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Recycle By Reusing Your Old Items!

by admin on September 3, 2008


Aluminum Foil
Flatten, wash and store used foil. Reuse at a later time.

Automotive Floor Mats (rubber/carpeted)
Use as a floor mat for leaky containers in the garage or basement.
Use as a boot tray for inside your house.
Place clean mats next to a kitty litter box to keep the litter from being tracked all over the house. Put a carpeted floor mat in a pet cage (like a cat-carrying case) as a durable and soft place for your pet to nap.
Spread across the tailgate of your truck to protect it while your dogs are getting into and out of the truck.
Put them on top of the carpeting inside your vehicle to protect it from wet and muddy dogs.
Take with you when you go on a picnic. Put them on a picnic table bench if it’s wet from rain or dew or on the ground if no benches are around.
Place plastic mats under pet water/food dishes to catch spills.

Baby Wipe Containers
Use the cylindrical type with the hole at the top to dispense balls of yarn. It keeps the yarn from getting tangled.

Bags–BaggiesDON’T USE!!!
Use tupperware instead. For those of you who need your baggies, wash them out and reuse them for your next lunch. Wash and use for storage of “travel” tissues–you know, the small plastic package containing 10 tissues that you usually pay 50 cents for. Place blown-out lightbulbs in a baggie before throwing them away. If it is accidentally crushed, the pieces won’t tear the garbage bag.

Bags–Paper (grocery)
Use for garbage bags around the house. Use to cover school text books.

Bags–Plastic (grocery)
Use the plastic bags you get from stores for liners in garbage cans around your house. Keep them in your car for garbage. Use for stuffing pouf valences. Cut into strips and tie around a coathanger which has been formed into a circle to make a Christmas wreath. Use for picking up and disposing of scoopable cat litter clumps. Take with you when walking your puppies instead of a bulky pooper scooper.

Books and Magazines
Donate books to a library. Sell college books directly to other students (by-passing the college bookstore) and let them save a TON of money. Set up a table at your church where people can drop off their old magazines and other people can buy them for 50 cents. Then give the money to charity. Use cool magazine pictures as envelopes. Make bath toys by cutting pictures out of a magazine and covering them with contact paper, leaving a one-half inch lip around each piece to allow it to seal. When these pieces get wet, they will stick to the bathroom tile. Use old magazines to make cool collages for gifts.

Bottles–Beverage (Glass)
Use an old beer bottle as a candle holder–the wax dripping over the side will make pretty designs. Keep an eye on it to make sure nothing burns. Fill a clear glass bottle with small candies. Make a wine bottle into a vase. Use a larger wine bottle as a bank.

Bottles–Beverage (Plastic)
Fill with water and freeze. They make nice “blue ice” for coolers–especially longer trips. Don’t forget to leave room for the expanding water. Give it to your puppy. It becomes a (noisy) toy! (My Dog) Make it into a vase. Partially fill it with marbles, stones or something fairly heavy to keep it from tipping. Then paint it to match your decor. Fill with colored sand and use as a doorstop. Use to make your own bottled water. Use large, sports drink bottles as pitchers for juice at home . Fill with homemade beer and wine. You must be of legal drinking age to use this idea.

Boxes–Cardboard (those which reams of paper come in)
Use as individual recycling boxes for bedrooms. This will help keep garbage from accumulating on desks and dressers (or in my case the floor). Use for under-the-bed storage by cutting it to make it shorter. Make it into a bed for a small pet by cutting an entrance and lining it with a blanket.

Use to store recipes. Tape the lids to the boxes, paint them bright colors, and give them to the kids for building blocks. Use to hold odds and ends–just paint and label. Use to store small children’s toys. Make into a dollhouse.

Use for storing plastic bags. Place in different rooms of the house for easy access. Give to gerbils, hamsters, etc. as a chew toy. They will shred it and use it for bedding.

Use as a double boiler when you are melting wax for your newspaper logs. Storage of nuts, bolts, small parts, etc. Use for baking bread. Make a child’s drum set out of coffee cans and plastic lids. Attach long, looped strings to the cans and let children use as stilts. Use to scoop dog food out of a bag. Cut a hole in the lid and use it as a bank. Make it into a camp stove by cutting a square into the side of the can and placing a piece of coal under the upside-down can. Fill with worms when going fishing. Put a slit in the lid and use it as a piggy bank. Decorate the can, punch 3 or 4 holes (spaced evenly) around the top rim for string, put a plant in it, and then hang it from the ceiling. Push the upside-down can into the ground where you want to place a plant and then remove it. The can will pull out the soil, making digging a hole easy. Fill partly with sand and use as an outdoor ash tray.

Fill with batter for bread, muffins, etc. and bake in your oven. When ready to serve, cut out the other end of the can and pop the bread out. Use as a crayon holder. Punch a hole in the bottom of two cans and attach them with a long string for a children’s telephone.

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