You may have thought you have mastered recycling by disposing of your plastics and paper the responsible way, but you can up your recycling game even further. There are many other items that end up in the trash that could be recycled responsibly. Many companies are recycling plastic bottles into clothing, innovating new ways of incorporating recycled goods into fresh products. The other trend has been the emergent of new efficient low-energy recycling equipment that continues to evolve to encourage recycling. The following are five other things you never knew could be recycled.
Companies such as TerraCycle Canada recycle packaging and household items. These waste materials include pods, coffee bags, snack and drink punches and pet food bags. The company’s most popular programs are recycling liners and cereal bags. Many people may not know that cereal bags can be recycled and turned into new products such as outdoor children's items, garden pavers, and garbage cans. It doesn’t matter if you are an individual or business, anyone can sign up with TerraCycle Canada. Once you or the business has accumulated enough bags and liners, all you need to do is put them in a box and send them to the company for the recycling process.
You don't have to throw away your old eyeliner, lipstick and other cosmetics packaging into the trash. There is an opportunity to recycle them instead. There are companies that can take back the bottles, tubes, jars and containers regardless of the brands. Origins is a company that takes cosmetic wastes and recycles them for reuse. Some companies even offer rewards in exchange for cosmetics waste to encourage this trend.
Brita water filters
Water filter pitchers are considered a good way of cleaning water, but this may result to filling the landfill with disposable water filters. However, the better way is to make your drinking habit more environmentally friendly through recycling the carbon water filters. Companies such as Preserve recycles pitcher casings, water filters, and much more. They use the plastic material to make toothbrushes, cups, and cutting boards.
Most women throw away bras that don't fit them because they may not know that they could be recycled. Instead of keeping the misfits in a drawer or throwing them away in the trash, it is important to consider The Bra Recyclers. The Bra Recyclers was started by a textile company in Arizona, and their work is to accept used bras, recycle them, and donate them to underserved populations and women's shelters to help teenage girls and women gain self-sufficiency. There are many companies and NGOs taking used bras to help the unfortunate, and it's your job to make sure you facilitate their work.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs
Incandescent bulbs are almost phased out, and more people are adopting compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). What you should know is that CFLs contain mercury elements and, therefore, should not be thrown in the trash. Mercury is considered toxic both to the environment and the garbage collectors. Companies have, however, come up with ideas to recycle CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs allowing the reuse of the glass, metals and other materials that make the fluorescent lights. Although some local municipalities have made it mandatory to recycle CFLs, it is important to check with your local waste management company on which companies recycle CFLs.
Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Econoheat., the world’s #1 leading manufacturer of the largest waste oil burning product line.