Lightbulbs :: I was thrilled to find these energy efficient bulbs in a cardboard box! No plastic packaging to wrestle. I didn't realize until I was home, however, that the bulbs themselves are partly made of plastic. :(
Mailbox :: The garbage man mangled our deluxe, locking mailbox with his truck...and I was too nice (or chicken) to call and complain. Almost a year later and I'm finally tired enough of soggy mail to do something about it. The new, not-so-deluxe model will encourage more frequent trips for collection. It was found locally, came in a cardboard box, is made of steel, + was made in the USA!
Lightbulbs :: Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (the newer energy efficient bulbs) need to be disposed of properly, since they contain small amounts of mercury. Many home improvement stores offer free recycling bins. I'm glad that Ikea does too, because they also have cake on plates. :)
Batteries :: I've been holding onto these used up batteries for years. I asked the battery shop guy if they would take them, but he said to throw them in the trash. It is not good for battery acid to leach out into the soil, so I don't want to do that. There are many places (like home improvement stores + office supply stores) to recycle cell phone batteries + rechargeable batteries (so it would be smart to switch to rechargeables for items that can use them)...but they don't take button or alkaline batteries. I've taken leftover paint (from the previous owners of our house) to our county's hazardous waste facility...but they did not list batteries on their list of accepted items. I was able to search Earth911 and find another facility nearby that will accept them! Yay!
Mailbox :: Our old mailbox is a big mangled pile of plastic. Sadly, I think it has to go in the trash. Boo.