November 15th is “America Recycles Day!”
In honor of this sustainable celebration, we have made a list of common household items that we can all recycle to help conserve resources and protect our environment.
- Food Boxes
cereal boxes, frozen meal boxes, crackers, pasta, etc
- Food Cans
canned foods, canned drinks, canned sauces, etc
- Plastic Jugs
milk jugs, juice jugs, etc
- Paper Towel Rolls
don’t forget plastic wrap rolls, aluminum foil rolls, and their boxes
- Plastic Bottles
condiments, soft drinks, dressings, etc
- Old Appliances
microwaves, toasters, dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, etc
- Cooking Oil
vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil, and other frying oils can be used as biodiesel
- Shampoo Bottles
don’t forget conditioner and other bottled cosmetic cleansers
- Soap Boxes
paper wrappers and other cardboard cosmetic and hygiene product boxes as well
- Toilet Paper Roll
if you have small children in your house, consider reusing them for crafts!
- Household batteries
AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, and button cell batteries
televisions, remote controls, blu ray players, stereos, speakers, sound bars, game consoles, etc
- Tissue Boxes
don’t forget other cardboard panels and containers
and newsletters, books at the end of their life, etc
foam, innerspring, latex, or combination
- Junk Mail
postcards, letters, fliers, and more. more fun to throw, so consider a bin for recyclables next to the trash bin
- Scrap Paper
printing mistakes, notepad pages, hole punched holes, and more no paper left behind!
- Ink Cartridges
some models allow you to reuse them, or exchange for refurbished at a discount
don’t forget lawn tractor and other tires
- Automotive Fluids
oil, power steering fluid, coolant, brake fluid, can all be either used for fuel or recycled
Some items require advanced processing and recycling may not be available in all cities. Click here to see if recycling for these items is available in your area.
Remember, it is better to reduce what you use, and reuse what has already been used, and lastly, to recycle items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Paper, cardboard, and organic matter can also be composted to help feed your garden.