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10 Most Recyclable Household Items

Updated on July 10, 2013

Recycling and re-using things and items can help save our environment, not to add it helps save us money. This also helps conserve additional energy consumption and reduce the amount of garbage and waste that consumes our landfills.

Yet, not everyone is motivated to do their own part in this recycling thing. Yes, the recycling thing is a little more complicated thing to do and most people want comfort and easy work.

But if you know what and how to do it, then you will be directed to the right path of conserving environment.

Families with no budget to buy extra things for their household would opt and find ways to recycle what they only have. It's good in a way that they are reducing waste and garbage that contributes to air and soil pollution and at the same time, they are saving money.

We can find a lot of ways on our household items that we can still reuse and recycle. We are always thinking of going green and saving environment but we really don’t know where to begin.

So I think that we start recycling small household items that we normally throw away.


Here are the tips that will help find potentials in our household items we use every day and how can we reuse them:

1. Plastic Grocery Bags

Every time we go to supermarket and grocery stores, we often bring home a bunch of plastic bags especially when we buy things in bulk.

But I strongly suggest that bring your own reusable shopping bags to use. But since most cases, we shop unexpectedly and we forgot to bring one so we got extra plastic bags.

Plastic bags can be used as liners to bathroom trashcans and other small waste baskets. It helps also protect our hands on sticky household tasks like peeling jackfruits.

So there's no need for you to buy the black garbage bag.


2. Toilet Paper Rolls

Toilet Paper rolls are great to keep wires all over your house neat and tidy. Not only cluttered wires are ugly to look at, but it is also dangerous to your family; wherein you or anybody can be tripped.

You can stuff the wires and cables into the rolls; so you don’t need to buy items for keeping the wires on place.


3. Glass Jars

We always buy items in glass jars like peanut butter, creams, jellies, spreads and so many more. Keep those glass jars for storing dried fruits, pasta, popcorn kernels, herbs or beans and even medicines.

They can be handy in storing everything sweets like sugar, bubble gums, candies and so much more.


4. Shoe Boxes

Whenever we buy shoes, it always comes with a box. Shoe boxes are good for storing school and art materials for your kids like crayons, pencils, glue and rulers. It can also be used on your kitchen stuffs, to separate cooking materials from other things like oil, soy sauce, vinegar and salt so to avoid messy kitchen.

Another thing is, we can use shoe boxes as box for our Christmas or birthday presents.


5. Newspapers

There are so many ways how to reuse newspapers. Check the link below to read the simple yet creative ways how to give your old newspaper a second life.


Read more: Simple and Creative Ways How to Reuse Old Newspapers


6. Old Toothbrushes

Removing small stains on your shoes, slippers and even tiles and kitchen sink, old toothbrushes’ lying around the house can be a good substitute to big brushes. I always use old toothbrushes’ in cleaning our sinks and slippers and they're really good.


7. CDs and DVDs

These things don’t last long. Sometimes, our CDs and DVDs capture heat which ruined them. So if your CDs and DVDs are not usable anymore, don't just throw it away. You can read here the many uses for these unwanted things.


Read more: 20 Artsy Tips on How to Reuse Unwanted CDs and DVDs


8. Beer / Soda Bottle Caps

Caps nailed upside down can be the best doormat you could have. The rough edges of the caps help clean and unclog the soil and dirt clung into your visitor's slippers and shoes. So you won't have to worry if they bring their shoes inside.


9. Old T-shirts and Shorts

Got an old pile of t-shirts and shorts that you are not using, especially those that cannot be donated?

You can use it as a rag, to wipe dirt on furniture or to hold hot pots and kettles and can be used as a doormat.


10. Styrofoam

We always use Styrofoam; whether in cups or plates. But sometimes, we also got extra we don’t need. Throwing it away without reusing it would just wind up in landfills and would take forever to degrade.

I've also listed here the many used how to make the most out of your Styrofoam.


Read more: Creative Ideas on How to Reuse Styrofoam


GO GREEN AND SAVE ENVIRONMENT!



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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Excellent ideas to recycle, we all should do our bit to recycle. Great write.

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      You have quite a few great green tips here. One I was thinking of the other day, (when I had one of those random thought moments), was that grocery stores should have large bins/containers of stuff. Then everyone would bring in their own sugar/flour/snack containers to refill. No more wasteful packaging that just gets thrown away :)

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this. What a great way to keep our world clean. We need that very much.

      Voted up.

      Michele

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Always love your creative ideas for recycling. Voted Up and shared.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Extremely useful hub! Most of us follow one or the other of these ideas. But it's good to find all the ideas at one place.

