15 Things You didn’t Know Could Be Recycled

1. Felts and Pens

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If you have a dry felt or empty pen, don’t throw it away! These can be gathered up and recycled at some office supply stores. Check out Staples and other stores for their recycling programs!

2. Carpet

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Need a new rug and not sure what to do with the old one? Don’t throw out the old carpet, recycle it. Instead, find a carpet repossession facility which will recover the rug and avoid adding to the landfill. You can also ask your local carpet company if they have a recycling program!

3. Ink Cartridges

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The ink cartridges from your home or business office can be recycled. Many office supply companies provide consumers with assistance for recycling their ink cartridges. Staples will recycle ink cartridges, and HP has an ink cartridge program that includes free shipping of old cartridges for recycling. Check your local office supply stores and encourage them to offer a recycling program if they do not have one in place.

4. Computers

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There is an abundance of parts and pieces used to create a computer and there are a variety of mechanisms that can easily be recycled. Perhaps your city has an eco-recycling program, or something similar. Computer supply companies will often take old computers and salvage the parts.

5. Eyeglasses

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Do you have old or broken glasses laying around? These too can be recycled. The different parts of the glasses can be reused: the lenses, plastic frames, and nose protectors all can be recycled. Donate your old eyeglasses and frames to optometry and vision care locations.

6. Home Electronics

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The majority of households contain an abundance of electronics available throughout the decades. It is important to recycle these properly and most cities have designated electronic recycling depots. Calling local recycling companies for information is essential.

7. Cell Phones

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Most humans have a collection of old and dated cell phones in their desks or coat pocket from last season. Each of these cell phones has value in particular manufacturing markets. Local eco-stations will take cell phones, and they can also be up-cycled on such sites as getorchard.com, which may have monetary value.

8. Crayons

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Crayola manufactures millions of crayons per year. Many of these crayons, unfortunately, end up landfills. The National Crayon Recycling Program has made it possible to stop unwanted crayons from going into landfills. The program will take all broken, used and unwanted crayons back, where they are melted down and recycled into new crayons.

9. Wine Corks

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When the wine bottle is empty, send your cork to ReCORK. ReCORK collects corks and manufactures the recycled corks to create new eco-friendly products.

10. Car Batteries

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Dead or old car batteries can be recycled. Some local Walmart’s or mechanic shops will recycle old or dead car batteries, and some businesses will even reimburse you money for it!

11. Shoes


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Have your running shoes hit the pavement too many times, and now they are worn out? Perhaps you have a few pairs in the back of the closet you don’t use anymore. A variety of different shoe stores, such as Nike, Running Wild and the MORE Foundation accept used sneakers for recycling and reuse.

12. Plastic Cups


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TerraCycle is a company in New Jersey which recycles a variety of plastics. You can ship your extra plastics off to New Jersey to be recycled instead of trashing them.

13. Cigarette Butts

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Same as number 12. TerraCycle is a company in New Jersey which also recycles cigarette butts! They salvage more plastics than just these two items, check them out for everything they accept!

14. Holiday Lights

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Take the old and burnt out ones to Home Depot. In 2014, Home Depot launched a light recycling program. In some areas where E-waste can be recycled, lights and small electronics can be recycled their too. Be sure to call ahead first or check their sites to ensure what can and can’t be recycled.

15. Empty or Used Makeup Containers

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Do you have an abundance of make-up containers laying around and not sure what to do with them? Companies such as MAC, Aveda, and Origins all have recycling programs are available for a cleaner and proper disposal.