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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Quick Guide to Resources

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There are many guides, lists, and other resources for what and where and how to recycle just about anything you can think of; here is a short list that will easily lead you to the right one.

General Lists

Here you will find lots of ideas and places to recycle the stuff you didn't know you could ...

How to Green Your Recycling
“For anyone looking to make recycling a more integral part of their lives, this guide is an overview of the basic legwork as well as some of the finer and more advanced concepts that have emerged in recent years.”

How to Recycle Everything (Care2)

How to Recycle or Reuse Anything (Real Simple Magazine)
Includes Recycling A to Z List, What You Can Recycle, Donate Your Used Items, and more.

How to Recycle Practically Anything (E Magazine)
No matter where you live, you can recycle a wide range of discards—aseptic juice packages, printer cartridges, ordinary batteries, iPods, PDAs, and even cell phones.

Internet Consumer Recycling Guide

Recycling 101 – ‘Recyclopedia’ (Earth911)
List is organized by type of stuff ... Hazardous, Household, Metal, etc. Searchable by location!


Specific Types of Stuff

Most everything that can be recycled is in the guides listed above, and here are some of the more unexpected ...

50 Things You Can Recycle

How Can I Recycle This?
Click on “Archives” for items by category.

Recycling Centers

For the local area and beyond.

District of Columbia – Recycling (Dept. of Public Works – DPW)
Drop off at Ft. Totten Transfer Station.

Find A Recycling Center in Your Area

Maryland Dept. of the Environment – Recycling
Counties and Baltimore City recycle 15% or 20% of their municipal solid waste, depending on population.

Virginia Recycling Association
Each locality must recycle at least 15% - 25% of their waste depending on population.
“What, Where and How Can I Recycle?”

Virginia Recycling Centers Directory


Other Useful Resources

Metro DC area places that accept all kinds of donations.

Community Forklift
Building salvage. 5 minutes from DC in Prince George's County.

Facebook: 1-800-Recycling
Online recycling center locations and recycling news. See also “My Recycle List” app below.

The Freecycle Network™
The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free.

Habitat for Humanity – ReStores
ReStores offer quality used and surplus building materials at a fraction of normal prices. Proceeds from the sales help to fund the construction of Habitat houses within local communities.

My Recycle List – Free Mobile App>
Quickly find recycling locations nearby that accept items you pick from a list.


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