Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Can Recycle

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Take a look around your home. Visit your attic or basement and you’ll probably discover a boatload of items that you can do without. Old tv’s or computers that are just sitting there collecting dust. Why not pass these things on to people and places that can use them? Maybe you are unaware of just what exactly can qualify as “recycleable”. Here are 10 things that you might not know you can recycle.

1. Appliances

Many stores will recycle your old appliances when you purchase a new one. Goodwill accepts working appliances or check out the Steel Recycling Institute

2. Athletic Shoes

One World Running will send still-wearable shoes to athletes in need in Africa, Latin America, and Haiti. Nike’s Reuse-a-shoe program turns shoes into playground and athletic flooring.

3. Batteries

Don’t just toss those old batteries into the trash. Visit batteryrecycling.com to order a recycling kit with pre-paid shipping and mail your old batteries back to the company.

4. Clothes

Donate wearable women’s business clothes to the nonprofit Dress for Success, which gives them to low-income women as they search for jobs. Offer wearable clothes to local animal boarding and shelter facilities, which often use them as pet bedding.

5. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL)

Throwing old bulbs in the trash can be dangerous as they can break and cut things. Take them to your local IKEA store for recycling. You can also order a Sylvania RecyclePak and ship them off at your leisure.

6. Computers and electronics

This is where most of us get in trouble. The old toys stack up slowly because we have no idea that most electronics can be recycled.  The following link is a good resource for us to see where exactly these recyclers are located.

7. Foam packing peanuts

These things are everywhere! Your local pack-and-ship store will likely accept these for reuse. Or call the Plastics Loose Fill Producers Council to find a drop off site. 800-828-2214

8. Ink/Toner cartridges

You can save money by refilling old ink cartridges or you can simply send them off to be recycled. The following is a good resource to use.

9. Oil

Oil is a terrible thing to simply throw out. They pile up in landfills and erode the soil. There are motor oil hotlines for each state that will help you recycle your used oil.

10. Phones

New phones seem to appear in stores on a monthly basis. People are constantly switching to the latest and sleekest look in phones. All those old phones have to go somewhere. Collective Good will refurbish your phone and sell it to someone in a developing country. Call to Protect reprograms cell phones to dial 911 and gives them to domestic violence victims.

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  • Christine

    I learned a lot form this article. Thank you for the very informative article. :)

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