Hard to Recycle Items and Where to Take Them

Hard to Recycle Items and Where to Take Them

Curbside recycling and composting are great ways to avoid sending items to the dump, but what about items that don't work for either category? Check out our suggestions for some of those tricky items, and find out where they belong after the jump.

  • Videotapes: ACT Recycling will erase and reuse old videotapes.
  • Media (CDs, cassettes, disks, etc): Green Disk
  • Holiday Lights: Holiday LEDs will accept them and give you the opportunity to purchase long-lasting LED lights.
  • Packaging: Most shipping companies such as Mail Boxes, Etc will accept most packaging (peanuts, cardboard, etc.) that is in reusable condition.
  • Yogurt Cups: Stoneyfield Farm, Terracyle and Preserve will all accept yogurt cups (which aren't always accepted by curbside pickup) and turn them into new products.
  • Plastic Grocery Bags: Most grocery stores, visit Plastic Bag Recycling to find a store near you.
  • Electronics: Many manufacturers will take back their products, so check there first.
  • Cell Phones: Check if the manufacturer or telephone company will take the phone, otherwise try Call2Recycle.
  • Ink Cartridges: Send back to manufacturer or bring to office supply store, most of which provide a drop-off program.
  • Hazardous Waste (paint, chemicals, CFLs, lead, batteries, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc): Bring to a hazardous waste drop-off facility who will properly recycle and dispose of items — visit Earth 911 for a location near you.
  • Construction Waste: Deconstruct as best as possible and donate to a deconstruction company or non-profit such as Habitat for Humanity, or try post on Craigslist.

For all others visit Earth 911 for details and local information.

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