How to Recycle School Supplies
It is that time of the year again! Time to get ready for school. That can mean backpacks, shoes, clothes and all of those great supplies! It also can bring stress — mostly on your budget!
One thing many parents are doing is finding a way to recycle school supplies. This is a great way to not only save money, but bring new life to items that normally may have been cast aside!
Binders. Take the binder from last year and scrub it clean from marks and smudges. If you find that the outside is ripped or torn, pick up some fun colored duct tape and create some designs to cover it up! Add some stickers to the binder and you’ll have a one of a kind binder – that cost you very little money!
Notebooks. If you ever look at these when they come home at the end of the year, it seems there is always papers left in it unused. Rip out all of the used papers and toss them into the recycling bin. If it is a spiral book, clean out the paper from inside of the spiral. If there is still half of the book left, you can send that to school with your kids to use again.
Backpack. There is not a need to buy a new backpack every single year. If you spend MORE up front and purchase a quality backpack, you will end up saving money in the long term. If your kids do need a new one, wait until mid-September and then buy one as they will be on sale and reduced for quick sale. Just use some fun duct tape or fabric scraps to repair tears and rips until you can get them a new one.
Pencil case. Every year kids seem to need a pencil case. Rather than buy a new one, just find last year’s box and clean it up. If the kids want to make it personal, use washi tape or stickers to give it their own special touch.
Pencils. These get sent home at the end of the school year. Rather than buying new ones, just sharpen them and add a cap eraser. You’ll have pencils that still have a lot of writing left in them!
Lunchbox. Don’t run out and buy a new lunchbox. Instead, just wash with a mild soap and water and allow it air dry. If it is ripped, you might be able to stitch it to make it look new.
Scissors. If you ever notice, kids use the same size of scissors for several years in a row. Find last year’s and clean them up.If they are dull, you can sharpen them with a sharpening tool. They will be useable for several years.
If you happen to have any items you can no longer use, make sure you drop them off at your local recycling center. To find a center near you (and to learn what you can drop off and what you can’t), check out recyclespot.org! What have you done to recycle school supplies?