We all understand the need to find uses for things we have replaced, but sometimes it is hard to know where to take them!  There are some surprising local resources to take some of those hard-to-recycle items.

-Home Depot offers recycling for rechargeable power tool batteries and fluorescent bulbs.
-Walmart usually has a bin right in their entry for those plastic grocery bags that build up in your pantry.
-Ikea offers recycling for both standard and compact fluorescent bulbs.  Very important as CFL's contain mercury - you want to dispose of these very carefully!

If you have a specific need, the Earth911 website has a fabulous search that allows you to find places to recycle near you:

What about items leftover after a home remodel or a room makeover?  There are wonderful local groups who would be happy to come pick up many of those reusable items!

Habitat for Humanity has a resale store where they sell cabinets, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures...the list goes on and on.  This is the perfect resource for donating items from a remodeling job.  Habitat does wonderful work building homes for people in need, and they use their resale store to help fund this.  It's a fantastic organization that I wholeheartedly support!

Here in Frisco, Frisco Family Services and Christian Community Action both are happy to pick up furniture and accessories items, and CCA in particular picks up from a broad area.  In the greater Dallas area, City Square is another wonderful group helping those in need that will come to your house to pick up furniture items.  

And one of my very favorite donation resources, especially for higher-end-items, is Dwell with Dignity.  They furnish interiors for families coming out of homelessness and poverty, and they have an amazing event called Thrift Studio, which if you haven't heard about, you must check out.  Designers put together an amazing sale with wonderful items - this is a super place to donate more expensive things that you just might not be using any more!