The term “recycling” has a lot of different meanings. Although only a few types of blinds may genuinely be recycled and transformed into other usable goods, we can “recycle” our window coverings by repurposing or donating them.
Window blinds are a mixed bag when it comes to recycling. Some materials are surprisingly simple to recycle. Others must be discarded or taken into care with someone who can reuse them.
It depends on the type of blind when it comes to recycling. Certain materials used to make window blinds may or may not be recyclable.
- Any metal scrap yard can accept aluminum mini blinds. Aluminum is used for the window blind slats, while steel or aluminum is used for the head rail. All the strings from aluminum blinds can be removed before placing them in the recycling container.
- Fabric shades, such as roman shades, can be trimmed down and reused in a variety of ways.
- Wood blinds can be recycled and reused in a variety of ways.
- PVC is used to make vinyl faux wood blinds and vertical blinds. These window blinds should be reused or repurposed, because vinyl is not recyclable.
- Turning treated wood into mulch or compost is the most common approach to recycle it.
Recycling different kinds of Blinds:
v Best way to get rid of vinyl mini blinds
- Some vinyl blinds can be thrown out in a plastic bag with the rest of the garbage.
- Otherwise they should be disposed of as hazardous waste unless exempted.
- Many scrap metal yards and recycling organizations will accept the vinyl sections of blinds, not the entire blind.
v Recycling Mini Blinds
- Aluminum blinds are 100% recyclable and can be brought to any scrap metal yard or recycling centre.
- Clean the blinds completely before unloading.
- Many scrap metal yards and recycling organizations will only accept the aluminum and steel, not the entire blind.
- Remove and recycle any components from the metal head rail.
v Recycle Wood Blinds
- It’s more environmentally friendly to donate old wood blinds if it’s not be repurposed into anything new.
- Sending items to a recycling centre might be a straightforward way to donate.
v Recycle Faux Wood Blinds
- Faux wood blinds are made from a combination of PVC and recycled hardwood, which unfortunately cannot be recycled again.
- Recommendation is to donate blinds if it is in good condition.
v Recycle Roman Shades and Curtains
- Window coverings made of cloth are simple to recycle. Giving them to a friend or donating them should always be the first option. More expensive materials and window coverings are virtually always in demand.
- However, if shades are ripped or broken, it can be disassembled and recycle them. Cut the fabric away from any hardware or cords with scissors. Metal hardware can be recycled at a drop-off location near you.
- Fabric scraps and unsellable apparel are sent to manufacturers where they are turned into industrial rags and insulating material by resale businesses. A substantial amount of fabric scraps is used to insulate many buildings and autos. If fabric is damp, mildewed, or has been exposed to something hazardous, it’s best to toss it out.
v Recycle Cellular Shades
- A plastic head rail, metal components, and 100 percent polyester fabric make up cell shades. Although some polyester fabric is created from recycled materials such as plastic bottles, it usually cannot be recycled again. The technology to “melt down” the fabric into other useable products and recycle them over and over again does not yet exist.
- It’s always ideal to donate shades if they’re still in good working order so that they can be used in their current state. Polyester fabrics can be shredded and reused as quilt batting and house and car filler.
v Recycle Woven Wood Blinds
- Some bamboo shades are made from stained or treated wood, which cannot be recycled. The threads in woven wood shades can get caught up in the machinery used to shred wood at recycling facilities.
- Bamboo blinds are biodegradable to a large extent. Bamboo blinds can be reused in a variety of ways if you don’t want to throw them away. They can be used as beach mats, lamp shades, placemats, vase covers, and wall hangings, among other things.
Window blinds are a must-have for both the home and the office. If we value our privacy, we can’t live without them. And, of course, we won’t be able to use them indefinitely. We’ll have to upgrade or replace them at some point.
However, recycling may not always be a possibility depending on the type of blinds we choose.