Ditch the Curb: 12 Surprising Things You Can Recycle

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8. Eyeglasses

If you stay on trend with eyewear, you probably have a few pairs of gently used glasses sitting in a drawer just waiting to be thrown away. Instead of adding to the pile, donate eyeglasses to Saving Sight – they collect and distribute used eyeglasses to those in need.

9. Running Shoes

While you love your new pair of Nike’s, your old running shoes still have plenty of mileage left in them. MORE, or Modular Organic Regenerative Environments, accepts shoe donations which they sell to vendors to create jobs in city recycling facilities. The profits from sales also go towards training and tools given to rural farmers in underprivileged areas.

Other Items That You Can Recycle

10. Greeting Cards

Put your old greeting cards to use by donating them. “At St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, we recycle used greeting cards to create new holiday and all-occasion greeting cards which are sold in our Thrift Store to support abused and neglected children,” explains Jackie Yoxen. Only the front of the greeting card is used, so there shouldn’t be any writing on the back.

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