In 1989 President George Bush issued a proclamation designating April as National Recycling Month.
In light of the millions of tons of waste we generate each year, let’s use this month to think about either turning our trash into someone else’s treasure or disposing of it responsibly.
To sell, recycle, or dispose of your electronics properly.
1-800-Recycling — http://electronicrecyclers.com/
See a list of what they recycle.
Earth911.com — http://earth911.com/
Type in the item and your zip code to find a recycling center near you.
Environmental Protection Agency — http://epa.gov
Provides guidelines for disposing of used electronics.
Greendisk.com — http://www.greendisk.com/
Created Technotrash to recycle all computer-related materials.
Gazelle — http://www.gazelle.com/
To sell or recycle your gadgets.
Recycling for art
To donate leftover items that are too good to throw away – and benefit teachers and non-profits – Google “creative reuse center” to find one near you. Some examples:
In San Francisco: SCRAP: Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts — http://www.scrap-sf.org
In New York: Materials for the Arts, NYC — http://www.mfta.org
Disposing of medications
The Drug Enforcement Agency has set aside a day, April 30, 2011, as the second annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day. At https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/SEARCH-NTBI/, enter your zip code to find collection sites near you.
Recycling pesticides and other toxic waste
Call 1-800-CLEANUP to locate your local solid waste agency.
Recycling everything else
To dispose of all goods.
Freecycle — http://www.freecycle.org/
A nonprofit movement dedicated to reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
Backpage.com — http://www.backpage.com
Post ads to buy, sell, or trade your stuff.
Redo.org — http://loadingdock.org/redo/
Promotes reuse of surplus and discarded materials.
Craigslist — http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites
Hauling away what’s left
These organizations will pick up and remove your junk, donating usable items to non-profits and disposing of trash sustainably.
College Hunks Hauling Junk — http://www.collegehunkshaulingjunk.com/
1-800-Got-Junk — http://www.1800gotjunk.com/
Where do you recycle? Share your favorite places with us!
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