Can I Recycle This? is a guide to better recycling. The recycling rules seem to differ worldwide, and actually sometimes causes more confusion. This book takes readers on a quick tour of how recycling works, and gives answers to whether dozens of common household objects can be recycled. Plus it offers information on how to get rid of anything else you encounter.
Author Jennie Romer has worked for years in American cities to better deal with waste, and has helped to draft meaningful legislation to help communities better process their waste, and produce less waste in the first place. She also helped to author plastic bag bans in California and New York. So this is also a good book for local councillors, town planners etc, to come up with new ideas.
Terracycle sells boxes for communities to have a ‘recycling amnesty’ for everything from cassette tapes to ear plugs to flip flops, glue waste and disposable face masks.
Where to Recycle It
- Send used corks to Recorked
- It’s best to buy natural house paint. But you can donate unused tins to Community RePaint.
- Donate certain children’s items to help families on low incomes (must have safety kitemarks, many items like mattresses and car seats are not accepted, for safety).
- Donate art supplies, sports goods & musical instruments
- Wheelchairs/crutches to Wheels to Heal or Hospice of Hope.
- Donate specs and hearing aids to shops that sell them
- Donate office furniture (desks, cabinets, swivel chairs)
- Donate unwanted iPods to help dementia patients
- Donate a PC lists charities that need laptops, printers (with info on wiping data).
- Donate old cars (charities can sell scrap metal)
- Donate bikes to refugees (or donate locally in Bristol)
- Donate boat sails to make into totes (don’t buy home furnishings with sailcloth, it’s highly flammable)
- Make sure fishing line recycling bins are bird-safe.
- Used gum (with pet-toxic xylitol) can be prevented from littering pavements with a Gumdrop Bin.
- Donate oil to oil banks (see greener driving to safely dispose of antifreeze). Safely site oil tanks, surround with prickly vegetation to stop theft (leave 600mm around tank).