“Otagai no tame ni: With and for Each Other”


Yesterday, President Obama and the First Lady welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese First Lady Akie Abe to the White House.

After the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn, President Obama and Prime Minister Abe met to talk about trade, investment, and international security. During a joint press conference in the Rose Garden, the two leaders also announced that they would continue to work together to fight climate change.

Watch the arrival ceremony and the full press conference, and see more highlights from the Prime Minister’s visit.

President Obama welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

President Obama on Freddie Gray’s Death: “This Is Not New, and We Shouldn’t Pretend that It’s New”

While speaking in the Rose Garden yesterday, President Obama shared his thoughts on the recent protests following the death of Freddie Gray — a 25-year-old Baltimore native who died while in police custody. The President noted that the events in Baltimore called attention to the urgent need throughout the country to build trust between communities and their police.

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President Obama on Why Transparency Matters in Securing the Most Progressive Trade Deal in History

The TPP gives us the greatest opportunity to level the playing field for American businesses and their employees. That’s why the President has taken important steps to include new voices in the trade discussion and increase the transparency of our trade negotiations. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the President laid out what the public can expect to see before he signs an agreement and before any vote is taken in Congress.

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America’s Response to the Earthquake in Nepal: What We Can Do to Help

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the heart of Nepal on April 25. It toppled communities, severely cut off access to food and water, and caused tens of thousands of people to take shelter in makeshift camps. Find out how you can help make a difference and assist us in spreading the word.

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Processing Baltimore’s Events In The Last Two Weeks Will Be Tough But Essential

In the last two weeks following Freddie Gray’s death from spinal cord injuries suffered while in police custody, Baltimore has been riven with civil unrest, both protests and riots. While the focus of the aftermath of Gray’s death should be on the initial peaceful protests, a number of media outlets have ignored them in favor of sensationalizing the riots from earlier this week. On the ground organizing has been an essential part of the aftermath, and while a few have taken to criminal activity, many, many more have worked to rebuild Baltimore’s communities. While protests continue in the city, we must continue to provoke discussion as to why this cycle of violence continues in seemingly perpetual motion.

To understand the root causes of Baltimore’s civil unrest, we have to take a step back and understand the context Gray and some Baltimore residents experience daily. Sandtown-Winchester, Gray’s neighborhood, is 97 percent African-American and one of the many economically depressed areas of Baltimore. More than half of the neighborhood’s residents are out of work, the median income is below the poverty line for a family of four and a third of its buildings are vacant Compared to Baltimore’s average, Sandtown-Winchester has twice as many families receiving welfare and roughly half of the median household income. And as you can see on these maps, the inner harbor and a sliver of the northern suburbs are doing well economically, while vast stretches of east and west Baltimore with majority and significant African American populations are struggling with households earning less than $25,000 per year. In short, while parts of Baltimore have done very well in the last twenty years, the city’s leadership has failed to deliver those economic benefits to its most vulnerable residents.

People have and will argue that the events of Baltimore are not a racial problem because, while Baltimore is more than 60 percent African-American, the mayor and the police chief are both African-American. The problem with this argument is that it ignores the systemic criminal justice issues contributing to Baltimore’s issues. Since 2011, the city of Baltimore has spent $5.7 million to settle numerous police brutality lawsuits since 2011. In addition, Sandtown-Winchester “has more people in state prisons than any Baltimore neighborhood,” 458 people out of a population of 14,000. And last week, the New York Times chronicled the 1.5 million African-American men (ages 25 through 54) “missing ” from their communities due to incarceration and an increased early mortality rate. Baltimore ranked 6th in “places with most missing men” at 19,000.

While we can and should condemn the violence against local businesses and property, what it comes down to is ending the series of officer-involved deaths plaguing our country and communities with seemingly impunity. With that being said, it is worth taking a look at how our progressive leaders are addressing these important issues:

President Barack Obama:

“We can’t just leave this to the police. I think there are police departments that have to do some soul searching. I think there are some communities that have to do some soul searching. But I think we, as a country, have to do some soul searching. This is not new. It’s been going on for decades.

