We are learning a lot about reducing our carbon footprint, and a lot of that is by making sure we are reducing our waste by reusing and recycling what can be recycled. As technology advances, so does our ability to recycle different materials. Not everything is recyclable, though, so we have compiled a list of 50 things that can be recycled. Note that while you can recycle all of these items, some cannot go in your curbside recycling bin. Research what can go in your local recycling bin and use the appropriate recycling facilities for the rest.
Absolutely classic. If you still get a newspaper delivered, it can be recycled! As a kid, dad would make us run to the elementary school to drop off all our newspapers to recycle; however, in most places, you can do this in your curbside container.
Like paper but a lot thicker- It also comes in many different forms. Make sure to break it down to help conserve space.
Or “Pop Cans” if you’re from the Midwest.
For those who are lucky and got all new kitchenware but aren’t quite sure what to do with the kitchenware you’ve had since your freshman year of college.
Plastic bags can NEVER be recycled, but paper bags, on the other hand, can! Just make sure your bags are not soiled.
As long as you have rinsed off any food from your plastic containers, send it!
ONLY IF THE CAN IS EMPTY. Can’t stress that enough…
1%, 2%, Skim, Whole, Almond, Oat, Soy, Coconut, Rice . . . you get it.
It’s time to let go of those magazines that have been sitting in your garage since 2004. Recycle them, please.
Toilet Paper Rolls
Unless you think you’re better than everyone else and use a bidet, we know you have used toilet paper rolls.
We won’t judge you on how many end up in your recycling bin. Just make sure they end up there.
Glass bottles can be recycled; however, they aren’t always accepted in your curbside bin, be sure to check your local recycling guidelines. (In Salt Lake County, glass is NOT accepted in your curbside bin; however, there are drop off locations you can leave them!)
Something about a heart and a brain.
Even if your cereal of choice is Raisin Bran, you should still recycle these.
I don’t know if these still exist, not going to lie.
That paper with everyone’s lunch orders from last month doesn’t need to keep sitting on your desk, you know. Soon someone will be getting your lunch. Don’t worry about it.
Your local hipster is looking for a means to drink their coffee.
Again, no judgment on how many of these you’re recycling.
Okay, so we might be judging how many of these you’re recycling. Especially if it’s Cinnamon Whisky. Come on. You’re not 21 anymore.
Styrofoam can NOT be recycled, but cardboard can, so recycle your cardboard egg cartons.
Cheeze-its are a personal favorite, especially the white cheddar ones.
Online Shipping Boxes
Tis’ the season.
There comes a time where your crayon no longer has a point. Absolutely pointless. (National Crayon Recycle Program in Colorado)
If you’ve ever had a Nokia phone, then it’s probably still lying around somewhere, looking just as reliable as it did in 2007. ( Cellular Recycler)
Unfortunately, blockbuster won’t take your VHS cassettes back, but Green Disk will. Too soon?
You’re not even supposed to throw these away in your trash anyways. (Best Buy, The Home Depot, Staples, and Lowe’s accept reusable ones)
Deep breaths, we get excited about recycling too. It’s okay. (participating pharmacies)
We know your running shoes sit in the back of the closet anyway. (Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe)
If you’re going to be recycling your glass wine bottles, you might as well recycle the corks too! (Whole Foods)
Check with your favorite supplier as many companies have programs to recycle!
There are many community programs to help recycle prescription drugs to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands.
There are a LOT of mattresses that end up at the dump; consider finding a program to recycle your old one instead.
iPhone 12 just dropped, now is a great time to explore the Apple GiveBack program. We all know you were going to get the newest iPhone anyway.
The considerate thing to do would be to wash it first, of course. (Bra Recyclers)
Icicle Christmas lights might not be your thing anymore. We get it. (The Christmas Light Recycling Program)
One time, I sat on my glasses so I had to go a week blind until new ones could be ordered. Don’t sit on your old glasses. Recycle them. (NewEyes.org)
Okay, so hear us out- (Starkey Hearing Foundation)
We all know your five-year-old SLAMS juice pouches like it’s a day job. And to be entirely fair, so do I. (TerraCycle)
There is just no easy way to tell your grandma you don’t care about the President’s Day card she sends you every. single. year. (St. Jude’s Ranch for Children)
Everyone is always asking what they should do after graduation, and this is a great place to start! After that, good luck! (American Birding Association)
Probably not your current house key though, you should keep that one. (The Keys for Hope Foundation)
Your mom’s food storage has been in the back of the pantry since before you were born. That can’t be good.
You know what’s cooler than buying the new space force 11s or whatever? Recycling.
Those postcards that your dentist keeps sending? You don’t have to keep them, you know.
Plastic Bottle Caps
Yes, you absolutely can recycle these, no cap.
Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Just another advantage of being an environmentally conscious human being.
Just because you forgot how to read doesn’t mean everyone else did.
For those of you who print stuff, now you can print even more stuff. (Staples)
Not that your old TV doesn’t look great in the garage, but dad wants his parking spot back.
Yup, it’s time to clean out that drawer. You know exactly which one I’m referring to.