3 Items You Didn’t Know You Need To Recycle

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By: Jimmy Rhoades Posted: 4:35 PM, Sep 20, 2016

Recycling used to be a challenge, but that's not the case anymore! Most cities have "comingled" recycling programs, meaning you can throw your paper, plastic and cans in the same bin. Some items are a bit more confusing, so Jimmy Rhoades is here to help!

1. Prescriptions

The bottles themselves can be recycled in your regular bin, but what do you do with the leftover medication? Whatever you do, don't throw pills or liquid medicine down the toilet. Pour your liquids into a plastic bag and mix it with sand or kitty litter. That bag can go right in the trash can. Twenty states have operational pill repository programs that will recycle unused medications that are sealed and not expired. You can also call your local non-profit clinic and see if they accept your unwanted medications.

2. Light Bulbs

Recycling companies handle light bulbs as "Household Hazardous Waste," so don't throw these in the trash either. Household Hazardous Waste, or HHWs, are recycled weekly or monthly in most cities. Light bulbs contain mercury so it's important that these stay out of the landfill so they don't contaminate our water.

3. Paint

If you have leftover paint, fill the can with kitty litter and let it sit for one day. After that, you can throw the can in the trash can. If you want to truly recycle paint, head to your local HHW. Many cities give out free paint to its residents or it's used to cover up graffiti.

Be kind to Mother Earth and recycle!

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