7 Surprising Ways to Recycle Plastic

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

By Kayla Caldwell


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.