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Every day can be Earth Day. Here are some useful resources where you can get information for many hard to recycle Legos, plastic bags, DVD and many other hard to recycle materials. Email us to let us know your tips too. You’ll soon realize that it is fun and easy to Go Green.
LEGO pieces cannot technically be recycled for many reasons but they can be reused for generations! Just donate to Brick Recycler. No need to sort, clean, built, or disassemble. Regular sized bricks/pieces, minifigures, Technic, and Lego Mindstorm all are accepted (just not nonLEGO items). Donations of manuals are fine as well if you want.
Many thrift shops won’t accept mixed up sets or loose bulk LEGO bricks, but over 10 million pieces like these have been repurposed by Brick Recycler. Don’t put LEGO pieces in your recycling bins since the recycling centers have to sort them out, then dump in the landfill, since they can’t recycle them. Pass on the love of LEGO.
There are countless organizations that accept cars as donations. Simply Google “donate cars” to find a good organization close to you.
Ink Jet and Laser Printer Cartridges
CDs and DVDs
Donate packaging materials to your local shipping company, like the following. Call first to see what they accept locally:
- Pak Mail (Packing peanuts, bubble wrap, wooden pallets and loose fill)
- Postal Annex (Peanuts, bubble wrap)
- UPS Store (800) 789-4623 (Peanuts, air pillows, bubble wrap)
- Plastic Loose Fill Council
- Peanut Hotline (800) 828-2214
- GreenCitizen https://greencitizen.com/free-electronics-recycling-drop-off/
Some Whole Foods Markets recycle Brita Filters and even cans and bottles. Just call and ask if they accept these in the store at the Customer Service counter.
There are many organizations that recycle waste glass. Look for a local recycling center close to you since this can’t be mailed easily. Most curbside centers don’t accept broken glass and ask you to put in the trash.
One trillion plastic bags including Lego plastic bags are disposed of each year. Try to use a reusable bag when possible, but if you end up with lots of plastic bags, just take to your local grocery store if they offer this service. Many have a box for these by the entrance. Or try:
Wire and Plastic Hangers:
Some thrift shops can use these if in good condition often times. Dry cleaners accept the metal hangers to reuse so they don’t have to buy as many new ones.
Plastic Nursery Pots
A lot of nurseries will gladly take back these rigid plastic containers.
Ammunition, Guns, and Explosive Stuff:
Yikes, don’t dump these in the trash, and most recycling centers are not fond of these items. Call your local police to find drop off locations. Don’t try to sell these unless you know the rules. In some states, like California, all private person ammo transactions need to go through a licensed FFL per some state requirements so a background check can be performed.
Libraries will take these and resell if they don’t need them, thrift shops, and even used book buyers. Check Yelp.com to locate these in your area.
Prescribed drugs can be taken to Costco for free disposal, but they need to expired or not used. Don’t dump these in the toilet or sink (or they will enter the water cycle). Some fire stations also accept these.
Check Yelp.com. Search for E-Waste. Your city probably takes these too. Don’t dump in the trash. In addition to your local city, that might have e-waste drop off areas, Best Buy is a great place to drop off your e-waste for free. GreenCitizen in Burlingame, CA https://greencitizen.com/free-electronics-recycling-drop-off/ takes this too. Check them out! Many cell phone companies accept used cell phones and can even pay you (a tiny amount). If you are up for a contract renewal cell phone companies often offer you far more than your phone is worth to lock you into another contract (nice to get this bonus). You can also sell cell phones on Gazelle.com or eBay.
Tips to Declutter your home!
Here is a website with some great tips to help you declutter your home! Having more open space is so freeing mentally. It may come naturally to some, but most struggle to get rid of things that may have some value, but are rarely used.