5 Things You May Not Be Aware are Recyclable

BottlePlastic. It’s ubiquitous. In fact most people can’t get through an entire day without coming into contact with the stuff. Plastic makes our lives much easier and more convenient. Unfortunately, if not recycled properly, plastic can end up in our landfills and water systems. This is why it is imperative to recycle. And while more and more people are appreciating the importance of recycling, there are still items people are unaware can be recycled.

Here are 5 of those items:

Electronics

Face it, we live in a disposable society. Most households are guilty of throwing out electronic items like old VCRs, clock radios, even cell phones. But many of these products can and should be recycled.You can find electronic recyclers near you by visiting https://e-stewards.org/find-a-recycler. Also, your local Best Buy store accepts many types of electronics for recycling, from gaming systems to old televisions and remote controls. You can bring in small items for free, but they do charge a small fee to recycle larger electronic items.

#5 Plastics

Do you find yourself cursing under your breath on recycling day because you’re left with a whole bunch of #5 items that your local recycler doesn’t accept? Items like rigid containers, baby bottles, and plastic cups and bowls. Preserve’s Gimme 5 program does accept all kinds of #5 plastic items. These items are recycled and turned into personal care and kitchen products. You can find Gimme 5 drop off containers at select Whole Foods stores and some other food co-ops. You can also find a location near you by visiting https://preserveproducts.com/recycling.

Plastic Packaging

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes a plethora of gifts purchased online and shipped to us in the mail. Each year Americans receive literally tons of plastic packaging in the mail and most of this gets thrown out and ends up in a landfill somewhere. But much of this plastic packaging material can be recycled. You can easily find out where these materials can be dropped off and recycled by visiting The Alliance of Foam and Packaging Recyclers at their website https://www.epspackaging.org/.

Yoga Mats

You can be kind to your body and the environment at the same time. Most yoga mats have a short life, lasting only 1 or 2 years, and then these get tossed out in the trash. https://RecycleYourMat.com does exactly what it says, so visit their website if you are a yoga enthusiast who doesn’t have a clue what to do with your old mats.

Toys

Every year many parents go through their children’s toy collections to find toys that can be donated to children less fortunate. But what do you do with toys that are broken and can’t be donated? Throw them out? No! http://dmpgreen.com accepts metal and plastic toys of all varieties for recycling. Doing this is also a wonderful way for parents to teach their children the importance of recycling.

Recycling is not just about doing the right thing, it’s also about making sure you educate yourself on all things “green.” Hopefully this article will help you recycle those things you had no idea could be.



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