So we did a little digging and compiled this little list of resources to help you keep more stuff out of your landfill:
Remember that CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, so sending them to the landfill is not a good idea. A few options for recycling include:
- Home Depot -- Most stores will take your used CFLs. Details here.
- Earth 911 -- Just put in your zip code and go. Search now.
- IKEA -- Drop offs at most stores. Details here.
- If you live in Rhode Island, you can bring your spent CFLs to any Eco-Depot event.
Did you know that nearly 3 billion batteries are sold in the U.S. annually? With all the different types out there, knowing what to do with each kind can get confusing. While non-rechargeable kinds tend to be throw-away, re-chargeable varieties should be recycled. Here are some resources:
- The Environment, Health and Safety Online (EHSO) site is a great one-stop resource for all you could ever want to know about batteries and their disposal. You can search for local recycling centers by zip code too.
- Earth 911 -- Just put in your zip code and go for batteries too. Search now.
- Rhode Island residents can bring spent automotive and re-chargeable batteries to any Eco-Depot event.
This stuff abounds. From yogurt containers to take-out containers to you name it, #5 plastic is everywhere. Given its low re-sale value, many municipal/state recycling programs don't take it. There are some great options out there though:
- Preserve -- The maker of cool recycled plastic toothbrushes and razors has teamed up with Whole Foods and Stonyfield Yogurt to create the "Gimme5" campaign. Details here.
- Earth 911 -- Just put in your zip code and go for this stuff too. Search now.
According to a 2008 Consumer Electronics Association study, the average American household owns 24 electronic devices. In an era where it's easier to throw old, broken electronics in the trash instead of repairing them, there is too much potential for some of the hazardous materials in them to wreak havoc. Here are some alternatives:
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with many consumer electronics companies, has launched the "Plug-In e-Cycling" program. Details and retailer drop off locations are here.
- Earth 911 -- You know the drill. Search now.
- Rhode Island resident? Select e-waste items can be brought to most Eco-Depot events.