Batteries are made from hazardous metals that can cause serious damage to the environment if they are not recycled. Thankfully, batteries of all types are recyclable—and many stores will dispose of them for you. RadioShack and Office Depot accept reusable ones, and Best Buy even takes batteries from cameras and gaming consoles. Battery Solutions will accept old batteries through the mail, too.
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)
Like batteries and paint, CFLs should never be thrown in the trash. They contain toxic levels of mercury, which can seep into the ground and contaminate groundwater. Bringing old bulbs to CFL recycling programs located at stores like Ikea and the Home Depot, instead, is just one of the ways to go green without even noticing. You can also call your local hardware store or recycling center and ask if they offer recycling services.
Shampoo bottles—along with plastic bottles and milk jugs—are made of plastics with resin numbers 1 and 2, which means they are accepted for recycling almost everywhere. Just clean them out and toss them in with your other plastics. If you’re confused about what those recycling numbers mean in the first place, here’s what you should know.