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Recycling and Donation Resources



Listed Alphabetically by category.
Immediately below are two notable local multi-item & charitable recycling drops.


NEW!  This resource handles virtually every type of recycling in the Brookhaven area.

Recycling in Brookhaven Township Long Island NY
http://brookhaven.org/TownDepartments/WasteManagement/WhatDoIDowith/tabid/588/Default.aspx

Charitable Recycling
Middle Island United Church of Christ
A place to recycle printer cartridges, cell phones, iPods, digital cameras, and laptops.
A recycling bin is on the back deck of the historical landmark church at :
271 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, NY.
People can call the church at (631) 924-6201 for more information. 
Proceeds are used to preserve the 172 year old church.

Appliances

Goodwill, http://www.goodwill.org/
Accepts only working appliances.

1-800-GOT JUNK? http://www.1800gotjunk.com/
Will pick up old furniture, appliances, yard waste, electronics and construction debris. Recycles items that can be recycled.

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Batteries

Batteries Plus, http://www.batteriesplus.com/
Across the country, Batteries Plus stores accept all batteries for recycling.

Battery Solutions, Inc., http://www.batteryrecycling.com/
Accepts batteries from around the country. There is a small cost of .85 cents a pound to recycle your batteries which goes to support the program.

Rechargeable Recycling Battery Corporation, http://www.rbrc.org/
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) can help you recycle your portable rechargeable batteries. These batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras. They have drop off locations nationwide at Home Depot, Sears, Target and Staples. See their website for specific locations.

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Books

Blue Rectangle, www.bluerectangle.com/buyback
Will buy used books and textbooks. Go to their website and log in the ISBN number to see if it is a book they will take. If so, they pay for shipping with our their postage-paid mailing label.

Books for Africa, http://www.booksforafrica.org/
This organization ships college text books, children's books, science and math books, dictionaries to African schools. Books must be in excellent to good condition. See website for more complete donation guidelines and shipping address.

Recycle Books, http://www.recyclebooks.org/
They offer an outlet to donate new and used, unwanted books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, textbooks, and software. They reuse most of the books donated. Books of value are sold to raise money for their organization, some are donated to other good causes and those books that cannot be placed are recycled for paper content. Local pickup available in the Denver area or you can send books to them from other national U.S. cities

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Cell Phones

CITA, http://www.recyclewirelessphones.com/
CITA is a wireless foundation committed to minimize the environmental impact of discarded cell phones. They have an extensive site of locations across the country to donate/recycle your old cell phone.

Call to Protect, http://www.wirelessfoundation.org/
They refurbish phones and donate them to domestic violence victims and professionals

Verizon Wireless, http://www.verizon.com/
Will accept used cellular phones and will donate them to charity.

Wireless Recycling,  http://www.wirelessrecycling.com/
A separate site sponsored by Recellular, Inc. a company that refurbishes used cell phones. They donate phones to major non-profit organizations around the world. See site for specific drop off locations in your area.


Carpets

Carpet Recovery America Effort, http://www.carpetrecovery.org/
Offers locations and sites across the U.S. that will recycle carpet. 

Clothing Local Thrift Stores (see under Thrift Stores in your local directory)

Career Closet, http://www.careercloset.org/
Provides interview-appropriate clothing to disadvantaged women entering the workforce. Accepts business attire, shoes, jewelry, scarves and coats. Plus size clothing is needed. See website for locations to send or drop items off.

Dress for Success, http://www.dressforsuccess.org/
A nonprofit that helps outfit low-income women with apparel for job interviews. Available in 24 cities.

Fairy Godmothers Inc., http://www.fairygodmothersinc.com/
Gives formal gowns, long bridesmaid dresses, dresses, shoes, evening bags, jewelry to high school girls from low-income families for their proms. Dresses must be fashionable and in good condition. This organization distributes dresses in the East coast area. See website for delivery addresses.

One Warm Coat, http://www.onewarmcoat.org/
Gives coats to needy individuals and has locations around the country. Go to website to find a location in your area.

Patagonia, www.patagonia.com/recycle
Through their ‘Common Threads Garment Recycling Program’, Patagonia will recycle customers worn out Capilene® Performance Baselayers, Patagonia fleece, Polartec® fleece from other manufacturers and Patagonia organic cotton T-shirts. Items can be dropped off at retail stores or sent to their Service Center in Reno, NV. See website for address.

