At our house, we recycle nearly everything we can. (I've been carrying my own canvas shopping bags long before it was cool.) In past posts, I've shared recycling tips and resources. Since the topic is so important, I decided it'd be helpful to dedicate a page to the information I've collected. Here goes!

RESOURCES A few years ago, I shipped a box of floppies, cassettes and an old computer drive to Green Disk. I paid $6.95 for a label, then $9 to ship the box. Sure, it cost me some bucks, but I felt better knowing it wasn't going in a landfill. I've got a butter tub full of household batteries that my daughter left. I just CAN'T put them out for the trash! So I found Earth911 just now. Cool! Through this site, I found several companies that will accept batteries, like Green Disk does electronic stuff. Yes, I'll have to pay for their service. But that's OK!

To find battery recyclers, I clicked "Recycling 101," then "Hazardous," then "Single-use batteries." Another great resource that I recently discovered, thanks to Woman's Day magazine. This site also helps you locate places that accept recyclables and other wastes.  

Athletic shoes Nike recycles shoes via its Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. Drop them off at a participating Nike location. Program does not accept sandals, flip flops or boots; also no shoes with cleats or spikes. More info, call 800-344-6453.

Batteries In February 2011, I purchased an iRecycle Kit 5 from Battery Solutions. I had a year to fill it up with batteries. Sure, the box cost me $24.95, but I believe the price was well worth it. It's just not environmentally safe or sound to toss used batteries in household garbage! (Note: UPDATE Kit 5 is no longer available.)

Corks I take my wine corks to Spec's.They have a great recycling program called the Cork Project, which raises money for cancer research.

Bottle caps Via Recyclebank, I learned that the Marble Falls Curbside Recycling Program accepts them. But you have to live there to use the program.

VHS tapes Ship old VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs and storage cases to ACT, a nonprofit in Columbia, Missouri, that trains and employs disabled people. Alternative Community Training Inc., 2200 Burlington St., Columbia MO 65202; 800-359-4607. Fees to recycle media are based on the weight of the products to be recycled. Up to 25 pounds of material costs $9.95. Additional weight over 25 pounds will cost $0.35 per pound.

CDs/DVDs/TVs/Phones/Computers Recycle all these and more at Best Buy.

Crayons Ship unwanted crayons (preferably still with labels attached) to National Crayon Recycle Program. Check the website for the current mailing address.  
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NOTE: In the past, I e-mailed Energizer batteries and asked about using rechargeable batteries in household clocks. Here's the company's reply:

Combining alkaline and manganese yields 1.5 volts. Combining nickel metal hydride yields 1.2 volts. Our regular alkaline cells are 1.5 volts. Our rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries are 1.2 volts. Since all devices operate within a voltage range, you should still be able to use the rechargeable batteries. You will need to check with the device manufacturer to determine if 1.2 volts is acceptable.

Energizer Consumer Relations


Green Guy Recycling, San Marcos. Here's what they accept.

Hill Country Recycling, Marble Falls.



Unknown said...

How do you recycle nursery pots?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Good question. We don't have a dedicated place where we take them. But in the past, I've given them to other gardeners or nurseries.

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