If you want to make your home a little greener, recycling is one of the most important things you can do as an individual. If you started with soda cans, plastic bottles, and cardboard boxes but are looking for more ways to reduce your impact, try recycling these unlikely items.
Single-use batteries are made from several recyclable materials, but you can’t simply throw them in the recycling bin on trash day. Instead, save up used batteries and mail them in to Battery Solutions, or take them to your nearest Staples store for their free battery recycling program.
2) CDs and DVDs
Because CDs and DVDs are #7 plastic, they can’t be placed in recycling bins. That doesn’t mean they can’t be recycled. Whether you’re switching to streaming or need to get rid of scratched discs, the CD Recycling Center of America will help you find a location to recycle in your state.
3) Ink Cartridges
The next time your printer ink cartridge runs out, contact your local office supply store and ask about recycling options. Many stores, including Office Depot, offer money off your next ink cartridge purchase for recycling, so throwing out these cartridges could mean throwing away a couple of bucks.
4) Fluorescent Light Bulbs
If you’re trying to reduce your impact, you may have already switched to compact fluorescent light bulbs which have a longer shelf life and use less energy than traditional bulbs. But when they burn out, you don’t need to throw them in the trash. The EPA recommends consumers recycle CFLs since they contain mercury, and fortunately big retailers like Lowe’s have programs that make recycling bulbs easy.
If your prescription is out of date or you break a lens and need to get a new pair of glasses, contact your local Lion’s Club. The organization passes usable eyeglasses on to people in need and recycles materials from broken glasses.