Many of you are probably aware of how to recycle things like aluminum cans and glass bottles – with curbside recycling common in Whatcom County, most of us are conscious of what goes into our garbage cans each day.
In our part of the Pacific Northwest, however, there are more recycling options than ever before, and some of you might be throwing away things that you don’t have to!
Here’s a helpful list of common household recyclables & reusables you may not know about, from a recent spread in The Bellingham Herald:
APPLIANCES – Large broken appliances can be recycled at Appliance Depot at 802 Marine Drive, Bellingham, 360-527-2646, or at Bellingham Appliance Center in the Birchwood neighborhood, 360-714-8102.
Small broken appliances such as microwaves or toasters can be taken to ReLectronics in the Lettered Streets neighborhood at 1000 C Street, Bellingham, 360-734-1235.
BATTERIES – Rechargable batteries can be taken to the Disposal of Toxics Facility in the Birchwood neighborhood, located at 3505 Airport Drive, Bellingham, 360-380-4640.
Alkaline batteries can be recycled at Walmart in the Guide Meridian neighborhood, 360-647-1400, or the Western Washington University Bookstore on High Street in Bellingham.
CELLPHONES – Donate cellphones with chargers to the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center at 1407 Commercial Street in Downtown Bellingham, 360-671-5714.
CLEANING SUPPLIES – Recycle new or partially-used cleaners at the Disposal of Toxics Facility, at 3505 Airport Drive, Bellingham, 360-380-4640.
COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHTBULBS (CFLS) – Unbroken CFLS can be recycled at Home Depot located in the Meridian neighborhood for free at the orange bins inside the store. 420 Telegraph Road, Bellingham, 360-715-0090.
COMPUTER HARDWARE (LCD MONITORS, LAPTOPS, TOWERS) – ReLectronics accepts computer hardware for free at 2422 E. Bakerview, Bellingham, 360-734-1235. Non-LCD monitors are charged a $15 fee. They also accept computer accessories such as mice, keyboards, etc.
All computer hardware can be recycled at Safe and Easy Recycling in the Mount Baker neighborhood at 4131 Hannegan Road, Bellingham, 360-715-3279.
EYEGLASSES – Leave old pairs of glasses at LensCrafters in Bellingham’s Bellis Fair Mall, and they’ll donate them to international clinics. 360-676-5665.
FORMAL CLOTHING – Donate used formal clothing to the Downtown Bellingham YMCA, which provides prom dresses for low-income students. 1026 N. Forest St, Bellingham, 360-734-4820.
FURNITURE – The Arc of Washington State will pick up furniture in good shape for free at your door. 360-671-3344. Other options include the Assistance League of Bellingham (360-738-2803), Goodwill (360-738-0483), Salvation Army (360-733-1350), Value Village (360-733-2333), the Second Chance Thrift Store in Lynden (360-318-9333), and Project Hope Chest in Lynden (360-354-4673).
HOUSEHOLD ITEMS – Many household items, including clothing, bedding, and kitchen items, can be donated to the following second-hand places: Goodwill (360-738-0483), Salvation Army (360-733-1350), Value Village (360-733-2333), the Second Chance Thrift Store in Lynden (360-318-9333), and Project Hope Chest in Lynden (360-354-4673).
Northwest Center also has donation bins located all over Whatcom County. Go to www.nwcenter.org for more information.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – Broken, used, or new instruments can be donated to Created to Worship, a music store located in Downtown Bellingham at 901 W. Holly St, Bellingham, 360-756-2043.
PLASTICS – Save mixed plastics (Ziploc bags, grocery bags, Saran wrap, plastic hangers, etc.) in a 30-gallon garbage bag and drop off at Sanitary Service Co (SSC – located in the Columbia neighborhood) for a $5 fee. 1001 Roeder Ave, Bellingham, 360-398-2025.
Also recycle grocery bags and Ziploc bags (rinse & cut off the zip-top) in the bins at Whatcom County Haggen or Wal-mart stores.
PRINTER CARTRIDGES – Recycle old printer cartridges for free at ReLectronics, 2422 E. Bakerview, Bellingham, 360-734-1235.
SHOES – Soles 4 Souls is a non-profit organization that accepts gently worn shoes and gets them to people in need all over the world. Visit www.soles4souls.com to learn more.
TELEVISIONS – Broken TV’s can be recycled for free at Safe and Easy Recycling at 4131 Hannegan Road, Bellingham, 360-715-3279.
TOWELS – Trim snags and donate your clean worn towels to the Whatcom Humane Society. 360-733-2080.