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Ah, spring! The time is ripe for cleaning up and clearing out. What do you do with what you don’t want? Below you’ll find some solutions, and you can always call the 1-800-CLEANUP hotline run by Earth 911 (or visit their website) if you have a tricky-to-throw-away item.

Batteries Single-use batteries are now safer to toss, but why not spark some recycling? Batteries contain numerous chemicals that can be reused. Find a Batteries Plus store or ship your old batteries to recyclers such as Battery Solutions.

Did You Know?

75% of solid waste is recyclable, but only about 30% is actually recycled.

Carpet Keep it out of the landfill! If the rug’s manufacturer doesn’t recycle, go to Carpet America Recovery Effort’s waste diversion page to find a reclamation facility near you.

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Cars, Boats and Other Vehicles Donate to a great cause like Big Brother/Big Sisters, Make a Wish or Habitat for Humanity, and you’ll probably get a tax deduction. If you need green in your own wallet, Junk My Car will buy and haul away just about anything with wheels. Be sure to let your Allstate Agent know if you got rid of your vehicle so he or she can update your policy.

Cell Phones Old phones can be refurbished and given to domestic violence survivors or our troops. To find other reuse/recycling programs, log on to American Cellphone Drive.

Computers Manufacturers often recycle their own products. Local and national charities need them too. Find many private and nonprofit sources for recycling listed by state at the Telecommunications Industry Association’s website, E-cycling Central.

DVDs and CDs Unless you want to turn disks into drink coasters, send them and their cases to GreenDisk or look for other resources through the CD Recycling Center.

Formal Wear That pinstripe suit or fuchsia gown can be worn again—by those who really need them. For drop-off sites, check Dress for Success, Operation Prom and Donate My Dress.

Mattresses and Box Springs Even if old and out of shape, these are recyclable. Check to see if the original manufacturer will take yours. Or find someone near you who will through Earth911’s Recycling Guide.

Medications Look for the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Or check your local ordinances and the FDA website for which meds can be safely thrown or flushed away.

Paint Find local paint-recycling programs through the American Coatings Association’s PaintCare site. Latex-paint cans with an inch or less of dried paint can often be recycled with your other metal containers. Oil-base paints must be disposed of through your local hazardous waste center.

Sports Gear Be a sport and donate your gently used gear to those in need through Sports Gift and Bicycles for Humanity.