Week 4: Recycle (Part I)
Last week we talked about reusing, so this week (if you didn’t guess already) is about Recycling. There are a few different ways to look at recycling. The most common, taking the time to separate your waste into yard waste, recycle, and what truly is trash that will be added to the landfill. It may be surprising to you how many things can actually be recycled that are thrown away every day.
Part I: Common household items that can, in fact, be recycled:
- Single use batteries – Seattle has many places to dispose. Find out where you can drop off your batteries, here.
- Large appliances – Many transfer stations will take these, but usually for a fee. Many times they have will take your items for free. Click here to find out your nearest drop off.
- Tennis shoes – Nike has a program called Reuse-A-Shoe. Send in your old tennis shoes and they will break them down and reuse the materials! Check out how they do that, here!
- Holiday lights – This year Whole Foods had a large container where you could donate your old holiday lights. Once recycled they take the lights to shred and separate by components which are the glass, PVC, and copper. Or you could send them into HolidayLEDs and receive 15% off your next order! Click here to find out how to send them in!
- Corks – Again, Whole foods have drop off bins, but you could also send them to Wine Cork Recycling! Click here to find out where to send them.
- Plastic bags – Most grocery stores will accept and recycle the plastic bags for you. If you collect a few of them, just bundle them up and bring them in on your next trip to the grocery store. Find a drop-off location here.
- Ink cartridges – Many office supply stores will take them back and even give you a discount on your next purchase of ink! To find your nearest drop-off, go here.
- Paper – Recycle it! Any and all of it! If it has a little grease on it, you can yard waste it. There is NO reason paper should be ending up in the land fills any more.
- Computers – Again, office locations, such as Staples, will take your old computer. Find out a location near you here.
- Old cell phones – If they are still working, consider donating them to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Learn how, here.
Did you know, by recycling one aluminum beverage can it saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours or a tv for 2 hours (source). That’s crazy! Looking for where you can recycle other items not on the list above? Visit Earth911.com/ and type in your search in the green bar at the top! What a great resource!
Here are some other great links that could help inspire you to recycle:
Another thing to look at is what do you have in your possession that you do not need that you can recycle to others? Check in again on Wednesday to learn some more tips for Week 4: Recycling (Part II)