Renee: This may seem weird, but are rubber bands recyclable? I subscribe to the Indy Star and often the paper is delivered with a rubber band around it. I’m finding myself overrun with rubber bands (and not enough uses for them all). Short of creating an awesomely large rubber band ball, any ideas?
The world’s largest rubber band ball is 9,400 lbs., more than 8 ft. tall, and consists of more than 700,000 rubber bands. Do you have more than that? If not, it’s not really worth working on that ball.
Unfortunately, rubber bands are not recyclable. And it sounds like you’ve found your fair share of rubber band reuses.
I made a few calls about re-use and here’s what I found… (drum roll please – or you can strum a rubber band guitar – whatev’s)
Urban Times will take them to wrap their papers delivered to neighborhoods! You can drop them off at The Art Bank, 811 Mass Ave, or email Matthew to make arrangements to deliver them directly to one of their distribution partners (i.e. Todd Academy delivers to Chatham Arch neighborhood, using 500 rubber bands a month).
If you’re inspired by the fact that Urban Times and their distribution partners will re-use rubber bands, try contacting other businesses in your area that might be able to put them to use.
Time to bounce,