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Surprising items that can be recycled

04 October 2019

As we try to live greener, more environmentally friendly lives, we’ve become more and more aware of the importance of recycling. As technology’s advanced, so has our recycling capabilities so are you sure you’re not throwing away things that can actually be recycled? Read through our list of surprising items that can be recycled to check!

  • Chewing gum – chewing gum can actually be turned into various compounds that are then used in rubber and plastic. So, next time you’re wearing wellies or use a mobile phone cover, just think it may have been made from your old chewing gum! 
  • Nappies – cloth nappies are of course the most environmentally friendly choice, but did you know there is a way for disposable nappies to be recycled? They are sanitised before being broken down into their different parts. The plastic is used for roof shingles and the paper is turned to pulp for wallpaper. 
  • Mattresses – incredibly, 20 million mattresses wind up in landfill every year. However, thanks to advancements in technology, mattresses can now be recycled by breaking them down and separating the different materials.
  • CD’s – damaged or broken CD’s no longer have to be thrown away and sent to landfill. The discs are shredded, melted down and then shipped off for a new lease of life as car parts or building materials. 
  • Toothbrushes – toothbrushes are one of the most commonly used items in the household so you can imagine how many end up going to landfill. However, like many other objects that are made from different components, toothbrushes can be broken down and sent for recycling. 
  • Crayons – broken or mismatched crayons can very easily take over every family home - but don’t throw them in the bin the next time you have a crayon cull as they can be recycled. The used crayons are melted down and made into new crayons!
  •  Juice pouches – as they are made from a mix of plastic polymer and aluminium, juice pouches can’t be recycled in the traditional sense of the word but there are companies out there that turn them into purses, shopping bags and pencil cases. 
  • Aerosols – empty aerosol cans, such as deodorants and hairsprays, can, in fact, be recycled. Make sure to remove the lid before hand though as that can’t be recycled. 

If you’re looking to improve your recycling habits, contact W&S Recycling today on 01202 675564 to find out more about our local recycling services. We have several recycling sites around Dorset and Oxford and offer recycling for a range of items including plastics, glass, metal and WEEE.




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