There are a lot of things that can be recycled that we (or at least I) don't really think about. Batteries, for example, are things we use a lot but are often thrown away! It's important to recycle batteries because some contain chemicals that can be dangerous if not disposed of properly. It also keeps materials out of landfills. If you go here, you can figure out what kind of batteries you have and how to recycle them! There are even some programs that will allow you to just mail in a collection of batteries that you've kept throughout a month or a year.
Another good way to save money and help the environment is to use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones. This way, you don't have to take time to recycle your batteries, you can just reuse them! It also costs less money in the long run because you don't have to go out and purchase new batteries every time they die.