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Recycling Pesticides and Insecticides. Pesticides and insecticides are dangerous chemicals that must be handled with care.
While they cannot be recycled, you do need to come up with a good disposal plan for them. Keep reading for tips on dealing with any leftover pesticides and insecticides. What is pesticide? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, pesticide is “a chemical used to prevent, destroy or repel pests. How to Recycle Power Cords. Even though many electronic devices are going wireless, power cords are still everywhere in our lives.
Those wireless devices need to be charged somehow, and power cords are the dominant way to do that. In addition, many common household devices (from your television to your coffee maker) still have power cords permanently attached to them. Ever Think About Recycling Your Mattress? They tend to wind up in the most unexpected places: parking lots adjacent to abandoned buildings, ditches, in the middle of a wooded area … Because of their sheer size, old, unwanted mattresses aren’t all that different from appliances.
They’re big, clunky and people all too often fall into the temptation of illegally disposing a once-springy device they used to catch their zzz’s on. There are, of course, far more eco-friendly options to disposing of mattresses, including one seemingly surprising tidbit: They can be recycled! 10 Reasons You Should Recycle Your Electronics. Smartphone give up the ghost?
Laptop running slow? Drop your tablet computer into a swimming pool? Whatever the reason for upgrading an electronic device, there’s really is no keeping one device forever. Recycling CDs and DVDs. CDs and DVDs have long been the go-to media storage products.
They cost very little to produce but have a huge impact on the environment. The production of CDs and DVDs uses various metals, plastics and dyes that take energy and earth’s resources. How to Recycle Medical Waste. Think medical waste is confined to hospitals and doctor’s offices?
Think again. The Mayo Clinic reports that nearly seven in 10 Americans use at least one prescription medication regularly. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 9 million Americans use needles to administer medications every year. And anyone can accidently suffer from a bad cut and end up with kitchen towels or work rags stained with blood. There is no great way to recycle medical waste. How to dispose of medications The most common type of medical waste people have around their homes is prescription and over-the-counter medication. According to the Trust for America’s Health, drug poisoning is now the leading cause of death among adults. Prescription medications, especially those that are expired, cannot be recycled for obvious safety reasons.
A growing number of communities have permanent collection centers for unwanted prescription medications. What Can You Do with Old Trophies? Recycling PET Plastic Bottles. It’s doubtful you can instantly recall its name - or, for that matter, properly pronounce it upon seeing the name - but you’ve most likely come across polyethylene terephthalate at some point recently.
Commonly nicknamed with the far more verbally friendly acronym of PET, polyethylene terephthalate is a resin used to create a variety of products, including plastic bottles. According to a trade organization known as the National Association for PET Container Resources, about 31 percent of the plastic bottles manufactured in the U.S. are derived from this source. The good news: PET is a highly recyclable material. The bad news: Many products - including PET-derived plastic bottles - are still populating landfills at a disheartening rate. “If the current rate of manufacturing and consumer recycling remains, 40 billion pounds of PET waste will be added to our landfills within only a decade,” the authors of the website ReUseIt wrote in a post.
Easy Ways You Can Recycle. How to Recycle Light Fixtures. When I bought my house three years ago, it came with the world’s ugliest dining room and entryway light fixtures.
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Search. Find. Recycle. Find A Recycling Center. After drinking that refreshing glass - uh, I mean plastic - of water, ensuring the container is properly recycled should be a reward in and of itself.
But one unorthodox effort takes that good deed a step further by benefiting other causes. A Turkish company, Pugedon, is tackling the dual issues of recycling and the country’s long-running stray dog and cat epidemic. Plastic Bottles and Pet Food The company has introduced a vending machine in Istanbul with a novel idea. When a passer-by deposits an empty plastic bottle in the receptacle, out comes a handful of pet food. The city of Istanbul reportedly is not shelling out any funds to operate the machine, and Pugedon’s executives have asserted the income generated by recycling the plastic bottles funds the pet food. On the website Big Think, author Teodora Zareva outlines how Pugedon’s overture is one small step in addressing a far greater issue. Glue Stick Recycling Program. Glue is a common item found around the house. It is great for arts and crafts projects, repairing broken china, building furniture and many other things. When you squeeze the last drop of glue from its bottle, or use up the last dab of glue in a glue stick, you may be tempted to toss it in your recycling bin.