Recycling is an effective way to reduce personal waste. While most people readily recycle their plastic bottles and paper products, there are many more items people don’t realize can be reused or donated. The following are five items most people don’t realize they can recycle:
Old Towels or Blankets
Throwing away towels and blankets? Before you chuck these worn items in the trash, call a local animal rescue shelter. These shelters take blankets and towels to make beds for their cats and dogs. Never assume that any kind of cloth has to go to the landfill or even the recycling center, in fact! Remember that you can always cut up your own worn clothes to make rags for cleaning as well.
Used Coffee Pods
It’s not hard to find yourself with a growing pile of used coffee pods. If you’d like to turn your daily cup of coffee into a more environmentally friendly habit, consider only purchasing coffee pods that are designed to be recycled. Place all used coffee remains in your compost bin. Clean the plastic pods and place them with the rest of your plastic recycling.
If you have your old VHS tapes stockpiled in your house, think twice before throwing these away as these can be recycled. Not sure how to recycle VHS tapes? VHS tapes can be taken to specific recycling centers in your city that specialize in the disposal of cassette and VHS tapes in environmentally friendly ways. Moreover, recycling your tapes in this way will guarantee that any confidential and personal information is destroyed without harming the environment.
Batteries are another item that should be recycled rather than thrown away. Disposing of old batteries on your own can be dangerous to the environment. Rather than throwing away your old batteries, consider recycling them. Collect your batteries for recycling and find local collection sites in your area to drop them off. Alternatively, you can send your batteries in to a mail-in program that recycles these items.
After an upgrade to a new phone, you may be tempted to toss your old one in the trash. However, old phones needn’t be disposed of in this way. Consider donating a working phone to charity or repairing it if it’s broken. If your cell phone is beyond repair, avoid contaminating the environment by taking it to a recycling center for cell phones. These sites will guarantee that your mobile phone is disposed of in the most sustainable way possible.
Saving the planet starts with making the everyday decision to commit to recycling. Keep this information in mind as you work to recycle more and more each day.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan