I have this happen to me all the time. Random electronics, toys, packaging, home remodeling projects, etc. I don’t want to throw it away, but can it be recycled? Real Simple has come up with a great A-Z guide to recycle just about anything, and gives you the information you need to find a recycler in your area. Their list is pretty complete, however I have a few additional resources for some specific items- mainly clothes and denim jeans.
Probably the best way to recycle clothes is to take them to your local charity that accepts donations. Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and many other large scale donation resellers will bundle unsellable clothes and sell them to textile recyclers who then make them into industrial rags. Alternatively, recycled denim is becoming an increasingly popular form of insulation in new and remodeled homes.
The National Geographic Kids magazine is working to set a Guinness World Record for largest collection of clothes for recycling. They are accepting any kind of old jeans to be recycled through Cotton Inc Blue to Green program to be converted into building insulation and donated to families in need.
National Geographic Kids are accepting donations through June 30th at:
Set a Guinness World Record
P.O. Box 98001
Washington, D.C. 20090-8001
After that head over to the Blue to Green program to donate it directly through them.