Five Things You Didn’t Know You Can Recycle – And 1 You Can’t

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Recycle – And 1 You Can’t – Environmental Media Association.

There are plenty of clever ways to reduce the amount of things we throw away. While recycling is a big one, we can also upcycle, reuse, and donate. Below are five items  that (most of us didn’t know) can be recycled – and the one item that can’t.

1.  Compact fluorescent bulbs:  Take these to IKEA – they’ll recycle them for you.

2.  Appliances: Goodwill accepts working appliances, http://www.goodwill.org, or you can contact the Steel Recycling Institute to recycle them. 800/YES-1-CAN, http://www.recycle-steel.org.

3.  Carpet can be recycled if it is clean and usable.

4.  Old blankets, towels, and sheets can be donated to animal shelters. They can be used as makeshift beds for dogs and cats!

5.  Aluminum foil! According to Earth911 you should always wash your aluminum foil to remove food particles before putting it in the recycling bin. You can also buy 100% recycled aluminum foil which uses five percent less energy than the traditional aluminum foil manufacturing process.

Now what about pizza boxes? Technically, a pizza box is made out of cardboard, and therefore, can be recycled. However, once the pizza inside the box gets on its surface – ie, sauce, cheese, grease, etc. – then the box is no longer recyclable. So there you have it.