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Reuse items and Recycle those that can’t be used again

Look for ways to reuse packaging and other items. Get creative and find new ways to use packaging before you throw it away. Here are some examples of how you can reuse items for other purposes:

• Glass salsa jars can be used to store leftovers and make great flower vases. 

• Tubs from baby wipes make great pencil and crayon boxes.

• By sticking labels over the address you can reuse envelopes. Old envelopes can also be used as scrap paper to make notes on.

• Old clothes can be used as cleaning rags or can be sewn into other items such as quilts and seat cushions.

• Tights and pantyhose can be used to bind plants to fences, poles, and stakes without damaging plants’ stems and stalks.

    Donate items to others who can reuse them. If you can’t find a use, look for somebody who can before you throw an item away. 

     is a network for finding and giving away used items.

    Recycle items instead of throwing them away. Weekly curbside recycling collection is offered to single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and small businesses with plastic container garbage service. 

    Visit Tucson Recycles for information about what items can be recycled through curbside pick-up.

    RISE Equipment Recycling Center
     recycles and refurbishes computers and other goods.

    Visit Tucson Clean and Beautiful’s Recycling Directory (left-hand side of page) for places that accept additional items.

    Visit for an in-depth look at recycling.

    Recycle your old cell phone. Charities use old cell phones for various causes, such as giving them to victims of domestic violence for emergency calls. Many retailers accept used cell phones. Visit The Charitable Recycling Program for more information or Click here to find out where you can donate or recycle your cell phone.

    Recycle used batteries. Even rechargeable batteries eventually bite the dust. Recycling batteries keeps them out of the landfill, where they can leach acids and heavy metal pollutants into the soil and groundwater. Click here to find out where you can recycle batteries in Tucson.

    Keep other hazardous waste out of the landfill. Visit the Tucson/Pima CountyHousehold Hazardous Waste Program website for more information.