Bungee Cords Put in Garbage 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 consider buying a bungee cord, try using rope instead. Common rope is more eco-friendly than bungee cords because the material is renewable and biodegradable. Also, the rope won’t be damaged by sunlight the way a bungee cord will. 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.