Tuesday, April 22, 2014

9 Surprising Things You Can Recycle


An interesting article that was in our local newspaper and found online. I certainly had no idea about several of the items on this list!


You already know that paper, glass, and plastic goes in the blue bin—but how about pet hair, or old, worn out athletic shoes? Don’t toss these either—they can be recycled. Get the details on nine things you may not have known you could recycle:

1. CFL lightbulbs
Bring your spent compact fluorescent bulbs to the nearest Ikea or Home Depot location; the retailers will take them for free. This is true at our local Home Depot. They also accept rechargeable batteries from power tools. 
2. Video games
Walmart and Sam’s Club locations nationwide now accept old games in exchange for store credit. The games will be refurbished and sold to other gamers. There may be other stores in your area such as Gamestop or smaller locally owned businesses and pawn shops. 
3. Sneakers
Drop your worn-out athletic shoes at a participating Nike or Converse store and they’ll be ground into building materials through the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program. I wish there were more shoe stores doing this, we have nothing like this in our area........
4. Pet fur
The charity Matter of Trust is seeking clean hair to help soak up oil spills. Hair salons and pet groomers supply much of the hair, but individuals are welcome to donate too! The organizations asks that donors reuse a box and make sure there is no garbage (such as pins, cigarettes, food, or anything sharp or dangerous for volunteers, who are sometimes students) in the package—only fur, fleece and hair. The address to mail the donations to depends on where you live—sign up at ExcessAcesss.org for more detailed mailing instructions.
5. Greeting cards
Mail them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, where volunteers will use them to craft new cards they can sell to raise money. Or use them to make craft projects ! 
6. Pantyhose
Hosiery brand No Nonsense collects used pantyhose from any brand and has them turned into building materials like running tracks, park benches, vehicle insulation, and playground equipment. Download a mailing labelhere. They are also great for tying up plants in your garden !
7. Wine corks
After enjoying your wine, save the cork! You can ship them to Recork and they’ll be turned into new products, like shoes. Or use them to make craft projects ! 
8. Makeup packaging
When your cosmetic or beauty supply containers are empty, you may be able to recycle them instead of sending them to the landfill. MACOrigins,Kiehl’s, and Aveda have recycling programs—a few of which offer rewards for bringing back multiple packages. 
9. Designer clothes
You can get rid of unwanted clothes at Nordstrom stores—and get something out of it for yourself. Turn in five items of clothing from the list of accepted brands and you’ll get a $40 Nordstrom gift card in return. Your clothes will be sold on FashionProject.com to benefit an array of charities.
Look for local thrift shops and charities to donate to if there is not a Nordstrom near you.

Check your local Target store , they may offer recycling of certain items. There are bins at the front service desk of ours that accept not only plastic bags, but clean plastic and glass. I use these regularly as we have no other places to recycle, no curb side recycling where I live.

Best Buy and Walmart (the Walmart near us takes them) take ALL gift cards for recycling. 

For some crafty ideas of repurposing things, click on the REPURPOSED ITEMS label on my sidebar. 

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