By now you've probably got the hang of recycling the easy stuff, like newspapers, aluminum cans and cardboard boxes. But what about other frequently used items, such as appliances, game systems and cell phones? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2009 about 54% of our waste (243 million tons!) ended up in landfills. Surprising, right? Luckily, "everything we use comes from some natural resource," says Marti Matsch, communications director of the nonprofit recycler Eco-Cycle in Boulder, Colorado. "If we can turn items back into raw materials, we won't have to consume additional natural resources to create new products." Read on for easy ways to skip the dump and give common household items a new life instead.
If you've recently updated your kitchen, you probably have a few working appliances-like a toaster, microwave or refrigerator--to spare. If they're less than eight years old (some must be less than five years old),Read More »from Surprising Ways to Recycle Everyday Items