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March 24, 2015

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If you are looking for one of the beautiful homes for sale in Fortson GA due to relocating to the area or simply because you have outgrown your current home you may find yourself in need of disposing of a lot of unwanted items. Recycling can be complicated so here is a list of items and how to recycle them instead of sending them to the landfill.

  • Aerosol cans: You can usually recycle these cans with other cans, but you have to pull off the plastic cap and empty the canister completely first.
  • Deodorant sticks:Tom’s of Maine deodorant stick container is composed solely of plastic No. 5. Many other brands have a dial on the bottom that is made of a plastic polymer that may not be recyclable. So check with your recycle center.
  • Appliances: For non-working appliances, contact the Appliance Recycling Centers of America at 1-800-599-5792. Best Buy also accepts electronics and large appliances. The will accept them at no charge.
  • Hearing aids: The Starkey Hearing Foundation will recycle your used hearing aids. Your local Lions Clubs will also accept hearing aids and eyeglasses for reuse. To find a collection center near you go to donateglasses.org.
  • Backpacks: The American Birding Association accepts donated backpacks, which scientists will use while tracking neo-tropical birds. For more information: americanbirding.org
  • Batteries: Stores like, Radio Shack and Office Depot will accept reusable batteries. You can also recycle your reusable batteries with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation. You can recycle your car batteries with almost any retailer selling them.
  • Books: For hard cover books remove the hard cover and just recycle the pages. In most places your paperback books can be recycled with other paper.
  • Cell phones: The Wireless Foundation will refurbish old phones to give to domestic-violence survivor. For information on other cell-phone charities, log on to gowirelessgogreen.org.
  • Light bulbs: CFLs contain mercury and should not be thrown in the trash. Stores like Ikea and Home Depot have CFL recycling programs. You can also contact your local hardware store to see if they offer this service.
  • Computers: You can donate your unused computers to charitable organizations like, sharetechnology.org and cristina.org. If your computer is broken you can visit Nextsteprecycling.org to donate it. Next Step Recycling will make the repairs to your broken computer then they give them to underfunded schools, needy families, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Keyboards:  Sell you working keyboards on craigslist or on your local yard sale Facebook page. You can also donate your keyboard, to donate visit the World Computer Exchange website. They will donate your item to a developing country in need of technology.
  • DVDs, CDs, and jewel cases: You can swap out your Dirty Dancing soundtrack for a more current CD at zunafish.com or just recycle it greendisk.com.
  • Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers:  Some stores offer to dispose of your old appliance when you purchase a new model.  You can also contact your local department of public works to find about safe disposal practices in your area.
  • Denim:  You can actually mail in your used denim to the Blue Jeans Go Green recycling program. They will turn your unwanted denim into insulation for new homes and civic buildings.
  • Metal cans:  Cut off the metal ends of cans containing powdered cleansers like Comet and Ajax. You can put them in with other household metals. You can also recycle the cardboard tubes. Most towns recycle food cans but if yours doesn’t, you can find the nearest one on recycle-steel.org. Don’t forget to rinse out the cans.
  • Eyeglasses: Your plastic framed glasses can’t be recycled, but your metal ones can. If your glasses are not damage, donate them to neweyesfortheneedy.com You can also drop off old pairs of glasses at Lens Crafters, Target Optical, or other participating stores and doctors’ offices, and they will send them to onesight.org.
  • Fire extinguishers: For the dry-chemical extinguisher, you will need to safely relieve the remaining pressure, then remove the head from the container. You can put this in with you bulk-metal for recycling.
  • Clothing: Put good use to the bridesmaid dress that you will never wear again. Donate them to operationfairydust.org or consign them on thredup.com.
  • Electronic Devices: Recycle your electronic devices like, PDAs, MP3 players, and other devices. You can donate them to Recycleforbreastcancer.org. They will send you a prepaid shipping label so they can recycle your gadgets, then they will donate the proceeds from you electronic devices to breast cancer charities.
  • Glue: Check with you local school to see if they have a recycling program for empty containers of Elmer’s glue and glue sticks. Students and teachers will rinse out the glue bottles, then they are sent to Wal-Mart for recycling. elmersgluecrew.com
  • Hangers:  Check with you drycleaner because they may reuse your hangers or you can have them recycled with your other household metals. The plastic hangers are usually accepted at recycling centers so check first.
  • IPods: Get 10% off of your new iPod when you bring in your old iPod to the Apple store.
  • Glass jars: Recycle wherever there is container-glass recycling. Don’t forget to rinse them out and remove the metal lid so you can recycle it with your other household metals.
  • Kitchen Utensils:  You can recycle your kitchenware with other scrap metal.

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