These days more products than ever are being recycled. Many of these items are things a lot of us never
considered to be recyclable. These 5 Items You Should Be Recycling are just a very few of those
products. I don’t know about you, but I find myself feeling more and more guilty when I throw something in the trash without trying to first figure out a way to repurpose or recycle it. At any given time I have 2 or 3, or maybe more, bags of items I’m trying to find a use or home for and keep of the landfills.
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5 Items You Should Be Recycling:
- Eyeglasses: Donate old and/or unneeded prescription eyeglasses to those in need and keep them out of landfills. The Lions Club has a program called Lions Recycle for Sight. They accept used eyeglasses and donate thousands of eyeglasses every year. According to the Lions Club Website, participating Walmart Vision Centers will have a collection box. Glasses can be mailed directly to your local Lions Club Recycling Center or to Lions Clubs International Headquarters. Attention: Receiving Department. 300 W. 22nd Street. Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA.
- Crayons: Donate your child’s old unwanted crayons to local daycare centers, shelters, or anywhere
children play. There are programs that will accept old crayons like the Crayon Initiative
(thecrayoninitiative.org). They collect unwanted crayons, melt them down, and remanufacture them. The recycled crayons are distributed to children’s hospitals throughout the United States. This program keeps old crayons from turning into a waxy sludge that will never biodegrade.
- Fluorescent Bulbs: Recycle old florescent bulbs by taking them to your local Lowes.
- Toothbrushes: The preserveproducts.com toothbrush recycling program accepts used toothbrushes in lots of 6. In exchange for the toothbrushes, you will receive a $6.00 coupon to use Preserve’s online store. Preserve sells products made from recycled and environmentally friendly materials.
- Tennis balls: Visit recycleballs.org to find out where to send tennis balls to for recycling. Tennis balls take 400 years to decompose and the United States disposes of more of these items than anywhere else in the world. Through a recycling process, the rubber from tennis balls can be turned into a crumb rubber product which can be used in green products.
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These are just a few of the products you may not have realized could be recycled. Personally, I have
recycled my old eyeglasses, but I didn’t know I could recycle the florescent bulbs I use at my office. Visit
the website terracycle.com to find out about an array of recycling programs that are available to
consumers at no charge. Remember, these 5 Items You Should Be Recycling are just a very few of
products we can save from landfills.
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What hard to recycle or unusual items have you found a way to recycle? Please share in the comments below.
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Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
Lisa’s always involved in one project or another whether it’s work related or serving her community. She also recently went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Lisa tries to make every day a good day—that means learning something new, practicing kindness, and enjoying the present moment.