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In 2012, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.5 percent recycling rate. On average, Americans recycled and composted 1.51 pounds out of our individual waste generation rate of 4.38 pounds per person per day.

Source: EPA’S Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2012

Going Green, Recycling, Donating


• 6 Tips to Get Your Kids to Recycle by Donna DeForbes
• 23 Wacky Uses for Cassette Tapes
• 1-800-GOT-JUNK - Full-Service Junk Removal Company (Not available in all states)
• 50 Things to Throw Out Now (and How to Dispose of Them) by Hoku Krueger
A Great Place to Recycle Audio Cassette Tapes - Sonic Frabric (email them for info)
• American Library Association - Sending Books to Needy Libraries: Programs
• Amoeba - Sell us your used CDs, LPs, 45s, 78s, DVDs! (California locations only)
• An Effort to Bury a Throwaway Culture One Repair at a Time - ...repair then recycle!
• Back Thru the Future - Free CD & DVD Recycling
• Better World Books - Purchases books from college, corporate, and municipal recyclers
• BookMooch - Give Books Away. Get Books You Want
• Books For Africa - Donate your good new or used Books to be sent to Africa
• Books for Soldiers - Donate your books to Soldiers overseas
• Books Recycling - Where to drop off and how to do?
• Books to Prisoners - This organization sends books to prisoners in the U.S.
Bra Recyclers - Recycling and Reuse of Used and Unused Bras
• Brides Across America - Donated Wedding Gowns support our Troops & their families
• Call2Recycle - Recycling Your Batteries
• CalRecycle - Electronic Recylcing & Waste Management
• Campus Quilt Company - Quilters turn your old tshirts and clothes into memorable quilts
• Candle Wax Recycling - St. Vincent de Paul transforms your half-burned candles
• Career Gear - Donate suits to empower men as they seek employment
• Cash4Books.net - Type in your books' ISBN number to see if you can get cash for them
• Catalog Choice - Free service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers & more
• CD Recycling Center of America - Recycle Your CDs and DVDs Now
• Cell Phones for Soldiers - Makes phones available to soldiers that want to call home
• CellForCash.com - Get cash for your old cell phones
• Change Purse - Sells your donated purse to invest into the lives of sex trafficking victims
• Charity Navigator: An Online Guide to Finding a Charity You Can Trust
• Clothes4Souls - delivers new and gently worn clothing to those in need worldwide
• ClothingDonations.org - Give Something Back.....
• Crazy Crayons - National Crayon Recycle Program
• decluttr - Get Cash for Your Old CD's, DVD's & Games
• Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know - FDA
• Dispose my Meds - Locate where to discard your medications
• Donate Magazines to Charity
• DonateMyDress.org - Donates Prom & Other Special Occassion dresses to needy
• Donate your eyeglasses by mail - Lions Clubs International show how you can help
• CleanTechnica.com - Cleaning Up Tech: How To Recycle Old Electronics
• DonationTown.org - Find a Charity That Will Pick Up Your Donations For Free
• Earth911.com - Recycling Info
• EcoCycle.org - Boulder, Colorado
• E-cycling Central - Electronics Recycling
• EnergyStar.gov - Find Out About Recycling
• EPA's E-cycling Info
• EstateSales.net - Find Estate Sales, a Tag Sale, or an Auction Near You
• FoodPantries.org - Find a food bank or pantry near you
• Free The Girls - Donate Bras
• Gazelle™ - Get Cash For Your Gadgets: Cellphones, Laptops, Cameras and more
• Gimme 5 Caps Recycling - Recycling of Plastic Bottle Caps
• Gimme 5 Program - Recycle yogurt cups, hummus tubs and other #5 plastic containers!
• Give Running - Promotes fitness by distributing rehabbed athletic shoes
• Gloves 4 Troops - sends baseballs & gloves to U.S. military members around the world
• Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
• Green2LiveClean.com - Atlanta Based Recycler of Computers & Electronics
• Greendisk.com - Recycles CDs, DVDs, Cell Phones, PCs and more
• Habitat for Humanity® - ReStore Resale Outlets: Donate goods to a ReStore
• How Can I Recycle This - Tips on reusing, repurposing and recycling various items
