6 strange things you didn’t know you can recycle

You can recycle surprising things

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We are very lucky to be given the chance to recycle when possible. We routinely recycle our household items of plastic, paper, metals and glass. However, there are plenty of things that end up in landfill that do not need to be there! Recycle surprising things once you read this list.

There are some things that can be recycled, and most people don’t even realise it! You’re likely already recycling heavily in your house, but if you can recycle even more, wouldn’t you do it? Let’s take a look at six things that you could recycle right now – and you may not even know that you can.


Yes, you can recycle your water! You can buy a tank from https://www.watertankfactory.com.au/water-tanks-brisbane-qld/ and start saving the rainwater that your home would usually run off into the drains. Recycling it means either using it for the garden, or fitting it with a filtration system and drinking it or using it in the house! You can use rainwater as recycled water perfectly safely.

2OK, so you can recycle trash. Seriously.

There are companies out there that will pay you for your trash, and this works exceptionally well if you run a business that accumulates a lot of it. They’ll donate money to your cause for every piece of trash you send them.

3Wine corks.

Okay, so I’m not judging, but if wine corks are something that tend to fill up your trash bins, then do the right thing and recycle them. You won’t get paid much for your corks, but you can still make a few cents with it! You can bet that there are craft-makers and other individuals out there who will find use for your old wine corks and use them over and over again.

4Gift cards.

Are you lucky enough to receive gift cards for birthdays and holidays? Well, you can trade them in with Cardpool. They’ll take the unused cards and send you a check so you can have the cash. Sure, it won’t be as much, but it’s better than leaving it in the drawer!

5You can recycle oil.

Restaurant owners will love this one, but old oil can be recycled. There are companies out there that will pay for used cooking oil. They’ll reuse it in home heating systems and then for other items like movie tickets and bus passes. It’s not much per gallon, but it’s better than tipping it out somewhere.

6Human hair.

Believe it or not, you can sell human hair! There are sites that will buy it and it depends on the type and length of hair as to how much you’ll get for it. You can find plenty of buyers out there willing to pay for human hair to turn into wigs and hair extensions. If you are planning to cut your hair off, consider offering it to Locks of Love, which is a charity for those who have lost their hair through illness.

You may not have before, but now you know what you can recycle that will make a difference to the planet! Recycle surprising things and feel good about helping our Earth.

This post is also available in: French Chinese (Simplified)


  1. Very interesting! For gift cards, I have learned to scrutinize them. Some cards that look like plastic are actually made out of paper.

  2. Oooo these are interesting – old oil can go into making movie tickets and bus passes? That’s amazing! I’ve actually got a recycling post drafted up to post in the near future but I cover a lot of the more common things, focusing on health/beauty products, books and so on. It’s fantastic that so many things are now able to be recycled and reused to help save the planet. Good shout on the bottle corks – regular wine drinkers will likely be binning a lot of those otherwise! xx

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