      Very good suggestions for going green.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great recycle list and ideas. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Once again - fabulous article promoting a better world and a healthier environment.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It always makes sense to reuse whatever we can. I like the bottlecaps to remove dirt from the bottoms of shoes.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. In SF we are fined for not recycling. We get 2 warnings a year.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Excellent ideas for recycle, and yes it is always good to reuse the things which we can, thank you so much for a very useful hub.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Vellur, Healthwealth, Michele, nancy, Chit, Tom, Deb, Beckie, Mhatter, Girish,

      thank you so much for these wonderful comments! thanks for the support too.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the useful suggestions, unknown spy. You have some great recycling ideas! They are very important for helping to protect the Earth.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am happy to say I use these ideas, but found the bottle cap a novel new idea. I can see how this would help to scrape off the dirt from shoes. Great post and very helpful.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub packed with helpful suggestions! I have used some of these things well. This useful hub of yours comes in handy for many who are green-conscious. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Shared

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Myz,

      I usually carry a canvas bag in my purse. Even if someone forgets their cloth bag and needs a plastic bag for their purchases; they can still use it for future shopping trips.

      Great tips. If we all do our part, we can keep our earth green.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Take care :)

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      You're right, the earth can be a better place to live if there are more household items can be recycled. Thank you for this useful hub.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great tips, Spy, many of which I use myself. Except for styrafoam; it is not biodegradable, therefore I reject any products made from it.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you too for support Alicia.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Yes Dianna, used to do these bottle caps for Home Econ projects.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you Ish! :) hugssss hugsss

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow, that is great Sue! supermarkets here urge people to bring their own shopping bags. go green!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you as well for that great message agusfanani

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Aye aye Sha! my inspiration!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      These items you've listed can all be recycled in so many ways! Thanks for sharing, Myz! Sharing too.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you for sharing! hugs

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Unknown, some wonderful ideas, our local council is very good, they provide well for recycling and the removal of garden waste. I like your tips for shoe boxes. When I'm given a pretty box of chocolate I usually keep the box for bits and bobs like sewing stuff. A good informative hub, well done.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Great list of ways to reuse your items before you take them to the trash and recycle bin. And the bonus is that these ideas save us money as well. I need to get better at implementing more of these ideas. Voted up.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello Jo. thank you for taking time to read my hub. me too, chocolate boxes, especially the plastic ones, i also love to keep my small things in there.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Sasha. thank youuuu so much for the visit. Yeah, ideas that can save money and helping environment as well.

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Fabulous! So simple, but it works!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great ideas, I do many of them. I can't keep enough styrofoam to put in the bottom of all my planters! Great for allowing water drain and not have to use so much soil.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Great tips! I'm always trying to find ways to reuse and recycle things. You've given me some new ideas.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      @Debby, Jackie, Deborah:

      Thank you so much for reading guys. Im glad you find this useful :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Another awesome green hub Mycee. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much Rajan!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Spy, these are some fantastic and environmentally friendly ideas. Bravo, gf! Voted up and shared.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      yahuuu!! thanks TT :) you're the best!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      It's my pleasure, Spy. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Always such a pleasure to read your work. Our county is just starting a ban on plastic grocery bags on January 1. I am hoping that helps! Thank you for so many good tips in this article.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks Audrey! Im so glad that supermarket/groceries here already started the go green thing. they are urging buyers to bring their own reusable shopping bags.. they dont give plastics anymore! :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are great suggestions for recycling. Thanks so much. Voted up, awesome and shared!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      thanks for the information on some really

      nice recyclabe items that are in your hub.

      thanks again and Voted up.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you REbecca!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much Torrilynn.

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      Joy 4 years ago from United States

      Great hub.. We should recycle as much things as we can. Thus we can save earth and money both together. Excellent hub.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you Joy!

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      freegiveuk 4 years ago

      If you haven't heard yet, there is wonderful new organisation called Freegive ( www.freegive.co.uk ). Free Give Group connects people who are giving and getting unwanted items for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse, recycle and keeping good stuff out of landfills and, at the same time, helping someone in your community by gifting them the item you no longer need. Another benefit of using Freegive Group is that it encourages people to get rid of junk that we no longer need and promote community involvement in the process. By using Free Give Group, not only are you able to get rid of your item with the minimum of fuss; you will also be doing your part in stopping another reusable item ending up in a landfill. It's completely free to join. Freegive group is active in 124 countries across the world. Find a group near you.

      This is a great idea! Encouraging people to reuse and recycle things by giving them away and not sending them to the garbage bin!

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