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If we are serious about solving this problem, then we’re going to not only have to help the police, we’re going to have to think about what can we do — the rest of us — to make sure that we’re providing early education to these kids; to make sure that we’re reforming our criminal justice system so it’s not just a pipeline from schools to prisons; so that we’re not rendering men in these communities unemployable because of a felony record for a nonviolent drug offense; that we’re making investments so that they can get the training they need to find jobs.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid:

“We are all saddened by what we’ve witnessed unfold on the streets of Baltimore. A man is dead who should not be dead. His name was Freddie Gray. […] So instead of turning a blind eye, let’s work together and take this problem seriously. There is bipartisan work being done on criminal justice reform and that is a good start. Ensuring that populations are not unfairly targeted for incarceration will be a positive step. But we also need to be investing in inner cities and rural areas, and ensuring that jobs and training and educational opportunities are available where they are needed most. Looking out at the year ahead, the only bill on the agenda I see that does anything to create jobs is the highway bill. That is not enough. We need to do more. It’s up to us here in this Capitol to create jobs. Republicans and Democrats must work together to make sure that America continues to be a land of opportunity for all of our fellow citizens.”

BOTTOM LINE: There is a stark reality sweeping across the country that many of our cities and towns remain painfully divided, whether it be along racial lines, between law enforcement and our communities, or across the huge socioeconomic gap that continues to widen. We haven’t just seen young black men and women lose their lives at the hands of police; we’ve seen the ongoing degradation of our communities because of a struggling economy, lack of access to a good education, and the failure to ensure your zip code doesn’t determine the opportunity you have to get ahead in America. We can’t solve this scourge until we address the inherent, but obvious inequalities in our country. It’s past time for us to get to work.

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USFDA_footerOhanyan’s Bastirma & Soujouk, Co. Recalls Sausage Products Due To Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
Ohanyan’s Bastirma & Soujouk Co., a Fresno, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 159,291 pounds of sausage products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.  The product contains soy lecithin, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label.

04/29/2015 04:07 PM EDT NAVAJO PRIDE, LLC of FARMINGTON, NM is issuing a voluntary recall of Bleached All Purpose Flour Lot#075B110064, expiration date 03162016 (“Product”) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
04/29/2015 07:15 PM EDT  Golden Krust Patties, a Bronx, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 9,073,384 pounds of beef and chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
04/29/2015 04:07 PM EDT NAVAJO PRIDE, LLC of FARMINGTON, NM is issuing a voluntary recall of Bleached All Purpose Flour Lot#075B110064, expiration date 03162016 (“Product”) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

 

 

04/29/2015 10:03 AM  On April 27, 2015, Hy-Vee, Inc. issued a recall for Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad that is sold in its stores’ kitchen department cold cases and salad bars. The pasta was recalled after Hy-Vee was notified the frozen vegetables used to make the ready-to-eat pasta were potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
04/28/2015 12:15 AM EDT Corn Maiden Foods, Inc., a Harbor City, Calif. establishment, added an additional item to the recalled products list.
04/27/2015 07:19 PM EDT Waymouth Farms, Inc. of New Hope, MN is recalling RAW PINE NUTS in various sizes, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Kayem Foods Recalls Sausage Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination Kayem Foods, a Chelsea, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 59,203 pounds of fully cooked chicken sausage products that may be contaminated with pieces of plastic.

04/24/2015 06:18 PM EDT Greystone Foods, LLC voluntarily recalls Today’s Harvest Field Peas with Snaps, Silver Queen Corn, and Broccoli Florets with the sell by date 04/21/16 shipped to Publix Supermarkets warehouse in Lakeland, FL warehouse due to possible health risk.

