Bungee Cords Put in Garbage Cart Never Recycle Bungee Cords Cords and cables such as bungee cords easily wrap around sorting equipment. This can damage or shut down machinery and create safety hazards for sanitation workers. Be sure to toss your bungee cords once you’re through with them. Ways to Reduce Use Rope Instead The next time you think about buying a bungee cord, consider if rope could be used instead. Common rope is more eco-friendly than bungee cords because the material is renewable and biodegradable. Additionally, rope material won’t be damaged by sunlight as easily as a bungee cord will, giving it a longer life in outdoor applications. Ways to Reuse Use for Crafts & Organization There are many different uses for old bungee cords around the house. Find out how to organize power cables, baby proof your home and more with these ideas from Good Housekeeping.