Hard to Recycle Items by pengxuezhi


									           Recycling 201:

Hard to Recycle
                  Courtesy of HomeLink Magazine
The U.S. currently generates approximately 300 million new scrap tires every year
            Why Recycle Tires?
• Conserves landfill space
• Prevents the spread of disease from mosquitoes and
• Reduces energy that would be used to create new
• Creates less toxic chemical emissions
• Provides new tires
• Decreases illegal dumping practices
• When tires are burned they give off harmful
  emissions and an oil run off that is incredibly
  dangerous. Tire emissions from burning tires omit
  harmful agents such as lead and arsenic into the air.
             Where in Steamboat?*

•   Bob’s Conoco
•   Big O
•   Doc’s Auto
•   Westside Auto
•   Twin Enviro/ Milner Landfill

* Fees are involved and vary by location
           What do they become?
•   Bottom of sandals
•   Backfill for walls and bridges
•   Stall mats
•   Roof pads
•   Fuel
•   Rubber-modified asphalt for roads and athletic tracks
•   Shower tiles
•   Playground cover
•   Commercial flooring
•   Carpet padding
•   Speed bumps
•   The best thing about recycling tires is that they can be
    retreaded. This means that the old tread is buffed
    away and a new tread is put on the tire so it can be
    used again on an automobile
And don’t forget your bike tires and tubes….

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than 40 million
                    computers become obsolete and are discarded every year,
                          but only 15 percent of these computers are recycled.
          Why Recycle Electronics?
• Conserves natural resources
   Valuable material can be recovered from old electronics. For example,
  precious metals are used in computer circuit boards and other electronic
  components, and of course glass and plastics are used for TV and
  computer monitors.

• Supports the community
   Donating your old electronics supports schools, low-income families,
  and non-profit agencies by providing them with refurbished computers,
  cell phones, and other electronics. Individuals are helped by being able
  to access technology that they could not otherwise afford. Check with
  these groups first to make sure your equipment meets their needs.
        Why Recycle Electronics?
Most electronics contain hazardous or toxic materials such as lead and
          mercury which can cause an environmental problem
                       if discarded in the trash.

    • Computer monitors and televisions contain significant amounts
      of lead (an average of four pounds of lead each)
    • Printed circuit boards contain hazardous metals such as lead,
      chromium, cadmium and mercury, with significant variation
      depending on the board
    • Batteries in electronic and electrical products may contain lead,
      mercury and cadmium
    • Mercury-containing components like switches and relays are
      found in some electronic and electrical products, including the
      popular flat screen monitors
      Recyclable Electronics
       Recyclable Electronics
•   DVD Player                    •   Phones
•   TV                            •   Copy Machines
•   VCR                           •   Fax Machines
•   Cell Phones                   •   Scanners
•   Monitors                      •   Servers
•   CPUs                          •   Computer Towers
•   Laptops                       •   Projectors
•   Printers                      •   Stereos
•   Keyboards                     •   Mice
     • All accompanying cords, wires & chargers
                    Where to E-cycle
• Donate working electronics to local
  non-profits for re-use
• Cell Phones
   – FREE at Ace Hardware, Egg & I, and City Hall
• G&S Mountain Recyclers
   – 846-1243
   – www.mountainrecyclers.com
• Twin Enviro
   – G&S takes most stuff (or take directly to Denver)
• Staples
   – goes to TechTurn
   – All Electronics (no Alkaline Batteries) (no Freon appliances)
   – Dell FREE
• Waste Management
   – Sony, LG, Goldstar, and Zenith are FREE
            Why not landfill ‘em?
• Rechargeable batteries used in power tools, cell phones and
  other devices may contain potentially hazardous metals such
  as cadmium, nickel and lead.
• Button cell batteries used in watches, hearing aids and small
  consumer electronic devices may contain mercury and silver.
• Zinc and manganese are metals common in alkaline
  batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D, and 9 volts.
• Batteries may produce the following potential problems or
   – Pollute the lakes and streams as the metals vaporize into
     the air when burned.
   – Contribute to heavy metals that potentially may leach
     from solid waste landfills
   – Expose the environment and water to lead and acid.
   – Contain strong corrosive acids
   – May cause burns or danger to eyes and skin
                 Acceptable Batteries
• Nickel metal hydride
• Nickel cadmium
• Alkaline
• Nickel-iron
• Silver oxide
• Lithium ion and
  mercury-free zinc carbon (Carbonaire)
• Sealed lead acid

