Pet Supplies Put in Garbage/Landfill Pet supplies like toys, beds, litter boxes, and similar belong in the garbage. Steel Crates Are Scrap Metal Once you have removed all plastic and bedding from a metal crate, you can dispose of it as scrap metal. Ways to Reduce Make Your Own Pet Toys and Supplies Instead of buying new toys every time your pet loses or destroys one, consider making your own pet toys out of things you may otherwise throw out. You can make braided rope toys out of old jeans, or kitty puzzle treat dispensers out of old toilet paper rolls. Sometimes, your dog may enjoy a simple stuffed sock to chew on or your cat may like an old wine cork, shoestring, or ribbons to bat around. Use an Old Crib as a Crate You can upcycle an old baby crib as a crate for small pets using these instructions. Ways to Reuse Donate Gently Used and Unused Items Your local SPCA chapter or Humane Society may accept items in good condition. Did You Know? The History of Pets When did people start keeping pets? Possibly tens of thousands of years ago. Read more from the Smithsonian.