Category Archives: National Recycling Programs

Apple Recycling Program Gives Gift Cards for Your iPod, iPad & More

Recycling Apple products is easier than you think. Apple offers a recycling program to you at no charge. That’s right, it’s free! This means you are able to recycle your iPhone and other devices and receive a rebate from Apple as long as you are aware of and take advantage of this program.

Apple recycling programThe Apple Recycling Program offers a few perks. By bringing your old iPod to an Apple retail store, you may be eligible to receive a 10% discount on a new one. If your old iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC has monetary value, it will be applied toward an Apple Gift Card.

Get Started. Recycle quipment such as your iPhone, iPad, Mac computers: Click for gift card information. Some quotes for trading in an old iPhone 4S were valued up to $345! Even if the device you want to redeem isn’t worth anything, never fear- Apple will recycle your equipment at no cost to you.

If you want to recycle your iPod, here’s where to find more recycling information. You can also recycle any brand of mobile phone with the Apple Recycling Program. Always remember to wipe the data from your device before you bring or send it in. Photo: ukhomeoffice

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Rebuild and Recycle: Brownfield Redevelopment

Clean Up a Vacant Lot in Your Town

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Creative reuse of already used land helps communities.

Have you ever driven by an abandoned gas station in your neighborhood, or an empty lot? This is what’s known as a brownfield- a site that is difficult to redevelop because there are pollutants or potential contamination. There are many different kinds of brownfields. Besides larger industrial plants, there are also small properties in every community that were once places like gas stations or dry cleaners. The good news is that these areas can be revitalized and once again be livable and vibrant- we just have to do some recycling first.

To make this land usable again, there may literally be millions of tons of building related construction and demolition (C&D) materials generated. With so much waste comes opportunities to recover and reuse C&D materials at brownfield redevelopment sites. Read on to find resources for your community if there’s an area you’re interested in redeveloping in a socially responsible way.

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Safe and Simple Smoke Detector Disposal

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Recycling smoke alarms and detectors is the smart thing to do.

Smoke detectors have a limited life span according to a date specified, usually about ten years. That means even if you’re replacing its battery regularly, eventually you’ll need a new smoke alarm. Smoke detectors help you protect your household in case of a fire emergency, so when it’s time to get rid of one, remember to protect the earth. State and local practices for safe smoke detector disposal vary, but we’ve  got some helpful guidelines for you.

There are two different types of smoke alarms and detectors: Photoelectric and ionization. Either type contains plastic and electronic components and usually batteries. The ionization technology contains a very small amount of what is considered radioactive material. This is why many State Radiation Control Programs conduct annual round-ups of ionization smoke alarms similar to the roundup of batteries or hazardous household chemicals. Photo: Mulad

Smoke Detector Disposal Tips

Don’t just throw items away! Pitch in and recycle your smoke alarms and detectors. Recycling smoke detectors helps keep potentially harmful materials out of landfills.

  • Test often. The only way to know if your detector will work when needed is by pressing that test button monthly. If it doesn’t work, it’s time for a new one.
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Recycle Those Red Plastic Cups at Your Next Party

“Hey, red Solo cup is cheap and disposable
And in fourteen years, they are decomposable…Whoo!”

Well, that last line of country music singer Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” song may not be true, but you sure can recycle them. Red Solo cups have become the iconic symbol for American partygoers. How many people have at least one picture of yourself toasting one to the camera? While you’re having a good time, help the Solo Cup Company collect and recycle Solo party cups. You can even raise funds for your favorite nonprofit organization!

solo cup recyclingWalking past the remnants of a party with red cups strewn all over the lawn, street and sidewalks can be an annoying sight. So recycle them all instead!

While single-use items occupy a role in the food preparation and service industries, and for people to consume their food and beverages, waste really adds up. If you throw a party, try and find products that contain post-consumer recycled content, and are recyclable or compostable whenever possible. Photo: e-magic

But if you really need those red plastic cups, use the great recycling program brought to you by TerraCycle, a company we have blogged about at length for other innovative national recycling programs, such as candy wrappers and old flip flops.

The TerraCycle Solo Cup Brigade program lets you send in your cups to their company and you will be awarded TerraCycle points which can be redeemed for a variety of charity gifts or the non-profit organization of your choice. Send in your Solo cups for FREE as an individual or on behalf of an organization, such as a school. Think about what good PR this could be for frat parties! Click here to learn more about the TerraCycle Points Program and other FAQ. Your old party cups will be made into useful items such as plastic dog bowls. Isn’t that much better than throwing them away?

Best of all, it is totally free to participate in any TerraCycle Brigade.

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Paint Recycling: Change the World One Gallon at a Time

Donate Leftover Paint to Make a Difference

If you have leftover paint in your basement, now is the time to donate your paint. Based out of Atlanta, Georgia, Global Paint for Charity recovers leftover paint in the United States which would otherwise be discarded or end up in landfills. This charitable organization collects leftover paint from businesses and residences, reprocesses it and then donates it to schools, hospitals, orphanages and community centers to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.

At Global Paint for Charity, they recognize that a little layer of paint on the walls not only creates an attractive appearance and uplifts the spirit of the community, but it also protects the exterior and interior surfaces from bacterial objects, diseases and temperature changes. Since their inception in 2010, they have been rebuilding and renovating homes and painting or repainting sports stadiums and basketball courts at schools worldwide. As many as 3,000 to 6,000 gallons of paint have been salvaged at a time in a single day at paint recycling drive events.

With more support, founder Rony Delgarde believes that Global Paint for Charity can collect between 8,000 to 12,000 gallons of paint on a single day in the state of Georgia alone. Visit their website for additional information and photos of their paint recycling projects in developing countries around the world.

Paint Recycling

What You Can Do

Support the Global Paint for Charity mission to change lives and change the world, one gallon of paint at a time. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that every homeowner in the U.S. has 3 to 5 gallons of leftover paint in their basement and 10% of those paints ends up in landfills. Global Paints will happily take any can, gallon and bucket containers of latex or oil paint, regardless of the amount, age or condition.

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