What is it? 

From pens and markers, to cat scratching posts and old bicycles - most of the items in this section can be reused or are made of components that could be recycled if they were taken apart and sorted. The trick is finding where they can go to be recycled or reused. 

What is the issue? 

The main issue with these random items is the amount that gets directed to the landfill. It may not seem like a big deal to throw away some old dishes or a Brita Filter once in a while, but if everyone does the same thing, that ends up being a lot of stuff going to waste. 

Where can it go? 

In the case of coffee pods, Saskatchewan doesn’t yet have a way to recycle them. As an alternative, we suggest that you take the pod apart and recycle to components. The grinds can be composted and the plastic can be recycled. It may not be the perfect solution, but it’s a start. 

Items like dishes, furniture, bicycles, and cat scratching posts can be donated if they are still in good condition. 

Staples accepts pens, pencils, markers, and highlighters for recycling. 

London Drugs accepts Brita filters for recycling along with a variety of other items. 

Check out our database under the "Miscellaneous" section for places to take your odds and ends. 

What happens after? 

Many of these items are separated into their components which are then recycledOther products, including eye glassesLego, or pet toys are accepted as donations and then reused. 

How can I reduce? 

  • Buy only what you need.  Give your potential purposes a sober second thought. 

  • Think about product quality. The more durable the item, the less often you will have to replace it. 

  • Look for items made of post-consumer material when possible and check to see if the item is recyclable for when you no longer need it.