Save Time: Recycle While You Shop

Photo: Flickr/Dave Dugdale

Photo: Flickr/Dave Dugdale


Where to take them: Walmart, Staples, RadioShack, Best Buy and local auto service centers

Curbside recycling programs don’t accept batteries for recycling. Luckily, a wide variety of retailers now accept batteries in store. Retail giants like Walmart, Staples and Best Buy will take your spent batteries, as will a number of auto service centers like Pep Boys and Advance Auto Parts.

Use Earth911’s recycling directory to find the retail location nearest to you.


Where to take it: Best Buy, Staples and RadioShack

That old MP3 player or broken cellphone isn’t doing anyone any good sitting in a drawer or closet. Recover those resources by recycling e-waste responsibly while on the go.

Electronics retailers like Best Buy, Staples and RadioShack will take the widest variety of electronics. But if you’re dealing with a specific item, such as a cellphone, you may have even more options near you.

Use Earth911’s recycling directory to find the closest retail location.

#5 Plastics

Where to take them: Whole Foods Market

Plastic #5 packaging, such as the tubs used for yogurt, butter and cream cheese, can be found all over the house, but many curbside programs don’t accept it.

If you’re planning a trip to Whole Foods Market for some fancy grub or organic personal care items this season, bring some of your #5 plastics with you to drop off at their Gimme 5 bin. Through a partnership with Preserve, Whole Foods stores nationwide now accept all sorts of #5 plastics for recycling.

If you’re not sure where the nearest Whole Foods store is, just use Earth911’s recycling directory. We’ll help you get to the right place.

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