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5 Things You Should be Recycling But Probably Aren’t

5 Things You Should be Recycling But Probably Aren’t

If you’re reading this blog, odds are you are aware of The Junkluggers eco-friendly mission and are already doing your part to reduce waste on a daily basis. You recycle your paper products, cans and bottles, you shop with reusable bags when running errands. But there are plenty of items that you are probably throwing out when they could be recycled. Below is a list of a few things you likely aren’t recycling, but should be.

1. CDs & DVDs

Digitizing your CD collection is a great way to cut down on clutter, but what do you do with those CDs and cases once you’ve copied them to your hard drive? You can’t just throw away all that plastic. Did you know that you can recycle not only the packaging, but the discs themselves? The CD Recycling Center of America recycles CDs, DVDs and all associated packaging. Discs and cases are melted down into raw plastics that are used in the automotive and building materials industries.

2. Batteries

Nearly all kinds of batteries are recyclable, so stop throwing them away! You can bring your rechargeable batteries and old cell phones to a drop off location near you. Or you can purchase an all inclusive iRecycle kit to fill with batteries, cell phones and other handheld electronics to easily recycle multiple products through the mail.

3. Packing Peanuts

Polystyrene is widely known for being un-recyclable and (somewhat) less widely known for the small (but pivotal!) role in moving the plot of the 1995 film (masterpiece) Jury Duty starring Pauly Shore and Tia Carrere (remember them?) But big screen aspirations aside, polystyrene packing peanuts are great at making sure your delicate items arrive safely in the mail, but pretty useless after that. Thankfully The Plastic Loose Fill Council has made it their mission to collect packing peanuts for reuse. Click here to find a drop off location near you.

4. Cork

Good news for all you winos! Not only is the glass bottle your red, white or pink drink of choice came in recyclable, but the cork that kept it fresh is as well. ReCork is a UK-based company that collects used corks from all over the world (check their map for a collection center near you) and repurposes them into new corks and other products like shoe soles. So far they have collected over 47 million corks. Not too shabby!

5. Water filters

For those of you who don’t think that New York City tap water is the finest in all the land and feel the need to filter your perfectly fine tap water for some reason (or if you live in a place where you actually need to filter your water to make it safe to drink), you should know that Brita and other water filters are completely recyclable. And when I say completely I mean completely – everything from the pitcher itself to the filter inside can be recycled. You can drop used filters off at your local Whole Foods or mail back the pitcher, bottles and/or filters directly to Brita and they’ll recycle it all for you.

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