We’re taking recycling beyond plastic and paper!
After all, recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint and offset carbon emissions – enabling you to help reduce the effects of climate change and global warming.
A few weeks ago, we discussed some unusual items that you probably didn’t realize are recyclable. Below, find a few more surprising things you may not know can be recycled or reused!
Wine Corks: More than just the bottle is recyclable! Not only are wine corks great for crafting, but there is also an experimental program that processes old bottle stoppers and turns them into eco-friendly cork flooring and wall tiles.
Packing Peanuts: Chances are, you’ve got more than your fair share of leftover packing peanuts taking up space in a storage closet or basement. We bet you didn’t know that they’re recyclable! At citywide locations or through the mail, this company accepts packing peanuts for recycling.
Appliances: Switching to energy efficient models? Great! Donate your old appliances so that they can be re-used by another family. Not only is this a great way to reduce carbon emissions, it’s usually tax deductible, too.
Eyeglasses: If you’ve upgraded to the season’s latest fashionable style for eyewear, don’t just toss your old frames. This helpful article via Earth911.com examines a number of options for donating or recycling your old glasses.
Styrofoam: Pay close attention and you’ll be surprised at how often you encounter Styrofoam in your daily life. Your morning coffee cup, the Chinese takeout container from last night, or the eggs you picked up at the grocery store all utilize Styrofoam packaging. You’ve probably heard that Styrofoam isn’t recyclable, but don’t fall prey to the myth! The truth is that there are a number of programs that enable consumers to reuse or recycle most types of Styrofoam.
Gift Cards: Is your wallet or purse littered with used gift cards or restaurant loyalty cards? Fill out this simple form in order to recycle them!
Can you think of other unusual items you’ve recycled? Do you know about a program we haven’t mentioned? Feel free to share with us in the comments, below!
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