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50 Things You Can Recycle


Recycle Everything in your Life! Start Recycling Everything If You Can't Reuse It!

You've heard of people recycling everything from printer paper to your old jeans, but you can recycle nearly everything in your life. If it can't be reused, then it most likely can be recycled instead. Car batteries and tires? Yes, those can be recycled. Can you recycle your old roof shingles? Yes! How about your shower curtain? Yes again! Find some creative ways to reduce the amount of stuff that you throw away in your life and be a little greener with the following list of 50 earth friendly tips.


Reduce your Carbon Footprint and Start Recycling Everything in your Life!

Here's a list of things that you can start recycling today...

1. Old bricks, worthless? No, those bricks can be recycled, and are very valuable to some people!

2. Use reclaimed wood for your next project at home. Use your own, or find some on freecycle, Craigslist, at your local transfer station, or recycle.net.

3. There are many places you can exchange or recycle your old electronics.

4. Sell off or post an ad for free metal scrap to be recycled.

5. If you have enough, your old VHS tapes can be recycled

6. Packing tape and stickers cannot be recycled, so use these sparingly in the first place.

7. Tools are very valuable items on eBay. Try selling them in lots to save time, shipping waste, and energy.

8. Empty propane tanks may be able to be taken as scrap metal, or properly disposed of at hazardous waste facilities. Reuse these whenever you can!

9. Even large items like BBQ grills can be recycled as scrap metal once the propane tank has been removed.

10. Kids toys have a new life when they're donated to thrift stores like Salvation Army or local churches.

11. Recycle your old prescription bottles, they have a million uses.

12. After they've been used up, recycle your old batteries.

13. How about other plastic numbers, what do those mean? You may be able to recycle some of them.

14. Flip flops can be recycled and repurposed a number of creative and unique ways.

15. Can't figure out what to do with your old lamps, wall décor, or knick knacks? If you can't eBay them, donate them to a thrift store for charity purposes. Craigslist and Kijiji are good alternatives, too.

16. Recycle your shipping styrofoam or reuse it.

17. Window treatments have the chance to live again as you recycle your curtains into pillows.

18. Carpet can be recycled if it is clean and usable.

19. Donate it, sell it, or recycle your television.

20. Stop by an Aveda location to recycle your bottle caps.

21. The rumor has been floating around that aluminum can't be recycled. While the rules may differ per town, you can still reuse it a few times by giving it a cleaning.

22. Reuse your old jeans in these 25 ingenious methods.

23. Why trash it? Your shower curtain is a great drop cloth or apron.

24. Your ink cartridges are accepted at many different locations online and in person, like Staples.

25. You might be able to trade in your old printer for a credit on a new one. They'll recycle it for you. There's always earth911, too.

26. Tires are a must to be recycled, and it's very easy.

27. Learn how you can recycle your roof shingles to become part of our roads.

28. Make sure when installing a new car battery that the mechanic will recycle it.

29. Cardboard boxes can be taken at your local recycling station, or sent curbside if they're small enough in most instances.

30. Save your old packing peanuts and recycle them by giving them to your local shipping company. They will gladly take them off your hands.

31. Your gently used clothing can be resold on eBay, or donated.

32. Good news! #5 plastics can be recycled at many Whole Foods locations.

33. Potato chip bags and those other foil packaging that often are used to wrap up junk food can be recycled at Terracycle.net.

34. Used (many times) ziploc containers and similar disposable plasticware can be recycled usually as #1 plastics.

35. Shaving cream metal cans are accepted in most recycling facilities with other metal cans.

36. Can tabs can be recycled with your cans. Don't pull them off, that kidney dialysis machine time rumor is false.

37. You couldn't have enough options to recycle your cellphone

38. Blankets can be recycled by donating them to animal shelters (if clean).

39. Recycle your own scrap wood and furniture by reusing it, or donate it.

40. Save that box and make some Pizza box art, or maybe just recycle it if you follow these instructions.

41. Mattresses, aerosol cans, even washing machines can be recycled.

42. Bread twist ties will be your new best friend after you read these creative uses.

43. Reading glasses can be recycled and donated, and are always in demand.

44. Old books can be sold on Amazon, donated to thrift stores, donated to schools, and to hospitals. There's always the yard sale option, too.

