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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Green Matters

Happy Earth Day! In observation, here is a handful of tips and reminders for recycling household items from M Magazine.

1. Aluminum Cans & Plastic Bottles

According to Earth911, "a used aluminum can--when recycled--can be placed back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days." And for perspective: in 2007, 54 billion cans were recycled; saving the energy equivalent of 15 million barrels of crude oil--America's entire gas consumption for one day. With a CA cash value incentive, the nearly 70% of plastic bottes that end up in landfills are completely avoidable.

2. Plastic Bags

While reusable cloth bags are recommended, plastic bags have a variety of reusable abilities; from trashcan liners to wrapping soap and shampoo bottles for travel, to lunch bags and packing material for boxes, reusing plastic bags is easy--with the added bonus of reducing clutter on roadways and local habitats. Grocery stores often accept previously used plastic bags for recycling.

3. Electronics

From cell phones to televisions, computers, and even small appliances, household and office electronics tend to be replaced ever 2-3 years. E-cycling reduces landfill crowding, as well as ensures hazardous materials are properly disposed. Several office-supply stores offer electronic recycling for a small fee.

4. Batteries

With wireless gadgets on the rise, it is estimated that the household usage of batteries ranges between 8 and 15 on average. And because batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, corrosive acid and landfill poulltion can result when improperly disposed of. Consider purchasing rechargeable batteries, or brands featuring reduced levels of both mercury and heavy metals.

5. Paper Products (Newspapers, Junk Mail, Cardboard, Magazines, Greeting Cards)

According to Earth911, 56% of the paper used in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2007; that's an average of 360 pounds of paper recovered per person. Because of this high recovery rate, the paper industry set a new goal of a 60% recovery rate by 2012. Purchasing recycled paper products helps reduce landfills, ultimately reducing the number of trees being harvested.

To locate recycling center near you, contact 1-800-CLEANUP or Earth911.comto access their recycling directory.

(Image courtesy of David R Munson on Flickr)

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