When you think of recycling, you probably picture aluminum cans, milk cartons, cardboard boxes, and computer paper. But it is so much more than that. If Americans knew about all the products that could be recycled, we could save tens of thousands of pounds of solid waste from ever entering our landfills.

Take these six items for example, which can all be recycled:

  • Running shoes. Is it time for your shoes to kick the curb? Don’t throw them away! Most running shoes can be broken down and remade into running tracks, playground flooring, and you guessed it – new shoes.

  • Cosmetics. Maybe your lipstick can’t be recycled, but the tube it comes in can be. Many makeup manufacturers even offer their own recycling programs.

  • Cell phones. Many people get new cell phones every two years, which eventually leads to a small (or large) collection of old devices. Recycle your old phones instead of letting them collect dust in your house.

  • Crayons. Don’t think crayons make a significant impact in our landfills? Consider the fact that more than 100,000 pounds of them are produced every single day.

  • Holiday decorations. Your holiday lights and fake Christmas tree are both made out of recyclable materials, meaning they don’t have to be thrown away.

  • Motor oil. If you get your oil changed at an auto shop, chances are the old oil is already being recycled. But for you DIYers, take the time to drop off your used oil at a local recycling center.

Looking for more household items to give a second life? Check out this list of recyclable products from Mother Nature Network.

866 We Junk It is fully committed to the health of our environment. When you hire us for your junk removal needs, you can rest assured knowing that all salvageable items are donated or recycled. Visit our website to learn more or call us for a free quote at 866-935-8654.