Hard-To-Recycle Items Are a Thing of the Past

Hard-To-Recycle Items Are a Thing of the Past

The recycling industry has come a long way in recent years. When the world first started looking into recycling, many items were considered hard or impossible to recycle. For example, there used to be no way to recycle glass bottles if they had caps on them—the caps needed to be removed before you could throw the bottles in your curbside bin.

Since then, technology has made it easier for us all (and cheaper) by allowing us to remove the caps ourselves or pay someone else to do it for us. This increased efficiency means fewer items are hard-to-recycle today than in years past. Today, several previously obsolete items are in the world of recycling, proving that all or most things have a place in the world of repurposing and recycling.

Call your local recycling facility

If you think an item is hard to recycle, call your local recycling facility and ask them if they accept it.

If not, find out if they have a list of other recycling facilities that will accept it. If you are unsure, call the manufacturer directly because some manufacturers have recycling programs.

While many items can be easily recycled, some items are still more difficult to recycle due to their composition or size. However, advancements in recycling technology and increased awareness of the importance of sustainability have led to more solutions for handling these hard-to-recycle items.

Changing the face of hard-to-recycle items

Reducing waste and recycling are essential for the health of our planet, but not all items are equally easy to recycle. Some products, known as “hard-to-recycle” items, pose unique challenges that make them difficult to recycle. These items can include things like electronics, batteries, certain types of plastic, and more.

For example, some companies have developed processes to recycle items like coffee pods, which are made up of a combination of materials like plastic, metal, and organic matter. Other companies are experimenting with recycling items like electronic waste, which can contain toxic materials and require specialized handling.

By taking a comprehensive approach to waste reduction and recycling, we can work towards making hard-to-recycle items a thing of the past.

Hard-to-recycle items may cause extra work for recycling facilities, and that costs money

Sorting and separating hard-to-recycle items from other materials can be time-consuming, which means more labor costs for the facility.

  • Transporting these materials to another location is also expensive because of their bulkiness, weight, or fragility.
  • Processing them is typically more expensive than processing standard recyclables since they often require special handling or equipment not used in traditional recycling processes (like shredding).

It’s important to note that these factors are not unique to hard-to-recycle materials; they apply equally well to any difficult or costly product to process at a municipal solid waste facility (MSW).

Success stories

Contrary to the darkness shrouding hard-to-recycle items, CheckSammy has managed to mitigate this issue with a number of our initiatives, such as:

  • The mannequin project, where we found a way to recycle 55,243 mannequins across the country– reduced carbon emissions and diverted metal and plastic from landfills.
  • The peanut butter project was where we diverted 65 tons of tainted peanut butter from the landfill to power homes. How? A Fortune 500 food firm had tons of recalled peanut butter to be disposed of, but they were unwilling to send it all to a landfill and add to food wastage.

The takeaway

It’s important to recycle as much as possible, but some items are too hard for the average person to recycle. If you find yourself with many of these hard-to-recycle items, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to eliminate them without contributing to the landfill.

If your town doesn’t have a facility for recycling electronics or mattresses (some do), call your local recycling center and ask what they recommend doing with these items. They might not be able to take them at all–and even if they can, they might charge extra money per item because they’re so difficult and expensive to transport safely through the system. But it never hurts to ask! And if nothing else works…

You can also donate your unwanted items instead of throwing them away or selling them on eBay like we did when we were younger (donate/sell responsibly). You’ll feel better knowing that someone else will benefit from having those things around their house instead of yours; plus, there’s always room in another person’s home for something new!

In conclusion, while hard-to-recycle items pose unique challenges, many organizations and companies are working towards finding solutions. By working together and taking a comprehensive approach to waste reduction and recycling, we can work towards a future where hard-to-recycle items are a thing of the past.

We hope this article has helped you understand what items are considered hard to recycle, and how to avoid them. If you want to do your part for the environment, you must know what materials need special attention when thrown away. If you require special assistance to ascertain if you have some hard-to-recycle items on your hands, call Check Sammy today!


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