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January 2010

Recycling: How to recycle

by At-Risk.org Staff, on batteries, bottles, clean, computer, garbage, junk, metals, plastics, radioshack, recycle, recycling plants, stores, waste, yard

Through such links as Environmental Protection Agency’s advantages of recycling, many people now know that it is important to recycle, but there is ignorance on how this is done, on what can be recycled, and on where it is done. This leads to people failing to recycle even when they want to and/or even when there is a recycling plant nearby.

To recycle, you should start by calling the Department of Public Works in your county or the local recycling center for information on what they recycle. For state recycle info, you can also call 1-800-CLEANUP. You can also do online research on the recycling plants near where you live and what they recycle.

Once this is done, the next step in recycling is to sort the garbage according to where it is going. Plastics, metals and glass should go in different piles and whatever is not being recycled should be placed in the garbage bin. After sorting, clean the recyclable piles as well as you can. In most cases, recycling plants have collection points, but in some cases they can collect the recyclable items from your home. You should note that different categories of waste also have sub-categories. As an example, plastic containers are in two types. Type one plastics include carpets, auto parts, and industrial paints, and type two plastics include engine oil bottles, trash cans, and detergent bottles.

You should recycle your old car instead of it taking up space in your garage or yard. Recycling a car starts with finding a junk yard – you might even get some money out of it. You can find junk yards in your area through the yellow pages or through online research. The process should be comparing quotes so that you can get the best price, preparing the car by removing everything important, making sure your car’s title is in order since most junk yards want to avoid cases of stolen cars, and then taking your car to the junk yard. Recycling old cars is all about the removal and the sale of different parts and the recycling of recyclable parts such as plastics and metals.

It is hard to get rid of used batteries, but you can pay companies such as Batteries Plus stores to recycle the battery for you. You can contact them thorough http://www.batteriesplus.com and you will have to pay 85 cents per pound, but this varies from company to company. RadioShack and Office Depot and RadioShack accept rechargeable batteries such as Lithium Ion batteries and Nickel Cadmium that you do not need.

To recycle books, you should first consider used bookstores or online markets such as http://www.amazon.com. You can also recycle them by donating to libraries and/or thrift stores.

To recycle your computer, consider giving it to charity or a school. However, you should not donate computers that are broken or obsolete – this is considered damping of toxic electronic waste. In 20 states, and this number is increasing, legislation has been passed that requires manufacturers to recycle their own computers. However, this will cost you about $20 that goes to shipping and the actual recycling.

Other items such as clothes, mobile phones, eyeglasses, fluorescent bulbs, and paint, among others, are also recyclable. You can get more information on EPA’s website http://www.epa.gov.

At-Risk.org Staff