Items You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

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When you make the decision to declutter your home, it’s likely because your space needs some kind of TLC. Decluttering can lead you to realize you’ve been holding onto quite a few things that no longer serve a purpose. Before you decide to throw anything away, read this article to learn about all the items you didn’t know you could recycle.

Athletic Shoes

Your closet is one space where you might find things getting dusty, and shoes are items people tend to forget about as they continue to buy more. Don’t let them go to the garbage—the many materials used to create a pair can be reused. Consider dropping them off where you purchased them, giving them to someone else, or donating them.


Batteries are items you end up holding onto because you don’t know whether or not to throw them away. After a while, your stash of old batteries can really pile up. Holding onto them is better than them ending up in a landfill, but handing them off to an electronics retailer is the best thing to do. The lead and mercury they contain make them a hazard to landfills.


If you find that your stash of old computers, laptops, and music players is starting to take a toll on your storage space, recycle them. Just like batteries, you don’t want these electronics to end up in a landfill. Recycling them instead has plenty of environmental benefits. Let an e-waste management company dispose of these items for you. They’ll know how to properly recycle and repurpose them.

Medical Items

You or a loved one may have used a medical device at some point in your lives, whether it was a hearing aid or an inhaler. As time goes by and you no longer use these items, it’s easy for them to get lost in your home’s clutter. Instead of throwing them away, recycle old medical items to participating foundations or pharmacies. Some foundations accept hearing aid donations to give the gift of hearing, and participating pharmacies recycle inhalers to reuse their metal and aluminum pieces.

Decluttering your space can lead you to find an assortment of items you didn’t know you could recycle. After reading this guide, make your decluttering meaningful by properly disposing of anything you don’t need.

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