7 Surprising Things You Can Recycle -- Now That You Know!

recycle bins cansBy now, all of us are recycling our everyday household items on a regular basis (right? right?! don't make me come over there!). However, every so often, a light bulb -- a CFL, of course -- goes off in my head, and I realize there's something I could have been recycling that never occurred to me. What can I say? I'm slow to learn.

We've put together a list of surprising items you can recycle -- if you can't reuse, repair, or repurpose them first -- now that you know about them!


7 Surprising Things You Can Recycle -- Now That You Know!

  1. Aluminum Foil. Yep, just like aluminum cans. Check with your recycle waste company first before tossing it in your can.
  2. Aerosol Cans. You can include EMPTY aerosol cans with other metals. Empty. Got it?
  3. Wine Corks. Wine drinkers can drop off corks for recycling at many Whole Foods stores and other grocers.
  4. Prescription Bottles. Reuse them first, if you can, and then recycle them. Maybe this was obvious to you, but I was, well, clueless.
  5. Crayons. That's right. Melt broken crayon nubs down into shaped molds, perfectly fat-sized for little hands.
  6. Toys. We leave our favorite old toys at the curb with a "FREE" sign on them, or your local Goodwill will gladly cycle used toys onto another family. Share the fun times!
  7. Stained or Worn Clothing: If you're all stocked up on cleaning rags, check with your local charity shop or thrift store about donating your family's tattered wares. There are some stores that accept non-reusable, unsaleable textiles and shred them for reuse into other products.

What are you recyclable surprises have you learned about lately?


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