Post-Election Day

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 in Green Tip

Yesterday, millions of Americans went to the polls to vote in this year’s election. Now that it’s over, you might be wondering what to do with all of that promotional material.

Start by recycling campaign literature. Flyers, brochures, door hangers… Toss those papers into your recycling cart, or shred them and use them in your compost bin.  

Campaign signs are a bit harder to get rid of, but you still have some options. First and foremost, do not put plastic signs in your recycling bin. Most waste haulers in our region cannot recycle them at their facilities. While some companies in other states have developed recycling programs for the plastic signs, unfortunately, I’ve looked everywhere and there isn’t a place here to recycle them. So we have to get creative instead!

First, contact the candidate to see if he/she wants the signs back. Many candidates will reuse their signs if they plan to run for office again.

If not, your best option is to repurpose them, and the possibilities are endless. I found a few great ideas that I’ll share with you quickly:

Repurpose the signs for art projects. Your kids can paint over them, create a game, or make garden signs for the backyard.

Spray paint or wrap them to look like Christmas presents and place them in your yard during the holidays.

Old campaign signs can also be taped together to make storage boxes or a bird house, or reused to advertise an upcoming yard sale.

I’d love to hear your ideas though! So send us your ideas for reusing campaign signs on Twitter or Instagram using #recycledcampaignsigns!