Salvation Army, http://www.salvationarmy.org/
Will provide free pick up.

The Women's Alliance, http://www.thewomensalliance.org/
Has alliance organizations around the country that provide business-attire clothing to low income women. For drop off locations, visit http://www.thewomensalliance.org/members.htm 


Compost

Find a Composter, http://www.findacomposter.com/
Offers a searchable data base to locate a composting facility in your area nationwide. 


Computers

Dell Computers, www.dell4me.com/recycling
Customers who use the service receive on line discounts good for future purchases.

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Construction and Building Materials

Resource 2000, http://www.resource2k.org/
Accepts used and remaining construction materials.

C&A Floor coverings, http://www.powerbond.com/
Recycle old carpet and design it into new carpet. Deal with mainly corporate and business offices.


Electronics

Best Buy Trade In  http://www.bestbuytradein.com/
The Best Buy Trade-In and Recycle Program provides you with a way to trade-in or recycle used, working technology products in exchange for a Best Buy E-Giftcard. 


Eyeglasses

New Eyes for the Needy, http://www.neweyesfortheneedy.org/
Distributes glasses free worldwide. Accepts plastic and metal frames in any condition. Also accepts sunglasses and hearing aids. 


Hangers

Local Dry Cleaners
Most local dry cleaners accept the wire hangers.

Thrift Shops
Accept plastic and or wood hangers. 


Light Bulbs and Lamps

Lamp Recycle, http://www.lamprecycle.org/
Provides a list of resources nationwide on where to recycle various types of light bulbs and lamps. 


Luggage / Suitcases

Suitcases for Kids, http://www.suitcasesforkids.org/
Donates suitcases to foster children who move from home to home. Suitcases are preferred but large duffel bags and backpacks are also accepted. 

Medical Supplies

AmeriCares, www.americares.org/main.asp
Sends medical supplies to countries all over the world.

Rainforest Health Project, http://www.rainforesthealth.org/
Sends medical supplies to Peru’s isolated Amazon villages.  

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Play it Again Sports, www.playitagainsports.com/donategear.aspx
Donate used sports gear at local retail store ‘Play it Again’. They donate to non-profit kids sports programs.

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PDAs/ Handheld Computers

Collective Good, http://www.flipswap.com
Recycles and donates pagers, palm pilots, blackberries and Windows CE/ Mobile devices. The electronic devices can be dropped off at the same locations as the mobile phone outlets. 


Peanuts and Packing Material

Plastic Loose Fill Council, http://www.loosefillpackaging.com/
Consumers can drop off their leftover plastic packing peanuts at Peanut Hotline collection sites. There are over 1,500 collection sites in the US. Go to the site to enter your state to find a location near you.

UPS Brown Stores, http://www.ups.com/
The UPS brown stores will accept clean bubble wrap and peanuts to reuse as packing materials.


Printer, Toner & Ink Jet Cartridges

Recycle Free, http://www.recyclefree.com/
Recycles empty inkjet and laser cartridges for FREE. They will pay $1 for each returned cartridge. For envelopes go to your local CompUSA store.

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Shoes

Nike Reuse a Shoe, http://www.nikereuseashoe.com  
Recycles shoes to foreign countries. Worn out shoes are recycled into courts, tracks and playgrounds.

Sole 4 Souls, http://www.soles4souls.org
Soles4Souls facilitates the donations of shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate footwear (both new and used). Soles4Souls is a 501(c)3 recognized by the IRS, and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages

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Additional Recycling Resources
 
1-800-GOT JUNK?  http://www.1800gotjunk.com
Will pick up old furniture, appliances, yard waste, electronics and construction debris. Recycles items that can be recycled.
 
Earth 911, 
http://www.earth911.org
This site offers recycling information for almost anything. You can enter your zip code and it will list recycling facilities in your area.

Excess Access,  http://www.excessaccess.com/
A San Francisco based non-profit that is affiliated with the project “A Matter of Trust” matches up donors of goods to area non-profits, schools, government organizations, etc., that have a designated wish list of items needed.

Freecycle, http://www.freecycle.org/
The Free cycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator. See site for more details.

Raymond Communications, http://www.raymond.com/
An organization that tracks global and state wide legislation on recycling. It has newsletters of state recycling laws, electronic recycling and international recycling laws.
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