3. Razors and Toothbrushes
Disposable razors are inexpensive and simple to grab. After a few uses, most people don’t think twice before they throw the razor in the trash. If you aren’t ready to give up disposable razors, look onto for disposable razors with the body made from recycled materials. The U.S. EPA estimates a whopping 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away every year.
You can help on the front end and purchase a recycled plastic razor or toothbrush from the brand Preserve, sold both online and in pharmacy stores. The company makes its products out of yogurt cups and will take back the products it makes to be made into plastic lumber. There are 250 bins locations across the nation where you can drop off these products when you are finished with them, or you can send them in by mail.
The National Crayon recycle program called Crazy Crayons accepts broken or small crayons. Crayons from around the United States are gathered and melted into fun shapes to be used again. The crayons are donated to hospitals, schools, arts programs and other organizations for children.
Another alternative is to take the broken crayons and enjoy a craft with your kids. Find all the old, forgotten crayons and remove the paper wrappers. Place the crayon pieces in a muffin pan, filling each circle around half way full. Bake the crayons at 300 degrees for around 15-20 minutes until the wax is fully melted. Let the crayons cool overnight and turn over the pan, tapping each circle to remove the crayons and reuse them again and again.
Staples has a program that accepts MP3 players, digital cameras, iPods, palm pilots, cell phones and chargers, and much more. You can also recycle your CDs, DVDs, pagers, audio and videotapes, batteries with GreenDisk’s Technotrash. You pay $11.95 and GreenDisk sends a box to ship up to 25 pounds of E-waste. The fee pays for the box, the shopping and the recycling fees.