There are many things that you can recycle at home. You are probably already doing this, but you may not be aware that other items are also recyclable besides the usual things most people recycle, such as newspapers and bottles. We listed other items at home that you may not know are also recyclable so that you can include them next time.
Since you only use holiday decors seasonally, you can keep them for the following year. There is no need to keep buying new ones as you can reuse them, which is practical and economical. You may also use some of them as decorations, even if it’s not the holiday season. For example, your Christmas lights would be a great addition to your pergola or deck, giving it a romantic and magical feel at night. If you wish to dispose of them, check out home improvement stores around your area since some may get your old decors in exchange for something like a voucher you can use in their store.
Old bedding and clothes
Donate old bedding and clothes to charity, especially if they are still in good condition. Otherwise, you can cut them into smaller pieces and use them as rags, saving you money. It also helps protect the environment by avoiding adding them to trash that ends up in a landfill.
You cannot throw single-use or rechargeable batteries in the trash because they contain toxic chemicals that could harm people and the environment. However, there are often drop-off points where you can dispose of your old batteries, and your local government is your best source to find these places. A metal recycling company can also buy your used batteries, so you can dispose of them properly and earn from them. The process often involves going to the scrap facility where they will weigh the batteries or any other scrap metals you wish to sell and get paid immediately. Others even offer pickup service when you request it.
Old media like DVD, CD, and VHS have become obsolete since people can now play music and watch films on mobile devices or online. If you have them at home and wish to dispose of them, try posting them on the internet first. There might be people who are interested in collecting old items like these. You may also try selling them to second-hand shops if they are still in good condition. If they are damaged, find a disposal company specializing in recycling or disposing items like these.
If you use coffee pods to brew your coffee, do not just throw them in the trash, as they would end up in the landfill. Instead, separate the paper, plastic, and aluminum parts and dispose of or recycle them properly. Like the batteries, you can sell aluminum parts to a metal scrapping company. You can also add the coffee ground to the compost.
So, before you throw anything into the trash, take a second to think about other ways to recycle or repurpose them.