Tis the Season for Recycling

I shared this tip with my clients at the University of Pennsylvania, but I think it is worth sharing again here…

Sustainability Tip #7 – Tis the Season for Recycling

With the holiday season upon us, households will be getting a lot of new things. This means that there will be a lot of old (or not so old) things to get rid of.  For items that cannot be re-used, here are some recycling avenues:


Christmas string lightsholidayLEDs.com – They take old string lights for free and recycle all the parts into new products.  AND, they will send you a 15% off coupon redeemable for new LED lights.


Wine Corksrecork.org – They collect real wine corks and grind them up to make new products, such as flooring and shoe soles. The link takes you to a locator page to find a drop off location near you.


Remote controls, CDs/DVDs, Gaming Controls, etc Best Buy – Their front-of-store recycling bins take large items like TV’s, VHS and DVD players, but also smaller items like those listed.  The link will take you to a store locator for recycling.


Computer mice, keyboards and other home office waste Staples and Radio Shack– Staples accepts up to 6 items per customer per day, regardless of where the item was purchased.  They will also do trade-ins, making you an offer and paying with a Staples e-cash card. Radio Shack will give store credit for trade-ins. See the links for more information.


Plastic gift cards – Swipeit.com – Mail them your used gift cards and they will recycle them into new plastic products.  The link provides the address to mail them to.

Flash Drives – RecycleUSB.com – They recycle USB drives into a standalone computer system for children in poorer parts of the world.

Thanks to Dannyseo.com for the links to these companies.


Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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