ATHLETIC SHOES: Nike will recycle any brand of athletic shoe through its Reuse-a-Shoe program. The company processes and recycles the footwear to make sports surfaces for basketball courts, tennis courts, running tracks and playground. Right now they’re collecting shoes to make athletic surfaces for New Orleans, to help bring youth sports back to the city as it rebuilds. Details on the Nike Web site.
TECHNO-TRASH: As you upgrade your technology, you can send outdated items such as; VHS tapes, game cartridges, digital cameras, MP3 players, cords, cables, cassettes, and computer monitors. Details from GreenDisk.
COMPUTERS: Computers contain a number of harmful chemicals, so it is important to make sure they’re properly recycled. Most major computer manufacturers now offer some type of recycling program. Check the web sites for Apple, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba. You can also find independent recyclers who meet high standards for eco-friendly and safe labor conditions through the Computer TakeBack Campaign.
HANDHELD DEVICES: Small electronics are full of big toxics. You can drop off your old cell phones, pagers and PDAs at Staples stores. Staples has partnered with nonprofit CollectiveGood,. CollectiveGood refurbishes and puts them to use in developing countries.