Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle
Growing awareness about pollution, environmental impact and taking care of our planet has become a popular point of concern. In 2018, the total amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated was 292.4 million tons, equivalent to 4.9 pounds of waste per person per day. To limit and safely dispose of the waste we produce, it’s useful to understand what can be recycled and what’s considered general waste. Read on for a list of things you didn’t know you could recycle.
Why Recycling is Important
In efforts to maintain a sustainable future for generations to come, recycling helps protect our communities, economy and the environment. The reduction of waste preserves natural resources by converting old, discarded materials into new, useful products. Recycling reduces the emission of methane, toxins and other detrimental greenhouse gasses released when waste is burned.
The Recycling Economic Information (REI) found that recycling and reuse activities in the U.S. accounted for 681,000 jobs and $37.8 billion in wages. To contribute to the success and recycling efforts of communities and businesses across the U.S., we encourage everyone to pitch in and learn what items recycling providers accept.
K-Cups. After enjoying the delicious K-Cups you ordered from Absopure’s Office Coffee Service, you can separate the components and recycle 100% of each pod. First, peel off the aluminum lid and place it in its proper recycling bin. Next, empty the biodegradable coffee grounds and paper filter into a compost pile. Finally, rinse out the plastic cup and place it into the plastic recycling bin. In just three simple steps, we can divert hundreds of pounds of waste and prevent it from ending up in landfills.
Batteries. Batteries are a big part of powering our favorite technologies in our everyday lives, but they contain hazardous materials. Before tossing batteries in the trash, double-check with your local recycling program, as some accept old batteries via mail. It may also be worth asking hardware stores or an independent recycling firm to verify what batteries are accepted.
Coat Hangers. Typically, metal hangers, plastic hangers and wood hangers are recyclable. Carefully break down coat hangers into manageable pieces and place materials in the designated bins. Sometimes, dry-cleaner businesses accept unused metal hangers for reuse.
Water Bottles. All Absopure Water Bottles are made to be 100% recyclable, and our Eco-Pak™ bottles contain a minimum of 25% recycled material from bottles recycled at Clean Tech. Absopure encourages the use of recycled materials and promotes community and curbside recycling practices, which were developed to protect the environment and create a sustainable future.
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Aggregates. If you’ve got a green thumb, you know that garden projects can leave you with excess aggregates, such as soil, sand and stone. Independent recycling facilities will take collected aggregate materials to be reused in construction and land restoration, giving it a second purpose without being wasted or discarded.
Carpet. Most carpets consist of different layers of materials, including fibers and plastics, that don’t break down easily. Fortunately, the material can be upcycled and used in unconventional ways, like lining a pond or creating bedding for pets. If you don’t have an alternative use for carpet, we recommend contacting the local recycling center before putting it to the curb.
Electronics. Electronic equipment such as mobile phones, printers, TVs and computer monitors can be recycled. However, it’s important to contact a professional who knows how to deal with hazardous and non-hazardous electrical equipment. Give the electronic store or local BestBuy a call, as they may offer recycling options.
Athletic Shoes. Although most items made of fabric, nylon and cotton can be recycled, you should avoid putting shoes or textiles in the usual recycling bin. Some shoe manufacturers that have drop-off sites or programs that let you ship your old shoes back.
Toothbrushes. Toothbrushes are some of the most common daily-use items in the home. Instead of tossing the old one, consider recycling or repurposing it. Old toothbrushes are perfect for scrubbing grime off the bathroom sink or cleaning up the soles on your shoes.
Razors. Replacing shaving razors is common in most households. Collecting double-edge razor blades in a metal blade safe makes it easy to recycle at most recycling centers. For safety purposes, seal the blade safe shut with some tape before recycling.
Recycling preserves the planet’s natural resources while combating pollution. By recycling, we can reduce air and water pollutants and the amount of waste in landfills.