Recycling is about more than cans and newspaper. These fabulous programs are putting “trash” to good use.
Rechargeable batteries and cell phones
Many local stores collect rechargeable batteries from toys, tools, laptops, cordless phones, or flashlights for Call2Recycle. Visit Call2Recycle.org to find a drop-off location near you.
Don’t throw them away! The Lions Club has a wonderful recycling program for used prescription glasses. Visit www.lionsclubs.org to find a drop-off site and donate your old glasses.
Many local organizations like schools, doctors’ offices, etc. collect the glasses for the Lion’s Club. You can make a difference in someone’s quality of life with your donation.
Ink and toner cartridge recycle programs
Office supply stores offer rewards programs for turning in your used ink and toner cartridges.
I believe Staples sends the rewards coupons more frequently, but both offer $3 credit for each cartridge you return to the store. Check the website of the office store you frequent to see if they offer similar programs.
There are also other programs like FreeRecycling.com. I haven’t personally used them but the idea is interesting.
Check the website of your used equipment for specific details on how you can recycle your old electronics. Several of these companies also offer discounts on new products if you recycle your old one.
There is quite a list of companies collecting used shoes which are then given to people in need. If they aren’t wearable, they can be recycled into playground surfaces and sports courts.
I am personally familiar with Nike’s program, but there are many listed at RunThePlanet.com.
Mail used greeting cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, where the fronts will be reused to make new cards. They don’t just collect Christmas cards, but also thank you, birthday, and general cards, too. Another way to support this program is to purchase cards from them.
Drop off plastic packing peanuts for reuse. Find a collection center in your area at LooseFillPackaging.com.