As time goes by you’ve probably wanted to recycle certain things but haven’t known where to go or how to do it. Let the following list inspire you to find additional ways to recycle other products, and by all means, let us know what you learn so we can pass it along.
Goodwill accepts working appliances, so simply visit goodwill.org for the nearest location. The Steel Recycling Institute can help as well. The latter is a great resource for anything steel you need to recycle.
2. Athletic Shoes
Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program turns old shoes into playgrounds and athletic flooring, and One World Running will send still wearable shoes to athletes in need.
All types and kinds can be recycled with batteryrecycling.com. Check with your local municipality to see if there’s a battery recycling site nearby.
4. Cardboard Boxes
Contact local nonprofits and women’s shelters and ask if they can use them. If your workplace collects at least 100 or more boxes each month, contact Used Cardboard Boxes - they can resell them.
5. CDs & DVDs
If you just want to recycle them, check the web for “technotrash”. We like to use Green Disk.
You can take your compact Fluorescent Light bulbs to IKEA for recycling. Your municipal toxic waste site will also take them, but be sure you take proof of residence with you.
7. Computers & Electronics
Many high schools now have programs in computer repair where materials are refurbished and given to people who can use them. Check with your local schools. Otherwise, check out responsible recyclers at ban.org who don’t send them to other countries where unprotected workers are exposed to dangerous substances.
Bet you didn’t know that local Lion’s Clubs collects them for redistribution to people in need. Visit their website for locations. If your local Walmart has a Vision Center in store, they will recycle them as well.
9. Foam Packing Peanuts
Check with your local pack-and-ship store-they will likely take them.
10. Sports Equipment
You can resell or trade your old stuff at Play It Again Sports. There are multiple stores in the Valley.
11. Toothbrushes & Razors
Buy toothbrushes and razors from Preserve and they will take them back to be recycled again into plastic lumber. Check out their recycling partners at preserveproducts.com. Also available at some Whole Foods Markets. Very cool!
If you have stuff that you just can’t recycle, when possible and practical, send it back to the company that made it and tell them to close the waste loop.
Let us know what you have discovered can be recycled and how to do it. Inquiring minds want to know!
In the meantime, post this on your fridge door and share it with friends! We thank you, and your community thanks you for recycling!
Did you know that Truce uses the most recyclable plastic for all bottles? It’s called PET.
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