Monthly Archives: October 2010

Don’t Wait For Your Trash To Mutate

This Halloween, even ghosts recycle in this cute animation.

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Candy Wrappers Can Be Recycled

It’s impossible not to notice giant piles of candy on display around certain times of the year. And each piece of individually wrapped candy means a lot of plastic waste left over. According to Nielsen Research, almost $2 billion (or 598 million pounds) of candy is sold during the Halloween season alone. Not to mention all the candy for the rest of the holidays!

candy wrappers can be recycled

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Here are some ideas on how you can put fewer candy wrappers in the garbage this year.

If you’re the person buying candy and you’re just buying candy for a party or for your family, choose candy that comes in more recycle-friendly (aluminum foil or paper) packaging, or buy larger sized pieces rather than a bag full of individually wrapped stuff. Of course, if you’re buying candy to hand out to little trick-or-treaters, you’ll want the smaller, wrapped pieces.

Chances are, especially if you’re taking kids trick-or-treating, by the end of Halloween night you’re going to have a load of candy wrappers from many different candy products. And don’t get us started about the mounds of chocolate for Valentine’s Day!

Send ‘em In

If your candy wrappers are made by Mars/Wrigley or Cadbury, then great news! You can mail your wrappers to TerraCycle, where they will be remade into cool products. Even better- TerraCycle will pay for your shipping, and donate 2 cents for each candy wrapper to a charity of your choice. Sign up and either start a new Candy Wrapper Brigade Team or join one in your area. Get your school or community organization involved! And don’t forget to check out the neat items that TerraCycle makes from those candy wrappers.

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Recycle Cassette Tapes Like A Pro

With the news that Sony stopped producing Walkmans, it’s time to reflect on the now outdated media format many of us grew up on. In recent years, I’ve even come across some audio tape gems at my local thrift store. For a couple quarters, the atmosphere in my car was filled with the dulcet voice of Boy George and Culture Club’s Colour by Numbers for months.

However, patience for rewinding and fast-forwarding audio cassettes doesn’t last long. When recycling cassette tapes, you can always spread the love by donating to thrift stores, but there are also options to mail your tapes to a center that will recycle the actual materials.

A cassette tape has many tiny parts- besides the plastic casing, there are springs and little screws and such. What’s one to do when looking to recycle cassette tapes?

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Pet Owners- Recycle That Can!

Moses Recycles

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Together We Can is a great campaign promoting recycling awareness run by Purina, maker of Friskies and Fancy Feast brand cat foods, and the easy wordplay that is crafted in doing so is commendable.

On their campaign homepage you can learn more about recycling and take a pledge to recycle your pet food cans. Over 15,000 cat owners have pledged so far (it’s a one click process) and for each pledge, Purina donates $1, up to $100,000, to a group that organizes the Great American Cleanup. They mention an interesting statistic about aluminum recycling that resonates with a lot of consumers- recycling aluminum cans saves a TON of energy as compared to mining new aluminum. It’s kind of a no-brainer. For more info on recycling aluminum, see RecycleScene’s article here. It is a very durable metal, and can recycled over and over again.

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Recycle Old TVs Responsibly

“If your working television sits on top of your non-working television, you might be a redneck.”  -Jeff Foxworthy

crt monitor recycling

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As with recycling computers, a great option for many used electronics (and in many cases a better option than recycling) is to donate them. If your TV no longer works, instead of extracting more copper, steel, aluminum and lead from the earth, why not recover what has already been used when it was manufactured? If you’re wondering, “Where can I recycle my old TV?” the next question should also be: Will a retailer take and recycle your old TV? Many companies offer recycling takeback programs, but some are more effective than others.

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