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Get Ready for America Recycles Day

Surprising Things You Can Recycle

Recycle Your Furniture Before You Trash It

According to the EPA, nearly 70% of the waste we produce in America is recyclable. When you learn that US landfills are filled with 139.6 million tons of waste each year, it’s easy to imagine how much better our world could be if we all did our part and recycled. Fortunately, efforts are improving with help from National America Recycles Day, which is celebrated on November 15th. In honor of this important cause, learn the surprising things you can recycle.

Surprising Things You Can Recycle

  • Mattresses: 90% of the average mattress is made up of recyclable parts. The foam, cotton, and felt used in mattress padding is turned into carpet padding. Steel from metal springs and frames is melted and used as scrap metal. Wood is sent to a chipper to be turned into landscaping mulch.
  • Electronics: Electronic products like TVs contain chemicals. So, when simply dumped into a landfill, these chemicals are leaked out, polluting the water supply and air quality. Televisions contain a number of valuable recyclable materials. Some of these include copper, glass, and plastic.
  • Scrap metal: Some of the most commonly recycled metals include steel, copper, iron, lead, tin, aluminum, silver, and brass. It takes decades to decompose in a landfill. Recycling metal reduces the need for mining. Reusing recycled metals takes less energy than mining for the virgin ores needed to create new metal.
  • Appliances: Appliances contain reusable metal, plastic, and glass that can be recycled. Plus, by recycling or donating, you can prevent harmful chemicals from leaching into the soil, atmosphere, and groundwater.
  • Couches: When you throw away a coach, it ends up in a landfill, adding to waste and leaching toxic substances. Your better option is to take it to a recycling facility where it can be taken apart and used for other products.

Celebrate America Recycles Day with JDog Junk Removal & Hauling!

At JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, we pride ourselves in donating and recycling 60% to 80% of the items we haul to keep our communities as sustainable as possible. That means when you call us to pick up your couch or refrigerator, we’ll take all of the parts to the right recycling centers if they can’t be donated. When you call us, you can also be sure we’ll arrive on time and in uniform and provide transparent pricing. Give us a call today at 844-GET-JDOG to schedule your pickup.