Even
though the United States accounts for only 5% of the world’s
population, we are responsible for 40% of its waste. This number
could be drastically reduced if we made a greater effort to recycle
our old and unused goods.
It is
not always the fact that people are unwilling to recycle, many times
people are just unaware of how many products can be given a second
life. Check out this list of 5 things you didn’t know you could
recycle:
Used Motor Oil

The EPA states that the used oil from just one oil change can
contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water. If all DIY oil changers
recycled their used oil, it would not only save our waterways, there
would be enough re-refined oil for 50 million cars to use every year.
Eyeglasses
More than 4 million pairs of eyeglasses get thrown away each year,
but there is a better use from them. Bring your old specs to a local
Lion’s Club or lens dealer and they will clean them and redistribute
them to those in need in developing countries.
Old Cell Phones
Everyone has a drawer in their house filled with old flip phones that
are no longer in service. Instead of letting them sit there
collecting dust, give them a second life. Depending on the model and
condition of your phone, it could be used for parts, refurbished, or
even given to someone in need for the sole purpose of making
emergency calls.
Running Shoes
Got a pair of smelly old running shoes that are worn down to the
sole? While your first inclination is to toss them in the trash,
there is a better option. Head to your local Nike store and drop them
in their Reuse-a-Shoe recycling bin; they will grind them down and
use them in future projects such as running tracks and gym floors.
Appliances
Many older appliances contain hazardous materials which can
contaminate soil and water systems if they are not properly disposed
of. Instead of harming the environment, recycle your old appliance or
donate it to Goodwill if it is still in working condition.
Interested in learning more about recycling? Check out these other household goods that can be given a second life!
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