Surprising what can be recycled

No, high schoolers aren't weird or actually recyclable. But this "planking" demonstration helps make the point that other uses can be found for all kinds of unwanted clutter. (Kenneth K. Lam / October 8, 2012)

(Another in an occasional series of guest posts by GreenLaurel.com blogger Laurel Peltier)

So you finally finished de-cluttering your basement, and the burning question is: Where to recycle golf clubs, VHS tapes, eyeglasses, bikes, books and stuffed animals - among other things.

 Find the answers in the How to Recycle ANYTHING in Baltimore guide.

This on-line tool suggests local charities (where possible) that accept your hard-to-recycle items not normally collected in single-stream recycling.

(Remember, though, that Maryland's county governments offer excellent single-stream, electronics and hazardous material recycling programs. Click here for your county's recycling web site: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County. UPDATE: One link for dealing with household hazardous waste on the city's web site appears to be broken, but you can still get that info by using the lefthand menu, or this url: http://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/Recycling/HouseholdHazardousWaste.aspx

A quick tip: If this on-line guide doesn't solve your recycling dilemma, you can give anything away using the local on-line recycling web sites www.freecycle.org or www.craigslist.org (under for sale-free stuff).

Taking the time to donate your discards, instead of tossing them in the landfill or incinerator, is a simple step that helps your community and our environment.