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What are some unexpected items that can be recycled?

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When possible, it's best to recycle whatever we can. Paper, cans and plastic are some items commonly tossed in the recycling bin and therefore kept from becoming landfill.

But are there some lesser-known items that can also be recycled? Perhaps they don't go in the bin, but can be donated to a special program that collects and reuses them?

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Plastic bags are a huge issue and people don't realise how many of them can actually be recycled - Coles for example, has recycling containers for plastic bags,and not just shopping bags but food packages like your bread and pasta packets, and fruit and vegetable bags. I keep a a reusable shopping bag at home and add all my plastic bags to it, then take it to Coles once it's full. It's a simple and effective way to reduce plastic waste.
I think I noticed the bin last time I was at Coles and meant to look into it. I completely forgot though. Thanks for reminding me!
Marks & Spencers runs 'Shwap' scheme, in which you can donate clothes to developing countries. These include things like underwear as well. Anything that is not fit to be worn, will be recycled.
Toys can be recycled, so can clothes. Sometimes, I remove buttons from pretty dresses that have been over-used. Many other kitchen things can be re-used for arts & crafts, such as lids, bottle covers, etc.
Batteries can be recycled and one of the easiest ways to do so is to just drop them in the bins ALDI has outside its stores.
Mobile phones. Batteries. Plastic Bags. Anything plastic for sure. Of course paper. Too often many people throw used paper in the bin, as opposed to a dedicated recycling bin.
Even mattresses can be recycled. So many go out for the Council Clean Up every year but the individual components (such as the metal and foam) can all be reused.
Ikea takes cork and batteries.
I cut off the front of cards and use them again postcard style - mainly at xmas.
Ribbons off gifts. Gift bags.
Crafty people can make amazing things but I am not one of them.
Fabric and plastic bags can be made into braided or crocheted rugs; All those tiny ribbons sewn onto clothes to keep them on hangers can be cut off and used to thread through drawstring marble bags; tear up paper and put it under mulch in your garden or in a worm farm; liquid from canned food or from rinsing cans or bowls can go on your garden as can coffee grounds or tea bags,
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