Even though we all know the benefits of recycling, it isn’t always easy. Some objects are harder to recycle than others. Some fellow recycling enthusiasts shared what they find the hardest items to recycle to be. Keep reading to see if you are facing the same challenges they are.

Jack Williams

Jack Williams

Founder of Handyman Reviewed.

Textiles, E-Waste, Razor Blades

Textiles, including clothes and home furnishings, provide unique challenges in the recycling process. Despite being recyclable, the range of materials used to produce textiles occasionally makes the process challenging. To compound the growing problem of textile waste, a lot of clothing gets disposed of in landfills.

The broken laptop, the ancient iPhones, and the long-since-ceased-to-be-functional printer are examples of e-waste. These may have broken or been replaced by a newer model, but even so, they still contain a lot of precious elements, some of which are hazardous and might create issues if thrown out.

In this fast-paced world, people are using disposable and refillable razors more and more, therefore razor blades are frequently thrown in the garbage. More ecologically friendly items are available on the market. They are not as popular though since they are significantly more pricey. Think about investing in longer-lasting, premium razor blades. If not, you can keep the blades you are done with and donate them to the relevant recycling facilities.

Silica Gel, Cases for Contact Lenses, Tetra Pak Cartons

Silica gel packets are hard to recycle. Several of the goods you purchase contain these packets. Several things, including shoes, food items, prescription bottles, and other stuff, are included with them, and because there doesn’t appear to be a method to recycle them, we frequently simply toss them away. You may just lay a package or two of silica gel where you’re storing perishables and gadgets to prevent them from getting too damp.

It is doubtful that contact lens cases will be approved for curbside recycling due to their size and content. Thankfully, a lot of contact lens manufacturers recycle them correctly by either accepting them directly from the manufacturer or working with recycling organizations.

Milk, juice, and other liquid goods are increasingly being packaged in Tetra Pak containers. These cartons are challenging to recycle because of their complex composition. Tetra Pak containers come in many layers; typically, these layers are made of metal, plastic, and paper. These components are mixed together, making it difficult to properly separate and recycle them.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Co-founder & Contributing Editor of Best in Edmonton.
Matt Kerr

Matt Kerr

Co-Founder of Appliance Geeked.

Pill Packets, Tires, Composite Packaging

While the packaging for modern medications is handy to use, have you thought about how difficult it is to recycle? These pharmaceutical packets, which are made of plastic and metal, are often dumped into the garbage bin. Washing pill packets before using them for various craft projects is probably the most effective way to recycle them.

Curbside tire recycling does not exist, as you might obviously anticipate. However, throwing tires away becomes impractical when you learn that they don’t biodegrade and occupy a substantial amount of room in the world’s expanding landfills. Rubber mulch, cement, asphalt, and new tires are just a few of the useful things that may be made from tires. Having said that, we ought to recycle them.

Composite packaging poses significant recycling challenges, such as chip bags, candy wrappers, and snack food packaging. Often, many layers of different materials, including plastic, foil, and paper, are used in these types of packaging. Because of their mixing, these materials are difficult to properly separate and recycle using conventional recycling methods.

Electronics and Electronic-Powered Consumer Goods

The most challenging materials to recycle are electronics and electronic-powered consumer goods. For example, most recycling plants don’t accept used electronic toothbrushes and their accompanying chargers. Many big-box brick-and-mortar retail stores hold seasonal e-waste disposal events for electronics recycling.

Aaron Wertheimer

Aaron Wertheimer

Marketing Copywriter for Marketing-Reel.

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