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​Re​cycling Tips & Crafts Year Round

Residential Recycling in Mecklenburg County
Using waste materials to make crafts is not only an excellent way to recycle, it is also a good way to teach/learn about waste reduction.

Repurpose old jars, bottles and even dishware with paint!
Even if you're not an artist you can paint like one. You can repurpose any container by making decorative holders of them for spare change, nuts, candies, paper clips, elastics, etc.

What you'll need:
• Computer and printer if you want a template
• Use clipart
• Empty jar, bottle, mug or container
• Acrylic paint
• Tape
• Paintbrush

How to make it:
1. Using a computer, print out any graphic that you like.
2. Put the graphic inside the jar as a pattern to go by or cut it out and use like a template.
3. Paint on the container, following the lines of your pattern.
4. That's it! Just let it dry before using it.

Plastic Grocery Bag Dispenser
Kids have the power to help save the earth and solve storage problems with this craft.

What you'll need:
• Old long sleeved shirt
• Needle and thread
• Ribbon

How to make it:
1. Take the sleeves off of old long sleeved shirts that you don't want any more.
2. Turn down the end that came from the shirt to where it is even all the way around, stitch down.
3. Tack a piece of ribbon on each side of the top to hang it by and dispense the bags from the cuff end.

Tips: Bigger shirt sizes probably would work better for this.

Crafts Internet sites:

My Recycled Bags
Recycling Crafts Ideas
Crafts for Kids

Paint brushes and cups

Buy Durable Goods
When you buy durable, reusable products, you ensure that the items will last longer, cost less over time, and reduce waste from product disposal and product packaging. When you shop:
• Compare brands and models, and ask about warranties. Durable products last longer and cost less over the life of the product. The more willing a company is to provide a strong warranty, the more confidence they have in the quality and durability of their product. A little up-front research will save you money and hassles in the long run.
• Select products that can be easily maintained or upgraded. Simple cleaning may prolong the life of the product. (Vacuum the coils of refrigerator, dryer and freezers twice a year).
• Determine if there are local repair services available for the make and model of the product you are considering.
• Ask if the manufacturer has a program to "take back" their product at the end of its useful life.

Consider energy-efficient rechargeable batteries instead of single-use batteries. They cost a little more, but they last a lot longer. Imagine not having to put batteries on your shopping list for the next few years. Depending on how you use them, rechargeable batteries can be recharged 10 to 50 times. When your rechargeable battery no longer holds a charge, it’s recyclable at many Radio Shack and other retail locations. Visit the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation or call 1-800-8 BATTERY for more information and additional recycling locations. You can also bring your used household batteries to any Mecklenburg County Full Service Centers. Do not place batteries in your recycling bin.


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