This list includes but is not limited to:
• Car Batteries
• Household Batteries (AAA, AA, D, etc.)
• Laptop Batteries
• Cell phone Batteries
• Hearing Aid Batteries
Auto Batteries
   •   Axis Steel in Craig
   •   Bob’s Conoco (no charge)
   •   NAPA Auto (no charge)
   •   Twin Enviro
   •   Westside Auto

Household Batteries
   • City Hall (free)
   • Routt County Environmental
       Health                     • Twin Enviro
   • Ace (rechargeable only)      • WM has boxes to send to
   • City Market (free)                   Lamptracker
   • Hayden Merchantile           • www.WMLamptracker.com
   • Radio Shack (free)                   direct order boxes
According to The Steel
Recycling Institute's 2008
recycling rates, major
appliances recycling rates
remained stable at 90
percent. The release noted
that, "these steel recycling
rates accomplish much more
than simply saving landfill

For every ton of steel recycled, 2500 pounds
of iron ore, 1400 pounds of coal and 120
pounds of limestone are conserved."

• Keeps harmful chemicals such as CFCs, HCFCs,
  HFCs, and mercury, out the atmosphere and
• It recovers useful resources for reuse, such as
  steel, plastic, glass, and oil
• It saves energy and virgin materials
    Acceptable                   Where?
•   Refrigerator           • Typically picked up when buy
•   Freezer                  new unit - All appliances in
                             town go to Twin
•   Dishwasher
                             Enviro/Milner Landfill
•   Clothes Washer/Dryer
                           • Twin Enviro
•   Stove/Ovens              – With or without Freon
•   Microwaves             • Home ReSource
•   Air Conditioner          – Working appliances for
•   Hot Water Heaters          resale/donation
•   Sinks & Disposals      • WM – NO Freon
      Light bulbs

Incandescent bulbs are
NOT recyclable and
belong in the trash –
replace with CFLs or
other energy efficient

                     CFLs and Fluorescent tubes contain
                     small amounts of mercury that is not
                     exposed to the environment unless
                     the lamp is broken. The release of
                     mercury is most likely to occur when
                     the lamp is thrown in a garbage truck
                     or a dumpster. These bulbs should be
     Where to recycle light bulbs?

CFLs –
   • Yampa Valley Electric (send to Lamptracker)
   • Lamptracker Direct
   • Light Works of Steamboat (send to Veolia
      Environmental Services)
Fluorescent tubes
   • Lamptracker - www.wmlamptracker.com
   • Light Works of Steamboat
   • YVR – looking to purchase bulb crusher

Twin Enviro – NO (likes them out of landfill)

Home ReSource takes new bulbs in boxes for resale
Plastic Bags and Wrappings
            Bag-2-Bag® program by Hilex
             City Mkt, Safeway, Walmart
         Make sure bags are clean and empty. Receipts, debris and other objects
                     contaminate the plastic as it is being recycled.

• newspaper bags
• grocery bags
• produce bags
• zip lock bags (remove hard components)
• bread bags
• dry cleaning bags
• toilet paper, napkin, and paper towel wraps
• cereal and crackers box liners (with crumbs shaken out)
• retail bags (remove hard plastic or string handles)
• diaper wrap (packaging)
• case wrap (ex. snacks, water bottles)
• mattress bags
• furniture wrap
• electronic wrap
• ALL clean bags labeled #2 (HDPE) or #4 (LLDPE)
           Unacceptable Plastics
• Food packaging
• Produce packaging
• Plastic food wrap
• Bags that have direct contact with food
• PETE trays
• Plastic bottles
• Other plastics
                               (aka. Styrofoam)
Even though many foam containers and packing materials are stamped with a
they are NOT collected by most local recycling collections, the Yampa Valley included

                              Food containers
                              must go in trash

Solid Packing Materials
• Earth911.org                                     Peanuts and Other Loose Fill
• Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers             • UPS Store
           www.epspackaging.org                    • PostNet
         The End

             Courtesy of HomeLink Magazine

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