Recycling is the process of turning what we consider 'rubbish' into new, reusable products. Now, more than ever, we need to be recycling our household waste to save materials and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Can you imagine the impact we'd make on the environment if every single one of us recycled all our waste?
Many of us don't think twice about throwing used remote, car or toy batteries into the trash can. It's now out of sight and out of mind, but did you know that batteries being thrown away like trash can contaminate soil and pollute waterways?
Batteries contain heavy metals and toxic chemicals and while not all batteries can be recycled, the majority of them can be.
Below are recycling options for every-day batteries:
- Lead batteries (such as car batteries) – many businesses take these in as 'trade-ins' on new batteries. About 99 percent of lead from these batteries can be recycled.
- Silver oxide batteries – these are commonly found in watches and contain mercury. Many recycling centers take these to recover the mercury or to dispose of it safely.
- Lithium ion batteries – from high grade copper through to aluminium, cobalt and nickel, there are so many useful metals found in these batteries. There may also be a shortage of such metals in the future so recycling can help sustain the availability of them.
The majority of households have a bookcase in which many books can be stacked up high. What do you do with them when you're trying to make room for more? Do you throw them in the trash? Most books cannot be given to a recycling center due to the glued bind, however there are other ways to ensure they aren't wasted.
You can swap them for new books at exchanges, you can pass on to friends and family or you can gift them to second hand stores so someone else can enjoy them.
Don't throw them away when you no longer want to read them, books are valuable assets and can be enjoyed by all!
It has become that easy in today's modern world to recycle ink cartridges that there's no reason not to. Whether you're a commercial printer with large toners, or have a regular home printer with ink cartridges; recycling them is a breeze. There are many retail stores which can refill your old cartridges, but there are also printing companies which will take the cartridges back.
HP, Office Depot and Staples are just a few of the many brands which encourage recycling. Office Depot will allow you to earn reward points, whilst Staples ran a promotion offering customers two reward dollars for
every cartridge recycled.
Each year billions of packaging pallets are thrown into heaps to simply rot away. However, with pallet furniture becoming the hottest trend this year, now is your opportunity to do your bit for the planet. Not every pallet is recyclable, but instead of throwing away that old kiln-dried or de-barked pallet, why not build a planter box, a coat rack or even an outside table? There are thousands of guides online with great ideas on how to recycle those old and unwanted pallets.
Before we end the article we do want to mention that you should look into composting especially if you have a garden. This is sort of like recycling in a way.