Recycle - obscure and useful resources.

Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 23:20

Did you know there's an island of plastic garbage that's the size of Texas floating out in the Pacific somewhere?  Recycle your used containers, and keep the plastic out of landfills and oceans!

Here are some obscure recycling resources

  • First off, its even better to reduce than recycle.  One way to reduce is with LendList.
  • allows you to track the books you give away as they move around the country and around the world.
  • Dress for Success takes your old business attire and gives it to needy people who are looking to enter the business world.
  • Kids go through toys.  Try ToySwap and let us know what you think. 
  • Freecycle is a network of people exchanging things for free to keep them out of the landfill and reduce consumption.
  • The energy return is different for glass vs. plastic.  Knowing this can help you make good decisions about purchases, reuse & recycling.
  • All our greenie freinds have struggled with the fact we arent allowed to recycle lids.  Here is a webpage that explains some of the whys and we also found a link to a program that will accept lids.
  • Athletic Shoes:  One world running will send still-wearable shoes to athletes in need in Africa, Latin America and Haiti.  Nike's Reuse-a-shoe program turns old shoes into play ground and athletic flooring. Nike accepts shoes at certain locations or mailed to their recycling plants. They will nott recycle shoes with metal parts, mud or water, cleats, dress shoes, sandals or flip-flops, or wristbands from other brands.
  • Candy wrappers, juice bags and other:   TerraCycle turns candy wrappers into things like messenger bags and will donate 2 cents for each wrapper  to a school or nonprofit of your choice.
  • Working Cell phones:  Donate to Goodwill for victims of domestic violence.  Whole foods and the Wireless Foundation also collect working phones.  Terracycle will take broken phones and donate 25 cents to a local nonprofit.
  • Computers & Electronics:  Many electronics contain heavy metals and many toxins so do not throw them in the dump.  If your electronics are still in working order, take them to your local thrift store or or Share the Technology will help you find a home for them.  If they are no longer working then find responsible recycler by going to
  • Packing peanuts:  Simply take clean peanuts to your local mailing center.
  • Pharmaceutical & Expired Medications:  Take them to the police station for proper disposal.  DO NOT throw them in the garbage or down the toilet.
  • Batteries:  Here in the bay area we have options for battery recycling but if you live farther out then Call2Recycle might be useful to you.  Call2Recycle is e-Stewards certified.
  • Tapes and DVDs:  try GreenDiskGreenDisk isnt e-Stewards certified (Fall 2010) so we cannot recommend taking your electronics to them. 
  • Printer and copier cartridges:  even if you dont shop at big office stores, you can take them to Office Max, Office Depot or Staples and name your local school or charity in the rewards program. 
  • The Lions club collects old eyeglasses and sends them to the needy.  Often to people who do not have access to such things.