How Do I Recycle This? 7 Weird Items That You Can Recycle

You are recycling plastic, paper, and cans at home and that is great! Now, what do you do with the things that you want to recycle but your recycling center won’t take? Here are some ways to recycle those hard to recycle items and reasons why you should.

1. Cell Phones:
Cell phones are hazardous waste because they contain Mercury, Lead, Arsenic, and Cadium. If thrown in with your trash, they can cause environmental contamination including combustion and leakage into the ground, water, and soil. Unfortunately, only 2% of cell phones are recycled. Check out to find a local cell phone recycling drop off location or mail them to:

Recycle My Cell Phone/Collective Good
4508 Bibb Blvd Suite B-10
Tucker, GA 30084

2. PC’s, MP3 Players and Cameras
You can trade these items online at My Boneyard or Venjuvo. You can also get store credit for them at Radio Shack or Office Depot.

3. Plastic Bottle Caps: 
Plastic Bottle Caps are made of a different type of plastic that can’t be easily recycled. You can drop them off at your local Aveda Store.

4. Plastic Bags and Film: 
More and more retailers have instore bins to collect your film, plastic shopping, produce, and Ziploc bags. To find a local drop off location in your area visit Plastic Bag Recycling

5. Plastic Packing Peanuts:
Locate a shipping company in your area that can reuse your plastic packing peanuts at Loose Fill Packaging. Then in the future, try to use companies that use compostable peanuts.

6. Worn out Athletic Shoes:
Nike will take your old worn-out athletic shoes and turn them into Nike Grind, a material used in
sports surfaces at Nike Reuse A Shoe

7. Rechargeable Batteries:
Once your rechargeable batteries are no longer chargeable (after about 1,000 charges) send them to RBRC for recycling.

Are there items that you need help recycling? Drop me a line, I will be happy to help!

5 Responses to How Do I Recycle This? 7 Weird Items That You Can Recycle

  1. one4earth June 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    tips to go with what you suggest that I use:
    cell phones: they collect them at Whole Foods
    packing peanuts: UPS stores will take them if they are clean
    rechargable batteries: there are kiosks in places like Lowes where you can drop them off to be recycled (usually by the customer service desk)

  2. Sweet Greens June 17, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Hi one4earth,
    Great tips. I did see the other day when I was at Lowes that they do recycle rechargable batteries and plastic bags. Thanks for your tips.

  3. Stephanie Toro December 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    Here is another great site for recycling technology goods. You actually get paid and get paid more if they are in good conditions. Also if you don’t see your camera, phone, computer, game system there, just email it and they will add it.

    They do cameras, phones, car audio etc, computers, camcorders, game systems, monitors, mp3 players

  4. Sweet Greens January 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi Stephanie Toro,
    Great site, great tip.
    Thank you for adding it.
    Sweet Greens.

  5. Josh Cooper August 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I have been wondering how to recycle my batteries for so long! I have a grocery sack full of them in my kitchen that I just keep adding too. Thank you for these resources!

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