Recycling from A to Z

I love to do what I can to help the environment, and I love helping others reduce their impact. I found an A to Z guide to recycling on the Real Simple website.Recycling made easyFrom aerosol cans to zippered plastic bags. I definitely recommend you read this.Aerosol cans. These can usually be recycled with other cans, as long as you pull off the plastic cap and empty the canister completely. .........Zippered plastic bags. Venues that recycle plastic bags will also accept these items, as long as they are clean, dry, and the zip part has been snipped off (it is a different type of plastic). photo from Realsimple.com

Posted by Brennn10 10 years ago


Glassphemy lets you recycle and have fun smashing bottles at the same time

Glassphemy is a large clear box made by Macro Sea where people can smash their bottles for recycling. Thanks to some bullet-proof Lexan panels, others can watch the action from right behind the smash zone. It's a great way to get rid of some stress and break up bottles for reuse. GLASSPHEMY! via core77

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Recycling incense, an actual burning question!

Hello all,  I am wondering if anyone has any ideas on recycling powder from packages of incense.  When I buy incense, I buy it in half kilo or kilo increments.  There's always some powder from shipment and currently I have about 100 grams of it.  I was at my local 99 cent store and I came across these cute little molds for ice cubes.  I was thinking these could be used for what I was thinking to do!  The thing where I'm stuck is what should I use to mix with my powdered incense.

Posted by User1 4 years ago


help, ideas needed!

I need to create a prototype of a project made entirely from recyclables (bottles, cans, etc.). This project has to solve a need of the world (ex. a bug catcher to catch malaria infested mosquitos in Africa). Any serious, not sarcastic all of you funny ones out there, ideas would be greatly appreciated! :)

Posted by es1302 9 years ago


FREE COMPUTER DISPOSIAL

Hello who would use this service if i would post my information on here? If so computers would have to have no info on them (if the computer is dead its better). So post a reply if you would use this service. THANKS ANDY!

Posted by 12amedle 6 years ago


What can you make from old desktop (without harddisk)

Hi I have so many desktops that are no longer used.  Hard drives are removed and these machines are just laying in our storage. What can I create using the parts found inside the machines? Any creative ideas? Thank you

Posted by peprat123 1 year ago


How to use an old pot

Hey there folks. I got a nice old cooking pot from a friend with a diameter and a height of about 30cm (picture related). Well, now what to do with it? I could use it as a vase for flowers or herbs (how originally :D ), or I could drill a hole in it and use it as a lamp. But what else could I do with it? I'm asking for some ideas..

Posted by fragee 8 years ago


What to do with a box of motherboards?

I just went to a garage sale that I saw on craigslist. The guy advertised a good amount of computer stuff. Upon getting there I found a treasure trove of 3-8 year old computer parts. Long story short i bought a box of 20 motherboards for five bucks. Sadly only six of them have processors though. Now comes the problem, what the hell should i do with 20 motherboards? I'm actually gonna go back there too because he's got empty towers at $5 a piece, as well as NICs, video cards, power supplies, and the like. So again, any ideas on what I should do?

Posted by RugbySteve 10 years ago


recycling plaster of paris used in glass casting

Actually it is a question again on same topic but the way the plaster has been used here may change the way it can be recycled. I use plaster of paris to make moulds for glass casting.I want to know if the plaster from these moulds can be recycled since they already have been heated for 24 hours in 800 degrees temperatures. Are the properties lost once heated that high?

Posted by patbagniewski 10 years ago


$10,000 prize for Cathode Ray tube recycling

Innocentive is giving away a $10,000 prize to the entity who can show how to best recycle cathode ray tube glass. See details: https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933317/?utm_source=mktg&utm;_medium=cb&utm;_campaign=9933317

Posted by flyingpuppy 5 years ago


Animating Water Bottle Recycling Rates

Here's a neat animation of water bottle recycling rates....bottled water (in all its flavors) has become one of the most consumed, yet least recycled beverages. For example, it is estimated that in 2005 alone approximately 30 billion plastic water bottles were purchased, with only about 12% recycled (in part due to out-dated deposit laws). The remaining 25 billion bottles were either landfilled, littered or incinerated. Obviously that's a lot of bottles, but statistics involving "billions of bottles per year" can be difficult to put into perspective.

