Thursday, May 7, 2009

Recycle your used items - Where?

Last year I wrote a small post on weird items to recycle. I am always amazed to find new and useful programs that help families become more green. Today while browsing the internet I came across the Radio Shack Trade-In Program. Basically you pick the item you wish to trade in, answers a few questions to determine an appraised value, print out the prepaid shipping label, mail it off and await your Radio Shack gift card. Not to shabby. I took it for a spin and I found that one of my old cell phone collecting dust could get me about $16. I may have to try it out.

Having been up to my eye balls in spring cleaning dust, I decided to search a bit further and locate other programs for recycling household goods. Here are some great programs:

  1. CALL TO PROTECT program "enables people to retire their wireless phones in a manner that will help the environment and raise funds for national organizations working to end partner violence. Funds generated through CALL TO PROTECT collections have provided grants totaling over $3.5 million to agencies leading the campaign against domestic violence."
  2. New Eyes for the Needy appreciates donations of: plastic eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses in good condition; metal eyeglasses in any condition; hearing aids; pairs of prescription lenses; watches, silver and gold jewelry, and costume jewelry; silverware and giftware; dentures with gold inlays.
  3. Have any old suitcases? Why not donate them to . This organization provides suitcase to kids in foster care who need them most.
  4. Old Phone books? Send them back to the yellow pages!
  5. Foam packing peanuts!
  6. Recycle all your non rechargeable batteries here.

    Do you know of a 'not so normal' item to recycle? leave a comment and tell us how.

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