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50 Things You Can Recycle
Recycle Everything in your Life! Start Recycling Everything If You Can't Reuse It!
You've heard of people recycling everything from printer paper to your old jeans, but you can recycle nearly everything in your life. If it can't be reused, then it most likely can be recycled instead. Car batteries and tires? Yes, those can be recycled. Can you recycle your old roof shingles? Yes! How about your shower curtain? Yes again! Find some creative ways to reduce the amount of stuff that you throw away in your life and be a little greener with the following list of 50 earth friendly tips.
Reduce your Carbon Footprint and Start Recycling Everything in your Life!
Here's a list of things that you can start recycling today...
1. Old bricks, worthless? No, those bricks can be recycled, and are very valuable to some people!
2. Use reclaimed wood for your next project at home. Use your own, or find some on freecycle, Craigslist, at your local transfer station, or recycle.net.
3. There are many places you can exchange or recycle your old electronics.
4. Sell off or post an ad for free metal scrap to be recycled.
5. If you have enough, your old VHS tapes can be recycled
6. Packing tape and stickers cannot be recycled, so use these sparingly in the first place.
7. Tools are very valuable items on eBay. Try selling them in lots to save time, shipping waste, and energy.
8. Empty propane tanks may be able to be taken as scrap metal, or properly disposed of at hazardous waste facilities. Reuse these whenever you can!
9. Even large items like BBQ grills can be recycled as scrap metal once the propane tank has been removed.
10. Kids toys have a new life when they're donated to thrift stores like Salvation Army or local churches.
11. Recycle your old prescription bottles, they have a million uses.
12. After they've been used up, recycle your old batteries.
13. How about other plastic numbers, what do those mean? You may be able to recycle some of them.
14. Flip flops can be recycled and repurposed a number of creative and unique ways.
15. Can't figure out what to do with your old lamps, wall décor, or knick knacks? If you can't eBay them, donate them to a thrift store for charity purposes. Craigslist and Kijiji are good alternatives, too.
16. Recycle your shipping styrofoam or reuse it.
17. Window treatments have the chance to live again as you recycle your curtains into pillows.
18. Carpet can be recycled if it is clean and usable.
19. Donate it, sell it, or recycle your television.
20. Stop by an Aveda location to recycle your bottle caps.
21. The rumor has been floating around that aluminum can't be recycled. While the rules may differ per town, you can still reuse it a few times by giving it a cleaning.
22. Reuse your old jeans in these 25 ingenious methods.
23. Why trash it? Your shower curtain is a great drop cloth or apron.
24. Your ink cartridges are accepted at many different locations online and in person, like Staples.
25. You might be able to trade in your old printer for a credit on a new one. They'll recycle it for you. There's always earth911, too.
26. Tires are a must to be recycled, and it's very easy.
27. Learn how you can recycle your roof shingles to become part of our roads.
28. Make sure when installing a new car battery that the mechanic will recycle it.
29. Cardboard boxes can be taken at your local recycling station, or sent curbside if they're small enough in most instances.
30. Save your old packing peanuts and recycle them by giving them to your local shipping company. They will gladly take them off your hands.
31. Your gently used clothing can be resold on eBay, or donated.
32. Good news! #5 plastics can be recycled at many Whole Foods locations.
33. Potato chip bags and those other foil packaging that often are used to wrap up junk food can be recycled at Terracycle.net.
34. Used (many times) ziploc containers and similar disposable plasticware can be recycled usually as #1 plastics.
35. Shaving cream metal cans are accepted in most recycling facilities with other metal cans.
36. Can tabs can be recycled with your cans. Don't pull them off, that kidney dialysis machine time rumor is false.
37. You couldn't have enough options to recycle your cellphone
38. Blankets can be recycled by donating them to animal shelters (if clean).
39. Recycle your own scrap wood and furniture by reusing it, or donate it.
41. Mattresses, aerosol cans, even washing machines can be recycled.
42. Bread twist ties will be your new best friend after you read these creative uses.
43. Reading glasses can be recycled and donated, and are always in demand.
44. Old books can be sold on Amazon, donated to thrift stores, donated to schools, and to hospitals. There's always the yard sale option, too.
45. Freecycle your old sports equipment.
46. Did you know your old aluminum siding could be worth a lot of money?
47. Your old greeting cards can even be recycled creatively.
48. Wrapping paper is just paper and has many ways to be reused or recycled.
49. Don't forget all types of glass bottles can be recycled -- wine bottles, jelly jars, colored glass... these are all accepted at most recycling facilities.
50. Your old screened doors have many ways that they can be recycled.
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Did you realize that #5 plastics could be recycled at some places?
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