The Recycle List: 100+ Things You Can Recycle and Where to Recycle Them
The Recycle List
by Pagan Poet
Alongside of Reducing and Reusing, Recycling benefits all.
Did you know that plastic is the #5 recycled material in the U.S.?
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According to the EPA, about 75% of what is found in the average garbage can is recyclable.
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
- 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
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 websites:
see also: Stop Junk Mail Before It Stops You
- Books – you can donate for Re-use at your Local Libray
- Computer paper
- Grocery bags
- Junk Mail
- Phone books
- 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.
“The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.” American Indian Proverb
Recycling and Waste Reduction by State:
Delaware Solid Waste Authority
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
- EnviroGlass Products Inc. – offers a variety of post-use recycled glass and porcelain aggregate for decorative use in terrazzo flooring.
- 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”.