 

04/25/2015 11:43 PM EDT  TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, of Neptune, NJ is recalling one lot of its 1.69 oz. package of the Puppy Starter Kit dog chews, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals ingesting the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

 

 

Hong Ha Recalls Beef And Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Hong Ha, a Hyattsville, Md. establishment, is recalling approximately 10,164 pounds of beef and pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

West Liberty Foods Recalls Grilled Chicken Breast Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination West Liberty Foods, a Tremonton, Utah establishment, is recalling approximately 34,075 pounds of grilled chicken breast products that may be contaminated with pieces of plastic.

04/17/2015 04:15 PM EDT Conway Import Co., Inc. is recalling Conway Organic Sesame Ginger Dressing and Conway Citrus Organic Vinaigrette Dressing because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
04/17/2015 07:23 PM EDT Hines Nut Company, Dallas, TX, today announced a voluntary recall of WALNUT HALVES & PIECES, Lot Number 6989. The product was supplied by GOLD STATE NUT COMPANY of Biggs, CA, and packaged by Hines Nut Company. There is a possibility these nuts may be contaminated with Salmonella.
04/20/2015 04:59 PM EDT
Superior Nut & Candy Co., Inc. is recalling 4 ounce packages Pine Nuts because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail and elderly people, and other with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
04/21/2015 03:52 PM EDT State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today warned consumers not to consume La Clarita Queseria Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” made by Queseria La Poblanita, Inc., 216 E. 117th St., New York, NY, 10035, due to possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination. To date, no illnesses are known by the Department of Agriculture and Markets to be associated with this product.

Recall Notification Report 065-2015  (Turkey and Beef) Michigan Brand, Inc., a Bay City, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 737 pounds of turkey and beef products due to misbranding.

