7 Surprising Ways to Recycle Plastic

Recycling plastic keeps trash out of landfills and decreases our reliance on polluting fossil fuels.

By Kayla Caldwell

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Best Buy offers kiosks where you can deposit recycled gift cards that have been used.2. Re-Gift Card Kiosk

The next time your birthday comes and goes and you find yourself with a wallet full of spent gift cards, take them to Best Buy, where you can drop them at one of their new gift-card-recycling kiosks. That's much better than tossing them into the trash; though they seem little, those cards are made from one of the most toxic plastics: PVC, or polyvinyl chloride. The production of PVC releases cancer-causing dioxin into the atmosphere, where it builds up in our food supply, and according to EarthWorks, a company that manufactures biodegradable plastics, more than 75 million pounds of PVC from these cards enters our waste stream each year, rather than being recycled into new cards.

 

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