May 17 is International Recycling Day. That got us thinking. Glass, plastics, paper, cardboard, and cans are pretty standard recycling-fare, but can anything be added to the list? The answer’s yes! We found seven items commonly put in the trash that can be recycled instead.
1. Wine corks
Put a cork in it! Your blue bin, that is.
Wine corks can be reused around the house and some cities accept them in curbside pick-up. There are also cork recycling organizations like ReCork with drop off locations throughout Canada!
2. Holiday lights
When the lights go out, don't throw them out!
Instead, send your burnt out holiday lights to the folks at HolidayLEDs, and they will sort and shred the material, then reuse it.
Getting rid of an old mattress is a hassle, but instead of just throwing it out, recycle it! Most cities have a mattress recycling program, and many mattress companies have recycling programs available when you purchase a mattress through them.
4. Natural car air fresheners
Purple Frog's natural car fresheners are made from recycled pre-consumer materials. And they’re reusable. After two weeks, you can add your favourite essential oils to extend the life of your freshener.
5. Foam polystyrene
The foam take-out containers you carry home your favourite dishes in are recyclable! As are foam plates and egg cartons. Simply toss them in your curbside pick-up bin.
Repaint, renovate, and recycle!
Drop off your old drywall at a recycling depot near you.
7. Ink and toner cartridges
Most office supply stores, and even some schools, have print and ink recycling programs. Drop yours off on your next visit!
Is there anything we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!