RECYCLING RESOURCES 
This page was last updated: July 7, 2021
Unsure whether something can be Recycled?  
Check these websites below!

ATHLETIC SHOES:
Donate your run-down kicks to a homeless shelter, to a school program or to oneworldrunning.com 
which will pass them along to needy athletes around the world. If yours are too used for this, get them 
to a Nike's Resuse-aShoe program which will turn them into running tracks, turf fields, gym floors, and 
playground surfaces. Just drop of these sneakers (any brand) at a Nike store! 

BATTERIES: 
Batteries are made from metals such as lithium and cadmium, which can pollute soil and water and harm 
wildlife (and humans). Rechargeable batteries are especially hazardous.To find a drop-off location near 
you, call 800-RECYCLING or visit recyclenationa.com 

COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS:
You should never throw these light bulbs into the trash. Broken bulbs contain potentially toxic levels of 
mercury, which can seep into the ground and contaminate the water supply.  Fortunately, compact fluor-
escent bulbs an last for years. When they burn out, you can recycle them at Home Depot, IKEA, Lowe's, 
and some local hardware stores. 

CRAYONS: 
Website: www.crazycrayons.com 
You can send broken and stubby crayons to the National Crayon Recycle Program, where they will be melted 
down into new ones. Leave the wrappers on, if possible (otherwise, its hard to tell black from blue from purple). 
Learn more at the website above!

INK AND TONER CARTRIDGES:
Used printer cartridges will take more than 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. Some can be refilled; look 
on the package to see!  If not, you can recycle them at Best Buy, Office Depot, and Staples. Check with your 
local City Hall or Library because many organizations collect them and recycle to raise money for worthy organizations! 

PAINT: 
Don't dump cans with paint left in them--the contents could be toxic! You might donate your leftovers; start 
with your local community theater or school drama programs or your local Habitat for Humanity (or their 
ReStores!). Water-based pain can be recycled and turned into new paint. Check www.earth911.com for a pro-
gram near you OR ask at your local hardware store or paint store. 

TOYS: 
1.   Project Smile (projectsmile.org) and Stuffed Animals or Emergencies 
      (stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org
      give donated toys to children in traumatic or emergency situations
2.   Project Night Night (projectnightnight.org) tucks them into care packages for homeless 
      youngsters
3.   Second Chance Toys (secondchancetoys.org) keeps still-working plastic toys out of landfills 
      by giving them to children in need
4.   Also check with your local City, County or State Police agencies as they also collect them for 
      Officers to hand out during their duties! 

TV'S:
Thrift stores generally don't want TV's as the old dinosaurs won't sell. Environmental laws block TV's 
from landfills--they must be deconstructed at special facilities. You can drop off small sets at Office 
Depot stores,and if Best Buy delivers your new TV, it will recycle your old one for a $14.99 fee. 

WINE CORKS:
Yemm & Hart 
1417 Madison  #308
Marquand, MO 63655
Phone: 573-783-5434
Website: http://yemmhart.com/wordpress
Most corks are made from the bark tissue of woody plants, so you can toss them into a compost bin.
If you have a lot, you can send them to Yemm & Hart, a company that turns old corks into new floor 
tiles and other items. It'll even pay you a nominal fee (50 cents per pound, or about half a cent per cork). 
NOTE: They only accept boxes that weight at least 15 pounds; that's about 1,500 corks. 


RECYCLE AGENCIES: 

The ReUse Center
2420 S. Industrial Hwy.
Ann Arbor, MI   48104
Phone: 734-662-6288
Website: www.recycleannarbor.org

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