Thursday, January 19, 2012

If It Is Thursday It's Going Green - Recycling Is So Simple

If It Is Thursday It's Going Green

Here are some simple changes that you can make.

DONATE OLD CELL PHONES: About 130 million mobile phones are retired every year, resulting in more than 65,000 tons of waste — including potentially hazardous materials, such as lead and mercury. A non-profit program the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation will recycle your phone for free into new metal products. You'll find these collection boxes in stores like Radio Shack and The Home Depot. You can learn more at

BATTERIES: Buy rechargeable batteries for electrical gadgets. For every 500 charges, you’ll save 499 batteries from ending up in a landfill.
Sooner or later, all batteries, even rechargeable, are no longer usable. When it's time to dispose of them, you will want to keep them out of the landfill, where they may leach acids and heavy metal pollutants into the soil and groundwater. Look for centers that recycle them instead, and buy only types that you know your center handles.

DISPOSABLE CAMERAS: Quick and convenient though they may be, disposable cameras produce a lot of solid waste—not just the camera body, but also the foil and cardboard packages. About a quarter of the cameras never make it back to the manufacturer to be recycled. A digital camera takes good pictures and generates far less waste, especially since you’ll probably print only the shots you really like.

We can make a difference just by making some small changes in our lifestyle!

CHILDREN: If your efforts to encourage the children away from their video games have been ineffective, consider involving them in games that get them thinking about more worthwhile subjects. CO2FX, for instance, explores the connection between global warming and political and economic factors.

Remember the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle


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