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School supplies like empty glue bottles can be transformed into new products. Photo: Shutterstock

Books, Glue and Ink Cartridges

Used textbooks and novels: Leave them at your nearest BetterWorld Books drop box. The organization has reused or recycled more than 117 million books to date and raised in excess of $15 million for libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations around the world.

Glue: Classrooms participating in Elmer’s Glue Crew collect empty glue sticks and bottles big and small throughout the year, saving enough to fill up a box, then send the empties to a recycling center using free downloadable shipping labels. There, old glue holders are transformed into new products like plastic bins.

Empty ink cartridges and small electronics: Schools can sign up for free recycling with Office Depot at Teachers and students send in the ink and toner empties (free shipping!), and the supply company rewards them with a gift card for the value, for use in store and online.