7 Surprising Ways to Recycle Plastic

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

By Kayla Caldwell


Holding on to your recyclables when you're on a road trip is always a good idea.3. Recycle on the Road

We’ve all been there: Three days (or three hours) into a road trip, your car’s filled to the windows with plastic bottles, cups, fast-food wrappers, and other detritus. To help weary but conscientious travelers, Speedway SuperAmerica started a recycling program, installing recycling bins at most of its gas stations in the Lexington, Kentucky, area. But if you don’t anticipate passing through that area, hold on to your recyclables. You could always dispose of them in one of the aforementioned Dream Machines or take them to a nearby highway rest stop. And some states, such as California and Wisconsin, have instituted new recycling programs that mean you could find recycling bins at state-operated rest areas. If all else fails, bring an extra bag with you to store all of your recyclables until you get home—that’s what back seats and trunks are for!