Before you throw anything away, ask these questions:

  • Can this be recycled?
  • Where can I take this?

Not Sure What to Do With Certain Items? Can it be Recycled?

Sometimes you may not know if certain items are recyclable, or where to take certain items that are unusual or hazardous. I have a fabulous website to share with you. Go to and type in the description of the item and your zip code. It will give you a list of local places that accept your recyclable item; if it’s acceptable with your curbside recycling program, it will even say so!

If the items aren’t recyclable, sometimes certain places will take them and find ways to use them or distribute them appropriately. Here are some common examples of items you may have questions about and can look up on

  • Batteries
  • Car batteries
  • Cassette tapes
  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • Gift cards
  • Packing peanuts
  • Paint
  • Phonebooks
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Styrofoam
  • Televisions
  • Toner cartridges
  • Video tapes

So before you toss out ANYTHING, go to and check on your item. Who knows? You just might save it from the landfill!

Wendy –

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