Posted by canida 10 years ago


Beautiful Reuse

Here are 20 brilliant examples of recycling items and giving them a funky new purpose in life. WebUrbanist has compiled the list and you should check it out right now. 20 Eye-Catching Pieces of Recycled Urban Furniture: Geeky and Green Adaptive Reuse Design Projectsvia Neatorama

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Junk Art

Can any member please post some junk art lessons here on instructables ? I attach a picture of a head made by Mr.Gabriel Dishaw. As you see they are making great things. please teach us. http://gabrieldishaw.com

Posted by goldenshuttle 5 years ago


Help needed with recycling greywater to flush the toilet!

We have a small shower and toilet room and what I'd like to do is use the water from the shower and store it in a tank so that it can be used for flushing the toilet. It sounds simple enough, but I'm new to building things like this so I have a few questions to ask the forum! 1. I've read that greywater can go stagnant quite quickly. Would this matter if it was only being used to flush the toilet? If it is a problem, is there a simple/compact/cheap way of filtering the water first? 2. You'd need to make sure that there was always enough water in the tank to flush the toilet, so there would need to a minimum amount in there that if there wasn't enough greywater from the shower available, that it would get topped up from the mains water. Would you use a float valve for this or is there a better way? 3. I'm not exactly sure where I would be able to position the tank. Either way I would probably have to use a pump of some sort, either to get the greywater into the tank or to get the water from the tank to the toilet. Should I just use a submersible pump or something else? Any other ideas or small projects that people have done would be great to hear about. Thanks James

Posted by stormuk 9 years ago


How to make water from excessively humid air (using little energy) . Any ideas?

I was thinking of making some sort of machine that uses cooling coils to condense water from the air, seeing as to how humid it has been lately, but I want to do it using less energy than a dehumidifier that's on all the time and have it be more rugged so I can put it outside and maybe use it to water the garden. Any ideas?

Posted by hydrnium.h2 10 years ago


Extracting lead from car batteries?

I have a couple of battered old car batteries. There is no local scrap dealer that will take them so I was wondering if it would be possible to extract the lead myself and sell it for scrap. I have searched on google and cannot find anything about this and I suspect it would be dangerous and impractical. However I thought there's no harm in asking here. I was imagining that I could open the battery up and pour the acid into some kind of strong alkali, neutralising it to make it safe for disposal. But then, I certainly wouldn't like to try this without some advice first. Cheers! Pete

Posted by peater 8 years ago


Here's One I RE-made earlier - competition (UK only)

UK postcodes only competition for kids, teens and adults to make something out of plastic "waste". Come on you INSTRUCTABLERS lets show them how its done....Calling all budding designers! Where others see re:fuse, do you see re:source? Here's your chance to show how we can all do our little bit to save planet, and pocket, with rubbish re:use ideas!1. There will be at least one prize in each age category. There will be one 'best of the bunch'.2. Prizes are not transferable, and are not redeemable for cash or exchange.3. You may enter as many ideas as you wish, but only one prize per person will be awarded.http://www.junkk.com/newsarticle.asp?slevel=0z608z609&parent;_id=609&renleewtsapf;=301I plan on entering. I have loads of useful plastic rubbish lying around.

Posted by greensteam 9 years ago


Paint recycle centers

Here you can look up paint recycle centers in your area and get contact info. Please recycle!http://www.managemyhome.com/mmh/bundles/paint

Posted by DinaC 9 years ago


way to recycle plastic bags

I have been looking for a way to recycle the bags i get at the supermarket.

Posted by Kane Measham-Pywell 1 year ago


Cleaning Glass Cullet: getting the labels off already smashed bottles

Also posted in Green Category Short Ver: I'm looking for a way to get the paper, foil, glue, and plastic labels off the bits of glass that have been smashed at the recycling center.  Or, a cheap (nearly free) resource in KANSAS. Long Story: There are several good uses for recycling glass cullet, the glass is plentiful at the local recycling center, they get very little for it because there isn't a re-user within efficient shipping range. I was looking into buying recycled glass to use in a project, but shipping to get it delivered to KANSAS is outrageous $. I want to start off with glass as the aggregate in concrete countertops. That's a lot of glass - a couple hundred pounds per countertop. Yes, they're very heavy. I've internet searched to my bandwidth limit. No-one nearby does the glass cullet thing. So, I went to the local recycling center and picked up a couple of 5 gallon buckets of smashed glass. Really great. Now, how do I get all the labels off? Thanks, Ruby

Posted by rubyintherough 7 years ago


Beautiful multicolored lamp made from trash

I've seen several lamps made from plastic bottles and seldom is much effort made to make the form of the bottle into its own creature. This lamp made by South African designer Heath Nash does just that with curvy cuts into the plastic bottles and layers that make it much more appealing. Multicolored Chandelier Made From Recycled PET Bottle Pieces

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Ever wondered what happens to your car when you buy a new one?

