Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day 2007 - A Recycled Post

I thought for Blog Action Day 2007 that it would be appropriate for me to recycle a post. A few months ago, Green Boss forwarded this email to me. I've jazzed it up a bit by making the links live, but Co-op America deserves the credit for all the hefty background checking it took to compile this list.

So here it is...

21 Things You Didn't Know You Could Recycle!

1. Appliances: Goodwill accepts working appliances or you can contact the Steel Recycling Institute to recycle them.

2. Batteries: Rechargeables and single-use: Battery Solutions.

3. Cardboard boxes: Contact local nonprofits and women's shelters to see if they can use them. Or, offer them up at your local listserv or on If your workplace collects at least 100 boxes or more each month, accepts them for resale.

4. CDs/DVDs/Game Disks: Send scratched music or computer CDs, DVDs, and PlayStation or Nintendo video game disks to AuralTech for refinishing, and they'll work like new.

5. Clothes: Wearable clothes can go to your local Goodwill outlet or shelter. Donate wearable women's business clothing to Dress for Success, which gives them to low-income women as they search for jobs. Offer unwearable clothes and towels to local animal boarding and shelter facilities, which often use them as pet bedding. Consider holding a clothes swap at your office, school, faith congregation or community center. Swap clothes with friends and colleagues, save money on a new fall wardrobe and back-to-school clothes – then donate the rest.

6. Compact fluorescent bulbs: Take them to your local IKEA store for recycling.

7. Compostable bio-plastics: You probably won't be able to compost these in your home compost bin or pile. Find a municipal composter to take them.

8. Computers and electronics: Find the most responsible recyclers,locally and nationally.

9. Exercise videos: Swap them with others at

10. Eyeglasses: Your local Lion's Club or eye care chain may collect these. Lenses are reground and given to people in need.

11. Foam Packing peanuts: Your local pack-and-ship store will likely accept these for reuse. Or, call the Plastic Loose Fill Producers Council to find a drop-off site: 800/828-2214. For places to drop off foam blocks for recycling, contact the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers.

12. Ink/toner cartridges: pays $1/each.

13. Miscellaneous: Get your unwanted items into the hands of people who can use them. Offer them up on your local or listserv, or try giving them away at or giving or selling them at will also help you find a recycler, if possible, when your items have reached the end of their useful lifecycle.

14. Oil: Find Used Motor Oil Hotlines for each state.

15. Phones: Donate cell phones: Collective Good will refurbish your phone and sell it to someone in a developing country. Call to Protect reprograms cell phones to dial 911 and gives them to domestic violence victims. Recycle single-line phones at Reclamere.

16. Sports equipment: Resell or trade it at your local Play It Again Sports outlet.

17. “Technotrash”: Easily recycle all of your CDs, jewel cases, DVDs, audio and video tapes, cell phones, pagers, rechargeable and single-use batteries, PDAs, and ink/toner cartridges with GreenDisk's Technotrash program. For $30, GreenDisk will send you a cardboard box in which you can ship them up to 70 pounds of any of the above. Your fee covers the box as well as shipping and recycling fees.

18. Tennis shoes: Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe program turns old shoes into playground and athletic flooring. One World Running will send still-wearable shoes to athletes in need in Africa, Latin America, and Haiti.

19. Toothbrushes and razors: Buy a recycled plastic toothbrush or razor from Recycline, and the company will take it back to be recycled again into plastic lumber. Recycline products are made from used Stonyfield Farms' yogurt cups. [Ed. Note: Well I'll be darned!]

20. Tyvek envelopes: Quantities less than 25: Send to Shirley Cimburke, Tyvek Recycling Specialist, 5401 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Spot 197, Room 231, Richmond, VA 23234. Quantities larger than 25, call 866/33-TYVEK.

21. Stuff you just can't recycle: When practical, send such items back to the manufacturer and tell them they need to manufacture products that close the waste loop responsibly.


Renee said...

I recently learned that Goodwill isn't such a great choice for donating some of our used goods. They obviously provide some great services by employing people with disabilities, etc. But they also ship a lot of the stuff they can't sell in their stores overseas, and then they damage the local markets overseas because they'd rather have american castoffs than locally made clothes. Now that I've learned that I've been a lot more careful in finding local shelters that will keep the clothes and reusable items in the local community. Just food for thought...

Gift of Green said...

Hi Renee,

Thanks for the food :). That is an interesting point. I will look into the issue further and get back to you all.


Mary Beth said...

Good resouces. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on where to recycle batteries. We have been saving our old ones (the last having recently switched to rechargeable), and I didn't know what to do with them!


Gift of Green said...

I'm glad my readers are enjoying this post, but I just want to mention again as I mentioned before...Co-op America did the legwork for this post and has kindly allowed others to link or re-publish.

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