Some ways of recycling are almost second nature to many people such as aluminum cans, paper, and motor oil. There are other ways to recycle that may not be as well known. Metal from households can also be recycled as well as crayons, toothbrushes, and toilets.


It may be common knowledge that metals are recyclable, but what metals does the average person have to recycle? Cars and car parts, stoves and refrigerators, copper and stainless steel pots and pans are just some of the recyclable metals most people have. It may be worth calling a local metal recycler such as scrap iron and metal recycling Byram Township NJ to find out what they accept.


A typical childhood essential, the colored wax wonder known as the crayon has graced untold numbers of surfaces for decades now. It may be surprising to learn that crayons can be recycled. Crayons are thrown away at an estimated rate of more than a half-million pounds per year. Not only do they fail to biodegrade, but they turn into a waxy sludge that causes problems in landfills. The Crayon Initiative recycles crayons by melting, remanufacturing, and sending them to children’s hospitals around the U.S. 


Believe it or not, toothbrushes and even toothpaste tubes are recyclable. A number of manufacturers of these products have recycling programs. It may be worth the time to visit one of their websites or contact them to learn more about how toothbrush recycling works.


Even toilets can be recycled. Many local governments have toilet recycling programs. Much of the time, the incentive is to receive a rebate or other financial benefit by installing a more water-efficient toilet. This brings recycling and water conservation together in one. 

There are many ways to recycle. With a little research, it may be surprising to learn just how many household items can be recycled.