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The Recycle List: 100+ Things You Can Recycle and Where to Recycle Them

    The Recycle List is a useful list of things you can recycle. It also includes a list of places by State where you can recycle things. Choose an item from the recycle list that you would like to recycle by clicking on the links provided. These links provide environmental impacts, usage stats and useful reduction, reuse and recycling information.

    The Recycle List

    Household items such as old hair dryers, flat irons, paint and appliances, clothes, shoes, LEGOS, electronics and batteries are just a few of the many things that can be recycled.

    Alongside of Reducing and Reusing,

    Recycling benefits all.

    Did you know that plastic is the #5 recycled material in the U.S.?

    Learn More – Get Involved:

    According to the EPA, about 75% of what is found in the average garbage can is recyclable. Visit to give and receive in your community by reusing stuff!

    The Recycle List: 100+ Things You Can Recycle and Where to Recycle Them


    Check out Recycle Nation to find your Local Automotive Recycling Center:



    Learn about: Verizon’s program to Recycle. Repurpose. Reward. Trade in your phone 

    Check out Recycle Nation to find your Local Electronics Recycling Center: offers Appliance Recycling and Haul Away services

    • CDs
    • Cell phones
    • Computers
    • Computer Monitors
    • DVDs
    • DVD players
    • Ink cartridges
    • Ink Cartridge and Toner Recycling Program
    • Laptop batteries
    • Machines
    • MP3 Players
    • Stereo equipment
    • TVs
    • VCRs
    • Game consoles; XBox, etc.

    Garden Recycling:

    Glass: 90% of recycled glass is used to make new containers.

    Check out Recycle Nation to find your Local Glass Recycling Center:


    SEARCH on EARTH 911 to find your Local Hazardous Waste Recycling Center:


    Many household items such as toys, furniture, tv’s, etc., can be reused by donating to your local thrift shop or by posting ads on offers Appliance Recycling and Haul Away services


    Check out Recycle Nation to find your Local Metal Recycling Center:

    • Aerosol cansfacts
    • Aluminum cans – Did you know that aluminum cans can be recycled forever?
    • Aluminum foil
    • Aluminum pie plates
    • Aluminum trays
    • Bi-metal cans
    • Cast iron
    • Copper
    • Gold and silver jewelry
    • Keys
    • Lead-free solder
    • Scrap metal
    • Steel

    Learn about Keep America Beautiful’s America Recycles Day


    Check out Recycle Nation to find your Local Paper Recycling Center:

    • Books – you can donate for Re-use at your Local Libray
    • Cardboard
    • Catalogs
    • Computer paper
    • Grocery bags
    • Junk Mail
    • Magazines
    • Maps
    • Newspapers
    • Phone Books – Yellow Pages (Opt-Out) (Recycle via curbside)


    Use Recycle Nation to find your Local Plastic Recycling Center:

    Sporting Equipment:

    Recycle used sports equipment at Play It Again Sports.

    Need help removing your recyclables?

    Call 1-800-GOT-JUNKFull Service Junk Removal

    You can tell how high a society is by how much of its garbage is recycled.

    – Dhyani Ywaho

    Recycle List by State:

    Use this list to search by State to find recycling solutions in your area.

    Alabama Department of Environmental Management
    Alabama Environmental Council

    Alaska Center for the Environment

    Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
    Circular Arizona

    Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality
    Arkansas Recycling Coalition

    Cal Recycle
    Northern California Recycling Association

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

    Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection
    NERC – Northeast Recycling Council

    Delaware Solid Waste Authority

    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Recycle Florida Today

    Georgia Recycling Coalition
    Georgia Environmental Protection Division

    Recycle Hawaii
    Hawaii Department of Health

    Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

    Illinois Recycling Association & Foundation
    Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

    Circular Indiana
    Indiana Department of Environmental Management

    Iowa Department of Natural Resources
    Iowa Recycling Association

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment
    Kansas Organization of Recyclers

    Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection

    Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

    Maine Department of Environmental Protection

    Maryland Department of the Environment
    Maryland Recycling Network

    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

    Michigan Department of Environmental, Great Lakes, and Energy
    Michigan Recycling Coalition

    Recycling Association of Minnesota
    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

    Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
    Mississippi Recycling Coalition

    Missouri Recycling Association
    Missouri Department of Natural Resource

    Montana Department of Environmental Quality
    Recycle Montana

    Keep Nebraska Beautiful
    Nebraska Recycling Council
    Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

    Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

    New Hampshire
    New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

    New Jersey
    Association of New Jersey Recyclers
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

    New Mexico
    New Mexico Recycling Coalition
    New Mexico Environment Department

    New York
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling

    North Carolina
    North Carolina Division of Environmental Quality

    North Dakota
    North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Association
    North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources
    Ohio State Environment Protection Agency

    Oklahoma Recycling Association
    Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

    Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association
    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    Pennsylvania State Recycling Association

    Rhode Island
    Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation

    South Carolina
    South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

    South Dakota
    South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association

    Tennessee Recycling Coalition

    State of Texas Alliance for Recycling

    Recycling Coalition of Utah
    Utah Department of Environmental Quality

    Association of Vermont Recyclers
    Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

    Virginia Recycling Association
    Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

    Washington State Recycling Association
    Department of Ecology

    West Virginia
    West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board
    Recycling Coalition of West Virginia

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
    Recycle More Wisconsin

    Wyoming Solid Waste and Recycling Association
    Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

    The Recycle List: 100+ Things You Can Recycle used the following resources:

    1. – Marine Research, Education and Restoration
    2. DMOZ Internet Directory
    3. Recycle Nation
    1. – Find out Why, Where and How to Recycle using the largest and most accurate recycling directory in the U.S.
    1. Alcoa – Advancing each generation.
    2. EnviroGlass Products Inc. – offers a variety of post-use recycled glass and porcelain aggregate for decorative use in terrazzo flooring.
    3. Keep America Beautiful
    4. – Serving Government & Public Agencies, Business & Industry, Colleges & Universities, Health Crae & NGOs
    5. National Geographic – Great Pacific Garbage Patch 
    6. Steel Recycling Institute
    7. – TerraCycle’s purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste. We do this by creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. Anyone can sign up for these programs, called the Brigades, and start sending us waste.
    8. PAKMAIL – The Council operates the Peanut Hotline, the national reuse program for polystyrene or plastic loose fill, also known as “packing peanuts”.
    9. Wikipedia
    10. Post banner image by Iker Urteaga – Post article image by Julio Lopez