Thanks to Green America for an informative article about different items that might not be on your radar for recycling. Read on and see if you can help keep these things out of a landfill.
Plastic caps: Weisenbach Recycled Products will accept clean plastic caps from jars, bottles, etc. Learn more at capscando.org. They even sell collection barrels. Located at 437 Holtzman Ave. in Columbus, you can drop off or mail caps in. Generation Green in Dublin, at 6351 Sawmill Road right next to Trader Joe’s, also accepts clean plastic caps. SWACO drop-off locations around Columbus also accept caps — the only one in Delaware County is in Lewis Center at Highbanks Metropark.
Brita Pitcher filters: Preserve’s Gimme 5 program accepts these. You can mail them in, along with any other No. 5 plastics you have collected (see instructions at preserveproducts.com/recycling) or you can drop them off at the Whole Foods store in Dublin the next time you are down that way.
Small electronics and more: The best bet here is Best Buy who will accept many types of TVs, gaming systems and even fans and alarm clocks among other things. So before you throw that broken clock radio out, give them a call and see if they will take it. They accept up to three items from each consumer per day (so you don’t overwhelm them). Also, there is a fee to take TVs. Learn more at BestBuy.com/recycling.
Fishing line: Okay, who knew you could recycle this stuff? Gather it up and send it to Berkley Recycling and they will turn it into fish habitat structures. How cool is that? They are at 1900 18th St., Spirit Lake, IA 51360.
Gift cards and customer loyalty cards: Let’s hear it for Best Buy again! They take these as well. There are drop off bins right inside the doors. You can also mail them to Earthworks PVC Recycling Program in Cleveland (learn more at earthworkssystem.com).
More items and information next week!
Tuesday Trippier lives in Delaware, is a writer and mother of four, and has a special interest in all things “green.”