In a crisis torn, South American country, only little Ann's faith, her determination, and one young woman could help keep her dreams of escape alive.

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What are my recycled items used for

Have you joined the movement yet? Do you know where the items you recycle go and what they’re used for?

Mobile phones

Many people change their mobile phones every year. Don’t just knock them around in drawers at home. Get them to a proper mobile phone recycling unit. Sometimes you can be paid for handing over your old phones, but even if you don’t, Oxfam and Action Aid will take them off your hands and see that they’re put to good use.

What are they used for

Mobile phones can become other phones or can be turned into semi-precious stones. The plastic outside the phone can be re-used for various plastic toys and other household plastic items.


Don’t dump your old computers. Get rid of them responsibly. In some areas local councils will even pick them up for free. Hundreds of thousands of computers go to our landfills each year. How can we possibly store them all when families sometimes have several in one home?

What are they used for

Companies like Computer Aid works on old computers and refurbishes them before sending them off to developing countries. This is a good deed done on your behalf.

Your recycled computers are sometimes also reused for making circuit boards.

Plastic bottles

Rinse your plastic bottles and take them to a recycling unit for responsible recycling. Manufacturing plastic means we’re using up more and more of our ever decreasing store of fossil fuel. Stripping our world bare of fossil fuel is not good news for future generations where renewable energy is concerned.

What are they used for

They’re made into garden furniture and a wide range of other plastic bottles. They’re also used to make fleeces and bags.


If you can’t hand down your clothes to younger members of your extended family, donate them to charity shops. If you think your clothes are not in good condition to pass on, take them to a clothes recycling unit near you.

What are they used for

Old clothes are used to make dusters, mops, and padding for cushions. They’re also reprocessed to make new thread. The better garments are sent to poorer countries and distributed to people who have none.

Glass jars and bottles

Clean these out and if possible, remove paper labels, tops and corks and leave out to be picked up by your local council.

What are they used for
They’re made into new bottles and jars, but also processed into sand for golf bunkers. When you recycle one glass bottle, you’ve saved 15-20 minutes of energy for your computer.


Rotting cardboard in landfill sites have a negative impact on our environment because they produce methane gas into our air. This is easily recyclable, as your paper/cardboard gets picked up by the local council on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

What are they used for

More paper, cardboard, newspaper, tissues, toilet roll, books and kids toys.

If you haven't started yet. Join the movement and help save our planet. It doesn't cost anything but a minute of your time.


Unknown said...

interesting! we all need to recycle. plus i am convinced we all have way to much "stuff". i admire those who find ways to reuse items for different uses. thanks for the info!

Loree said...

I'm quite the recycling freak. I find it sad that so many people do not even try, especially with items like paper, cardboard and plastic.

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Welcome to my blog, LIG. Hope you'll visit again soon. Yes, I think that we have too much 'stuff' too.

Loree, me too. And I teach my kids to be the same way.

Jeff King said...

Great ideas, it helps to see things like this.

things or ideas i wouldn't have considered...


Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Thanks, Jeff. And welcome to my blog.

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

I try to recycle as much as I can with all the things you've listed here. It takes a little commitment, but every bit helped.

Middle Ditch said...

So much waste. My mother would have been appalled by all of it. She was the first (in my life anyway) who was so climate and pollution conscious, it affected me my whole life. Nothing would ever be wasted in her household. Never. If something had to go it would still go for a good use. Even the smallest of breadcrumb would go to the birds and not the bin.

I just hope that I have instilled as much in my own children.

Good post Anne

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Hi Icy, and Monique,

I try my very best to teach my children not to waste anything. They live in a time when a food fight is supposed to be fun. I could never understand that. So many people are dying of starvation.


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