Wait. Can you recycle your gloves? Yes, you can! But, why would anyone want to recycle their gloves anyway? Well, here are the benefits of recycling gloves according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency;
- It reduces the amount of waste buildup on the environment and water bodies
- It helps preserve natural resources including forests, minerals, and water to mention but a few
- It bolsters the economy by allowing the use of locally available materials to make products such as plastic containers and so on
- It prevents pollution by lowering the need to source and process new materials now and then. On top of that, recycling gloves support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
- It helps conserve energy
- Recycling creates jobs
So, the Next Question Becomes, How Do You Recycle Your Gloves?
The most obvious option is to take your gloves to a recycling plant. Here’s a lay down of the some of the ways you can recycle your gloves
For starters, you can only take your gloves for recycling if they’re torn beyond use. So, the first thing that you need to do is to determine the “status” of your gloves as far as usability goes. If you want to recycle your gardening gloves, for instance, you may want to take them to a Goodwill center near you and resell them. In such as situation, your gloves must be, at the very least wearable. If you have latex medical gloves in an unopened box, you can donate them to a Goodwill center or a charitable organization.
Take them to a Recycling Plant
If you can’t take your gloves to a local Goodwill center, the other option is to take them to a recycling plant near you. Check your directory to find out the nearest location. Once you’ve identified a recycling center, call them to inquire if they accept worn out gloves. If they do, ask about the delivery process. Some plants will pick up the gloves from the curb of your home. If this is the case, make sure that you put the gloves in a clearly marked container to avoid confusion during pick up time. If the recycling center requests that you take the gloves do so by yourself – you only need to get the directions right.
Dispose Them of Correctly
If you can take your gloves to a recycling plant, consider putting them in a compost pile. According to the information availed by the Balloon Council, latex gloves (or any other gloves for that matter) will biodegrade quickly if exposed to direct sunlight and water. Besides, the presence of microorganisms in the compost pile will help increase the speed at which your gloves decompose.
Mail the Gloves to a Recycling Company
If you there’s no recycling center near you, be sure to mail your gloves to a recycling company such as Greenworx. Keep in mind that it might cost you some money to mail the gloves so use this option only when your gloves are no longer usable or if you don’t have a compost pile in your area.