50 Things that can be Recycled and Reused from A-Z
1. Aquarium – A dusty, old fish tank can be cleaned and shined to be converted into an herb garden. All you have to do is to spread a layer of gravel and add potting soil. Then transfer herbs into the transparent new home.
2. Aerosol Cans – Although these cans have received much negative publicity, you can still recycle them by removing the cap, ensuring the bottle is empty and peeling the label off. The canister can now go to the recycling center with other metal cans.
3. Aluminium Sidings – The vintage sidings of insulated or non-insulated kinds can both be recycled very easily.
4. Aprons– Turn up the bottom of an apron and stitch pockets. You can wear this around your waist during garage sales to keep coins and bills separated.
5. Batteries –You can send your used rechargeable or non-rechargeable batteries to a convenient location near you from where they are recycled.
6. Blue Jeans– Try donating them to NGOs, women shelters or children homes. You can also use the worn out jeans to make a hand bag by cutting the legs and stitching the openings.
7. Baking Pan– If your baking pan is not being given away to the recycling company for melting and re-using the aluminum or steel, you can still use it by cutting one side of the baking pan, drill holes to the opposite side and bolting it to an old broomstick. This can be used as a handy dust pan.
8. Belt– Cut an old thrown away belt to the correct length and punch new holes into it. Then add a metal ring for the Dog ID and you are ready to take your pet dog out for a walk.
9. Bottle Caps– These can be given to the recycling centers or made into a very handy device for removing fish scales. Take a 3-4 inch block of wood and nail the bottle caps with the fluted side up. Run up and down a fish to get rid of scales.
10. Bio Plastics- These can be composted but not in the same bin as your natural waste like the vegetable peel. Bio-plastics can be given to the municipal composters for composting.
11. CDS and DVDS – There are electronic recycling and data destruction companies that take CDs and DVDs for recycling purposes. Better still, you can list your movie DVDs on some sites that then help you barter your DVD for another one.
12. Crayons – Used crayons can spend eternity in a land fill and therefore a better option is to use them for DIY home projects like melting them with paraffin to make colorful candles or send them to a recycling program where these are melted and made into new crayons.
13. Comb– Old combs may be very useful in your tool box. Hold a small nail in place by placing it between the teeth of an old comb and then hammer.
14. Credit Cards– These plastic things may lie in the landfill forever. Instead, try making music with the old cards by cutting a triangular shape from the corner and use it to play your guitar.
15. Cardboard Boxes – Boxes are always needed by nonprofit organizations and women’s shelter. Try finding one near your locality and donate. You can also put up a notice in your area for anyone relocating and in need of boxes.
16. Compact Fluorescent Bulbs – The mercury present inside the bulb is hazardous and therefore care is needed to recycle these bulbs safely through the town’s hazardous waste program. If not, make sure to seal the bulb in a tight plastic wrap before putting in the garbage.
17. Car Battery – Any car parts shop will be happy to take it.
18. Door – Wood of any kind is always recyclable. But you can do projects at home too to convert the old door into a study table, or hinge two or three old doors together for a folding screen.
19. Eyeglasses – A local eye care shop may be in need of old eyeglasses, where the lenses are reground and made into new eye wear.
20. Foam Peanuts –If you have the non-recyclable plastic kind, give them to business like a packing and shipping company which accepts the used foam peanuts.
21. Fabric Scraps – Use leftover fabrics to decorate, jars, jar lids of homemade preserves or other goodies. These can be stitched to dress up Christmas time liquor bottles or even cut into squares to make pretty and assorted party napkins.
22. Greeting Cards – Old greeting cards can be turned into postcards with the back removed. These can also be donated to organizations that cut it and redesign it to a new card.
23. Garden Hose– Slit a section of an old hose and slip it on the blade of an axe or a saw to protect and prevent injuries.
25. Household toxics – Household fluids like herbicides, solvents, cleaners, etc. can be accumulated and given to recycling agencies that have household toxic drop off days.
26. Hangers – Hangers can easily be twisted and turned into many shapes to speed drying boots or other footwear. They can also be given to the local drycleaner for re-use.