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How to reuse items that can’t be recycled

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Not everything can be sent to the recycling center, but there are ways to get additional uses for these items before you throw them away. Ashley Krug, Market Development Coordinator at Springfield Environmental Services, joined Jenifer Abreu of Daybreak to share some insights.

Cereal bag liners are one thing that cannot be sent to the Springfield Recycling Facility. But some ideas for reusing them include using the bag for frosting, cutting the bag into squares, using to separate burger patties, or using to store leftovers.

Pill bottles are another item that cannot be recycled due to the type of plastic used. However, these bottles can be used to store small items like change for parking or laundry, or bandages for a mini first aid kit. A clever way to use these bottles is to stick a stone on top and hide a house key in your garden.

Mismatched old socks can also be useful even if they can’t go in the trash. Use them to protect your shoes the next time you’re painting, making an ice pack, or dusting hard-to-reach places in your home.

Springfield Recycling Facilities are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.