Can Bricks, Spectacles And Houses Be Recycled? Yes

We are all pretty well aware of what we can put into our recycling bins – glass and plastic bottles, paper and cardboard, steel and aluminium cans. And because you are on our website, you’ll also know that we recycle fluorescent tubes and lamps, electronic waste, dental and medical waste, photographic and industrial waste and batteries. Our sister company, CMA Recycling, also recycles old cars and metals from all sorts of items.

But there are a whole heap of other things that can be recycled.

How about houses? Yep, with the right demolition practices, 97% of an old house can be recycled. A good brick will last for centuries (just look at all those old Roman ruins), but timber, window frames and copper piping can all be reused. And concrete, too.

Screw caps seem to have made wine bottle corks a bit of a rarity, but corks are often collected as a fund raiser by community groups. There might be a collection point at your local neighbourhood house. If the BBQ hasn’t had regular outings, gas bottles and cylinders can go out of date. Using a cylinder swap service is one way of dealing with them, but other collection programs exist.

When you upgrade your prescription glasses or opt for a new frame your old specs can end up rattling around in a bottom drawer somewhere. However they could be just the thing to make life easier for someone in a third world country. Personal Eyes provides a collection and distribution service.

And this is just a starter. We look at more recyclables in:

More Recyclables: Plastic Bags, Printer Cartridges And Fridges

Extreme Recycling: Toilets, Cigarette Butts And Dirty Nappies!

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