“How can I recycle this?”

“How can I recycle this?”

Gregory Han
Jan 11, 2007

Recycling bottles, cans and papers is easy enough nowadays. Setting aside your common recyclable materials is normally as simple as dropping off items into your blue marked bin for pickup, or finding appropriately designated receptacles for glass, paper or metal. But what about recycling or reusing loose polystyrene peanuts? How about old batteries? Old cosmetics? There are many common items and products which could be properly recycled or reappropriated for alternate use, but whose potential goes untapped because they're simply discarded.

"How can I recycle this?" is a UK site started and operated by Louisa Parry and John Leach, born out of the simple question of what to do with leftover pistachio nut shells. Readers send in questions asking how to use leftover bits of soap or what to do with old nail varnish, and others are invited to share their best ideas of how to recycle or reuse the items. An online community much like Apartment Therapy, but revolving around the topic of recycling...splendid.

And what about the household wastes not reusable or recyclable? How about checking their offshoot site, Compost This, and see if those leftovers are okay to be composted or whether they should be left out as rubbish to be carted off.

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