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With consumer purchases at an all-time high, there are also endless opportunities for recycling. Millions of household appliances are tossed into landfills each year, yet are completely capable of being recycled and reused. From printers and televisions to toys and shingles, the list is far-reaching and continuously growing.
Bearing in mind the environmental cost of tossing old appliances into landfills, here are the most commonly thrown out appliances that are ideal candidates for recycling:
1. Refrigerators – They are the number one contributor of CFC (chlorofluorocarbon), a compounding carbon substance that is a key player in the greenhouse effect. Old refrigerators are also highly inefficient, acting as energy wasters that raise home utility costs. Upgrade your kitchen, your home’s value and the environment by sending these to a recycling center!
2. Microwaves – Microwaves experience high volume use, and as such endure heavy wear and tear, making them a quickly-dumped commodity in most households. When you see it’s time for an upgrade, consider a donation to groups like the Salvation Army or Goodwill to pass your working item onto someone in need. If it is no longer in working condition, contact your local recycling location to learn how to properly dispose of this item.
3. Washers – Both dish and clothes washers have come a long way in the last fifty years. Older models are increasingly less efficient with regard to their energy use, leaving consumers opting for newer models every day. Make good reuse of these items by going the way of the microwave and donating to worthy causes that provide working appliances to the less fortunate.
Recycling isn’t always as simple as tossing something in a box for the recycling center. Many times, the best way to recycle is actually to seek methods of reuse. The next time you are looking for an appliance upgrade, don’t forget to find a worthy cause to pass those older, working appliances to.
Plastics are everywhere. They are used in pre-packaged food, as grocery bags, labels, for solids and liquids, decorations and even tools. Yet, while governments worldwide call for the recycling of plastics – and use of only recyclable plastics – there is still a major lack of statutes with regard to procedural implementation. However, a lack of government oversight is no reason to not take the recycling of plastics into your own hands at the household level. Even in small amounts, recycling plastic is an environmentally-friendly and noteworthy contribution.
So, why recycle plastic?
Recycling provides an economic boost with added job opportunities. Thanks in part to global competitiveness, the need and popularity of recycling makes doing so a profitable business. This, in turn, aids in reducing wasted space in landfills and lessens the need for incinerators and trash burning. The recycling process is far less detrimental than new manufacturing, an added plus that results in lessening greenhouse gas emissions, a constant threat for climate change. In the short term, recycling also obviously reduces the use of raw materials – timber, valuable minerals and water, to name only a few.
From a financial standpoint, the savings are considerable. On a global level, the energy savings quickly add up, with plastic recycling taking as little as half the energy of a newly manufactured piece of plastic. On the home front, reuse is a great option for saving money, with items such as plastic containers and bottles making great reusable storage solutions and decorative pieces.
In our continued efforts and commitment to creating a greener environment for the next generation to enjoy, it is crucial we are serious in our dedication to establish and maintain a sustainable environment. Recycling plastics as a means of reducing energy consumption, landfill size and creating viable options for reuse is a noble effort that every citizen can take part in.