drop-off here. Second, I live with my ultra-conservative father who thinks that because we’ve been cutting down trees since the beginning of time, we must be alright. I could spend this entry arguing that, but he is the main reason.

He’s the main reason I don’t do a lot for my environment. I need to stop that. I’m moving out in a year. I can’t be “daddy’s girl.” 3 years ago


My father-in-law helped me take the pile of cardboard to the recycling center. I didn’t realize that they keep the recycling center open all the time and I could drop things off on my way to work.

My daughter took the pop bottles and beer cans in. She now has $44 for her venturing trip.

To do still:
2 car batteries (which I found places to take, but I should see if I can get money for them)
a pile of metal
a few dozen imported beer bottles.
2 old propane tanks. 3 years ago

KnowGreenNoWasteEarth Day is just around the corner!

Hey guys! Thought I’d kick it up a notch for Earth day this year and help promote a few key ideas:

First and foremost, I’d like to introduce you to Shaklee. An amazing line of natural, non-toxic (and completely healthy for us and the planet) products. I just tossed (safely and properly) all my old household cleaners a couple weeks ago in faith of promised outcomes. I can’t believe how well they work. For any of you who have you used “greener” products, you have to admit they don’t carry a lot of punch. This one is different. You can check it out all over or

Second, I have to tell everyone to go to Right now you can dedicate up to 5 trees to people you know, and then they get to do the same and so on. They have set out to plant a max of 10,000 trees this year but only if you dedicate one! So far they are just over 500 trees dedicated for planting.

Finally, keep updated on ‘green’ topics by checking out my blog at This month is recycling!

Remember kids: Know Green, No Waste =) 3 years ago

Spyrunnerfluorescent light bulbs

I brought the old fluorescent light bulbs to Home Depot to recycle while I picked up some new ones. I’m convinced that some of them are probably OK, because they burn out in pairs and I suspect that I removed some good ones as well. I was happy that none broke on the way there.

Still to recycle: cardboard, car batteries, and maybe antifreeze. 3 years ago


I took care of the pop bottles, the empty water bottles and the leaves; however, the stack of cardboard is still in my garage. We were expecting a huge storm last night and I had to make room for our car. What a mess the garage is now. All the cardboard is thrown on top of the kids toys. I wish I had recycled the pile of cardboard while I had the chance. 4 years ago

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