Finding ways to properly dispose of our unwanted items is becoming easier these days. In fact, many over 55 communities on Cape Cod are actively encouraging their residents to take proactive measures to upcycle and recycle common household items instead of simply throwing them in the trash. Here are a few common ‘around the house’ items that you can recycle – and ways to accomplish this important step to protecting our environment.
Recycling Aerosol Cans
Traditionally aerosol cans become deposited in the trash can after use. But did you know that you can include these items in your normal aluminum can recycling bin? The important thing to remember is that the canister needs to be fully emptied and the plastic cap needs to be taken off the can before you recycle the item.
One of the best ways to keep hazardous metals out of our landfills is to recycle all used batteries correctly. There are several retail locations near many over 55 communities on Cape Cod that will accept older batteries. Some locations include:
- Office Depot
- Radio Shack
- Automotive Retailers (for automotive batteries)
If you are so inclined, you can send smaller batteries to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, http://www.rbrc.org.
Recycling Metal Cans
There are two different ways to recycle metal containers – and it’s based on the particular use of the can. For example; if you have any metal cans that have cleaners or food inside, there is two things you can do to recycle these items:
- First; cut off the metal ends of the cleaning item cans and recycle them with other household metals. The round tubes traditionally are cardboard; so you can rinse them out and recycle them with all other cardboard.
- Second; for metal cans used to contain food items, take the paper wrapper off the end (and recycle with paper), rinse the can out and recycle the can with other metal items. If you’re looking for a great place to recycle metal items (and possibly earn some extra money in the process), visit http://www.recycle-steel.org.
Another popular item to recycle at many 55 and over retirement communities on Cape Cod are old eyeglasses. There are two ways to recycle old glasses:
- Plastic framed glasses can’t be recycled however there is a great online source where you can donate your old eyeglasses to those that need them: http://www.neweyesfortheneedy.com.
- Metal frames can be recycled but you can also check with major retail locations like Target, Lens Crafters and Walmart to see if they will accept older frames. Traditionally these retailers will not reuse the frames, but they will send them to charities such as onesight.org.
As you can see, there are several easy ways you can recycle items located around your home. For more tips and suggestions on how to properly recycle items around the home; visit the EPA’s online website section on recycling by clicking this link http://www2.epa.gov/recycle.