This “where to recycle household goods” post is sponsored by Clover Sonoma.
Last week we talked about the recycling basics for the usual things like glass, cardboard, and plastics. While it can be tricky to know whether a container goes into the trash or recycling bin, there are some items that definitely don’t belong in either, but what are you supposed to do with them? So here’s an ongoing list for how and where to recycle household goods!
What do I mean by household goods? Just about anything else that isn’t an appliance! Below are some stores that accept your old phone, tech, beauty containers, medications, clothing, batteries…..and the list goes on.
I will be updating this post as I learn of more places as well!
Clover Sonoma is seeking to make the world a better place – through their company practices and through educating us all about living more sustainably! We came up with the idea of creating this single resource about recycling home goods together. I hope it’s as valuable for you as it is for me.
Clover Sonoma is conscious and careful about what goes into their products (and what doesn’t). And they’ve been that way for three generations.
They’re a B-corp dairy and are currently rolling out a plant-based liner for their milk cartons, reducing their carbon footprint from farms to consumers to waste.
The 30 family farms in Northern California with which they work follow rigorous quality and animal humane standards that go above and beyond US and California requirements. They were the first US dairy to be certified American Humane and are leading the industry in sustainability.
Where to Recycle Household Goods
I think the most straightforward way to list all this information is by store. I’ve tried to highlight and organize the items accepted, however, so it’s a bit easier to scan for what you need.
- Alarm Clocks
- Cables, Chargers, + Connectors
- Cell Phones
- Computers & Tablets
- Hair Dryers & Straighteners
- Ink & Toner
- Music & Satellite Radios
- Robot & Stick Vacuums
- Televisions & Video Players
- Video Game Consoles
What does H&M Recycle?
The global store H&M has a long-standing clothing recycling program. You bring your clothing in store and they’ll take care of it for you! (this program is currently suspended for health & safety – keep checking!
If you have undergarments, please check out all these options for recycling/donating undergarments!
- Unbroken CFL (light bulbs)
- Rechargeable Batteries (not single-use batteries)
- Plastic Flower & Plant Pots (take to Garden Associates)
What does Nordstrom Recycle?
Last year Nordstrom launched a program called BEAUTYCYCLE. They collect empty beauty containers in their stores. I have a small bag where I’m collecting our empty containers – everything from makeup containers and body lotions to skincare tubes and serum bottles, etc.
It’s always best to reuse containers when you can, but those items that are difficult to refill are best taken to Nordstrom!
- Bottle & Can Recycling (aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers)
- Plastic Film (plastic bags/bubble wrap) - learn about plastic bag recycling and Store Drop Off
- Small Device Electronics Recycling ( MP3 players, GPS devices, & ink cartridges).
What does Verizon Recycle?
Verizon offers a trade-in program for smartphones, tablets, and wearable tech. Visit their trade-in page and type in what you’re hoping to recycle.
If possible, they’ll offer you a trade-in value. Otherwise, they’ll accept it for recycling. You can either take it along with all chargers and accessories (in a plastic bag) to a Verizon store to drop it off OR you can request a prepaid mailing label.
How Do You Dispose of Medications?
Getting rid of medications is a tricky one. You don’t want to just throw it away in the trash or flush it down the toilet or drain.
It’s unsafe to add them to trash as other humans and animals can get it into them. You can learn more about the negatives of that here.
Flushing or washing medications is bad because it goes into the water supply for animals, plants, and you!
It’s fairly easy to get rid of them properly, however, and the FDA is working to make this an easier process.
You can search for local places that offer bins for medication disposal here.
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