Items You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

Today is America Recycles Day, and we’re celebrating by investigating some items you may not know are recyclable!

Published November 15, 2017

Recycling saves resources and energy, and helps prevent pollution. It saves money, avoids adding to toxic landfills and best of all—it’s easy!

What you can recycle at home depends on your area, but not all materials may be recyclable in the same way. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly 60 percent of what we throw away could potentially be recovered through reusing, recycling or composting. 

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A common misconception is that used plastic bags, wrappers and electronics can't be recycled into new materials– but they simply require a different collection system and equipment than curbside recycling programs provide.

Most large grocery chains, home improvement stores and retailers such as Walmart and Target provide collection bins for unique items that need to be recycled in a more complex way. Here are a few things that you can bring to a recycle collection bin:

Plastic Bags
Acceptable items include: plastic grocery bags, bubble wrap, cling wrap and zip-close bags. 

Snack Wrappers 
Acceptable items include: family-size and individual snack bags, adult and baby food squeeze pouches and caps, foil-lined energy bars, granola bars and protein bar wrappers.  

Electronics
Acceptable items include: ink cartridges, cellphones, MP3 players, batteries and lightbulbs. 

Cosmetics
Acceptable items include: toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, deodorant containers, mouthwash bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles, lotion dispensers, lipstick cases, mascara tubes, foundation packaging and more.

In order to recycle these products properly, make sure all excess product has been removed. All products must be clean and dry to recycle.

Check out this handy resource to find a recycling center near you!

 
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