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Everyone has that junk drawer somewhere. You know, the drawer where all the little things you don’t need until that one moment you do. It contains so many random artifacts that seem to keep growing in number.
Scrap paper, notebooks, crayons, screw drivers, tacks, the random light bulb, pencils, tape, so many items that seem to come out of nowhere!
Not to mention these drawers will always contain writing utensils. Specifically pens and markers in abundance will be supplied in this junk drawer.
Pens and markers generally come in packages, which is one of the reasons you will find them wherever you go. They’re in a cup at the bank, they’re given as gifts, they’re used for work, and not to mention the never ending grocery list! You grab whichever is closest and use it to suit your needs.
Since they’re so small, they are easily carried in a pocket, purse, or used in your hair or forgotten behind your ear. Pretty handy to have around.
But sometimes, when you realize you have way more pens or markers than you need, you begin to question if you can do something else with what you have. Or even the best way to get rid of them.
Pens and markers can be recycled through the manufacturers recycling program however they cannot just be thrown in a recycle bin.
With the popular thought of recycling and making our world a cleaner place, there have been ideas on recycling pens and markers. BIC and TerraCycle have partnered together to help families have a free and easy way to dispose of their used markers, pens, and other stationery items.
Simply sign up on the TerraCycle page and mail in any used items you may have with their prepaid shipping label. As an added incentive collectors earn points that can be used for any school or charity of their choice.
Here is the link to sign up for their recycling stationery program.
Does Office Depot/Office Max Offer Recycling Options?
As Office Depot is a great place for many office needs, the thought of safely disposing of old office supplies is something that Office Depot has taken a lead on.
They even offer rewards for recycling with them. Most of the services are free, and they are proud to be a part of making this world a better place.
They try to make it easy and simple to encourage others to recycle their used products. There are a few things to keep in mind though if you choose to recycle with Office Depot.
Both Office Depot and Office Max offer recycling programs for ink, batteries, and electronics. Which program is offered does vary from store to store so be sure and call your local store to see what options they have.
With Alkaline battery recycling, all-in-one kits are available for your needs. You can choose either a gallon or half gallon kit for a price. Just fill the container and ship it using their prepaid shipping label. It is for Alkaline/dry-cell batteries only. Rechargeable batteries can be recycled by ordering free collection boxes at rbrc.org
Ink and toner recycling is free. It also comes with 2 options. You can get a free Laser Cartridge recycling box or a free Ink Cartridge box.
Simply log in and get your recycling boxes for free. You can also sign up and get recycling rewards.
Pretty cool if you already shop there for your supplies.
Office Depot also recycles tech supplies.
They need to be taken to an actual store though, not shipped. There are a number of accepted tech goods for recycling. Monitors, laptops, desktops, scanners, fax machines, peripherals such as keyboards and mice, telephones, scanners, digital cameras, VCRs and DVD players, televisions, cords, and cables are all accepted.
Simply order a box that fits your needs and then fill it with the acceptable items. If you have recycling needs on a larger scale, then you need to speak to an account manager for details.
Diverting mercury from landfills is also a priority with Office Depot.
They are willing to recycle Compact Fluorescent Lights and Fluorescent Tubing. They only recycle unbroken lighting however.
Simply order a box, fill it, and ship using their prepaid shipping labels. If you are recycling a fluorescent lamp, you will receive a Certificate of Recycling for your Federal and State compliance.
As you can see, Office Depot is doing their part in making this world a better place to live. They are trying to make things easier for people who don’t know what to do with their used office supplies. By doing this, they make permanent customers out of those who also share the same values.
Here is the link to see how to order your shipping boxes.
Can I Recycle Fabric?
The Council for Textile Recycling states that the average American citizen will discard more than 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles every year. Textiles also known as fabrics have become a huge environmentalist issue over the years.
The statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency gives the estimate that nearly 5% of all landfills are textile waste. Considering these numbers, is there another way that the many different textiles can be used?
Not to mention if there’s a way for old clothing to be picked up and disposed of with little inconvenience to yourself.
Fabric can be recycled or reused many times, plus it can also be donated to be given another chance at being worn.
Shirts can be used as cleaning rags.
Old towels can be cut up and used to wash windows.
Old socks can become toys for your dog.
You can also give away all of your used items that are under decent shape to charity shops or homeless shelters.
Even with just about all fabrics being able to be recycled, the Recycle Nation makes the estimate that maybe 15% of all fabrics are actually recycled.
Besides donation being a big way to recycle used clothing and fabrics, people also use old clothing that may be torn and unwearable to cut up and use as rags or with cleaning supplies.
Another way is to cut up all old clothing and use it as insulation in buildings! It’s fascinating knowing even the clothing one may be embarrassed about can be used to help keep a house warm.
The sad part is that most curb-side pick up for recycling do not provide the option for fabric pick up. Placing fabric in the recycling bin therefore is not an option.
Since there is no public curb-side pick up for your recycled fabrics, you will need to look for a different option. Most major cities do have a local fabric recycling program for you to contact. However, you don’t want to leave any wet fabrics in the bags or containers.
That will cause the fabrics to breed bacteria and a place for mold to grow. If that happens then all of the fabrics are no longer usable for their purposes. If possible, make sure your fabrics are clean and dried completely before recycling.
If you can’t recycle a certain fabric, you can always be creative with it.
You can also use the different fabrics for reupholstering different furniture or if you’re really crafty, you can cut all the different types of fabrics and turn them into a cozy quilt.
Some fabrics can even be turned into jewelry. There is also the option that your local Girl Scout chapter may take them in for scraps for crafts.
With the many options for fabric and textile recycling, it would be great if they became more publicly known. Whether you decide to donate your fabrics, deliver them to a textile recycling company, or be creative with old fabric scraps, remember you’re helping your world be a better place if you can help recycle your fabrics properly.