How to Recycle Hard-to-Recycle Items

Have you ever wondered if there was a better way to dispose of something you usually throw away?

Many of the things we buy don't last forever and when your favorite hair dryer dies, what exactly are you supposed to do with it?

In a perfect world, we'd all buy less and never have to throw anything away, but the world isn't perfect so the best we can do is figure out how to dispose of things properly once we're done using them.

So what can we do?

A lot of companies realize they need to offer better ways to recycle everyday items. Many of them have started their own drop off recycling programs or partnered with others to do so. The best part? They're all free! Now we really have no excuse not to do the right thing!

Here's the list for you:

1. Recycle on Us: Crest and OralB

 What they recycle: Oral Care Waste

What they accept: Toothbrushes, brush heads, toothpaste tubes, mouthwash containers, floss containers, floss string, and floss picks

How to recycle: Collect oral care waste and download free shipping label from Recycle on Us website

 Visit Recycle on Us for more information.

2. Beautycycle: Nordstrom

 

What they recycle: Beauty products and packaging waste

What they accept: All brands of beauty products and skincare packaging, such as pump caps, hair spray triggers, lipstick cases, eyeliner pencils, and mascara tubes

How to recycle: Drop off at any Nordstrom store in the beauty department

Visit Nordstrom Beautycycle for more information.

3. Best Buy

What they recycle: Electronics and appliances

What they accept: Computers, tablets, cellphones, radios, stick vacuums, fans, ink and toner, hair dryers, curling irons, video games, cameras and more

How to recycle: Drop off at any Best Buy store (Maximum of 3 items per household per day)

Visit Best Buy for more information.

4. Wrap Recycling Action Program: Multiple locations throughout the US

What they recycle: Plastic bags, wraps, and films

What they accept: Grocery bags, produce bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, air pillows, product overwrap (from water bottles, toilet paper, and paper towels), etc.

How to recycle: Check the website and drop off at any participating location (Many Targets, Walmarts, hardware stores and grocery stores will have a drop off in store.

Visit Plastic Film Recycling for more information and to find a drop-off location near you.

5. Call2Recycle: Multiple locations throughout the US

What they recycle: Rechargeable batteries and cellphones

What they accept: Any rechargeable battery that weighs up to 11 pounds and is under 300 watt hours and any brand of cellphone

How to recycle: Check the website and drop off at any participating location (Many hardware stores (Home Depot and Lowe's) and Staples will have a drop off in store.)

Visit Call2Recycle for more information and to find a drop-off location near you.

6. Staples

What they recycle: Electronics

What they accept: Computers, cameras, eReaders, hard drives, mobile phones, laptops, routers, gaming consoles, ink cartridges and more

How to recycle: Drop off at any Staples store (Maximum of 7 items per customer per day)

Visit Staples for more information.

7. Office Depot

What they recycle: Ink and toner cartridges

What they accept: All brands of ink and toner

How to recycle: Drop off at any Office Depot Store

Visit Office Depot for more information.

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

In the end, recycling is ALWAYS better than throwing in the trash, but it's important to remember that recycling doesn't solve everything. Only buy what you need and love and try to invest in things that are durable and can be fixed over and over.

We can all do our part to dispose of things responsibly and thanks to these free recycling programs, it's becoming easier and easier to do so! Woohoo!

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Nikunj September 04, 2021

Thank you so much for your latest blog Jess!
I appreciate the information and maybe now I can get rid of many of the things I’ve collected in my basement…
It’s great to have a list of places that can recycle them.
I will miss your on-line store and I regret never having made it to your bricks and mortar.
Best to you and Ben on your return to NY.
So proud of you!!

Lisa August 24, 2021

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