Friday, November 21, 2014

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Recycle

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Recycle

When you think of recycling, glass bottles, newspaper, soda cans, or plastic juice containers may come to mind. However, there are a slew of items that you could be recycling that may not have crossed your mind. Here are five items you may not know you can recycle.


You’ve re-decorated and installed brand new carpet, so what do you do with the tired looking stuff that you’ve replaced? Do you check the trash schedule for the next large item pick-up day? With a little research there is a good chance you will find a local company who can take the old carpet -- as well as the padding -- off your hands for recycling. If you have unused rolls, a local non-profit may be able use it. Other flooring types are also sometimes accepted.

Bottle Caps and Wine Corks

Typically, bottle caps and wine corks are thrown in the trash as soon as you’ve finished your beverage. Did you know that when you recycle plastic bottle caps, which are made of materials valuable in the import/export industry, you can often leave them on their original bottle to be recycled if your service allows? As for corks, there are some organizations that will re-use them as a replacement for petroleum-based products.


It doesn’t take long for that fresh box of 64 crayons to be turned into broken, smudged little micro-versions of their former selves. Instead of tossing the colorful bunch, consider sending them to a recycling program where they can be used to create new crayons. You don’t even have to remove the wrappers before sending.


Having a good fitting bra is important, which can lead to regular replacement of your lingerie. However, that brassiere with the slightly stretched out band doesn’t have to go to the trash. There are many organizations that will accept it and get it to a woman in need, whether she’s in a local shelter or residing in a country half a planet away.


You may no longer feel the need to display that ultimate Frisbee trophy on your mantle, but there is also no need to toss it with Tuesday’s trash. Many manufacturers will accept old trophies for distribution to nonprofit charity organizations. The trophy can also be recycled and utilized in the creation of new trophies and other such items.

Just because objects in your household don’t show up on traditional recycling containers, don’t take that as a sign they can’t be reused. With a little research you can find all types of items to move out of your trash and to an eco-friendly place.

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