04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT Kayem Foods, a Chelsea, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 59,203 pounds of fully cooked chicken sausage products that may be contaminated with pieces of plastic.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Michigan Brand, Inc., a Bay City, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 737 pounds of turkey and beef products due to misbranding.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
B & R Meat Processing, a Winslow, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,129 pounds of pork products due to a possible processing deviation that may have led to staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Royal Frozen Food, a Los Angeles, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,821 pounds of beef and chicken products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
B & R Meat Processing, Inc. is recalling approximately 569 pounds of pork products due to nitrite levels in excess of regulatory limit.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Beech-Nut Nutrition, an Amsterdam, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food products that may be contaminated with small pieces of glass.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Leader Slaughterhouse, LLC, an Imler, Penn., establishment, is recalling approximately 1,800 pounds of veal carcasses that were produced without the full benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Corn Maiden Foods, Inc., a Harbor City, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,600 pounds of pork tamales, pork Yucatan, and beef brisket taquitos products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen (hydrolyzed soy protein).
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Viz Cattle, a Irvine, California establishment, is recalling approximately 6,082 pounds of flap meat due to misbranding.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
La Guadalupana Wholesale Co., Inc., a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 34,923 pounds of pork and chicken tamale products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen (egg whites).
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Vern’s and Sons Food Service, a Milwaukie, Ore. establishment, is recalling approximately 450 pounds of beef and chicken products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Lebanese Butcher Slaughter, Inc. a Warrenton, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 902 pounds of beef, goat, and lamb products due to misbranding and because the products were further processed without the benefit of full inspection.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Robber’s Roost Jerky, an Ellensburg, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 4 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked beef and pork pepper stick jerky product that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Aadji & Manten International, LLC., a Rockville, Md., establishment, is recalling approximately 1,108 pounds of canned corned beef products not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection.
04/23/2015 04:24 AM EDT
Recall Notification Report. Cargill Meat Solutions, a Wyalusing, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,294 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with blue string.
04/22/2015 07:44 PM EDT
SM Fish Corp. of FAR ROCKAWAY, NY is recalling 8 ounce containers of OSSIES HERRING IN SOURCREAM and OSSIES PICKLED LOX DAIRY because they contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume these products.
04/22/2015 07:43 PM EDT
SM Fish Corp. of FAR ROCKAWAY, NY is recalling 8 ounce containers of OSSIE’S PICKLED LOX & CREAM because it contains undeclared eggs. People who have an allergy to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
04/21/2015 03:52 PM EDT
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today warned consumers not to consume La Clarita Queseria Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” made by Queseria La Poblanita, Inc., 216 E. 117th St., New York, NY, 10035, due to possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination. To date, no illnesses are known by the Department of Agriculture and Markets to be associated with this product.
04/21/2015 10:01 AM EDT
Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
04/20/2015 09:49 PM EDT
Royal Frozen Food is recalling its BLINTZES products due to undeclared milk. The products contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
04/20/2015 04:59 PM EDT
Superior Nut & Candy Co., Inc. is recalling 4 ounce packages Pine Nuts because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail and elderly people, and other with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
04/17/2015 08:00 PM EDT
PROLAINAT is voluntarily recalling all lots of 9.16 oz packages of Trader Joes A Dozen Sweet Bites (Chocolate & Coffee Opera Cake, Raspberry Macaron Aux Framboises Cake, Caramel & Chocolate Cake) due to undeclared coconut. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to coconut run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product. The Trader Joes A Dozen Sweet Cakes is safe for consumption by those who do not have coconut allergies.
04/17/2015 07:24 PM EDT
Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts due to possible Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
04/17/2015 07:23 PM EDT
Hines Nut Company, Dallas, TX, today announced a voluntary recall of WALNUT HALVES & PIECES, Lot Number 6989. The product was supplied by GOLD STATE NUT COMPANY of Biggs, CA, and packaged by Hines Nut Company. There is a possibility these nuts may be contaminated with Salmonella.
04/17/2015 04:15 PM EDT
Conway Import Co., Inc. is recalling Conway Organic Sesame Ginger Dressing and Conway Citrus Organic Vinaigrette Dressing because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
04/17/2015 11:20 AM EDT
Schnuck Markets, Inc. of St. Louis, Mo. is recalling its Chef’s Express California Pasta Salad sold in its Deli/Chef’s Express departments April 2 – April 14, 2015 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting in the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis.
04/16/2015 06:52 PM EDT
Smiths Food and Drug Stores said today it is recalling select Smiths Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake sold in 7 states because the product contains walnuts that may not be listed on the label.
04/16/2015 09:18 AM EDT
Solutions At Work, Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio is recalling CLEVELAND CROPS CHILI CHEEZY KALE CHIPS because they may contain undeclared raw cashews. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to raw cashews run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
04/14/2015 05:06 PM EDT
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today alerted consumers to undeclared peanuts in America’s Best brand “(Jeera) Cumin Powder”, packaged and distributed by Patel Grocery located at 5303 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220. People who have severe sensitivity to peanuts may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.
04/10/2015 08:08 PM EDT
La Guadalupana Wholesale, a long time Mexican food producer based in Chicago, has taken an important action to protect its consumers in the Midwest. “Today, April 8, 2015, we have issued a voluntary recall for our Hot Chicken, Hot Pork and Salsa Verde Vegan tamales sold throughout the Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana between January 16, 2015 and April 8, 2015” said the Alejandro Castro, Vice-President of La Guadalupana.
04/10/2015 08:06 PM EDT
La Guadalupana Wholesale, empresa sólida productora de comida mexicana en Chicago, ha tomado una acción importante para proteger a sus consumidores en el Medio Oeste. “Hoy, Abril 8, 2015, hemos solicitado el retiro del mercado de nuestros productos Hot Chicken, Hot Pork y Salsa Verde Vegan tamales vendidos en el área de Illinois, Wisconsin e Indiana entre Enero 16, 2015 y Abril 8, 2015” dijo Alejandro Castro, Vice-Presidente de La Guadalupana.
04/10/2015 08:56 AM EDT
Kanan Enterprises announces the voluntary recall of macadamia nuts due to potential contamination with salmonella.  The supplier of the macadamia nuts has asked us to issue this recall because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
04/09/2015 08:07 PM EDT
Texas Pecan Company Inc. of Dallas, Texas, is voluntarily recalling the items stated below; (refer to Table in Paragraph 3), because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
04/08/2015 07:08 PM EDT
Today Sabra Dipping Co., LLC announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This measure is limited to five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide.
04/08/2015 04:24 PM EDT
World Wide Gourmet Foods of Woodinville, WA is recalling 2916 packages of Central Market Teriyaki Salmon Jerky because it may contain undeclared wheat and soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat and soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product

Can That Be Recycled?