I came across this nice video, I think it was supposed to show how to recycle cars. For me the problem is that around here a car that goes to scrap never looks as good as those in the video. What a waste! I here are enough people who would gladly line up at the gates to drive home with some of these beauties.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0B9sBiouJo  

Posted by Downunder35m 2 years ago


Too much scrap from salvaging! Recycling ideas needed

Hello fellow instructabilians, I love the site and the community here! I have been salvaging and collecting a lot of items from dumpster diving, hard waste / rubbish collections etc that I have used to extract components like motors, electronics, glass etc. But as always, after extracting what I need, I end up with a mass of plastic, wood, metals, and some other random materials that have no use. I would love to find a way to crush the bigger plastics, melt the metal ( if alloy ), shred the wood, and melt down the glass. Of course, you are able to make some big crushing machine, but this is why it is under the green section. I am trying to find a sensible way to rid of all this excess junk, with a means of being able to teach others to do the same thing. Our bins are very small, the tip is very costly now to even take junk, rates are going up, please, someone throw some ideas of any sort to help me find a system / make some green 'machines' etc. I hope you understand, and just a quick mention, I am dealing with at least 6m square of this useless junk that needs to, and can be sorted if there was a way. I may even need to get my local community involved, like a pre-recycle event.. I dont know. Help. :( I guess a crusher, or something to deal with the largest of materials ( like CRT screen plastic outer shells ) would be a first step.

Posted by AtomRat 6 years ago


Ever Saved a Motorcycle from the Scrap Heap?

I come across old unloved bikes alot. Somebody got all excited and bought a real beauty. After a couple of years, the newness wore off, and the old bike spent 20 years in the barn rusting away. Lots of times these old 2wheelers can be had for the asking, or at least for scrapyard prices. I love to save these old bikes from certain destruction at the hands of weather/recyclers/inexperienced tinkerers. I'm working on an ible about salvaging these old machines. Anybody else out there ever saved a classic/junker from the elements (or even worse, the crusher)? Any tricks you know for bringing one of these would-be stallions back to life?

Posted by skunkbait 10 years ago


Need ideas for repurposing frozen dinner plastic trays

I have tons of the plastic trays from frozen dinners and want to find ways to repurpose them into some kind of craft that can be made by kids in an afterschool setting. Any ideas?

Posted by bdteach3197 9 years ago


20 50mm dia x 1m long Cardboard Tubes. Any ideas?

My work has a large format printer, and as a result we have quite a few cardboard tubes lying about. I want to make something with them, but can't think of anything. . . . Its pretty think/sturdy cardboard 3mm thick.

Posted by miserydoll 9 years ago


Using speakers from an old 5.1 dvd player to use it as normal speackers( jack input)

Hello everybody, I founf some days ago an old dvd player, wich one had a 5.1 sistem with the old cable sistem. I opened and took the amplifier but now i dont know how to conect it to produce the sound. Im a newbie in electronic so i would thank you for some help.

Posted by Z1ac 5 years ago


Freecycle is a maker's dream

I know freecycle has been mentioned here before, but I thought I'd share just how good a resource it can be for people wanting either a) projects b) cool stuff that they don't mind fixing up a little This is a picture of most of the stuff I've acquired from freecycle in the last few months. Most of it was for fodder for electronics-ish projects, but there were a few things of genuine utility that it just turned out no-one else wanted. Sometimes I find it hard to believe the amount of stuff you can get from freecycle- someone could probably set up a shop dedicated to just reselling reconditioned stuff. It would be like Steptoe and son (US readers: Sandford and son) but with more slightly-out-of-date-but-perfectly-serviceable computers.

Posted by PKM 8 years ago


Recycling Plastic?

I happen to have a lot of standard water bottles...a lot. So, I was wondering if some recycling plants will still pay for water bottles? And if so, how can I find one? Thanks!

Posted by Weissensteinburg 9 years ago


recycle PP together with PET ?

We have (atlast) bongomats (recycling bins for plastic bottles) in town they are intended for transparent bottles made of PET and marked with the recycling icon and num 1 in it is it ok to throw there plastic stuff made of PP (recycling icon with num 5) or its better to trash it ?

Posted by 11010010110 10 years ago


Need recycled idea

I need an idea for a project that could be done in a short amount of time (like a week) that uses recycled materials, but is still kinda cool.

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago


Need to create a lifesize "tree" out of recyclable materials

Can anyone suggest a way to create a life sized tree or an abstact looking tree (preferably out of recycled materials)?

