Q-tips® cotton swabs are Biodegradable when composted. The 170ct sleeve & tray pack is recyclable once the window is removed.
2. Plastic Straws
Plastic straws are made from either #2 or #5 plastic. Check your local recycling service to see if they support #2 and #5 plastic recycling and if so, feel free to toss these in. If not, try DeBass Recycling – a local recycling pickup service. They will come to your home to pickup your recyclables.
3. Christmas Lights
Next year, don’t throw those Christmas lights away. Check out Holiday Lights to recycle your unwanted Christmas lights
More than 92,000 pounds of broken, old crayons are dumped into landfills every year. Crazy Crayons National Recycling Program is working to make a difference and has made it possible to recycle them.
5. VHS and cassette tapes
Many of us have leftover VHS and cassette tapes lying around our houses, even with the move to DVD and iPods. These items can be recycled through DeBass Recycling – a local recycling pickup service.
If your bike is too out of commission, you can easily recycle the metal parts. Visit earth911.com to research your local recycling center and drop them off.
If you’re looking to donate, check out http://bicycle-recycle.com. This company partners with local bike retailers to collect used tubes and tires that would otherwise be heading to the dump. The collection is then picked up or sent in and processed into fuel.
7. Disposable Diapers
You heard right. Terracycle, a company out of Trenton, New Jersey is working on this as I write. To date, Terracycle has partnered with Huggies to offer recycling of diaper and wipes packaging. Actual recycling of the diapers is said to be coming really soon! Check out this mini-documentary from Terracycle for the full story.
8. Packing Peanuts
Many shipping stores like UPS will take your used packing peanuts and other packing material, just call ahead to check.
Brands such as MAC, Origins, Aveda, and Kiehl’s will take back your empty cosmetic containers for recycling – AND even give you a discount on your next purchase for doing so!
10. Sandwich Bags
Clean, dry re-sealable plastic bags can be recycled where most grocery plastic bags are collected. Check out http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org to find a participating location near you.
11. Wine Corks
These little things can really build up over time. Toss your old corks in a bag and take them over to Whole Foods or send them in to ReCork to be recycled. ReCork has 5 locations in North Texas.
12. Water Filters
Refrigerator water filters and Brita water filters can be recycled. Find out where you can send your old ones using the links below.
Refrigerator Water Filters: http://www.refreshandrecycle.com
Brita Water Filters: https://www.brita.com/recycling-filters/
Preserve Products takes used toothbrushes and turns them into plastic storage containers. And when you send in 6 toothbrushes, you’ll receive a $6 store coupon where you can buy new toothbrushes. Click here to learn more.
14. Keurig Vue-Cups
Preserve Products takes these also. Learn more by visiting them online.
15. Your Bra
The Bra Recyclers is a textile recycling company that specializes in the recycling and reuse of used and unused bras. The donated bras are distributed around the world to deserving families in transition. Learn more at http://www.brarecycling.com.