How many times have you looked at something, wondered if it could be recycled, then simply threw it in the main waste bin? We all know that glass bottles, paper and card are waste materials which can easily be recycled, but did you know batteries and bras are totally recyclable as well?
There are plenty of products out there that are perfect for recycling purposes many of which end their life in general waste bins. To prove this point, we list a number of items that can be recycled but you might not realise it.
Did you know you can recycle used asthma inhalers at a select number of pharmacies? Used or unused medicines can be safely disposed of through participating shops and they are collected by recycling and recovery schemes such as GSK in the UK. Instead of throwing unwanted inhalers away, consider recycling them from now on.
Think you have to throw old carpet away once it’s become a little threadbare or covered in stains? You could recycle it instead through an approved service like Carpet Recycling UK. This not for profit organisation specialises in reducing carpet waste countrywide, consider this option if you are putting new flooring down this year.
If you need glasses for reading it’s recommended you have your eyes tested every couple of years. More often than not you will need a new prescription and that means you are left with old pairs of glasses, which usually get thrown away. Prevent this by recycling them and give them to people in need. Charities such as Vision Aid Overseas collect unwanted glasses and make eye care accessible to disadvantaged people with poor vision.
What do you do with used lippies? Bet they get tossed straight into the bin, but did you know certain cosmetic manufacturers encourage recycling and some give you FREE products if you return a certain amount of empty products to them? Take beauty specialists MAC for example. They will give you a free lipstick in exchange for 6 empty MAC product packages. It’s a great incentive to make you recycle moving forwards.
Think more about recycling!
Be a little more aware when you are dealing with waste in the future, there’s a really good chance it can be recycled in one way or another.