We all know to recycle our glass and plastic bottles, newspapers and cardboard boxes. In addition to these, I bet most or all of the following list of recyclable items are in your home. If you’re not using them, why not get rid of them in a way that takes care of the earth and helps others, while decluttering your lovely home.
- Metal coat hangers: If you dry clean at all, these hangers can easily accumulate in your home. Return them to the dry cleaner to be recycled. Most will accept and reuse them. Even banged up ones are likely to be returned to the supplier or sent to a scrap metal dealer.
- Telephone directories: It seems I get a new, unnecessary, five pound directory every couple of months. Many of us never use these phone books; the internet or a call to Directory Assistance is very convenient, with the bonus of sparing us of paper cuts. If you want to keep a phone directory around, determine which one is most useful to you, then dump the rest with your other recyclable mixed paper items.
- Old eyeglasses: Here’s a case where one woman’s trash is truly another’s treasure. And that treasure is the gift of sight. This gift can be enjoyed by the visually impaired in developing countries when you donate your old eyeglasses to a charity that distributes them to those who otherwise would not be able to buy them. To donate your old glasses, check out New Eyes for the Needy, the Lions Club, or visit your local LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, or Goodwill store, most of which have drop off boxes.
- Milk and juice cartons: Have you ever been confused about what to do with these paper cartons?‚ Are they or are they not recyclable? These cartons, made of mixed materials (mostly paper), fall under the category of paperboard. Not all municipalities recycle paperboard, but most of us have access to facilities that do. If you visit Earth911, you can find out if and where this material is recycled in your community.
- Aluminum foil: Just like cans, aluminum foil can be recycled. However, this is another item that may or may not be recycled in certain areas. Again, check out Earth911 to find out if it is where you live. If so, instead of dumping used foil in the trash, rinse it with cold water if it has food on it, then stick it in your recycle container.