The Recycle List
Resources for Students and Teachers of Ecology:
Alongside of Reducing and Reusing, Recycling benefits all.
Did you know that plastic is the #5 recycled material in the U.S.?
Learn More – Get Involved:
According to the EPA, about 75% of what is found in the average garbage can is recyclable. Visit FreeCycle.org to give and receive in your community by reusing stuff!
100+ Things You Can Recycle and Where to Recycle List:
- Cell phones
- Computer Monitors
- DVD players
- Ink cartridges
- Ink Cartridge and Toner Recycling Program(pays $2 per cartridge)
- Laptop batteries
- MP3 Players
- Stereo equipment
- Game consoles; XBox, etc.
Glass: 90% of recycled glass is used to make new containers.
- Beer bottles
- Beverage containers
- Food Jars
- Mirrors – see: How to: Recycle a broken mirror
- Wine bottles
- Fire extinguishers
- Latex paint
- Light bulbs
- Paint thinners
- Pool chemicals
- Rechargeable batteries
Many household items such as toys, furniture, tv’s, etc., can be reused by donating to your local thrift shop or by posting ads on craigslist.org
- Books – donate to your Local library
- Bottle caps
- Brita water filter
- Chip bags
- Cooking oil
- Drink pouches
- Eye glasses
- Fire extinguisher
- Furniture (Donation)
- Hair Blow Dryers and Flat Irons
- Music instruments – donate at your local Boys and Girls Club
- Packaging peanuts, foam
- Smoke alarms
- Snack wrappers
- Toothpaste tubes
- Aerosol cans, facts, aerosol products
- Aluminum cans
- Aluminum foil
- Aluminum pie plates
- Aluminum trays
- Bi-metal cans
- Cast iron
- Gold and silver jewelry
- Lead-free solder
Learn about America Recycle’s Day – November 15th
Did you know… if 1 in 5 homes switched to electronic bills, statements and payments, the collective impact would save 151 million pounds of paper yearly, avoid filling 8.6 million household garbage bags with waste and avoid producing 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions?
Source: PayItGreen Alliance, 2008
Recycle List Bonus: Stop Junk Mail
- Books – you can donate for Re-use at your Local Libray
- Computer paper
- Grocery bags
- Junk Mail
- Phone Books – Yellow Pages (Opt-Out) (Recycle via curbside)
- Credit cards
- Gift cards
- Grocery bags and plastic film
- Hotel key cards
- Library cards
- Milk containers
- Plastic cereal box liners
- Sandwich, storage bags
- Shampoo, lotion, mouthwash, gels bottles
- Utensils; knives, spoons, forks, cups and plates
Recycle your quality used sports equipment at Play It Again Sports.
Need help removing your recyclables?
People who want to earn extra money can sign up on ecycler.com and get paid to collect recycled aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles and newspapers from people who wish to give them away.
You can tell how high a society is by how much of its garbage is recycled.
– Dhyani Ywaho
Recycling and Waste Reduction by State:
Colorado Association for Recycling
Delaware Solid Waste Authority
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association
Tennessee Recycling Coalition
Pagan Poet’s 100+ Things You Can Recycle List used the following resources:
Earth911.com – Find out Why, Where and How to Recycle using the largest and most accurate recycling directory in the U.S.
EcoLife.com – Recycling Centers – Where to Recycle? Database of Recycling Drop of Locations and Centers By Maryruth Belsey Priebe
- AAAStateOfPlay – Non-toxic School and Playground equipment.
- EnviroGlass Products Inc. – offers a variety of post-use recycled glass and porcelain aggregate for decorative use in terrazzo flooring.
- http://iwanttoberecycled.org/ – A sponsored project of Keep America Beautiful.
- Recycle.com – Serving Government & Public Agencies, Business & Industry, Colleges & Universities, Health Crae & NGOs
- Squidoo.com – The Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch
- Steel Recycling Institute
- TerraCycle.com – TerraCycle’s purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste. We do this by creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. Anyone can sign up for these programs, called the Brigades, and start sending us waste.
- The Plastic Loose Fill Council – The Council operates the Peanut Hotline, the national reuse program for polystyrene or plastic loose fill, also known as “packing peanuts”.