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20 Common Household Items You Can't Recycle

Bob Vila Logo By Donna Boyle Schwartz of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 21: To toss or to recycle? It’s not always clear. Some materials (like packing peanuts) can’t be recycled, but can be reused. Other items (like mattresses and some electronics) can’t go into normal recycling, but can be donated or collected by special services. We’ve compiled a list of the most common household items that won’t be picked up by your curbside recyclers.
Related: The 10 Biggest Myths About Recycling

Recycling Rules

To toss or to recycle? It’s not always clear. Some materials (like packing peanuts) can’t be recycled, but can be reused. Other items (like mattresses and some electronics) can’t go into normal recycling, but can be donated or collected by special services. We’ve compiled a list of the most common household items that won’t be picked up by your curbside recyclers.

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