Most of us know about the common recyclables: cardboard, glass, plastic bottles, paper. But what about the other items that you are mistakenly throwing into the trash that could be recycled? There are many ways to recycle almost all of your trash – including your metal with Direct Metals Recycling – if you just know where to look and which facility to take your recyclables to. To help you get started, here are four commonly trashed items, that could be recycled!
#1 – E-waste
E-waste, otherwise known as electronic waste, includes everything from old computers, cell phones, laptops, and TVs to used ink cartridges. These items contain potentially harmful substances that could be released to the environment if they are not disposed of properly. Make sure you are taking your unwanted e-waste to the proper facility for recycling. Direct Metals Recycling accepts e-waste!
#2 – Motor Oil
Most of us own cars and have to get the oil changed every 3,000 miles. If you do it yourself, make sure that you are properly collecting the motor oil and taking it to a recycling facility. The oil can be refined many, many times and used again.
#3 – Packaging
This category is more concerned with using less, rather than specifically recycling. Think about when you choose individually packaged yogurts versus a large container about how much extra plastic you will have to dispose of. Try to choose larger packages, which use less packaging, or items that have recyclable packaging when you are doing your shopping to reduce waste.
Batteries contain mercury that can leak into the environment when it is not handled properly. When your batteries are dead and ready to be replaced, get them to a recycling facility that will handle the toxic substances to prevent environmental pollution.
These are just a few of the commonly trashed items that could be making it to recycling centers. Next time you go to toss something in the trash bin, stop and think for a moment and consider whether recycling is an option.
Direct Metals Recycling believes in partnering with the community to keep our environment clean. If you have any e-waste, please give us a call and we will recycle it for you and keep the toxic chemicals away from mother earth!