Recycling is one of the most important ways of keeping waste and harmful pollutants out of our environment. Are you recycling everything that you ought to be recycling? Here are a few things to skip tossing in the waste bin and start collecting.
Electronics and computer recycling is critical to eliminating waste of limited resources and preventing contamination of local ecosystems and groundwater. Metals from these electronics such as tin, aluminum, copper and iron can be melted down and reused for use in the production of future electronics, helping reduce the need for new raw materials. In addition, silicone and some plastics can also be recovered and reused, which helps reduce the cost required to produce new computer systems and other technology. Electronics can usually be recycled for free at special drop points.
Similar to electronics, batteries can be recycled to recover precious metals such as copper, nickel and cobalt, which makes it easier to produce new goods in the future. In addition, certain types of batteries (silver oxide batteries) contain small amounts of mercury, which can be recycled appropriately and kept out of the environment. Though batteries cannot generally be collected in curbside pickup, they may be collected by local agencies or certain stores.
Though they too cannot be collected in your weekly pickup, plastic bags and films are often accepted at retail stores or other drop locations in your community. Since much of the waste going into landfills and oceans is composed of plastic and plastic bags, you’re doing a powerful thing for our planet by disposing of it responsibly.
Recycling is one seemingly small step that keeps our planet just a little bit healthier and happier. If we each do our part, we can all enjoy a clean environment for generations to come.