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Recycle / Beyond Bottles, Cans And Newspapers

Updated on January 9, 2014

A Lot of facts and statistics are thrown out when talking about recycling; eighty percent of everything thrown away is recyclable, plastic bags and other garbage kill 1,000,000 sea creatures annually, one ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and those trees have the potential to absorb 250 lbs of CO2 per year. The thing is, if you are reading this article, you probably already recycle. We have heard the mantra about recycling our cans and bottles since before most of us can remember. Thanks to this awareness, it is becoming easier to recycle your beverage containers wherever you may be. Here is another little fact about recycling; States with a 5¢ container recycling fee have a 70% recycling rate, while states with a 10¢ fee have a recycling rate of 97%. Not every state has a container recycling fee and as a nation our recycling rate is only about 28%.

Beyond bottles and cans, the amount of foil used to cover the 80,000,000 Hershey Kisses produced everyday would cover more than 50 acres. How many people recycle those wrappers? Around 1% of landfill space is being taken up by disposable diapers? Those diapers take a little over 500 years to biodegrade. As you read this article on your computer, cellphone, or other electronic device know that e-waste is the fastest growing type of waste. This goes beyond filling up our landfills. These products contain toxic substances that leach into the environment. More than likely these devices have rare earth elements in at least one of their components. If these elements are not properly managed, they have serious environmental consequences at every stage of their processing. Their mining, refining and recycling must be done with care. What do we do with all this waste? We are warned not to throw these products away, yet we are also told not to put them in our recycling bins at home. There is a wonderful website called Earth 911. You type the item you wish to recycle along with your zip code or address and they will locate the nearest recycling center. This is an excellent resource to find places for those hard to recycle items, like old cans of paint. Many stores are also offering to recycle some of these non curbside items. Instead of taking an extra trip and using more gas to environmentally dispose of your items, you can just drop them off on your next shopping trip.

Target Recycle Bins
Target Recycle Bins

The following locations are business that you may frequent for your general shopping needs. They are not the only locations to recycle but places you can drop off recyclables without having to make an extra trip.

Batteries

Car Batteries: Kragen

Rechargeable: Best Buy

Electronics

Appliances: Staples (office), Best Buy (if purchase new one from them)

Cell Phones: AT&T, Best Buy, Home Depot, Sprint, Staples, Target, Verizon

Computers: Best Buy, Staples

Wires, Cables, Cords: Best Buy

Ink Cartridges

Ink and Toner: Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, Target

Light Bulbs

Christmas Lights: Home Depot

Compact Fluorescent: Home Depot

Plastic

Plastic Bags: Target, Best Buy, Most Grocery Stores

Other Resources

earth911.com: A website where you type the item you wish to recycle and your zip code or address and they will locate the nearest recycling center.

E-Waste Pile
E-Waste Pile

Please use the comment box below to share other companies that have recycling programs.

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