Recycling Tips For Stuff That’s Hard To Recycle


Where To Take Some Of Your Hard-To-Recycle Stuff

Rethinking how to dispose of recyclables? Knowing how, where, and when can make a difference when it comes to disposing of items you no longer need, want, or use. Dumping items into landfills not only harms the earth but is also prohibited in many places; on top of that, your regular recycling pickup might refuse to take certain items. All of which might have you thinking about (but hopefully not acting upon) chucking recyclables into the nearest trash bin where they’ll be out of sight, out of mind.

But there are some easy, convenient ways to get recyclables out of the way – and not in landfills.

1. Rechargeable Batteries

Eventually, even rechargeable batteries can no longer be re-juiced and you’re faced with finding someone who will take them. Because these batteries contain dangerous heavy metals, it’s important to keep them out of landfills. Some retailers will accept rechargeable batteries; check Call2Recycle for store locations near you that participate in a battery recycling program.

2. Eyeglasses

It’s easy to lose sight of how beneficial your old glasses can be. The Lions Club can deliver your castoff glasses to a low-income person after sorting them by prescriptions so they can match the eyewear to the need. Lions Club collection boxes can be found in optometrist offices and eyewear stores, or you can call your local Lions Club and find out how to mail them in.

3. TVs

TVs just seem to get bigger and bigger….and bigger, which means disposing of old televisions responsibly is a huge problem. Smaller sets can be dropped off at electronic stores, but if you have a large TV you’re looking to unload you can contact an e-waste company such as All Green, which will schedule a free pickup or allow you to drop the TV off. Try contacting your local city or town government, as they may have e-waste drop-off centers or schedule e-waste collection days that include televisions.

4. Medication

The Food and Drug Administration suggests that you contact your local waste collection service or your local government to find out if a medication take-back program exists in your area. You can also dispose of unused medication by mixing old pills with an undesirable substance such as kitty litter, sealing the mixture in a plastic bag, and disposing of it in the trash.

5. Printer Ink and Toner Cartridges

Turn your old ink and toner cartridges — black or color ink — into green. Many office supply stores offer cash rebates for cartridges returned in store or online. You’ll be helping the earth while helping yourself to some extra cash!


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Sandra Murphy

Holds a master's degree in professional writing and has more than 15 years of experience writing for national and international entities.

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