Sustainable Living: Recycling Resources

Alternative uses for everyday products
The ultimate destination for everything Alternative Use! Save money and heal the earth by extending the life of everything you already own. Whether it’s using hairspray to remove ink stains, vodka to clean your eyeglasses, or coffee grounds to fertilize your garden, AltUse taps into the planet's collective wisdom so you can keep more in your wallet and send less to landfill!

Cell Phones, Pagers, and PDAs
Small electronics are full of big toxics too, so they also need to be recycled properly. The nonprofit CollectiveGood collects and recycles old phones, pagers, and PDAs. When possible, the group refurbishes them and puts them to use in developing countries. Otherwise, the items are broken down in an eco-friendly process and the metals are separated out for reuse or proper disposal. You can mail your old phone to CollectiveGood and get a tax credit for the donation, or you can just drop it off at any Staples store in the U.S.

Reuse A Shoe Program
Athletic Shoes
Nike will recycle any brand of athletic shoe through its Reuse-a-Shoe program. Take your shoes over to any Nike store, or mail them straight to the company's recycling center. Nike processes and recycles the footwear to make sports surfaces for basketball courts, tennis courts, running tracks, and playgrounds. Right now, they're collecting shoes to make athletic surfaces for New Orleans, to help get kids back out on the courts even as the city rebuilds. To date, about 20 million pairs of athletic shoes worldwide have been recycled through the program.

Changing the World- One pair at a Time
Soles4Souls has a simple mission: To impact as many lives as possible with the gift of shoes by facilitating the donations to the people worldwide who desperately need footwear.

National Christina Foundation
Computers, Desktops, Notebooks, Peripherals, Software
You have the power to increase the untapped potential of people who have special needs. National Cristina Foundation accepts donations from individuals and corporations alike. Please read about the Donation Process and our Donation Requirements.

Dell Computer Recycling Program
Dell is offering you the opportunity to recycle your unwanted Dell-branded Product for free. Plus, if you buy a new Dell desktop or notebook and select the free recycling option at the time of purchase, they will recycle your old PC and monitor at no cost to you (even if it isn't a Dell-branded Product.)

HP Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program
The HP Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program accepts products of any brand manufacturer in the following product categories:
Desktop PCs, Workstations, Notebook PCs, Tablet PCs, Monitors, both CRT and LCD, Printers, both ink and laser, Scanners, Digital cameras, PDAs, Smartphones, Handheld Calculators, Home Media Servers, Digital Picture Frames, External Hard Drive/ DVD Drive, Media Receivers

Best Buy Electronics Recycling Program
Best Buy will take just about anything electronic, including TVs, DVD players, computer monitors, cell phones and more. You can bring in up to two items a day, per household, and most things are absolutely free. However, there is a $10 charge for TVs 32" and under, CRTs, monitors and laptops — but they'll give you a $10 Best Buy gift card to offset that cost. Read the FAQ questions as to what cannot be dropped off before dragging your article to the store! In addition to the above electronics, Best Buy also accepts ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, CDs, DVDs, PDAs/smart phones and gift cards at Recycling Kiosks at the front of the store.

Electronics Take Back Coalition
Coalition that provides an exhaustive list of electronics recycling options. Don't put your old electronic products or batteries in the trash (even if it's legal in your state). Over 1,000 materials, including chlorinated solvents, brominated flame retardants, PVC, heavy metals including lead, plastics and gases, are used to make electronic products and their components—semiconductor chips, circuit boards, and disk drives. The toxins inside these products don't belong in the landfill.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) are a great way to save energy and money, and they typically last longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs. However, when they do eventually burn out, CFLs should not be thrown away in the household trash. Because CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, adding these light bulbs to communities' landfills also adds hazardous material to the environment. Both Home Depot and IKEA have drop-off bins for spent CFL bulbs.

CDs, VHS tapes, game cartridges, digital cameras, MP3 players, cords, cables, cassettes and Other Techno-trash. GreenDisk will take all this and more off your hands. Just mail your e-waste to the company and they'll take care of the rest. The cost starts at $6.95 for 20 lbs. of equipment — a small price to pay to relieve your conscience.

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