The Albany & Troy Lions Club, 266-7788. Instead of throwing away unused eyeglasses and hearing aids, donating through the Lions Club’s program is both valuable and green! Call for more information.
Albany Freecycle, groups.freecycle.org/Albanyfreecycle. This Web site gives individuals in the Albany area the opportunity to recycle their own belongings and find recycled items themselves. Everything posted is free; no trades, bartering or money allowed.
Albany Metal Recycling, 35 Commerce Ave., Albany, 489-2580. This facility provides pick-up and drop-off services for all metal waste.
AlbanyNYReUseIt, groups.yahoo.com/group/AlbanyNYReUseIt. Like Freecycle, this group aims to reduce the number of landfill items by giving unwanted personal belongings to those who do want it.
Ash Trading Corporation, 77 Broadway, Menands, 463-6666. A paper and book recycling business handles all forms of paper. Pickups are available.
eLot Electronics Recycling, Inc., 8000 Main St., Troy, 266-9385. A recycling company that’s working toward eliminating electronic waste, eLot focuses on recycling, de-manufacturing, and refurbishing computers while reusing mercury lamps and bulbs throughout the country. Offers pick-up and drop-off services.
Heritage Environmental, LLC., 10 Apollo Drive, Albany, 452-7001. A national organization that strives to achieve sustainability through innovative environmental solutions, Heritage offers a household hazardous-waste program and a light-bulb and battery mail-back program—a simple alternative to landfilling those items.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, 402-8704. NYSDEC has adopted a program to provide individuals with organizations that donate or reuse unwanted cell phones.
Tri City Rentals, 255 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany, 862-6600, tricityrentals.com, tcrgreenliving.com. Offers green living initiatives such as single-stream recylcling and energy-effecient lighting and appliances.
Troy Bike Rescue, 3280 6th Ave., Troy, 328-4827, troybikerescue.org. TBR is a community bike project committed to removing unused bicycles from the waste stream, and getting them back on the streets. Accepts donations of all bike parts, and welcomes volunteers and newcomers.
Waste Management Inc., 100 Boat St., Albany, (800) 467-6571. As the largest recycler of municipal solid wastes in America, WM has been coming up with new ways of recycling waste, including its “Wheelabrator” facilities, which have converted more than 145 million tons of solid waste into more than 75 billion kilowatt-hours of clean electric power. WM now recycles bottles with identification numbers 1-7.