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7 Common Household Items You Never Realized Could Be Recycled

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With the world still facing the consequences of pollution, we need to be even more diligent about sending as little trash to the dump as we can.

We all want to do our part for the environment, and surprisingly, the biggest differences can be made with a few small changes to our daily routines!

Check out this list of things that you can find lying around your house that it's time to get rid of in the best possible way!

Aerosol Cans

We all know that aerosol cans aren't the best for the ozone layer, and it's confusing where to put them once you're done with them. Since they have dangerous chemicals, should they go into the garbage?

No! Most cans are made of aluminum and steel and can be recycled many times over!

Coffee Pods

Single-serve coffee containers have been catching a lot of flak from the environmental community lately because of people throwing them into the trash.

Don't chuck them in the bin! Clean them out and pop them into the bins with the green arrows!

In fact, some stores will even have a free drop-off points, so you can return your old pods as you pick up your new ones!


You may not have known this, but the little batteries that we use everyday to power the things we love in our home actually do a lot of damage to our ecosystems when they are tossed into landfills.

Any alkaline, lithium, or zinc-based batteries can be recycled, either at home, or in special containers that many cities will offer for any type of electronics that have past their usefulness.

Make sure you check your local guidelines regarding their proper disposal before doing so.

Pizza Boxes

You may have thought that all that grease on the cardboard prevented yesterday's pizza box from being recyclable. Well, lucky for you (and the environment) that's not the case!

Make sure you get as much food content as possible scraped off the box, but otherwise it is good to go!

Light Bulbs

This one is tricky, but may be one of the best things you can do in the long run!

While they absolutely should not go into the black bags at the end of your driveway, they also can't go right into the recycling in most states. This is because of the mercury content that may spill.

Check out your municipal government's light bulb recycling program to see where you can safely drop yours off!

Condiment Bowls

Are these plastic! Yes! Can they be recycled? Yes! So I can just toss them in? No!

Since these are so small, make sure you properly store them inside a larger plastic container so that they don't slip through the recycling sorting machines.

Long-Life Beverage Cartons

This tougher material may be a source for confusion, but rest assured, you can indeed recycle those milk, juice, and stock containers! They are 80% paper, so toss them in with those pizza boxes!

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