Go beyond cans, bottles and cardboard to get creative with recycling.
Nonprofits and some do-it-yourself hints can help keep items out of landfills while helping people in need. Here are five items that you may not have considered recycling, and tips on how to make it happen in or nearby Westwood and Century City.
Bras aren't exactly biodegradable, but gently used lingerie is a welcome donation for The Bra Recyclers. So long as the clasps and straps work, just wash the bra, fill out a form and send it off.
Slivers of Soap
Some hotels save partially-used bars of soap to re-purpose and donate to the needy. Or keep your own soap slivers and put them into the foot of old pantyhose to create a DIY a soap-on-a-rope.
Runners can log a lot of miles around Westwood and Century City. Shoes wear out after about 500 miles, but don't toss them in the trash. Several programs recycle used running shoes.
Some ship lesser-used kicks to Third World countries, while companies including Nike will deconstruct the shoe and recycle the materials.
Find drop-off locations for Soles4Souls by clicking here and plugging your ZIP Code into the search box.
Old running shoes can also be donated for recycling at Nike stores throughout the state. Learn about the process and find a drop-off location at www.nikereuseashoe.com.
Let your hair grow out, then get chop it off and make a donation to Locks of Love. The nonprofit provides hairpieces to children younger than 21 who suffer from a long-term illness that affects their hair growth.
For those who still have CDs, re-purpose them outdoors. Their mirror-like properties are a great deterrent for birds, so hang them around garden or fruit trees to deter pilfering. Old CDs also make great decor for Christmas trees, so save a stack for the holiday season.