45. Freecycle your old sports equipment.

46. Did you know your old aluminum siding could be worth a lot of money?

47. Your old greeting cards can even be recycled creatively.

48. Wrapping paper is just paper and has many ways to be reused or recycled.

49. Don't forget all types of glass bottles can be recycled -- wine bottles, jelly jars, colored glass... these are all accepted at most recycling facilities.

50. Your old screened doors have many ways that they can be recycled.

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Do You Have Any Recycling Tips of Your Own? - Leave your recycling suggestions here!

ritik kurup on August 30, 2018:

this is so useful but sometimes it will cause pollution

farheen on November 04, 2017:

use clay pot instead of using plastic bottle

so we can easily recyle it as flower pot

nerelo on January 25, 2016:

its very fun.

kinsy25 on July 16, 2012:

I like using the tops of bottles to make bag sealers. Just cut the top off a bottle and pull the top of a bag through it, then tighten the lid over the bag - keeps everything fresh.

ranntg on July 12, 2012:

Recycling is getting more and more important! Great lens.

BryanLSC on February 23, 2012:

Great lens, I've always believed in the 3Rs as the way to save Mother Earth from our destruction!

thebestmultivitaminforwomen on February 11, 2012:

Great lens! I'm always encouraging my family and friends to recycle too.

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on February 11, 2012:

Terrific lens! Thanks for all of the other lens references and online resources.

Cheryl Kohan from England on February 10, 2012:

Just stopped back to see what's new and I love that link to recycling screen doors! Well, they're all good links but that's my fave this time around - ha!

denis2554 on February 07, 2012:

Save the trees - read ebooks ;)

leeleon on January 20, 2012:

Nice lens. Welcome to see my green lens

nelsonkana on January 18, 2012:

Nice lens. Today am exploring top lens. Your lens is interesting and informative.

pyngthyngs on January 15, 2012:

I recycle my grocery bags by using them to clean up after my dogs.

jimmyworldstar on January 15, 2012:

I like to reuse a lot of glass bottles and cans for other uses like as vases or storing liquids. For grocery bags, I use those for garbage and wrapping up other items.

anonymous on January 13, 2012:

very useful info!

leeleon on January 11, 2012:

i like u lens.i have some ideas to reuse eggshells. welcome to see it

ruthandzion on January 08, 2012:

just new to squidoo and i think this is a great lens and very usful ionformation. thanks for putting the time into it

sarahrk lm on January 06, 2012:

I already recycle man of these things.

Jeimuzu-san on December 25, 2011:

Excellent info - We have a 300 litre compost bin and recycle all our paper and food scraps!

ColwoodWheelWorks on December 24, 2011:

As part of my business I often recycle bicycles. Some bicycle get rebuilt and end up back on the road, others are stripped for usable spares and what's left goes to the scrap metal merchant.

I guess I ought to make a lens about that :-)

jadehorseshoe on December 20, 2011:

VERY useful info!

brittniehomesewn on December 14, 2011:

this was a great read, thanks! :)

anonymous on December 13, 2011:

I loved that list of 50 things. Just had to bookmark this site!

Ahyat111 on December 13, 2011:

Its important we all do our part for our beautiful planet. great lens keep it up ;)

athena2011 on December 13, 2011:

I have consciously been trying to go greener with each day that passes so I truly enjoyed going through your lens and discovering the massive amount of things I can now do to live a cleaner and greener life. Thanks.

baby-strollers on December 09, 2011:

We recycle old electronics like crazy. I used to throw out old computers, but no more.

seedplanter on December 03, 2011:

I'm heading off to tweet this one. It's much too valuable to not share! I loved the ideas for using bread twist-ties. Would have never thought of some of those. I have a feeling you could add to this list, too. What a great variety of items we can recycle. Prescription bottles are another one with good suggestion. Thanks!

anonymous on November 30, 2011:

BestBuy has a recycling program for old TVs under 32 inches. Bring it in and for $10.00 they take care of it and you get a $10.00 coupon you can use at BestBuy. I have used their program and got rid of an old TV and saved $$$$$$$$ on a Blu-Ray.

anonymous on November 27, 2011:

are toilets recylable ? I am getting low flow toilet. what do I do with the old toilet?

seo_optimisation on November 21, 2011:

Great lens, recycling is super-important, especially with all of our electronics, these should ALWAYS be sent to a green recycler.

markettrol on November 12, 2011:

Thanks for sharing....Great lens....

BuddyBink on November 02, 2011:

An excellent lens. There is so much we use today that can be recycled but is not and most of it people can get money for. In these tough times you would think people would pay more attention to that fact. Thank you for the lens.

