Most of us have reached the point where recycling is second nature. But even the most diligent might be overlooking household items that clutter up our space...toothpaste tubes, razor handles and even old cassettes. Find out where they can be recycled below the jump!
EcoMetro, a fabulous "guide to green" in Portland and beyond, offered these suggestions on recycling the unconventional in your home.
Tom's of Maine toothpaste tubes:
In order to recycle, remove the plastic cap and the plastic threaded covering on the neck of the tube, then sort them with your aluminum cans for recycling. According to their website, "any toothpaste left in the tube and the food-grade plastic liner does not affect the tube's recyclability. When the aluminum is processed, any residual toothpaste as well as the food-grade liner melts away without contaminating the recycled product." They will also recycle tubes for you. Just mail to Tom's of Maine, Consumer Dialogue Team, 302 Lafayette Center, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
Used toothbrushes and razor handles:
Check out Preserve, providers of recyclable toothbrushes, razors, tableware and cookware. Print out a postage-paid label and send in your used toothbrushes and razor handles to be recycled into plastic lumber for park benches or decks. Plus, their Gimme 5 program lets you send in #5 plastics (yogurt cups, for example) to be recycled into products with a new life.
Old VHS tapes and cassettes:
Green Disk accepts all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs, video tape, audio tape and game cartridges. And while they're currently not accepting donations, Sonic Fabric also recycles old cassette tapes into neckties and other accessories.
So what's in your garbage that shouldn't be?