At Unpacked Living, we understand how difficult it is to erradicate plastic from our lives.

We are constantly teaching people that waste prevention is better than waste management. You don't have to recycle something you didn't buy in the first place or that doesn't need recycling in the first place. This is what is all about.

But some people are still trying to use up most of the products they already have, like our CEO that has been slowly eliminating plastic in her household since 2019 (see her progress here)

That is why we have some collections of hard-to-recycle items from specific programs at our locations that you can drop off at any time (business hours of course)



  • Batteries should be taped on both sides with CLEAR TAPE, the program does not accept paper tape.
  • Toothpaste tubes should be CLEAN. Cut open, wash, and dry before putting them in the box. 
  • Please make sure your snack and candy bags and wrappers are food free, no crumbs, please. 
  • We do not take light bulbs of any kind. 
  • We do not take Lithium, cellphone, laptop, camera, or other types of batteries. 
  • We do not take any electronics, check with Best Buy or Staples for that. 
  • We do not take Spray cans of any kind or paint including nail polish. 
  • Please ask the clerk before putting something in a box if you are not sure, do not assume. Assumption causes contamination. 
  • If you don't see a box for something, ASK US FIRST. We don't have all the boxes out here, some are hidden, so let us help you. 
  • Please separate the lid from the prescription bottle, thank you. 
  • We do not take soft plastic bags, bubble wrap, or plastic film that can go in the bins in the grocery stores. Check first what can go there for free. 
  • Please do not put food or liquids on our boxes, if you need a trash bin to dispose of something, kindly ask the clerk. 

Please leave a donation so we can keep providing you with these recycling efforts.

Here's a list of the items that you can drop off at our store for proper recycling through Terracycle.


1. Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycle program

What you can recycle

  • Program accepted waste: Biotrue® ONEday brand contact lenses and blister packs, as well as other Bausch + Lomb brand contact lenses and blister packs. We will also accept contact lenses and blister packs from all brands.
  • Please note: Biotrue® ONEday and other Bausch + Lomb brand cardboard boxes are recyclable through regular municipal recycling. Please do not include them in your shipments through this program.

Click here to see Accepted Waste Poster


2. Burt's Bees Recycle on Us Program

What you can recycle

  • Program accepted waste: ONLY Burt’s Bees branded personal care, lip care, and beauty care packaging.

Click here to see Accepted Waste Poster


3. Open Farm® Recycling Program

What you can recycle

  • Program accepted waste: Open Farm Freeze Dried Raw packaging, Open Farm Dry Dog Food packaging, Open Farm Dog Treat packaging, and Open Farm Dry Cat Food packaging. Only Open Farm packaging is accepted, not other brands.

Click here to see Accepted Waste Poster


4. PopSockets® Recycling Program

What you can recycle

  • All PopSockets products and packaging, and phone cases from any brand

Click here to see Program Flier


5. Rubbermaid® Food Storage Recycling Program

What you can recycle

  • All brands of food storage containers (plastic and glass)

6. Tom's of Maine Natural Care Recycling Program

What you can recycle

  • ANY BRAND Mouthwash bottles and caps, toothbrushes, deodorant containers and caps, soap packaging, floss containers, and toothpaste tubes and caps.

Click here to see Program Flier

7. The Gold Bond®, Cortizone-10®, and Selsun blue® Recycling Program

What you can recycle

Gold Bond®, Cortizone-10®, and Selsun blue® product packaging including tubes, dark plastic bottles, tubs, sticks, pumps and caps.
NO aerosol cans

Only Gold Bond® , Cortizone-10® , and Selsun blue® products packaging are accepted.

8. Brita® Recycling Program

What you can recycle

  • All Brita filters, pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, and packaging. ONLY BRITA BRAND.
  • Please do not include cardboard and paper box packaging with your shipments, as these can be recycled municipally.

Click here to see Accepted Waste Poster 

9. Solo® Recycling Program

Solo Cup Recycling

What you can recycle

  • Program accepted waste: ONLY #6 rigid plastic cups
  • In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover liquid). Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping. You cannot ship dripping packages.

Click here to see Accepted Waste Poster 

10. Stasher® Bag Recycling Program

What you can recycle

  • Only Stasher bags are accepted
  • Please make sure your items are dry.

11. Gillette® Razor Local Recycling

What you can recycle

  • All brands of blades and razors (systems and disposable units, and replaceable-blade cartridge units), rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging

Click here to see Accepted Waste Poster

We also have Wire Scrap Recycling

Acceptable types of wire for recycling: Any wire containing copper

  • Cat 5/6 wire (internet cables)
  • Computer cables (power supply, USB, HDMI, etc)
  • Power supply (including power block)
  • Christmas lights
  • Extension cords
  • Appliance cords
  • Romex wire (household electrical wire)
  • THHN wire (from electrical projects)
  • Aluminum and Steel BX wire (from electrical projects)
  • Bare copper wire
  • Aluminum wire (with and without casing)

Unacceptable wire:

  • Coaxial wire (TV wire)
  • Steel wire (can go with regular scrap metal, not wire)
  • Barbed wire


NOTE: This collection is not free for us, so we appreciatte and receive any donations, even a $1 bill will help us keep this programs going for the community.

Every year, billions of used batteries that may contain corrosive materials such
as potassium hydroxide (lye) or sulfuric acid; reactive metals such as lithium; or
toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and nickel are thrown in the trash.

Batteries can contaminate our environment if managed improperly.
Recycling batteries eliminates the risk of personal injury or loss of property and
prevents pollution, thereby reducing the risk of future financial liability associated
with improper disposal.


What we accept:

Dry cell batteries, including AAA, AA, C, D, and 9 volt batteries containing alkaline, carbon-zinc, NICAD, NIMH, silver oxide, mercury, lithium metal, and lithium ion.

Basically alkaline batteries and button batteries.

WE DO NOT take lithium batteries, rechargeable batteries, lead acid batteries, wet cell batteries.

PLEASE FOLOW INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE DROPP OFF: make sure your batteries are DRY and please put clear tape on both ends to prevent short circuits. if you do not have tape, we can provide in-store for properly dispossal.




Please make sure the bottles are clean and empty and take the labels off.