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Recycle This, Not That Print E-mail
Not sure what goes in your recycling bin?  Attached is a document with comprehensive information about what can and can't be recycled.  By putting only recyclable items in our bins, we can keep our hauling costs down and prevent problems at the recycling centers.  Contact SCARCE if you have any questions.  Thanks for your help!
Download this file (Recycle This, Not That.pdf)Recycle This, Not That[Recycling guidelines]
Mary's Wholesome Living Print E-mail

Mary's Wholesome Living collects canning jars, lids and other canning equipment.

It's Our Earth Collections, Glen Ellyn Print E-mail

It's Our Earth will accept several items for reuse.  They create new upcycled gifts!  Be sure to visit their to check out what they have for sale!


Fabric/Upholstery Remnants
Coffee Burlap Sack
Mens Neck Ties
Record Albums
Nonelectric Typewriters
Any Vintage Items - clothing costume jewelry, hats, purses,etc.
Aluminum can tabs & bottle caps
Floppy Disks
Bike Inner Tubes
American Flags
License Plates

Used Christmas & Greeting Cards Print E-mail

Christmas and Greeting Card Reuse

Send used or new greeting cards to St. Jude's Ranch for Children.  More Info

Card Donating Tips:

  • All types of greeting cards, including Christmas are used.
  • Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the back side is clear of any writing, etc.)
  • We can not accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting cards.
  • 5" x 7" size or smaller is preferred.
  • Mail donations to :
    St. Jude's Ranch for Children
    Recycled Card Program
    100 St. Jude's Street
    Boulder City, NV 89005
Blanket Collection Print E-mail

altWarm Wishes has been collecting and distributing blankets and more since 1995.  They are a non-profit organization.  They make donating easy to do!  

You can donate new or gently used blankets, comforters, quilts or sleeping bags.  Call 630-881-4906 to find out where to drop them off or to arrange a pick up. 


Smoke Detectors Print E-mail

How To Properly Dispose of your Home Smoke Detector

Did you know that the smoke detector in your home has a small amount of radioactive material (AM-241) inside of it? Because of this material, it is dangerous to simply throw your detector into a landfill. Proper disposal of your detector is available:
  • For First Alert or BRK:
    • send to:  First Alert Disposal 3901 Liberty Street Aurora IL, 60504 (confirm with USPS to see if there is a special label for mailing smoke detectors)
  • For Other Brands: Curie Environmental in New Mexico will take any smoke detector back for a small price
    • $8.00/detector
    • specific instructions on how to send the detector to them at
    • you will need: quantity & microcuries (found on the back of detector)
    • pay online (using PayPal)
    • print out the shipping label (USPS or UPS)
    • For questions (505) 888-9392
Each company takes apart the detectors to recycle the plastic and other re-usable materials. The radioactive material is then separated and sent to a landfill that is
specially designed to take in radioactive waste.
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