10 Things to Recycle That You Never Thought You Could

SUBTITLE: Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle Old Toothbrushes.

How full is your trash can? If you’re like most people in the U.S., it’s much fuller than it could be.

Americans recycled just 33 percent of the 250 million tons of garbage they created in 2006, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In comparison to a country such as Sweden, which recycles more than 85 percent of its waste every year, it’s clear we can and should do better by moving beyond recycling mainstays like newspapers, cans and bottles. So before you toss something in the trash, think about how it could find new life as another product — or with another owner.