Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Not Your Common Recycling Item

Don't know what to do with the items that your recycling service won't pick up? Here are a few suggestions:

Area recycling: How to get rid of hard-to-recycle goods
03:10 PM CDT on Thursday, April 17, 2008
By PAIGE PHELPS / The Dallas Morning News


After the aluminum, plastic and glass have been sorted and placed in the appropriate recycling bin, what do you do about bulky or odd items such as paint, those annoying packing peanuts or that dead computer taking up precious garage space?

Before you pitch them in the regular trash, thus condemning them to a landfill where they will sit for an eternity, consider your options. There are plenty of companies that will pick up your junk for a fee, and plenty more that are begging you to pile everything you loathe into your car's trunk and just give it to them, at zero cost to you.

Properly disposing of the items listed below prevents toxic waste from seeping into our water supply.

Metro Foam Recycling, Inc.: 1628 Terre Colony Court, 214-231-3626
They won't come to you, but they accept foam-packaging materials such as Styrofoam (but, unfortunately, not those packing peanuts) and polyethylene, the pink or white foam that is squishier than Styrofoam. Free.

UPS Store:
http://www.upsstore.com/ for locations, 1-800-Pick-UPS
Don't you hate it when you open a box and a flood of packing peanuts overwhelms you and your floor? Scoop them back up and return them to a parcel store, such as the UPS Store. Free.

DeBass Recycling: P.O. Box 116557, Carrollton,
http://www.debass-recycling.com/, 972-248-1679
For a monthly fee of $10, DeBass provides apartment and condo dwellers bimonthly pick-ups of all their recycling. A 12.5-gallon recycling bucket is included, and online and automatic payment are available.

BCD Electro Inc., 2525 W. Commerce St., www.bcdelectro.com, 214-630-4298
On Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., BCD Electro will take electronics and other types of plastics and metals for recycling from individuals. Free.

Junk Lightning:
http://www.junklightningofamerica.com/, 972-786-5100
Don't want to haul your bulky recycling away? Junk Lightning will do it for you and on your time schedule. They'll take everything from old furniture to cardboard boxes to steel (no paint allowed), which they sell to various companies that in turn recycle the items. Pricing is dependent on size of the load but starts at $80.

Current Energy: 3103 Knox St., 469-533-7600
Central Dallas residents with dead batteries (any type) or burned-out compact fluorescent light bulbs have an easy option: Head to the Current Energy store on Knox Street and hand them in for recycling. Free.

Call2Recycle Boxes:
http://www.call2recycle.org/, 877-2-Recycle
Nonprofit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. has set up stations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area at participating retailers such as AT&T Mobility, Lowe's, Office Depot, Interstate Batteries and many more to collect your old rechargeable batteries, portable electronics, cordless power tools, walkie-talkies, cordless phones, digital cameras and camcorders, cellphones and even remote-control toys. Go to the Web site or call the hotline to find a drop-off point near you. Free.

Dallas Home Chemical Collection Center (HC3): 11234 Plano Road, 214-553-1765
Dallas residents may drop off their household chemical waste at the Home Chemical Collection Center (HC3), including pool and yard chemicals, craft and hobby supplies, batteries of all kinds, automotive fluids, oil filters, used motor oil, paint, home-repair products, household cleaners and chemicals, fluorescent light tubes and CFL bulbs, home computers, cellphones and any unused and expired pharmaceuticals. Do not bring common recyclables, electronics, or appliances. You must show your driver's license and a recent utility bill stub to prove residency. Free.

Fort Worth Environmental Collection Center: 6400 Bridge St., Fort Worth,
www.fortworthgov.org/dem/, 817-871-5257
On Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., bring in your household waste for recycling. What they take: antifreeze, batteries, automotive wastes, cooking oil, craft chemicals, drain cleaner, fertilizer, fluorescent and CFL light bulbs, herbicides and pesticides, household chemicals, paints and thinners sorted by type (latex, oil-based and lead-based), pool chemicals and unused medications. What they don't take: electronics, tires or building materials. Bring a recent water bill as proof of residency. Neighboring cities participate in the program, but a voucher is required. For directions, hours or to find out if you need a voucher, go to the Web site or call 817-871-5257. Free.

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