While we’ve spoken before about how to recycle batteries, plastics, and household hazards safely, there are more than a few other items lurking around your house that it may be difficult to recycle. Often, these items end up thrown in the trash by families who just aren’t sure what else to do with them. We’d like to take a look at just a few of these items and give you tips on what you can do rather than send them off to the landfill.
Dealing with a pile of broken or worn-down crayons? Let’s face it — kids are hard on crayons. Either they snap in half and end up thrown to the side, or they get worn down to stubs. Don’t just throw them out!Rather than adding them to our rapidly overflowing landfills, send your old crayons off to the National Crayon Recycling Program! The NCRP takes old, broken, or worn-out crayons and helps melt the wax to create new ones. The NCRP has kept more than 62,000 pounds of crayons from ending up in landfills.
Have a string of old holiday lights that haven’t worked in years? Did you know Holiday LEDs accepts these old lights for recycling? Not only will they recycle these old lights for you, they’ll also send you a coupon to get a discount off brand new Holiday LEDs lights! It’s a situation where everyone wins.
How many plastic grocery bags do you have stuffed out of sight now? (Be honest.) Plastic grocery bags are one of the toughest items to recycle. Most municipal recycling programs won’t accept them, and once they find their way into landfills they’ve been known to injure or kill local wildlife. One way to deal with the plastic-bag buildup in your home is to check with local grocery stores to see if any of them offer plastic bag recycling programs. Wal-mart, for instance, often has an area in the front of the store where old plastic bags can be dropped off for reuse. Once you’ve gotten all those bags out of your home, it might be worth picking up reusable bags to ensure that you don’t get caught in the cycle again.
What about when your printer’s ink cartridge runs empty? Many people don’t give a second thought to tossing an old, empty ink cartridge in the trash. The truth is, ink cartridges contain toxic materials just like regular ewaste, and so many ink cartridges are thrown out every year that it is becoming a serious concern. Instead of throwing them out, recycle — it’s as easy as taking a step or two into your local office supply store! Staples, Office Max, Best Buy, and Walmart all participate in the HP Supplies Recycling Program. All you do is walk in and drop your old ink cartridges off to be recycled.
These are just a few of the household items finding their way into landfills when they could be recycled. While we at EARecycling have made safe and legal ewaste recycling our specialty, we believe in making a greener world one step at a time. Call on us when you’re looking to recycle old or outdated electronics (such as computers, video game consoles, televisions, and more), or even if you need assurance that your company or household information is totally secure — we also provide hard drive shredding services. You can find out more by contacting us online to request a pickup or giving us a call at (800) 746-1823 at any time.

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