One Idahoan's trash could be another's treasure.

In case you missed it, upcycling is very in right now. Unlike its cousin, recycling, upcycling is the processes of repairing, refurbishing, or repurposing an unwanted item or trash. 

There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.

Annie Leonard, Proponent of Sustainability


Idahoans who upcycle tend to think outside the trash bin. They have a knack for taking something like a 1930s radio and turning it into a liquor cabinet or bookcase. 

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Idahoans are tossing opportunities in the trash. 

Recycling isn't without its own set of perks. It takes things like old newspapers and plastic bottles and transforms them into fresh paper and other valuable products. One you get the hang of it, it becomes one of the easiest things Idahoans can do to cut back on waste and conserve resources. 

Waste not, want not, Idaho. Give your junk a second act. 

Think of upcycling as a mega-makeover adding new value and meaning to a discarded home good. Not only does it benefit  Mother Earth, it opens up a world of possibilities for the DIY crowd and crafters with an eye for found art. 

Scroll for 10 unexpected items Idahoans can recycle & repurpose!

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Take a look at 27 items Idaho Goodwill stores refuse to accept.

Idaho Goodwill Stores Will Not Accept These 27 Items

According to the Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain website, Goodwill stores in Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming will not accept these items as donations.

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Keep scrolling for 23 things that are banned in WA trash cans.

23 Things Banned From Washington Trash Cans

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Scroll on for 37 things banned in Seattle Goodwill stores.

Seattle Area Goodwill Stores Will Not Accept These 37 Items

Below are 37 of the items that the Goodwill donation sites that are part of Evergreen Goodwill and Goodwill Olympics & Rainier Region cannot accept as a donation. Some are common requests. Others are more specific to the organization.

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

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