It's a good week for new recycling options for familiar products, but only if you're willing to drop them off.
First up, Nature Valley Granola Bars — part of General Mills — is rolling out new flexible packaging for their crunchy bars that are recyclable through the same in-store program to collect and recycle retail bags.
"Believe it or not, recycling polyethylene film is more than a sustainable, eco-friendly way to minimize our environmental footprint," Nature Valley said in rolling out the new packaging. "Your contributions to store drop-off recycling can be turned into playground sets, decking, fencing and furniture — all things that can help you make the most of your outdoor spaces."
And second, Spotlight Oral Care is working with TerraCycle for in-office drop-offs for used plastic dental aligners.
"Dental aligners are made of plastic and can take hundreds of years to decay in landfills," TerraCycle said. "They are typically not recyclable in community programs."
TerraCycle says a list of participating dental offices will be out soon.