Items That Should Never Be Trashed

For the most part, dumping your trash is pretty clear cut. Paper, cans, and bottles go into the recycle bin. Food waste goes into the trash or compost. Paper towels, expired foods, and many other excess pieces go in the trash. But there are several things that don’t belong in any of these locations and may require special handling to dispose of properly. Some of these items are considered hazardous waste and others are recyclable, but only in specialized facilities.

Batteries — Most people will toss batteries into the trash, but they contain metals like alkaline, zinc, nickel, and cadmium. Some stores like Walmart and IKEA offer battery recycling programs, but otherwise, you can take them to a local Home Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility near you.

Electronics — Electronic materials are highly recyclable, but you can’t just stick them in with your paper, cans, and bottles. Televisions,

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Reusing That Old Smartphone

New mobile phones are coming out all the time. Apple, Android, and Windows phones are constantly being upgraded and improved and released. Many people have mobile plans that allow them to upgrade their phone every two years, or for an added monthly fee, whenever they want. Once you decide to upgrade your phone, you may be stuck with a seemingly simple question: “What do I do with my old smartphone?”

There are several programs out there where you can trade in your old phone for credit toward a new one, or for straight up cash. But, if you’re not ready to part with your mobile device just yet, there are several ways you can repurpose it. You can essentially turn your phone into a mini tablet. First off, though, is you need to disable its cellular transmission functions. On an iPhone, go to Settings and then Cellular.

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Fun Green Crafting Projects for your Kids

If you’re looking for a simple activity to do with your kids, you may have a treasure trove of arts and crafts supplies hanging around and not even realize it! Here, we’ll list a few ways to recycle old paper, bottles, and cans and turn them into beautiful works of art.

Paper Bracelets and Necklaces

Let’s start with making some paper beads for bracelets and necklaces. Any paper will do, it can be holiday wrapping paper, junk mail, newspaper, or even your old energy provider’s bill. You’ll need scissors, glue, and a straight edge, like a ruler. Take your paper – the more colorful, the better – and cut it into long, thin triangles. Try varying the length and width of the triangles to make different size and shaped beads. Roll them tightly around a sturdy piece of wire or an unraveled hanger. Put

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Why Recycling Matters

Many cities around the country actively encourage recycling by providing special bins for our recyclables. What is recycling, exactly? Recycling is the term for collecting used objects, such as plastics, glass, newspaper, cardboard, metals, and rubber and delivering them to a facility that sorts the materials in order to re-manufacture objects from them. Why do we recycle? There are numerous benefits to recycling, including reducing pollution, saving energy, and reducing waste.

The Recycling Process

Sorting – The sorting stage consists of gathering and separating each material. They are sorted by category: paper, metal, glass, etc. and by sub category: metal would include aluminum, steel, iron, etc. Once the materials are properly sorted, they proceed to the next stage. Re-manufacture – Properly sorted materials are re-manufactured using up to 100% of the original waste material, though much is mixed with new material. Once the materials are re-manufactured as more »

An Eco-Friendly Gift Guide!

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the nature enthusiast or the environmentally conscious, this guide will help you find something that they’ll enjoy and treasure. Many of the gifts found in this guide are either natural or recycled, so you can feel good about making someone smile and helping the environment at the same time.

Know a gardener or someone who has potted herbs or vegetable plants that doesn’t always have time to water them? Get them a water nanny! This simple little device lets you recycle your old bottles as water delivery systems for your plants. Simply attach the water nanny to the neck of a full bottle, and stick it into the soil. The water will seep down into the soil, providing the right amount of moisture to grow a bountiful plant. When the water bottle is nearly empty, just remove it,

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