Posted by pwadams 7 years ago


Abstract Tree Prop out of recycled materials

Hi, I am looking for a way to create a life size tree or abstract looking tree preferably out of recycled materials. Any suggestions?

Posted by pwadams 7 years ago


Is Ikea the only place that recycles incandescent light bulbs as well?

CFL bulbs need to be recycled properly due to mercury content, and there are many places: Park districts, hardware stores, Ikea, etc. that recycle CFL bulbs. However, I haven't found any place that recycles incandescent bulbs, I searched online and they say, they don't contain any toxic chemicals and can be thrown in trash and not curbside recycling. However can't the glass be reused to make new bulbs? I am sure they can reuse the glass, and the filament is probably too hard to recycle but the glass could be. I know Ikea recycles incandescent bulbs as well, but why aren't there any other companies that do? Also LED bulbs, I guess dead LED bulbs can either be returned to manufacturer if it has warranty, or in electronic recycle.

Posted by ADRIANT28 1 year ago


More devices from recycled electronic parts???

I am interested in finding more ibles and external links to functional devices built from recycled, unrelated electronic parts and devices. This: https://www.instructables.com/community/Lamps_from_recycled_parts_ideal_example_of_a_gree/ is an example.

Posted by tinkernaut 9 years ago


ABS Recycler for 3-D Printer Filament

Many inexpensive 3-D Printers use ABS filament as feedstock. This filament is not cheap and being a plastic, it is a substance that demands recycling efforts. Imagine a small 3-D printer that you use to produce useful household items with. Here is an example Instructable illustrating what I am talking about. Now imagine that you no longer need an item that you have made. You toss it into the hopper of the machine that I have in mind and it is ground into small pieces. These pieces are then melted with acetone and extruded anew into ABS filament for your 3-D printer! It may be possible to recover the acetone during the extrusion process since the acetone evaporates to restore the ABS.

Posted by Exocetid 6 years ago


CFL Recycling at Home Depot

CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) are becoming increasingly popular: right from the article linked to below, "compact fluorescents use up to 75 percent less energy, last longer and cost less over time than incandescent bulbs." Plus, they come in a fun, curly-q shape.However, they contain trace amounts of mercury, which makes recycling of them difficult--until now. Home Depot (which, to my surprise, is the second-largest retail company in the United States behind Wal-Mart) is offering comprehensive recycling for CFLs: any brand, at any of the nearly 2,000 Home Depot locations. Read the article from the New York Times here

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


Any good floatation buoyancy ideas for a shantyboat/boat (or dock)?

I have a few designs for recycled material and/or ultra-small shantyboats in my new book, as well as a few on the drawing board- as I plan to make a small shantyboat this summer....but flotation-wise, using recycled materials- any ideas (I've included a few in my designs already- 55 gallon plastic drums, 5 gallon buckets with silicone sealed lids, long runs of recycled pvc (with both ends sealed), screened in blocks of capped soda bottles, etc).... I'm sure there are a ton of different ideas and methods out there.... -Deek http://www.relaxshacks.com My BOOK is NOW OUT "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here!)"

Posted by Deek D 8 years ago


Precious Plastic

I just recently heard of Precious Plastic and it looks like a great idea for a home shop or business. At the moment it looks like an European franchise but I would love to be able to do something like this if they bring this idea to US.

Posted by blkhawk 2 years ago


Recycling fabric into fillingmaterial. Can it be done? And how?

Hi there, This is something I've been wondering about and maybe you'd like to share any ideas on the topic. Thing is this: There's two things I use a lot: Fabric and fillingmaterial. I mostly use Fiberfill for the best results. It's smooth, springy, soft and light. Great stuff. However for big projects it's costly. Now I also use A LOT of cheap fabric. After cutting it a lot of spare pieces remain. The bigger ones I can still use but the tiny bits (like in the picture) I throw away because I have no use for them. And I feel bad about it, because it seems so wastefull. I hate wasting things. So what I'm thinking is this: is there a way to grind the spare pieces of fabric into filling material? Offcourse, I could just take all those spare pieces and use them as filling materials as they are, but as they lack the springyness (not sure if this is an actual word, sorry if not :) of Fiberfill, the result is bumpy and heavy and you'll need a LOT. Now there is a cheaper alternative for fiberfill, I think they take foam matresses and pulverize them. It's a bit springy but still heavy and extremely messy to work with. Now for those spare bits of fabric: - What would be used to grind them? - Is there a way to somehow bind them, so it becomes a substance simmilar to fiberfill? Like gelatine, but for non-edible purposes? (grind'em, bind'em) I have no idea if this can be done (at home) but if you have any ideas I'd be happy to hear them. I think a lot of people would be happy with an inexpensive, recyclable filling material!! Material for a great instructable if you ask me :D

Posted by Tigermouse 4 years ago


Can Hardwood Shred ABS?

