The spirit of National Recycling Day just past is an opportunity for education.
The lesson goes beyond realizing that, with a little effort, we can recycle more than we throw in the trash.
The lesson is that there are loads of opportunities to recycle secondary yet popular consumer goods such as eyeglasses and computers, large and small, if only we know where to look.
Of course, there still are tons of opportunities to recycle the usual suspects — bottles, cans, clean cardboard boxes and the like. We can do that with ease via services already available at our curbsides and condos.
There are special recycling drop-off centers in Collier listed at colliergov.net/recycles.
A special column by Daily News contributing writer Marla Ottenstein goes further with tips for recycling the following:
Wire hangers: Return to dry cleaners.
Flower vases: Return to local florists.
Small rechargeable and alkaline batteries, cellular and cordless phones, cordless power tools and laptop computers batteries can be recycled at any Office Depot, Target or BestBuy.
Fluorescent light bulbs: Recycle at any Home Depot.
Styrofoam “peanuts”: Reuse them yourself and take them to most packing/shipping stores. (Note: block Styrofoam is not recyclable.)
Important papers: Office Depot offers a while-you-wait, on-site shredding service for $.99/pound.
Catalogs: Recycle catalogs along with newspapers, magazines and telephone books.
Printer and fax machine ink cartridges: Drop off at any local post office, office supply store or BestBuy.
Shoes: Donate still-wearable sneakers and others at www.Soles4Souls.com.
Yoga mats: Go to www.RecycleYourMat.com.
Used tech equipment: The National Cristina Foundation accepts computers, printers, software, fax machines and monitors for nonprofit organizations, schools and public agencies; www.Cristina.org.
Used cords, wires, cables and remote controls: Drop off at any BestBuy.
Large household items and appliances such as washers, dryers, grills, toilets, sinks and even tires can be left at curbside if you call in advance for pickup in Collier, 239-252-2380.
Mobile phones and accessories: Drop off at any Collier County Sheriff’s substation. All personal information will be erased and the phones recalibrated to provide children and adults living in fear of abuse access to emergency services. Visit: www.NaplesShelter.org For more information.
Eyeglasses: Take to marked bins at LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sunglass Hut, Target Optical and Sears Optical stores nationwide.
This list can go on and on.
Let’s make the most of them.