Pop Quiz:
Can That Be Recycled?
The Bathroom Edition

How much do you know about recycling in the bathroom? Photo: Johnson & Johnson
To test your recycling knowledge, Earth911 put together a pop quiz about recycling items in a place you may never have considered: the bathroom. See if you’re fit for a (toilet) throne, or whether your ideas about recyclables need to be flushed down the drain.
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5 things You Should Always Recycle


 

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Chances are you’re already recycling the cans, bottles, and paper that gets picked up at the curb, but what about all that other stuff that’s lurking in your drawers or closets – like outdated gadgets and dead batteries – that you’re not sure how to recycle? The following household items are especially important to donate or recycle because they contain materials that can contaminate the environment if they wind up in landfills or that can easily be reclaimed for use in new products. Here are some convenient ways to keep them out of the trash:

According to the EPA, recycling just one computer CPU and one monitor is equivalent to preventing 1.35 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from being released and recycling one television prevents four to eight pounds of lead from being added to the waste stream.

(1) Electronics: All Office Depot, Staples, and Best Buy stores accept larger electronics like desktop computers for recycling for a small fee (usually $10) and smaller ones like cell phones and PDAs for free. Goodwill stores accept used computer equipment (some locations also accept televisions) for free.

And you can earn RecycleBank Points by recycling MP3 players/iPods, laptops, and cell phones through our partners at Collective Good, FlipSwap, and Gazelle.

Why: You’ll keep toxic materials like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and brominated flame retardants out of landfills. And useful materials will be recovered, saving energy and resources.

(2) Rechargeable batteries: From cordless phones and power tools, digital cameras, and other gizmos – these can be recycled for free at 30,000 drop-off points nationwide, including retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, RadioShack, Sears, and Target. Enter your zip code at Call2Recycle to find one near you.

Unfortunately, it’s more difficult to find places to recycle alkaline (or single-use) batteries. Try Earth911 to find drop off locations or order a box (for $34.50, including prepaid shipping) from Battery Solutions and send them up to 12 pounds of alkaline and/or rechargeable batteries for recycling.

Why: Like many electronics, batteries contain heavy metals and other chemicals best kept out of the waste stream. Plus, recyclers reclaim metals from them that are used to make, for example, new batteries and steel.

(3) Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, but they contain a small amount of mercury and shouldn’t be thrown in the trash. Take them to any Ikea or Home Depot store for recycling or go to Lamp Recycle to find other drop off locations near you.

Why: CFLs in landfills can break and release mercury, a neurotoxin, into the environment.Plasticbagsrecycle

(4)Plastic Bags: Even if you’ve switched to reusable bags for your shopping, you probably have a bunch of these stored in your home. Luckily, lots of retailers like Wal-Mart, Safeway, Albertsons, Wegmans, Krogers, and Giant now have bins where you can recycle plastic grocery bags (and newspaper, drycleaning, bread, and sealable food storage bags). To find a drop off location near you, go to Plastic Bag Recycling or Earth911.

Why: They’re made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource, and when thrown away they take a very long time to decompose. Recyclers will turn them into new products like plastic lumber.

(5) Anything you don’t need that could be of great value to others — for instance, you can donate your used prescription glasses to the nonprofit OneSight at any LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sunglass Hut, Target Optical, or Sears Optical location (or go to One Sight for more locations near you). You can also donate unused, unexpired medications including antibiotics, pain relievers, and others by mailing them to the Health Equity Project. The glasses and medications will be distributed to people in need in developing countries.

Keep in mind that you should always recycle hazardous substances like paint, pesticides, propane gas tanks, and motor oil at your town’s household hazardous waste collection events or permanent collection center.

Go to Earth911or call 1-800-CLEANUP to find collection sites and events.