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Battery Recycling


If we all chip in and do our daily fair share of recycling every day, we can help keep our planet Earth green. This is why we created this recycling page, because we care! A lot!

Below are a few green resources to help you find recycling centers nearest you that will take in your old laptop battery, charger and electronic parts free of charge.

1. Where Can I Recycle Things?

Some urban areas have locations where trash is collected, and will also have a separate bin for recyclables. Be sure to use that recycling bin! You can also go to your local recycling centers. If you're unsure of where to find one, check out the list below to find a recycling center near you. Remember that not all recycling centers take all objects. Each recycling center has their own rules and don’t accept mixed aluminum cans with cardboard boxes and dead batteries. Otherwise, later you might wind up with a cardboard aluminum battery box with superpower capabilities.

http://earth911.com/
http://www.recyclingcenters.org/
http://1800recycling.com/
http://www.call2recycle.org/    (great for batteries!)


2. What Exactly Is Recycling?

When an object is recycled, the materials that made up the object are essentially re-processed to be re-used. Imagine taking a cup at home, filling it with water, then drinking the water. What happens to the cup? You wash it, then re-use it later. The same thing occurs for recycled objects. They're not necessarily just washed, of course, but they're given a complete chemical makeover so that they can be used by us again later.

3. Why Should I Recycle?

Why shouldn't you? You never want to second-guess your own health, and they say it's best to live with the motto "Better Safe Than Sorry". Why should the planet's health be any different? There are many positive effects from recycling, with basically no negative impacts!

4. What Happens If I Don't?

In our (wonderful) graph below, you can clearly see that by next year (whichever year it may be upon reading this), the amount of trash will surely exceed the number of humans on our planet. Imagine if you lived in an apartment with three roommates, but all three roommates were generating giant heaps of waste in the apartment! Oh no! We can't live neck-deep in trash!



5. What Do I Gain From This?

You can put on a Superhero outfit and claim that you saved the world! Or at least, you're helping to do that. Here's a neat list for you to follow, and all nifty things to accomplish:
  • Reduce Global Warming:
  • When certain products are manufactured, carbon dioxide is released. Many of those products are recyclable products, so by not recycling them, we're continually producing more and more while simultaneously emitting more carbon dioxide. By recycling, we can cut down on carbon dioxide and help reduce global warming!

    For a much more in-depth (but fun and simple!) explanation on carbon dioxide and how it affects global warming, check out this page!
  • Reduce Air Pollution:
  • Carbon dioxide, while not directly harmful to us, isn't the only gas released from manufacturing plants. Depending on the product, many other dangerous and toxic gases are cast out amongst us, polluting the very air we breathe. Unless we lessen the amount of good produced, we may have to eventually say goodbye to blue skies, and say hello to dark clouds ahead!
  • Reduce Water Pollution:
  • Trash that goes into a landfill has an effect on the surrounding environment. The toxins end up seeping down into the Earth, eventually reaching water tables, streams, piping and contaminating them. On top of that, we also dump our trash far into the ocean. But just because we throw it far away from us, that doesn't mean the ocean isn't affected! And as you already know, water is a major part of our lives - you don't want dirty water circulating all over the place, do you?
  • Reduce Material Consumption:
  • Recyclables such as paper and cardboard don't just grow out of the floor - at least, not looking like that. They're made of trees, which we could easily run out of if we're not careful! And running out of trees also means less air for us to breathe. But why should we run out, when we can re-use the same tree repeatedly for our needs, with almost no consequence to us? If you don't do it for the trees, then do it for the air we breathe - I hear that stuff is handy!
  • Free Up Landfill Space:
  • Think back to that image of being neck-deep in waste from your three roommates in your apartment. That could happen to us one day! Landfills all around the world are being filled up, and we're running out of space for all of our trash. The less space trash takes up, the more free space we all have! And who doesn't like free space, really?


6. What Can I Recycle?

Good question! A lot of common household items are ready for recycling, should you feel the need to dispose of them! Here's a quick list of just the basics:

Paper: Just about any sort of paper can be recycled, from old school papers to junk mail. Even entire books can be recycled (but why would you go and do that when you can donate them? Not that we're picky!)

Plastics: Plates, cups, spoons, forks, and other disposable units can be recycled. Heck, you should throw a party right now just for a reason to recycle! (Only, don't actually do that.)

Cardboard: Most people just think of giant cardboard boxes used for moving, and while those fall under this category, there's much more too! Pizza boxes and cereal boxes are common examples found at home.

Metals: Have any old kitchen appliances that you want to replace? The metallic substances used in the creation of your toaster can easily be re-used for a brand new toaster later. Be sure to keep in mind that lots of metals can be recycled.

Electronics: From old televisions and cell phones to CDs and DVDs, lots of electronic units can be recycled. Nowadays, even major companies electronics companies are offering programs that reward you for bringing in older technological goods.

Batteries: Although this is an electronic, we felt that batteries deserve their own section. The acids and other materials that make up a battery can be extremely dangerous not only to humans, but to the Earth as well. Be sure to set aside any used battery you have, such as AA's and cell phone batteries, and recycle them properly.

 
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