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Surprising Things You Can Recycle

4 Surprising Things You Didn't Know You Could Recycle

Many of us are not well informed about what we can and cannot recycle. All You is here to shed some light on four things you probably didn't know you could recycle!

Go green(er) this Earth Day! More than 75 percent of U.S. waste is recyclable, but we recycle only about 30 percent of it. You already know you can recycle bottles and paper, but these items don't have to end up in landfills either.

1. Panty hose: Who knew that old hose, tights and nylon knee-highs can be made into park benches, carpets and even toys?

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2. Motor oil: If you change your own oil, take the old fluid to the proper recycling center—it can be refined and resold as recycled motor oil.

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3. Corks: Need a reason to raise a glass? Recycled wine corks can be turned into shoe insoles, tiles and building insulation.

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4. Brita filters: The outer casing is made of polypropylene plastic, which is not widely recycled in the United States. Drop off the filters at Whole Foods stores or mail them to Preserve to be made into toothbrushes.

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