Recycling aluminum cans, plastic, and paper are well-known ways of reusing the earth’s resources but have you ever considered all of the other items that can be recycled? When I first went to start this post I was going to write about recycling electronics but then I came upon a site called Earth911 and decided to change the title of this post because there are so many other items that can be recycled.
On the Earth911 website there is a “Recyclo-pedia” and it gives a list of all the items that can be recycled. Click on one and you are taken to a page with a little bit more about the item and given some articles that relate to recycling whatever item it is that you have chosen. At the top of each page is a box where you can enter in the item you would like to recycle and your zip code to find the closest places that accept that type of item.
For example, I looked up information about recycling paint. Within 25 miles of me there are 7 places that I can bring my leftover paint to recycle it. Have old CD’s? I have thrown some out before without even thinking about it but did you know that some electronics stores have kiosks for recycling old compact disks? What about magazines that you have read? Instead of throwing them away see if there is any place near you that takes them and reuses them. A local library near me accepts magazines so that others can have a chance to read them, too.
Next time you go to throw something away, ask yourself “Can this be recycled or reused in any way?’ and take the steps to help reduce the amount of waste in our landfills.
That is truly giving inexpensively to future generations.
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