As your children grow, so do their clothes. As your kid's clothes grow too big for the child's plastic hangers, consider recycling those hangers instead of putting them in a landfill. Many non-profit organisations will accept plastic hangers as will some recycling centres. The hangers can also be used for craft projects such as mobiles.
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Things you need
- Crayons or paints
- Hole puncher
Locate the number on your plastic hanger. The number indicates the type of plastic the hanger is made out of. Call your local recycling centre and ask them if that number is currently being accepted. If it is, you can place the plastic hangers in a plastics recycling bin along with your other plastics.
Donate the children's plastic hangers to a thrift or consignment store that sells children's clothing. UT Health Science Center recommends dropping the plastic hangers off at your local Goodwill store, but you can also give the hangers to The Salvation Army. Any thrift store or consignment shop owner will be happy to reuse the hangers you no longer need.
Offer the plastic hangers for free through your local Freecycle Network. The Freecycle Network allows its users to recycle their unwanted items by giving them to other members in need. Just post a message that you have the children's hangers, and someone in need will contact you to make arrangements to pick them up.
Create some mobiles out of the clothing hangers. This is a great project for a group of young children. The children can create pictures of their favourite animals, foods or family members on sheets of typing paper. Children can then colour or paint the pictures. The pictures can be attached to the plastic clothing hangers with pieces of string. One end is wrapped and tied around the bottom of the clothes hanger, while the other end of the string is thread through a hole in the picture. Holes can be made with a hole puncher.
Tips and warnings
- You could use your children's clothing hangers to store your belts or ties.
- Some plastic children's hangers are made from a mixture of plastics. Most recycling centres don't accept these items.
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