Rubber Bands Put in Garbage Rubber Bands Go in the Trash Rubber bands can not be recycled in your curbside bin. Dispose of them in the trash when unusable. Ways to Reuse Save for Reuse Save rubber bands in a jar or junk drawer to use around the house. You can create a rubber band ball to neatly store bands until they are needed. There are countless uses for rubber bands, here are a few innovative ideas to try.