I love recycling.
Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that I feel extreme guilt if I throw something in the trash not knowing if I could have recycled it or not. So, I’m always looking online to see whether or not an item can be recycled. Like all industries, recycling is constantly evolving; items that were once destined for the landfill are now recyclable or might be in the future.
Ziploc and Plastic Bags
It’s true! Once I looked into the matter, I learned that Ziploc actually has a recycling program that makes recycling theirs (and other plastic bags) super easy! Visit PlasticFilmRecycling to find a participating location near you and take your clean and dry plastic bags to be recycled. I was surprised to find four locations local to me including one that I already visit regularly! Types of plastics include:
- Ziploc® brand bags (clean and dry)
- Plastic grocery bags
- Newspaper bags
- Dry-cleaning bags
- Bread bags and produce bags
- Toilet paper, napkin and paper-towel wraps
- Plastic shipping envelopes
- All clean bags labeled #2 or #4
Air and Home Care Items
Through programs like TerraCycle (this is the Canadian link but TerraCycles exist around the world) you can recycle air fresheners, plastic bottle trigger heads, and air freshener refill cartridges. I’m new to the TerraCycle world but I cannot get over how easy this free program makes recycling odd items.
Most people throw away or (eeeek!!!!) flush their unused prescription drugs. Firstly, let me just say, NEVER flush your unused drugs! Municipal water systems are designed to filter many things but drugs is not one of them. Instead, take your unused medications back to your pharmacy for proper disposal. You can also dispose of medications at your local HouseHold Hazardous Waste Depot. This simple effort goes a long way in helping to keep our water and soil safe.
Wondering what to do with my kids crib mattresses had me looking into whether or not this is a recyclable item. It turns out a mattress is 98% recyclable! Look into your municipalities waste management website to see if they have a mattress recycling initiative.
With the lid and nozzle removed, an empty aerosol can is actually an item that a lot of people don’t realize can be recycled directly into your blue bin. If your can is not completely empty, then it should be taken to a HouseHold Hazardous Materials Depot for disposal.
Are garage sales not really your thing?
Look for Free Goods Exchange programs! Many cities have Free Goods Exchange Days at least once a year. These are excellent and hassle-free ways to get rid of goods (especially large items) without having to be present or exchange money. Furthermore, exchange programs are kind to the environment and are a great way to keep consumable items out of landfills.
Know of a cool recycling initiative? Tell me about it in the comments!