By 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!
- Aluminum Foil. Yep, just like aluminum cans. Check with your recycle waste company first before tossing it in your can.
- Aerosol Cans. You can include EMPTY aerosol cans with other metals. Empty. Got it?
- Wine Corks. Wine drinkers can drop off corks for recycling at many Whole Foods stores and other grocers.
- Prescription Bottles. Reuse them first, if you can, and then recycle them. Maybe this was obvious to you, but I was, well, clueless.
- Crayons. That's right. Melt broken crayon nubs down into shaped molds, perfectly fat-sized for little hands.
- 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!
- 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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