Top 20 Things To recycle & Reuse

When people think of recycling, they think about such things as aluminum cans, plastic water bottles and plastic bags. But in reality, you can recycle almost anything. Here is a list of 20 common things you can recycle.

Food

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Setup a compost heap in your backyard. Instead of throwing old food in the trash, throw it in the compost heap.You can use it to fertilize your garden.

Cell Phones

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Cell phones can  be recycled for their parts which are re-used in new cell phones.

Computers

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If your computer still works, you can donate it to the local library, school or charity. If it no longer operates, Bring it into Willowbrook Recycling for proper disposal.

Tires

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Tires are harmful to the landfill as they consume a lot of space and can cause fire hazards. Recycled tires can be used for a variety of purposes. These tires can be shredded for rubber mulch, recycled into new tires, and recycled into rubber containers.

Magazines

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Since magazines are made up of paper, Willowbrook Recycling accepts them. You can also donate these to local schools or libraries.

Paint

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Paint is considered a hazardous waste. You never dispose of paint by dumping it into the drain or storm sewer. Willowbrook Recycling accepts paint Latex only, the label must be affixed.

Books

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Books can be donated to schools, libraries, and other charities. Also, these can be recycled at Willowbrook Recycling.

batteries

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If you’re not already using rechargeable batteries, please consider doing so. Willowbrook Recycling will accept batteries including rechargeables.

Plastic Bags

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Televisions, Electronics, and Small Appliances

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Old TV sets and electronics fill landfills and can leak dangerous chemicals harmful to animals and humans. If the TV works, you can sell it or give it to charity. If it does not work, Willowbrook Recycling will take them.

Fire Extinguishers

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If you have a portable fire extinguisher that is empty and needs to be recycled, please take it to a local fire extinguisher supply / servicing company. They will recycle the extinguisher’s parts for a small fee.

Paper and Packaging

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Every type of paper can be recycled including notebook paper, newspapers, and some food packaging. Willowbrook Recycling accepts paper and curbside pickup does as well.

Cardboard Boxes

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Local non-profit firms accept cardboard boxes for personal use. Willowbrook Recycling accepts cardboard.

Shoes

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Charities and thrift shops accept shoes which can be re-used. Nike also has a used shoe program that sends used athletic shoes to

Africa and Latin America.

Clothes

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Clothes are one of the easiest things to recycle as so many charitable organizations will accept them such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Value Village.

Glass

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Recycling glass containers of any type are generally about 33% more efficient than producing it from scratch. This saves energy consumption which reduces carbon emissions.

Vintage Jewelry

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Almost every jewelry item can be melted down and refashioned into something new for you. Recycle your jewelry and get a new item with an improved design.

Old Christmas Lights

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How many times have you pulled out the Christmas lights from last year and they did not work? Instead of throwing them away, recycle them. Some lighting companies will take them.

Appliances

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Washers, dryers, stoves, and refrigerators are accepted by local thrift shops or charitable organizations. If the product is not working, bring it in to Willowbrook Recycling.

Eyeglasses

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Old eye glasses can be donated to many charitable organizations. Some eye doctors will donate them for you.