• How Do I Get Rid of It? A to Z Guide for Recycling & Disposal in Pinellas County (FL)
• How to Dispose of Medicines Properly - EPA Guidelines 2011
• How to Dispose of Unused Medicines - FDA Guidelines June 2015
• How To Make Your Own Recycled Paper with Jenn Savedge (Video)
• How to Recycle Your Media - Used Books, Video Games, Music CD's, Movie DVD's
• Iron Mountain - Secure Media Destruction Services of CD's, backup tapes & more
• Keurig - Recycle Your VUE®, K-MUG™ And K-CARAFE™ POD CUPS
• LeapTrade - Trade out played video games for other games or credit on future purchase
• Loving Hugs, Inc. - Donated new or gently used stuffed animals sent to needy children
• New Eyes for the Needy - Recycles Donated Glasses
• Mac Recycling: A professional recycling organization (based in Owings Mills, Maryland)
• made4aid - Artists & crafters donate their work that's sold online to raise money for aid
• MagazineLiteracy.org - Donate new and recycled magazines
• MaxBack - Fast Cash Back for Your Cell Phone and/or Electronics
• Money For Your Used Clothing - Tax Deductible Savings Using Certified Valuations
• Music & Memory - Donated iPods help Dementia & Alzheimer's patients
• National Cristina Foundation - Donate Computers & other Technology
• National Recycling Coalition, Inc.
• New Eyes for the Needy - Eye glasses for those in need; donate cash, glasses, more
• Newborns in Need - Clothing & other essentials donated to newborns in hospitals, etc.
• NextWorth Solutions, Inc. - Recycle your old electronics for cash!
• Nike ReUSE a Shoe - Nike converts any brand shoe you donate into useable material
• One Warm Coat - Collects coats to give to those in need, free of charge
• One World Running - Running shoes to those in need in the U.S. and around the world
• Organize Lipstick/Gloss, Save the Planet! (Video)
• PaperBack Swap - Swap Used Books - Buy New Books at Great Prices!
• PaperKarma® - removes you from mail lists by using their phone APP
• Phones4Charity.org - Cell phone recycling program
• PlasticFilmRecycling.org - Recycles plastic grocery & produce bags, and much more
• Powells Books - Sell Us Your Books Online
• RealSimple.com's A to Z Guide on How to Recycle Items
• Rebagg.com - The Easiest Way to Sell Designer Handbags
• Recycle Cassette Tapes Like A Pro
• Recycle Chicken - Recycling Beyond the Curbside
• Recycle for Breast Cancer - Prepaid Shippling Labels provided
• Recycle Your Plastic Grocery Bags Into A Dog Leash (Video)
• Recycling and Donation Resources (Mostly Colorado)★★★
• SecondSpin.com - Buys Used CDs, DVDs & games
• SellBackYourBook.com - Enter ISBN number to Get a Quote for Cash for Your Books
• SellCell.com - Cell Phone Recycling Price Comparison Site
• SellMyCellPhones.com - Price Comparisons to get you the best price for your device
• Share Your Soles - Sends shoes to needy children and adults worldwide
• Shipping Boxes from Amazon - A Great way to reuse them
• Soles4Souls - Delivers new or gently worn shoes to those in need throughout the world
• Sports Gift Inc. - Used Sports Equipment sent to impoverished children World Wide!
• TechForward, Inc. - Offers Buy Back Plans for PC & Other Electronics Purchases
• The Bra Recyclers®
• The Get-Well Gamers Foundation - Video Games for hospitalized children to play with
• The Naked Binder - Eco-Friendly Recycled Binders
• The Salvation Army - Doing the Most Good
• The Stuff Stop - Where to Discard Stuff
• The VHS and Cassette Tape Recycling Dilemma by Megan Dobransky
• ThredUp.com - Buy and sell practically new children's clothing
• Tights and Pantyhose Recycling by No Nonsense
• Top 7 Places To Donate Magazines When Decluttering Your Home
• uSell.com - Sell Your Cell Phone & Used Electronics
WebThriftStore - Donate your stuff to raise money for a good cause
• WGirls, Inc. - Nationwide prom dress give-aways for underprivileged young women
• What to Do With Old Magazines
• Where to Donate, Sell, and Recycle Your Stuff by S. Stebbins, Family Circle Magazine
• Where to Get Rid of Anything, O, The Oprah Magazine
• Working Bikes - Giving Old Bikes New Homes
• YardSaleSearch.com - Announce & List your Yard Sale on this Nationwide site