Quick Recycling Tip: How to Recycle Old Candles

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This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.

How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #10 Old, Used and Small Candles or Candle Wax

How to Recycle Old Candles and Candle Wax

How to Recycle Old Candles and Candle Wax

If you entertain, freshen the air in your home or have family and friends over for holidays, then you probably light candles as part of the ambiance. Eventually, they become so small that they’re basically unusable. So do you just throw them away, or can old candles be recycled? Sort of. Here’s how.

Most websites addressing this issue offer simple solutions to melt down wax and reset new wicks. It’s actually pretty simple, just follow the instructions on any of the sites / links below. Rule of caution: separate out the scented candle nubs from the unscented, as a combination of scents may yield some pretty foul odors. If you were looking for an excuse to recycle or reuse an old iron pot or used cookware, melting wax down to make new, full-size candles can be a great thing to use them for.

Helpful Links on Recycling Old Pots and Pans, or Kitchen Cookware:
Check out eHOW for simple candle recycling instructions.

Check out Recycle This UK for more info on recycling used wax candles.

An article on One Stop Candle talks about recycling old candles and candle wax.

Associated Content article on melting wax down to make fresh new candles.

Info from Squidoo on recycling candles.


  1. This is a great tip! When you purchase a candle, so much is wasted when you can’t reach it to light any more, or the wick burns down too far. We recently started melting down our old candles to form new ones with fresh wicks. It’s a great hobby, and useful too!

    Another tip for around the home, is to buy recycled furnishings whenever you can. We snagged a great antique bed frame at a local farmer’s market, and got a recycled latex mattress to go with it.

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