Numerous household and daily use articles can be recycled and reused. Recycling such articles helps save the environment, reduces energy consumption and depletion of natural resources. Many of these articles, when not recycled, end up in landfills thus increasing the strain on the already burdened garbage disposal system. Some of the articles that can be recycled and reused have been listed below:
One can wash and clean old glass jars and bottles, which can be reused in the house to store various substances like flour, jam, or in the garage for nails, and screws. They can be used as vases to hold flowers and as penholders.
Old sinks, bathtubs, and other plumbing fixtures, if in good condition, can be given away to second hand/salvage stores that will readily purchase it.
Old newspapers can be given away to recycling plants or they can also be used in gardens in compost pits, between the layers of soil and while adding a layer of mulch.
Unused telephones can be donated to charitable organizations or can be given away to stores, which accept them. These articles are dismantled and the parts used for creating other articles.
Cell phones can be dismantled and the parts used for creating other articles. They can also be donated to charity groups to be distributed to the needy and underprivileged who can use it during times of emergency.
Old pairs of eyeglasses can be donated to organizations that give them away to third world nations and underprivileged people in need of them. Before donating them, please ensure that the glasses are in good condition and if possible mention the vision power of the lenses.
Large appliances in homes and offices like washers, refrigerators and copiers can be dropped at the local recycling plants or they can be given away to organizations that sell them for parts and use the money thus raised used for charitable services.
Torn old jeans can be converted into bags, table mats and coasters or organizers with pockets for holding various things.
Stained or damaged portions of sheets or curtains can be cut off and the remains used to make aprons, table cloths, cushion covers or runners.