Have you ever wanted to recycle something, but didn’t know where to take it? Not anymore, my friends. MSN has a link to help you find where to recycle your old electronics, car batteries, pesticides, etc. Check it out at http://green.msn.com/Tools/GreenDirectory/Recycle/Default.aspx.

Of course there are other options if your item is still in working condition. Your old cell phone or PC may be a God-send to a local charity. I know Penelope House, which is a shelter for battered women and children here in Mobile, accepts cell phone donations.

Looking to recylce your old ink cartridge? Most office supply stores, such as Office Depot and Staples, will recycle them for you.

Don’t see your item on the MSN list? Go to Freecycle.org. Freecycle is “a grassroots, volunteer-driven Internet movement committed to the notion that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” founded in 2003 by Deron Beal. Members of the group can give and receive items for free. There are a few rules: 1) all items must be completely free with no strings attached and 2) no illegal or adult-themed materials are allowed.

What’s so great about this is it reduces waste and saves resources. The network estimates that it’s keeping more than 300 tons of stuff out of landfills daily.

Do you have any tips to share on recycling unusual things? If so, please share with the rest of the class. And if you’re a Freecycle user, I’d love to hear about your experiences with that. Any great finds?

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