Yemm & Hart located in Fredericktown, Missouri knew this because they recycle old wine and champagne corks sent in by consumers into wall and floor tiles.
Potato Chip Bags
Terracycle is an eco-friendly organization that makes awesome products from non-recycled items
The UniqueEco brand created the Recycled Flip Flop Maridadi Bracelet from the thousands of flip flops that wash up on the shores of Kenya's Kiunga Marine National Reserve. The bracelets and other items are made by local men and women who collect them for fair trade wages.
Roofs to Roads takes old shingles, grinds them up and then mixes them with hot asphalt to pave roads.
Got a bra or few in good, functional condition to donate? The Bosom Buddy Program will donate your pre-loved bra to a woman in need, whether through shelters or other programs that help women gain self-sufficiency.
Soaps and Shampoos
Clean the World is a non-profit group that’s collecting these discarded materials from hotels for redistribution around the world. In the process, Clean the World has put over 21,000 soap bars and 50 gallons of shampoo and conditioner back into human use, simultaneously eliminating over 4 tons of waste.
Items that are still usable can be donated a local Goodwill or Salvation Army store. Or sell/trade them to a second-hand sporting goods store such as Play It Again sports store, or craiglist. If you can't find anywhere local, you can ship it to Colorado-based Boulder Ski Deals which accepts ski boots (along with skis, bindings, poles and snowboards) for recycling, donating usable equipment to charitable programs and shredding the rest for re-use in making new products.
Baby Car Seats
Before you consider recycling your old car seat, consider donating it so long as it's still in working condition. Yolo County and LA County offer curbside pickup for old car seats, just be sure to follow special instructions. If you don't live in those counties you can mail in old car seats, strollers, swings, high chairs, jumpers, and diaper bags to the BabyEarth RENEW Recycling Program.
If you know of places that recycle unique, strange or hard-to-recycle items, we would love to hear about it! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Local Community Recycling
California County Waste and Recycling Resources - Browse by county to find out where to recycle unwanted materials.
San Francisco's Department of the Environment also has a similar searchable database for hard items to recycle such as polystyrene, personal care products and garden furniture.
- A non-profit program that takes tax-deductible donations of reusable goods & materials (both new & used) from the local business community. LA Shares redistributes these items free of charge to non-profit agencies and schools throughout Los Angeles.
Other Recycling Services
- A ZIP code based directory of recycling options near you. You can
also call their toll-free number 1 (800) CLEAN-UP/ 1 (800) 253-2687
- A free program run by the State of California that helps businesses
find markets for non-hazardous materials that are normally discarded.