In the past few decades, consumers have become aware of the waste created by the stuff they throw away. As a result, there has been a boom in recycling. Most people know about paper and metal recycling, but there is a whole range of items that you probably didn’t know could be recycled. If you are thinking about clearing out your home, take a look at our list of recyclables to see if you can recycle your stuff rather than throw it in the trash.
Recycling electronics has become easier than it was in the past. This is very good since so much of what we own nowadays has an electrical component to it. Electronics are made up of metal components that can be harvested and sold as scrap metal. Most e-recyclers also offer services to destroy hard drives and anything else that might have sensitive data on it. When it’s time to retire your phone or computer, contact your nearest electronics recycler and see what you need to do.
In olden times, you would sell your old and worn-out clothes to the ragman, who would repurpose the fabric. Nowadays, people are more likely to take old clothes to a thrift store. However, if your clothes are not in good enough shape to be resold, you might be at a loss for what to do. There are companies that focus exclusively on recycling clothing and reusing the fabric in fun and creative ways. Give your torn-up t-shirts to one of these companies for a new life.
While appliances today are sturdier and have longer lives than they did in the past, eventually you might want to replace them with a newer, more energy-efficient model. You have several options for your old appliances if they are still in good working condition. Charity organizations may be able to use them, whether it is a charity providing housing for the recently homeless or an animal shelter that needs a washing machine to clean blankets and towels. If your appliances don’t work anymore, contact a scrap metal recycler for pick-up.
Recycling used to be much harder than it is today and the list of what you can recycle extends far beyond what is listed above. When you do your next spring cleaning, before you head to the landfill, do a little internet research and see if you recycle rather than trash the things you don’t want anymore.