9 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

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Most people have a wrong impression about recycling because they probably think this process is just about collecting plastic and cardboard bottles, but the phenomenon is more complex than this.

In some countries, different companies provide money to people who help them collect recyclable items.

So, here are some surprising recyclable items you didn’t know about, that will make you think twice before you throw them away.

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Gardening equipment 

According to Earth911, any object that contains at least 50% metal has to be recycled. Now that you know this fact, you could recycle any rusty tool that you don’t actually need, even if it’s for gardening or for repairing something in your home. If you do some research, you could find a scrapyard that could pay you for them!

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Hairdressing utensils

Earth911 said that “curling irons, hairdryers, and other similar hair appliances can be recycled for their scrap metal rather than thrown away.”

Any scrapyard accepts this kind of tools because they have metal in their composition and they also contain toxic chemicals that can affect the environment. So, don’t toss them out in your bin together with other things!

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Computers & Laptops

It is important to recycle any electronic device that no longer works, but don’t put them in the garbage together with other items, because they have chemicals in their composition, like mercury and lead. 

If you still have a warranty on it, go replace it, but if it doesn’t work anymore, then you can easily recycle it. In both cases, it is possible to receive some money, but it depends on the recycling center.

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Phones and tablets

As in the case of laptops and computers, old or useless phones and tablets need to be recycled. You can definitely get some money if you recycle them. Some people collect old phones for pieces and pay you because they are hard to find. 

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Light Bulbs 

Don’t throw your light bulbs together with other products or in an inappropriate place because they will affect the environment due to the chemicals in their composition.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), materials such as glass and metal can be reused, and the mercury in their composition will not be spread if they are recycled.

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Knives

First of all, you have to pay attention when you want to get rid of your knives or other sharp kitchen tools, because they can hurt someone – whether we are talking about the people who collect the garbage or homeless who are looking for different things in there. Nevertheless, many metal recycling points accept metal kitchenware, so don’t worry about that!

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Bicycles

Yes, bicycles! You read it right! If you want to buy another bike or you have one since you were little and want to get rid of it, just donate it to non-profit organizations.

These centers can help children who cannot afford buying one or they can use the pieces to build new ones. Some recycling points accept bicycles in any condition.

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Pots and Pans

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, any pot and pan can be recycled as long as it’s made of metal.

Also, it’s good to know that you could bring these old cooking appliances to a scrapyard, and if you are lucky enough you can get a lot of money on them.

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Clothes

In case you didn’t know that yet, deteriorated and outdated shoes or various old fashioned clothing items are also recyclable! Several shops encourage textile recycling, even offering money or different discounts.

They support you in saving the planet, so you can donate textiles in any condition.

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  1. Yvonne says

    I really enjoy the photos they are so inspiring and just a connected to nature.

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