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What can we do with those materials that cannot be recycled or even thrown away?

Things like motor oil and lithium batteries provide a unique challenge to our recycling efforts. It many places it is difficult or impossible to recycle these items, and in other places impose fines if these items are found in the trash. Chemical waste is especially harmful to our environment, and giving the responsibility to households means these chemicals are not always properly disposed of. What can we do to make it easier in these special circumstances as well?

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Normal everyday waste is the biggest challenge we face when recycling in the home, but sometimes there are even bigger challenges presented to us.

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Photo of Teng Zhang

I think as I read before, there is a post about nonprofit organization for environment and recycling. They help to make connection between communities and environment companies to better recycle the waste and improve environment. I think the waste Richard talks about can be recycled if they can be collect together and disposed by environment companies.

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Hey Richard, interesting stuff! we are working on an idea that provides info on recyclable items: http://openideo.com/challenge/recycle-challenge/ideas/recyculator-because-recycling-is-a-numbers-game
It would be great if you join the discussion and help develop it for non- recyclable products.

Photo of Steve Kube

Used oil is very recyclable, over and over. In small volumes it's a problem, in large volumes it's an asset. The real trick is to accumulate enough of it.

~ S

Photo of Sarah Fathallah

Hi Richard, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Update entry button on the right of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. We know occasionally people have issues uploading images so let us know by hitting the Feedback button at the bottom of most pages of our site if you face any problems. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.