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In the United States alone, 1.4 billion pounds of trash are created daily. The Hard to Recycle station started as a dream of an Alliance Center staff member to combat waste production. Since its creation, the station has prevented 200,000 items from entering the landfill!

Want to play a role in the collective impact of this project? Learn about what the Hard to Recycle station accepts, stay informed and contribute waste! We are on a mission to educate our community about reducing waste production. Will you join us?

HISTORY OF THE HARD TO RECYCLE STATION

ITEMS WE ACCEPT

Here you can see the types of items we accept, examples of each waste stream and any collection specifications we have. Want a copy of this list for your home? Click below for a PDF of items we currently accept!

BATTERIES

Examples: AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt, hearing aid batteries, button cells, etc.

LIGHT BULBS

Examples: Incandescent, halogen, compact florescent bulbs (CFLs), etc.

Important Note: We do not accept broken bulbs. Please only bring ones that are intact!

WRITING UTENSILS

Examples: Pencils, pens, markers, dry erase markers, permanent markers, etc.

INK CARTRIDGES

Examples: Cartridges for laser, ink and solid printers for both at-home and commercial use.

E-WASTE

Examples: Computers, screens, cords, video game consoles, printers, etc.

Important Note: We do not accept smoke detectors or CO2 detectors.

PLASTIC BAGS AND LINERS

Examples: Shrink wrap, saran wrap, ziplock bags, bread bags, tortilla chip bags (not foiled lined), cereal bags, six pack rings, flower bouquet wrapping, breast milk bags, boxed wine bags (no cap), etc.

PET FOOD AND TREAT BAGS

Examples: Large plastic pet food bags, foil-lined treat bags, pet food or treats bags that have multiple paper layers on the inside, etc.

FOIL LINED BAGS AND WRAPPERS

Examples: Coffee bags, cracker and chip bags, Emergen-C packets, granola bar wrappers, etc.

HYGIENE AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Examples: Deodorant, contact lens containers, make up, razors, lotions, lip stick, oxygen absorbers, perfume containers, loofahs, wet wipe containers, tooth brushes, birth control packets, hand soap dispensers, hair brushes, etc.

Important Note: All items must be empty.

BABY FOOD AND DRINK POUCHES

Examples: Beachnut Organics, Earth’s Best, Capri Sun, Honest Tea, etc.

Important Note: Please ensure the containers are empty.

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Examples: Air filters, gloves, spray nozzles, miscellaneous hard plastics, small rigid plastic pieces, plastic lids, trays, six pack rings, scrub brushes, gift cards, etc.

WATER FILTERS

Examples: Carbon filters, alkaline/water ionizers, UV filters, etc.

Important Note: We take all water filters found in residential and commercial settings. Please make sure filters are dry/not leaking.

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS STATION

We are honored to offer this free resource to our community. Our diverse partnerships help make the Hard to Recycle station possible, but we need your help to keep this service running and to maintain and increase our 80 percent diversion rate!

If you would like to financially support the Hard to Recycle station, please donate today! Your gift will help maintain and grow this innovative environmental program. Tell your friends and family about the Hard to Recycle station or start a station at your office or home. Please ask us for details about how YOU can start recycling in your own innovative way.

PARTNERS OF THE HARD TO RECYCLE STATION

Thank you to these companies who provide ongoing support to this station. It wouldn’t be possible without you!

Have questions or want additional information about the Hard to Recycle station? Email us at hardtorecycle@thealliancecenter.org.