Ok well it took me a little while to decide what I wanted to talk about today. I literally have a list of things sitting here next to me in a notebook that spans most of a page (one side) that I just keep adding stuff to as I think of it. Then I remember I got this thing sent to me from Co-op America that I thought was way cool and I had to share so here it is. I'm pretty much going to type this straight off the thing I was sent.
10 things you didn't know you could recycle
Appliances: many stores will recycle your old appliance when you purchase a new one. Goodwill accepts working appliances. Go to http://www.goodwill.org/ or you can contact the steel recycling institute to recycle them at http://www.recycle-steel.org/
Athletic shoes: One world running will send still-wearable shoes to athletes in need in Africa, Latin America, and Haiti: http://www.oneworldrunning.com/ Nike's Reuse-a-shoe (wait Nike doing something good???) program turns old shoes into playground (which they have discovered lets off hellova lot more heat in the summer making it potentially dangerous to those youngins playing on it cause of dehydration) and athleticflooring http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/
Batteries (who knew!): contact http://www.batteryrecycling.com/
Clothes (obviously recyclable):wearable clothes can go to your local goodwill outlet or shelter. Donate wearable women's buisness clothing to the nonprofit Dress for Success which gives them to low-income women as they search for jobs http://www.dressforsuccess.org/ (hell of a good idea) Offer unwearable clothes to local animal bording and shelter facilities which often use them as pet bedding
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL): them them to your local IKEA store for recycling http://www.ikea.com/ you can also order a sylvania recyclepak www.sylvania.com/recycle/recyclepak
Computers and electronics: to find the most responsible recyclers go to www.ban.org/pledge/locations.html
foam packing peanuts: your local pack and ship store will likely accpet these for reuse. or call the plastic loose fill producers council (they have a council????) to find a drop off site 800-828-2214. for places to drop off foam bloxks for recycling contact the alliance of foam packaging recyclers (they have an alliance too?!!!!) 410-451-8340 www.epspackaging.org/info.html
Ink/toner cartriges: http://www.recycleplace.com/
Oil: find used motor oil hotlines for each state http://www.recycleoil.com/
Phones: collective good will refurbish your phone and sell it to someone in a developing country http://www.collectivegood.com/ call to protect reprograms cell phones to diall 911 and gives them to domestic violence victims http://www.donateaphone.com/
Sooo yeah I thought that was pretty damn cool and had been waiting for an opportunity to share the knowlege which you should do too.
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