Ken McVay from Nanaimo, British Columbia on October 31, 2011:

Interesting new stuff - thanks!

anonymous on October 28, 2011:

This is GREAT information. I'm definitely going to be coming back to this lens. I just hate throwing things away when they could be recycled or reused. What about clamshell plastic cases? I try to avoid them, but can they be recycled? I tried to look at the "https://hubpages.com/hub/recycle-plastic" link, but it won't load (at least not on my *ahemworkcomputerahem*).

biggking lm on October 26, 2011:

What most people do not know is that you can also recycle your car. If you were to either Google it or find someone local, they can dispose of your junk or unwanted vehicle quickly and in a matter that is safe for the environment.

Mclure2 on October 07, 2011:

When I print something by mistake, I keep that paper and use the back part for later

DonD LM on October 06, 2011:

An eye opener for everybody and I agree that if we can't reuse it let's recycle it. Thank you for sharing this information. Great lens

Jim Sterling from Franklin, Tennessee on October 04, 2011:

Great tips, Thank you!

JodiFromFlorida on October 02, 2011:

Very helpful lens. I love the ideas for recycling flip flops. I am going to donate my old cellphones. Thank you!

modernchakra on September 29, 2011:

I had no idea on some of those items to recycle to be honest, and I try to stay pretty informed. I have a lot of junk I am going through and I feel more than ever my obligation to recycle. Thank you for putting all this together and sharing. Take care.

shahrukh021 on September 29, 2011:

very infomative

nice work for the long life of earth

najem lm on September 28, 2011:

nice lens! I like recyling and instead of buying, renting.

TIRMassageStone1 on September 28, 2011:

Recycling is fun!

heehaw lm on September 26, 2011:

thanks for the tips. let's all go green.

Surfer83 on September 24, 2011:

Nice green info. Never know that old bricks and VHS tape could be recycled.

intermarks on September 21, 2011:

Great lens! Thank you for sharing such a great information, now only I learn that many things around me can be recycle, but the sad things is that I can't find places or peoples that collecting those stuff that mentioned here.

333ideas on September 20, 2011:

Great page. I added this page to my "related pages" list. Please add mine to yours... www.squidoo.com/anything-to-save-a-buck

Angela F from Seattle, WA on September 19, 2011:

A lens after my own *green* heart! Great job.

RedHotDesign on September 16, 2011:

Great lens- thanks, from the earth. Keep up the great work!

TapIn2U on September 16, 2011:

Great list! I have started on some of the things on your list here and planning to do the others. Thanks for the tips! Sundae ;-)

squid-pinkchic18 on September 15, 2011:

Great tips! My husband should see this. He tries to recycle everything under the sun but sometimes there are things that really can't be recycled.

RashellR on September 13, 2011:

Awesome lens with great tips. I have a friend who used old bricks as pavers for their front walkway. Absolute gorgeous.

mavens on September 12, 2011:

Since technology improves so quickly, computer hardware becomes outdated in a very short period of time. As people buy newer and better electronics, landfills are becoming overrun with this type of garbage. Besides the space being taken up by PCs, monitors, gaming devices and appliances, there are significant health risks created by simply throwing these everyday items away. An alternative to dumping is computer recycling.

AsaGislason on September 08, 2011:

Very important information, learned a thing or two... actually more ;-) Thanks

katemiya on September 07, 2011:

Great lens. I firmly believe you can reuse just about everything if you are creative enough.

TheGourmetCoffe on September 05, 2011:

Enjoyed reading your lens and agree with your recycling tips. Great reminder for good practices in recycling, thank you for sharing.

Callmenette LM on September 05, 2011:

I try to recycle every thing, and this makes this a little bit more clear. Thanks!

WorkitSmart on September 03, 2011:

oh yeah.. can't get enough of green livin' tips. It's just amazing what we could do if everyone just adopted ONE greener living tip.


Mickie Gee on August 30, 2011:

Books can be made into furniture and all kinds of home décor. I have a lens about how to upcycle those old books that cannot be repaired, btw.

pantar on August 30, 2011:

Great lens. Let's save our little planet. Recycling is the way to do it!

flycatcherrr on August 27, 2011:

A terrific lens! I found you on the front page of Squidoo today & so glad I did. Lots of "green" sites and lenses are pretty much just recycled content in themselves, but this one has substance; lots of truly useful tips!

