You probably already recycle all your plastic and glass bottles, cardboard packaging and metal cans. You may even have a compost pile in your yard, to recycle food waste. Recycling helps to conserve resources, saves energy, protects the environment and reduces the amount of trash in our landfills. There are a ton of other items that are recyclable that everybody just throws away. Cosmetics, footwear, baby products, lighting, household equipment and art supplies can all be disposed of responsibly for future use. It’s not just about paper, tins, and bottles, you know. There are loads of different things you use around the house that can be taken away and recycled if you knew what they are and where you have to take them.
Here are 20 amazing and surprising things you didn’t know you can actually recycle.
20 Amazing and Surprising Things You Didn’t know You can Recycle
Most people change their mobile every two or three years, usually at the end of their contract. The good news for most of us is that your old phone could be worth money, and phone recycling companies will buy an old phone from you. They’ll refurbish it and reuse it in developing countries. But even if you’ve got a really old model that’s not worth anything, you can still give it to charity, or drop it in an electric good recycling bin.
Don’t throw out old, broken crayons that your kids don’t use anymore—Crazy Crayons has a recycling program that takes your old unwanted crayons and turns them into new ones for organizations that help kids, like hospitals, orphanages, and women’s shelters.
Old hair dryer packed up? Got a new one for birthday or Christmas? Don’t throw it out – it still has an unlikely recycling value. In fact, some companies do a swap deal, where they’ll give you money off your new one if you hand in your old. They’re able to recycle the plastic shell, as well as the mostly-metal insides. Failing that, it’s perfectly good to go in a recycling bin for electricals.
Your old trainers may look completely worn out, but they’re still useful to somebody. Charities like the Salvation Army have shoe collection bins, and they’ll give better quality shoes to people who need them or to sell in their shops. But if they’re not worth saving, your old shoes are still full of useful materials like rubber that can be recycled into new shoes, other rubber goods, and even road surfaces!
Americans send more than 15 million bicycles out to pasture every year. But rather than throwing them in the dump, you can give your old two-wheelers a second life by donating them to Bikes of the World, which collects, refurbishes and donates bikes to lower-income people and select institutions in developing countries.
Love them or hate them, the molded petroleum-based foam shoes that seem best suited for emceeing a circus are here to stay; if not in fashion, at least in the environment, given the enduring material from which they are made. But the company that everyone loves to hate has done something good with the formation of Crocs Cares, which recycles used Crocs into new shoes and donates them to underprivileged families.
If you’re planning to buy new carpet for your home, just don’t throw away the old carpet. Instead, find a carpet reclamation facility to take it away for recycling. Their mission is to advance market-based solutions that increase landfill diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet, encourage design for recyclability and meet meaningful goals. Alternatively, if you know the name of your company that manufactured your carpet, you can check if they offer any recycling programs.
Not all batteries may fit into this category. Rechargeable batteries can be recycled, along with single-use versions. You can contact your recycling center to find out the parameters for batteries. This is a good option for businesses, as well.
Many people still own a large number of CDs. When these discs become scratched or chipped they are usually thrown away. It is not necessary to discard of them though. They can be recycled and repurposed into other materials.
Some recycling companies focus on clothing instead of other materials. These types of items can be reused in creative ways. There are various components included in the average top, pants and other pieces of apparel.