Five Recyclable Items Most People Mistake for Waste

The 21st century society is not just a consumerism based existence, but also a point in time when more and more trash is being irresponsibly dumped, buried or discarded. Most of this recyclable waste ends up in landfills and in turn leaches dangerous chemicals into the soil which affects its fertility and potent to support vegetation growing. Instead of waiting for generations or thousands of years for this waste to completely discompose, why don’t you rethink whether you can recycle something before dumping it in the bin.

Different jurisdictions have in place different systems and laws that govern suitable processing of recyclable materials. Third parties services have also come up to widen the net on some of the items that can be recycled. Below are some of those things you should never discard because they can be recycled.

DVDs and CDs

Optical discs are primarily made of plastic. This includes both the writable and rewritable data discs. Before sending your disc for recycling, just confirm that it doesn’t contain personal data and if it does, the best approach is to shred the disc so as to protect yourself against data or identity theft.

There are recycling programs such as Best Buy that accept CDs and other optical discs countrywide. Some of these organizations request that you separate the case and the paper insert before you ship to them.

Running Shoes

Generally, shoes are a natural wear and tear item which may not be the best candidate for donation past a given stage of usage. Most people tend to throw away their old shoes which should not be the case. This is because footwear that is beyond dignified use can be recycled into turf and other surfaces through programs such as the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program.

This program grinds down athletic shoes which are worn out and turns them into Nike Grind, a material used in a number of play surfaces as well as parts of new clothing.

Toner Cartridges and Printer Ink

While most companies are keen to recycle old documents and paper, many of them do not have a practice for recycling the ink and toner found in copiers and printers. There are companies in the United States such as Staples which accept small quantities of toner and ink to be dropped in their recycle bins. Also, cartridges can be sent through a free prepaid shipping label for recycling.

Packing Peanuts and Styrofoam Packaging

The materials for the above items are mostly made from a plastic known as expanded polystyrene (EPS) which is recyclable. The EPS Industry Alliance has a terrific lot of resources where you can recycle your foam packaging. FedEx and UPS may also accept packing peanuts for recycling.

Household Appliances

Dishwashers, dryers, washers, microwaves, and stoves ultimately reach the useful end of their lives. At this point, the cost of repair may exceed its efficiency by far hence the best approach is to replace them. The good news is these items can be recycled. Check with your retailer, local municipalities or get in touch with the Steel Recycling Institute which has a massive database of drop off locations for your old units.