For uncommon recycling needs
CrazyCrayons.com is a site associated with a family-run business that sorts and melts down old crayons, then ships new ones to children’s hospitals.
TerraCycle.com helps turn old toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, empty floss containers, and such leftovers into new plastic products.
ItsFromTheSole.org and Soles4Souls.org both accept donated shoes and distribute them to people in need.
RecycleBalls.org grinds old tennis balls into the rubber material that pads tennis courts and playgrounds. The Vermont company asks for a $15 donation and that there be at least 100 balls in each shipment.
ReSpectacle.org and New-Eyes.org will see that your old specs get to visually impaired people who can’t afford their own. Meanwhile, OneSight.org recycles lenses and frames and uses the proceeds to buy brand-new eyeglasses for other patients.