Everyone knows the basic items to recycle and how to recycle them, but what about those old laptops, water filters, 3D printer materials, or thousands of other items you never thought about recycling?
That’s right, there are thousands of items that are able to be recycled and yet most people are unaware that they are able to have these products recycled instead of being tossed into a landfill. Many major companies are stepping up and have put recycling programs within their brick and mortar stores, online companies are out there that are working on ways to recycle more and more items into new products, and there is a way that you can take your “waste-reduction” into your own hands by using social media.
Companies such as Target, Best Buy, Walmart, and Office Depot have installed ways to recycle products within their stores.
· Target has recycling bins to give guests an easy way to recycle cans, glass, plastic bottles, plastic bags, MP3 players, ink cartridges and cell phones. They also host twice-annual car seat trade-in events during which guests can bring in expired car seats and receive a coupon in return.
· Best Buy accepts most electronic devices and appliances and even offer a haul-away service for those large applications in your home that you want to recycle.
· Walmart offers recycling stations to put your plastic bags, plastic wraps, and plastic pouches into that can’t be recycled in your neighborhood recycling pickups.
· Office Depot offers trade-in programs to recycle your ink cartridges and even offer a coupon for each cartridge that you bring in.
If a major retailer isn’t able to get all of your recycling needs taken care of, then check out these online companies who are trying to change the world through their recycling programs. Companies such as TerraCycle.com and RecycleNation.com are offering different ways to recycle more of the products that you normally find yourself putting into the trash. Items such as water filters, paint brushes, fluorescent lights, garden products, binders, bottle caps, kids drink pouches, and hundreds of other items. Check out their websites to learn more about what you can do to reduce your waste!
And if all other options don’t fill the needs you have, you can utilize the “reuse” portion of the slogan utilizing social media. The Old English Proverb “One man’s trash is another man’s garbage” can be tested by posting your “trash” on social media avenues to see if someone might want to use these items. I am not telling you to take a picture of all of your garbage and post it online. However, if there are items that you have that you think might be able to be used by someone else, then reach out on Facebook groups to see who might use them. For example, if you have some food waste then someone might be able to use that in their compost or if you have old furniture that you are wanting to remove then someone might want to reuse that for decorations or simply for the materials.