Monthly Archives: September 2010

Computer Disposal and Recycling – Part 1

Find Out How U Can Recycle a CPU

Computer Disposal and Recycling

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What do you mean this Commodore 64 can’t find my wireless network?! Even if they are old and outdated, there’s no need to have working machines end up in the trash. Those computer parts can be reused or refurbished for schools and other organizations.

Besides the obvious reuse, recycling old computers is important! Otherwise heavy metals/toxins from the e-waste leaches into the ground if it ends up in a landfill. This 3-Part series will help give you answers as you ask yourself when you need to recycle an old computer.

  1. Can I donate this item?
  2. Who can benefit from this item even though I no longer need it?
  3. Will the manufacturer of the item take it back, and better yet, even give me money for it?
  4. How do I know the recycler I take my electronics to won’t turn around and export it elsewhere overseas?
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Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled

It’s My Bag, Baby

can plastic bags be recycledMany people have asked, can plastic bags be recycled? Have you ever stopped to think about how many plastic bags pass through your hands on a weekly basis? Perhaps you already have some reusable bags for market shopping, but what about a quick trip to the drug store, your take out lunch, an errand here or there. You’re focused on swiping your card and look up to find your items already bagged and waiting for you in plastic and you don’t want to argue with the checker about whether you need the bag.

Plastic bags are light weight and the most likely to fly away from landfills, settling instead in trees, storm drains, along the coast, and in the ocean. It’s estimated that 80-90% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is plastic, including huge amounts of plastic bags. But obvious littering issues aside, there are so many more reasons to stop using plastic bags. In fact, here’s about 24 more.

So the first step is to recycle any plastic bags you’ve been saving up. It’s important to note that your curbside recycler might not take them, and even if they do, they probably won’t take them unless they’re bundled together nicely. Loose plastic bags can really gum up your recycler’s sorting machines, causing damage, wasting time, and costing $.

Plastic bags can be recycled. Here’s how to find your nearest drop off so you can recycle plastic bags. Luckily, it’s quite easy:

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Recycle Adventure

This video is an educational and entertaining throwback to old school Nintendo! Check out the recycling fireworks at the end.

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Win $5,000 For Your City

Recycle Aluminum Cans For Money

Recycle Aluminum Cans for moneyThe Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge is a national aluminum can recycling contest designed to increase recycling in communities and cities across the United States. Under the Look Who’s Recycling tab, you can see all the other cities that geared up for the challenge, dating back to 2004. This year, there’s already 53 cities taking the challenge. If your city isn’t already participating, encourage them to get them involved.

Go to Cans for Cash to sign your city up for a chance to gain a piece of the $70,000 that will be awarded in four categories:

- Most Innovative Ideas

- Most Cans Collected

- Most Innovative Ideas for Cities Partnering with Keep America Beautiful

- American Recycler Video Award

Read about each category to see which will be best for you. Cash awards for winning each category are up to $5,000. By all means upload a video, because if less than 20 videos are submitted, the sponsors reserve the right to not conduct the contest. Lame!

They even provide you with promotional resources like posters and handouts. As with most other recycling drives, these materials help gain participation from schools, charitable organizations, social clubs, etc. See their website for other important dates and information.

Coordinate Your Efforts

Act now, because the deadline for the Challenge Enrollment is Sept 30, 2010. Again, you would need to coordinate your efforts with your city’s public works or recycling departments. Contact info for these is easy to find on your city’s homepage, or your mayor might even be on Twitter! There are no enrollment charges or fees- participating in the City Recycling Challenge is FREE- go for it!

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Cans For Cash For Critters

Coke addict...

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For zoo lovers, here’s a neat recycling program: the non-profit Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s (ZSM) Cans for Cash for Critters.

This recycling challenge is open to schools, families, youth groups and companies and will help the Milwaukee County Zoo. The title of the program mentions cans in its name, but participants can go well beyond aluminum recycling. It’s well known that the recycling process for aluminum is one of the most effective, as you can read from my article on cans.

Cans are redeemed for money and then that money is given to the ZSM to benefit all the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo through the Sponsor an Animal program.

The basic model is that people collect and take recyclables to a center to redeem for money, which is then donated to the zoo. All fundraising recycling efforts count, and this can include your own rummage sale. The zoo itself only accepts monetary donations, so don’t take your cans, etc. directly to the zoo.

At the end of the challenge, the zoo holds a Bash for Trash ceremony to recognize participants. Some of their prizes include passes to the zoo. Learn about other animal sponsorships at their zoo too!

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