4 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Recycle

Recycle

If you try to find ways to help the earth and to do your part to protect future generations, then you likely already recycle. Now, you probably already know about common items like recycling glass, cardboard, and plastic. However, did you know that there are so many more things out there that you can recycle? You may just be surprised by some of them.

1. Computers

Do you have old, broken computers lying around your garage because you aren’t sure what to do with them? Luckily, most cities have a computer recycling program. A computer is made up of many different parts, and a lot of them can be saved and reused for other things, including building other computers.

2. Eyeglasses

If you have eyeglasses, you know that they can break very easily. Now, instead of tossing them into the trash, find a local drop-off for recycling the glasses. Everything from your glasses can be repurposed, from the lenses all the way to the nose protectors. Talk to your local optometrist to find your nearest recycling drop-off.

3. Clothing

I’m sure that you already donate your unwanted clothes to a thrift store, but did you know that you can recycle the worn-out clothing that you used to throw away? Clothing is made into scraps, rags and fibrous materials. Scraps and rags can be made into things like rugs or compressed for use in mattresses, while fibrous material can be used to make paper or filling material for car insulation or furniture padding.

4. Motor Oil

Motor oil is so bad for the environment that 38 states have banned it from being put into a landfill. Instead of tossing it, find a local company that will recycle it. Often, automotive companies that sell oil will accept it for recycling. The oil can be cleaned and repurposed as motor oil or additives can be mixed in, and it can be used as fuel.