CoMo Recycles Weird Stuff

Overall, Columbia does a pretty good job recycling. Consider our curbside service and ample recycling drop-off locations. We do our part – better than many other communities. But there are a lot of things I can’t stuff in a blue bag or are basically taboo in the recycling containers. For instance…

I’m the proud owner of three garbage bags full of stuffed animals; some cherished keepsakes; but most, Easter/Christmas/Auntie gifts that have piled up over the years.

Where can I take these little cuties?



So, I did some research and discovered there’s a program called Stuffed Animals for Emergencies, Inc., (SAFE for short). Now, they’re a bit picky (as they should be) in regards to what they will take (clean, gently used, etc) but they have donation locations all over the US for stuffed animal hoarders like me. Nice – problem solved!

After finding success with these fur-balls,  I decided to see what other weird items I could get rid of in an eco-friendly fashion. Below are my finds – and some may surprise you!

1. CD, DVD and hard drive recycling: Back Through The Future Technology Disposal

2. Video tapes (yes, I still have these): Alternative Community Training (ACT)

3. Trophies (I have four children, enough said):

4. Books: Most libraries

5. Dog collars and leashes: Annies Sweatshop

6. Yoga Mats: (ever quite got the hang of it) The Bolder Mat Company

These ideas suit my weird stuff removal, but to each his own unwanted items.

Look through your cupboards, attics, (under your beds) and make some decisions, then be persistent. You can find a place for almost anything. In the long run, you’ll avoid additional guilt in your life and get a high five from Mother Nature and the City of Columbia (so worth it).



  1. Columbia (and most areas) only recycle plastic labeled 1 & 2. There’s a company over in Fulton that takes all the other numbers (5, 6, 7). I’ve never been there but I’ve had a friend that has taken some stuff here:

  2. Thanks for the tip Jeremy! I’m going to check that out. The more we can recycle, the better for all – amen 🙂

  3. I use old cds and dvds in banners I make. I back the paper with the cds and dvds to make the banners more stable. I also use cereal, cracker, etc boxes for the same thing. I know the boxes can be recycled, but often times I’ve found that friends are happy to hand them over to me rather than remember to drop them off at one of the bins.

    • Good ideas Meg! I’ve seen some amazing Christmas Tree ornaments made from old CDS – a little glitter, some old Christmas cards, puff paints, etc., and some imagination go a long way 🙂

  4. David Bowen says:

    I looked at the site, and it says they only take 1, 2, 4, 5, and 3 (call ahead on that one). Still, I’ve got a garage full of that plastic that I’ve been waiting to recycle, so it’s a great tip!

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