1.Toxic and hazardous materials should not be disposed of in regular trash collections. Google “Household Hazardous Events” to find one near you. March and April are big months for these events.
2. March 24th 2012 is the first event in a series of special dates when hazardous materials will be accepted at specific locations in Pennsylvania. Come to this location 1600 Calcon Hook Road, (click on the link for a map) in Sharon Hill, PA 9AM-3PM. Computers. Printers, Fax Machines and TV’s will be accepted at this event.
3. The 2nd annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the first event or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them. Find a location near you. DEA should have an updated location list available by March 23rd. I also included unused cold and allergy medications last year and they were accepted. It is not recommended to flush unused prescription medication down the drain.
4. Saturday April 21st is another opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at The Marple Transfer Station (click for map) but computers, printers, fax machines and TV’s will NOT be accepted at this event.
5. Preserve transforms yogurt cups into toothbrushes and those toothbrushes are sold in a recyclable self address sleeve to be returned. Check out preserveproducts.com for more information. Whole Foods in certain locations is also a drop off point.
6. Crayon Recycle. A national crayon recycle center crazycrayons.com will take your old broken crayons or you can create new ones out of old ones yourself with instruction found at ehow.com “how to recycle crayons”.
7. I found a few listings that said they took old trophies to recycle but the information was outdated. If anyone knows of a location please share your knowledge. One great idea I found was to remove the name plate from the trophy/trophies and add them all to a wooden plaque and then find a recycle/donation center for the rest of the materials.
9. Don’t forget freecycle.org. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Pass it on and give it a new life.
10. Visit EPA’s website for tips on “how to” and “what to” recycle along with the proper disposal technique.