Dear Amy: Is there anything we can recycle besides paper, plastic, metal and glass? — Maiya, Vicksburg, Miss.
Dear Maiya: These items are the most commonly recycled items, but did you know that there are tons of other things that can be recycled or reused? Give new life to cell phones, eyeglasses and musical instruments by donating them. Some items, such as batteries, always need to be recycled, since they can leach toxic chemicals into the environment if they are thrown in the trash. For more unexpected recyclables, check out “Wow, You Can Recycle That?” at http://earth911.com/news/2010/02/08/wow-you-can-recycle-that.
Want to find out where something can be recycled? Check out Earth 911's Recycling 101 at http://earth911.com/recycling. This handy guide has information on how to recycle all kinds of household items such as aerosol cans, cooking oil and even carpet. You can also search for recycling centers in your area.
Next time you clean your room, check twice before throwing something away. You never know what “junk” can be given new life. By reusing and recycling items, you can help those in need and help the Earth, too!
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