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    12 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Recycle

    Including all that junk in the back of your closet that's collecting dust!

    1. Crayons

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    Got a lot of crayons laying around? Great! Send them — wrappers and all — to Crazy Crayons in Colorado. According to them, over 12 million crayons are produced in the United States every day — equaling around 60 tons of crayons being brought into this word... each day. They've collected over 120,000 pounds of unwanted crayons since they opened in 1993.

    2. Corks

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    Yep, you can recycle your wine corks by dropping them off at a number of ReCork's locations. They've recycled over 75 million corks already!

    3. Bras

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    The Bra Recyclers will take your gently used bras to "to recycle, reuse or repurpose bras while providing substantial social benefits to women and girls escaping domestic violence, drug addiction, human trafficking and breast cancer survivors." Just wash it, fill out a form, and mail it off to give your bras a second use.

    4. Eyeglasses

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    Don't throw your old pairs away! There are actually useful, and there are a bunch of options to send your old glasses to:

    Saving Sight, who collects, cleans, and provides glasses for people who need them.

    New Eyes, who will distribute used glasses all over the world.

    The Lion's Club, who collects pairs and delivers them to local Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers.

    5. All of Apple's products

    6. String Lights

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    You can send your old holiday lights to Holiday LEDs, who will take your garbage in exchange for a 15% off coupon to buy yourself some new lights in their store.

    7. Plastic Bags

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    Remove everything from inside of the bag and find a recycling location that will take them. Why should you bother? Well, plastic bags are one of the worst problems in marine pollution because birds, fish, and other underwater life often mistake them for food.

    8. Batteries

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    Check out Earth911's database that will allow you to type in a zip code and find out the closest place you can drop your batteries off at.

    9. CD-Roms

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    We all have some extra CD's gathering dust in the back of our closets, so if you're ready to part ways with yours, check out the CD Recycling Center of America.

    10. Yogurt containers

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    Rinse out your yogurt containers — or any plastic containers stamped with #5 — and mail them to Preserve, whose products are made from %100 recycled plastic.

    11. Packing Peanuts (aka Loose Fill)

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    While styrofoam packing peanuts aren't typically recyclable in the standard way, you can check here to find your local loose fill reuse location and drop them off to be used again!

    12. Greeting Cards

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    Yes, you can re-use greeting cards for crafts or gift tags, but you can also send the fronts of the cards only to St. Jude's Ranch for Children.

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