What Can I Recycle

What can be recycled  - a listWhat can I recycle? is a question that’s often asked.  Amazingly, more things are recyclable than we realize.

As we all know, by recycling, we reduce the amount that ends up in landfills, thus reducing green house gases. With landfills known to produce millions of tons of carbon dioxide and methane (the two prominent green house gases some scientists attribute to global warming,) by recycling we’re doing our part to reduce waste and save the planet.

To get you started, here’s a list of common things that can be recycled:

Paper, of all types, including newspaper and telephone books

Cardboard (non waxed)

Car and truck tires

Used oil


Wood products, including tree limbs, construction and demolition debris

Yard Debris, including grass clippings, leaves, and brush



Steel, brass, copper, tin, aluminum and other metal products

Glass containers

Plastic bottles and milk jugs (without lids)

Aluminum containers, such as pop cans


Computer and Office Equipment

Cell Phones

Printer Cartridges


Many of these items can be recycled and used to create more of the same. Whereas as an item, such as wood and yard debris can be ground up and the end product becomes compost, or a biomass fuel.

You wouldn’t think rocks are recyclable, however, many people use them to build retainer walls or raised beds. In larger communities, many rock supply companies crush rock to create gravel type products.

Used tires are often ground up, and used as a playground ground cover.

If recycling and global warming are issues that tug at your heart strings, think about what part you can play in stopping these items from ending up in landfills. It may be as simple as utilizing curbside recycling bins, or something larger like creating a recycling business.

So there you have it.  A few answers to your question,  “What can be recycled?”

Photo Credit:Montgomery Cty Division of Solid Waste Services

4 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tom says:

    Good job here and clear write up. Thank you for this post

    Tom´s last blog post..Learning More About Green Roofs

  2. BSwafford says:

    You’re welcome Tom

  3. Chris Newald says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I’m not sure if you have this where you are but we recently started a green recycling program here as well. This involves a separate container for compostable household items. The bins are small green containers with bio-degradable bags that feel rubbery. Any food items, paper towels, etc that would decompose naturally are put into these containers. It’s a great way of keeping these types of things out of the dumps. Together, the blue program and the green program leave very little that’s considered waste (ie doesn’t fit into either spot).

  4. Hi Chris,

    I like that idea. We don’t have it in our community, but we do have recycling bins for cardboard and paper, glass and others for yard debris.

    I’m looking into a personal size composter. Not only would it help to reduce the amount of garbage we send to the landfill, but we’d have compost for top dressing our grass or for my garden.

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