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Upgrades are fine, but don't let your old cell phones sit in landfills. There are more than enough recycling options in Milwaukee.

Beyond curbside recycling: What to do with old cells, batteries, even shoes

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Computer and printer cartridges:

Most printer cartridges are easily recycled, refilled or re-built.

H&R Scrap Metals, Inc., 9000 W. Fond du Lac Ave., (414) 353-4333, recycles PCs, monitors, mainframes, printers, fax machines and copiers.

Milwaukee PC gives you cash for your old ink cartridges.

Office Depot encourages customers to recycle their used ink cartridges. Customers can redeem up to 25 cartridges a day and redeem up to three coupons per for any amount totaling more than the dollar amount per purchase.

Recycle-Free is another free option.

Motor oil, tires and car batteries:

All three of these products are big environmental problems, but they're also easily recycled. Put your used oil into a plastic milk jug and clearly mark it "used motor oil" and take it to Jiffy Lube, Valvoline or another quick-lube shop during business hours. Many auto parts stores, such as Advance Auto Parts, recycle motor oil and batteries.

Rechargeable batteries (other than car batteries):

Recycling Nickel-Cadmium rechargeable batteries couldn't be easier. Type your ZIP code in here to find a location near you. Call 1-800-8BATTERY for more information.

Shoes:

Milwaukee has participated in the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program -- which aims to collect used athletic shoes that will be recycled and used to make brand new athletic surfaces -- since the summer of 2004 and collects used athletic shoes at numerous locations throughout the metro area.

The recycled materials are used in new sports surfaces such as playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts and running tracks throughout Milwaukee and the country. Click here to find the nearest show drop off location.

Plastic bags:

Whole Foods and local Kohl's Department Stores are among the retail outlets that allow you to drop off plastic bags for recycling. Local Roundy's stores -- Pick 'n Save, Copps and Rainbow -- also offer plastic bag recycling.

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Minimouse | April 25, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. (report)

Thank you for this column! I would also be glad to see an article on how to recycle different kinds of light bulbs: incandescent, halogen and flourescent!

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