Billed as "the first fully comprehensive 'all items, all zip codes' recycling app," the My Recycle List app from 1-800-Recycling features a list of almost everything that can be recycled—electronics, tires, oil, paint, glass, plastic, wood, mattresses, carpet, junk, etc—and points you to nearby locations that accept those recyclables. The key is that even though something can be recycled doesn't always mean a local plant will accept it. This app should save you the trouble of hauling your items over to that location only to have them be rejected.If it's recyclable, why isn't it always accepted? Well, locations that accept recyclable materials often base their collection decisions on whether or not the market price for the material is high enough to justify the cost of collection and processing, as well as if there is a market at that time for items made from the recycled materials.
In the official press release, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) John Shegerian says that "now anyone anywhere can be a part of the recycling process – whether you are at home or at work, our site, our phone system and our app are all available, free of charge, to increase accessibility to the recycling process. It used to be a challenge to figure out how and where to recycle unwanted items – now, thanks to the variety of technologies we’ve developed, we are literally bringing simple recycling tools to everywhere life happens."
Get the iPhone app here and the Android app here (both free).