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Proper Waste Disposal (PHOTOS): How To Recycle Those Trickier Items

Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/10/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:45 PM ET

While recycling statistics show the U.S. making little strides every year, there are certain items that still fall in the "what the hell am I supposed to do with this?" category. Throwing them in the trash is never the best option, as many of these items, such as light bulbs and batteries, can be toxic. Don't let that burnt-out light bulb intimidate you-- If there's a will, there's a way to recycle everything from light bulbs to Capri Sun pouches. So if you will, here are some recycling options for those harder to recycle items.

Aluminum Foil
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Aluminum foil can be recycled, but it's not accepted by all waste departments. According to Grist's Umbra Fisk, while aluminum foil is as recyclable as aluminum cans are, it's sometimes not accepted by waste departments because we make foil dirtier than we do cans. Check with your local department before you throw it in with your aluminum cans. If your local center doesn't accept foil, check out these surprising ways to reuse foil.
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