If you look around your kitchen, there are many things that can be recycled when they’ve outgrown their usefulness and you can’t find anyone to hand them down to. From large appliances to aluminum foil, recycling can keep a lot of your kitchen items out of landfills.

When I don’t know where I can take an item to be recycled, kitchen or otherwise, one of the sources I’m likely to turn to for that information is Earth911.com. Earth911 has a search feature that allows users to input the name of an item and enter their location, and it will find the nearest place to take that item for recycling. It’s not foolproof, but for difficult to recycle items, it can really come in handy.

Earth911 had come up with iPhone app that puts its recycling search engine on your cell phone. Once you find a recycling facility that suits your needs, with the touch of the screen you can instantly get directions to the facility or phone the facility to ask further questions.

Here’s the info from Earth911’s website.

iRecycle makes it easy to find recycling locations anywhere in the U.S. Find places to drop-off your old cell phone (or water bottle or motor oil or… well, you get the idea), get directions and find out what else they accept.
  •  Access to over 100,000 recycling and disposal locations for over 200 materials
  •  Get directions to the nearest site from your current location
  •  Use the auto-complete feature to find what you need to recycle to speed up your search
  •  Check your search history to replay old search results
  • Find additional information for each location like hours of operation, other materials accepted (hey, maybe you can recycle all those plastic bags from under your kitchen sink), their Web site, etc.
  •  Call locations directly from search results
Bottom line: iRecycle gets you from Point A to Point B. With information provided by local governments, industry insiders, organizations and everyday consumers, you can recycle hundreds of products from packing peanuts to computers. We know where you need to go to get things done.

Oh, and did I mention – it’s a FREE app.  

Image: Earth911

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Free iRecycle iPhone app from Earth911
Earth911 makes their fabulous recycling search feature into an iPhone app with some convenient features.