May 27 Care Mission
Help a Senior Recycle
From batteries to furniture, help seniors go green as they declutter homes or get rid of outdated items.
Your Care Mission:
Does a senior you know have an old computer in their home that no longer works? What about boxes of old holiday decorations? Items like these can cause clutter or even tripping hazards in a senior’s home. But recycling these items can be a green option for seniors who want to Marie-Kondo their condo.
Here are 9 surprising things that can be recycled that could clear the clutter in a senior’s home while helping others and the environment:
Holiday Lights – Local hardware stores or shops may have recycling programs that will take broken or burnt out strings of lights.
Old Computers – E-waste recycling centers can help you responsibly recycle your outdated computers and other electronics such as printers.
CD-ROMs – It could take a CD 1 million years to decompose in a landfill. Luckily, they can be recycled to use in new products. Check local options or search online for CD recycling.
Old Cell Phones – Old cell phones can be recycled or donated to a charity where they could help victims of domestic violence or soldiers connect with their family members.
VHS Cassettes – If you have classics, you could try to sell your tapes at a yard sale or online. There are also recycling centers that accept these.
Batteries – When batteries decompose, chemicals can leak out and contaminate the soil or water. Recycling batteries can help keep heavy metals and chemicals out of landfills and the environment.
Shoes – Put your gently used shoes to good use for others. Your running shoes, heels, or sandals that don’t fit quite right can help others directly or raise money for non-profits.
Prescription Drugs – Unwanted, unused, or expired medication should be disposed of in a safe way. Proper disposal can help prevent misuse and keep chemicals out of the environment.
Eyeglasses – The Lions Clubs International civic organization collects used eyeglasses and distributes them to the millions of people in the world through their Lions Recycle for Sight Program.
Can’t find a place to recycle near you? Earth911 maintains one of North America’s most extensive recycling databases with other 350 materials and 100,000+ listings.
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