Lenskeeper on August 25, 2011:

I love your lenses and your efforts to protect the environment. Great job!

Runnn on August 22, 2011:

I love the earth and I love your lens. Thanks for sharing.

casstowncharlie on August 20, 2011:

I'm a BIG believer in recycling.

OrganicHealth3 on August 18, 2011:

Great Lens! But what year was it written? It seems like squidoo does not allow you to hyperlink to other sites within your text anymore or maybe I just have not found the way to do it. I like green cleaning products that's what attracted me to this lens.

dahlia369 on August 11, 2011:

Nicely done and great resource. Blessed! :)

TIRMassageStone1 on August 10, 2011:

I had no idea I could recycle my roof tiles to be used on roads... who knew! Thanks

paintingsgalore22 on August 05, 2011:

I could not believe there are so many things we can really recycle. Thanks for the information.

anonymous on August 04, 2011:

Thanks for a very informative lens about recycling

Micika86 on August 03, 2011:

I'm a recycler - great lens!!!

sheedale on August 02, 2011:

Go Green! This lens deserves to be read by everyone. I'm sure Mother Nature loves this lens as well!

Xasper8ing on August 02, 2011:

I can't say enough good things about this lens - it must've taken a lot of time compiling all of those resources for how to reuse/recycle things. Great job!

fibaron on August 01, 2011:

I had no idea that a few of these things could be recycled...roof shingles I had no idea...and we just had to re-roof one of our rental properties. I sure wish I would have known or the roofer would have told me as I just assumed those had to be taken to the dump. Thanks for educating us all!

allialso on August 01, 2011:

Who would have thought so many things were possible to recycle? I am going to have to think carefully before I throw things away next time.

lynzli on July 26, 2011:

What a great idea! I'm going to follow your suggestion to the GREEN world!

Tks very much.

mytone on July 25, 2011:

excellent article...I am going to recycle many of my stuffs today onwards. Thanks for the information.

minarvente on July 21, 2011:

Thanks for sharing,

I am involved in a Garbage2Power Project in Romania, but I never knew that some of the things you mentioned would also be recyclables. Knowledge is Power... and you have just given us more Power to succeed. Thanks

michaeljshaw on July 20, 2011:

I'm always looking to recycle anything possible before tossing it...thanks for all these tips!


anonymous on July 20, 2011:

this is a great lens, i recycle a lot things in my house, i hope everybody does it too

Sana139 on July 18, 2011:

Thanks for sharing important information.Great lens.

princessprattle on July 18, 2011:

Great Lens!

SpiffingDesign on July 18, 2011:

I love creative recycling ideas. Not only because it helps the environment, but also because it makes me feel like it kind of gives you something for nothing :-)

herculeafitness1 on July 17, 2011:

Very good information. It's a shame that the rumor about the can tabs in exchange for dialysis treatment is not true.

mensday on July 17, 2011:

this is good lens

hazwastepros on July 16, 2011:

this is an awesome list, great job!

anonymous on July 15, 2011:

That's really a lot of ideas there. I wish a lot more people can read this lens.

seattle47 on July 14, 2011:

Great tips for green lifestyle!

TryNerdy on July 14, 2011:

Great info that everyone should know

Donnette Davis from South Africa on July 14, 2011:

i LOVE this lens!

anonymous on July 12, 2011:

Top notch lens! We recycle, compost, and have one small plastic grocery bag of trash each week for things we can't recycle or compost.

rangiiria on July 10, 2011:

I'm an avid recycler - great lens

rangiiria on July 10, 2011:

I'm an avid recycler - great lens

Andrew Douse on July 10, 2011:

Reuse old pop bottles by making a greenhouse or cloche, it works as I've has one for over 2 years, then grow yourself some lunch and save on transport as well. :)

TopTenLists on July 07, 2011:

Great ideas. Thanks a lot.

anonymous on July 07, 2011:

Cool lens, I actually spent some time checking some of those methods out. Will finally be able to empty my storage spaces

VerdantGreen on July 04, 2011:

I'm sure lots of people don't even know some of this stuff is recyclable. Great info!

CarynJSwift56889 on July 03, 2011:

I found a lot of useful information here!

ForestBear LM on July 02, 2011:

very encouraging, thank you for sharing. Great lens

Be_Liciouz on July 02, 2011:

Nice info Sir... so useful for us to know and love our nature...

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on July 01, 2011:

Wonderful tips, Great lens, and Earth WIN!!

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