I am thinking of making a prototype plastic crusher/shredder out of a hardwood instead of steel. Do you think that a hardwood would be able to grind a plastic such as abs into small pellets? If so what kind of wood would be best? What if I made a plywood out of hardwood to strengthen the grain? What if I just use nice plywood?

Posted by rednax718 2 years ago


Chair of recycled acrylic

Chair of recycled acrylic With concern for the environment, having as one of its core values actions aiming at sustainability. It is for this noble motive that some companies in Brazil, arrive annually to collect about 480 tons of plastic waste per year for recycling. The acrylic sheet recycled exhibit properties similar to the original acrylic plates and cost much less. In this project, I show the creation of a chair design with fully functional and above all sustainable.

Posted by Daniel Domingos 5 years ago


Recycling gets sexy with the recycled bikini

Victoria's Secret has introduced a bikini top that's made from recycled polyster and spandex. It's pretty significant in its utter insignificance. Finally, a luxury item can use recycled materials and I hope that we see more companies doing this, but there's only a few square inches of material there. And can they do it without having to make it literally green? It all reads like more of a publicity ploy than any real movement towards sustainability.Patagonia has been using recycled materials for several years and have been making real progress in putting their money where their mouth is. Will others please start following in their footsteps please? Lots of others? link

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Recycle

Recycle, how do YOU help the environment by recycling, do you just toss plastic and paper products into correct bins whit the recycling sine in it or do you reuse old stuff, remake to keep up whit the time, take action yourself. What do you do? For example, I recycle old news paper... Its a whole proses, first you cut the news papers into smaller peaces, then you let it set in a special, secret concoction, then you blend them, then a secret method of removing the ink from the paper, and finally evenly distribute the sludge into a mold and let it set, dry. One day I might make an Instructables on how to recycle old newspapers. So what are your actions on helping the Earth recover?

Posted by comodore 9 years ago


recycled soda tab earings

 this is a likeable recycable, that will bring attention to any look.

Posted by pianolover10124353 5 years ago


Cargo rack for bikes

Making a cargo rack for bikes out of recycled materials.

Posted by wewexteriors 9 years ago


recycle/reuse/repurpose

I am looking for projects that are kid friendly (7/8 y.o.) for making things out of existing items - projects that are fun to make while teaching kids how to reuse/recycle/repurpose.  Thanks!!!

Posted by BGR8FUL 7 years ago


More Old Light Bulb Action!

Instructables users have inspired others yet again. Using LinuxH4x0r's Light Bulb Greenhouse and the dual homemade responses to the $650 Light Bulb Lamp--by bumpus and CYNICALifornia--as a starting point, Treehugger has added to the list of ways to reuse old incandescent light bulbs. Plenty of options to both make something useful and help protect the environment at the same time.Link

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


Fantastic clock (and other items) made from recycled circuit boards **UPDATED with photos**

Flickr user debbyaremdesigns has been building clocks, decorative items, jewelry and functional objects using recycled circuit boards and electronic parts. My favorite is here and shown below by popular demand (with other examples of her work):http://flickr.com/photos/debbyaremdesigns/2131590364/I love the marbleized effect on the CD -- how did she do it?Where can one get recycled circuit boards?

Posted by tinkernaut 9 years ago


Eco-Crafters -- Are You Skilled At Repurposing Trash Into Treasures?

Www.greenwala.com (an online green social network) is looking for crafty DIYers to share their repurposed project ideas with them for a future article. Might be a great way for people here to gain exposure -- here's the article link -- http://www.greenwala.com/community/blogs/all/1344-Creative-Crafters-Share-Details-About-Your-Repurposed-Fashion-Projects'''ALSO, www.greenwala.com has a few new crafty contests running, but one in particular is called "Choose To Reuse".It asks participants to photograph an original repurposed design of their own creation.Here are some examples of what other contestants have already submitted:1) vinyl record garden planters2) shower curtain turned into wearable "hoodie"3) old sink turned "hand-tiled bird bath"Take a look at the rest of the entries here and then gear yourself up to submit your own cool, repurposed design -- http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests'''The most creative reuse will win a new HP Mini 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer!Good luck and have fun!!

Posted by elizahleigh 9 years ago