When the average American throws out 4.4 pounds of trash a DAY, we have to wonder how much of that could have been diverted from the trash. Although we encourage people to aim for waste reduction and reuse first, there are circumstances in which you still end up with items that need to be disposed of. For that, we've compiled a list of ways to get rid of items that can be recycled but cannot be put in your recycling cart.
Pill bottles: drop it off at your nearest Whole Foods or other retail store participating in the Gimme 5 program. You can also mail in your empty pill bottles to Matthew 25 Ministries, an organization that uses empty pill bottles to send medicine to developing countries.
Candy/snack wrappers, k-cups, straws, etc.: Terracycle-Subaru Partnership - see details here
All metal items (excluding metal cans and lids): poles, helium tanks, wire racks, etc. can typically be brought to a scrap metal collector such as Max Levine and Co.
Household goods, furniture, books, toys and clothes that are in good condition but no longer usable can typically be donated (see our donations page for more information)