If you have been practicing your three R’s then you know that last step sometimes requires the most effort! Even though my husband and I pay for curb-side recycling pick-up, I still feel like I do a lot of running around to recycle all the things our recycling company doesn’t take. In some cases (such as with the Paper Retriever) it is very convenient, and I have to travel less than two miles to drop it off. However, in other cases, I have to drive 20 miles to drop off my cardboard and Plastics #3-#7.
Household batteries get dropped off at the public library, and the few plastic bags that are mysteriously acquired go to Wal-Mart, or now Kroger. Other odd items such as electronics, phone books, etc. go to other places all together.
Thankfully, there are plenty of resources online that can help you locate the easiest way to recycle those items that can no longer be reused. One of the best national resources is Earth911.org. Not only do they give you the facts and figures of recycling, but they also have a handy tool at the top of the page, that allows you to search by item and location. Additionally, the site has information on how to start your own recycling program. Another resource for recycling less common materials is this article from E/The Environmental Magazine. The article is older, but still has some listings that are still helpful today.
Perhaps the most helpful resource you can find, however, is one that targets your local area. For Indianapolis, the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful web site, seems to have to the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of recycling drop-offs and materials accepted.