Recycling facts are not just interesting bits and pieces of information. Facts educate people about the need to recycle and they encourage people to be more aware of recycling as a lifestyle. While most people think of the “big three” recyclables (glass, aluminum, and paper) few consider less well known recyclables like:
- Electronic Waste
- Used automotive oil
At this point in time almost any product can be recycled somewhere. Recycling is important because it means less waste in the landfills and less carbon emissions used in manufacturing in many cases.
Interesting Recycling Facts
According to the Environmental Protection Agency:
If one ton of paper is recycled :
- 17 mature trees are saved
- 3 cubic yards of landfill space is left empty
- 7,000 gallons of water are saved
- 2 barrels of oil is saved
- Enough energy is saved to power an average home for five months
If aluminum is recycled:
- An average home could be electrically powered for ten years on the energy that is saved
- Throwing away one aluminum can wastes the same amount of energy as dumping half a can of gasoline out on the ground.
If glass is recycled:
- If one glass bottle is recycled it saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
- Currently nearly four million diskettes are thrown away daily. The disks will take five hundred years to degrade.
There are many items that can be recycled that many people never think about. By taking some extra time to recycle these items you can make a big impact on the environment, in a positive way.
There are basically two environmentally friendly ways to deal with an unwanted computer.
- Donate it if it is still working- Many charities and organizations welcome a working computer whether it is old or not. Consider your local schools, preschools, or veteran's programs as well as various charities.
- Recycling- Even of your computer is not working at all there are places were you can take it to have it recycled.
Computers and other electronics are made up of mostly recyclable components. In fact, nearly ninety-nine percent of these items can are recyclable.
Many computer manufacturers have recycling programs for the computers they produce. You should check with the company that made your computer to see if they have a recycling program. Among the many companies that do are:
Electronic Waste Recycling
e-Waste is a term that covers all electronic waste. Electronic waste recycling is especially important because of the hazardous materials e-waste contains. Some of these are:
- Brominated flame retardants
When these items are thrown away the chemicals are released into the environment. By recycling them properly these materials can be kept out of the environment.
Companies that recycle e-waste are:
- Staples will
recycle a variety of products including computers and office
- Best Buy has an
excellent recycling program. You can drop cell phones, rechargeable
batteries, and ink cartridges at any store. They also will remove and
recycle a variety of electronics and appliances when they deliver
your new one.
- Radio Shack also recycles batteries and cell phones.
Fluorescent Tube Recycling
Fluorescent tubes must be recycled or disposed of as hazardous waste; it is illegal to just throw them away.
When you are
handling fluorescent tubes be careful not to break them. If they get
broken they can't be recycled. You should keep the original box to
put the used tubes back in to take to the recycling center. To find
out where you can take fluorescent tubes to be recycled just do a zip
code search on earth 911. This site allows you to search for a number of different types of recycling.
When you have the recycling facts, and you understand what you can recycle you will be more able to effectively deal with your unwanted and nonworking items in an environmentally friendly manner.