Recycle that computer!

One of many challenges when moving was the proper disposal of old electronics including both desktop and laptop computers, cell phones and TV’s. We no longer had the luxury of storing obsolete items behind closet doors, however we wanted to make sure they didn’t simply end up at the landfill either. So, with a little research, we found the date for the county’s electronic recycling event and marked our calendar to take advantage of the opportunity to dispose of a trunkful of electronics.

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And finally we were able to safely get rid of items we’ve needed to dispose of for a couple of years. It feels good to not only free up space in the garage but to also know everything was disposed of properly.

image After we returned home, I remembered an app on my phone, iRecycle (available for both iPhones and Android phones), which claims to list local sites to recycle everything. I updated the app and realized we could have dropped off these electronics at many nearby locations most any day. No need to wait for the county recycling event.

While it’s not as easy to recycle electronics as other household items, it’s important to do so. Look for electronics recycling events sponsored by the local government, or better yet, download iRecycle, so you can find where to recycle everything.

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Going Green Step 3: Recycle

recycleRecycling can benefit your community and the environment. By collecting materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash so they can be processed and made into new products you’re taking one more step toward going green. Thankfully, the city of Ocala has finally provided recycling containers for curbside pickup which makes this a much easier process.

Recycle metals: aluminum, steel, including hangers, and aerosol cans, but not spray paint cans. Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power the TV for 2 hours?
Recycle paper: newspaper, mail, computer paper, and cardboard
Recycle plastic: plastic bags, plastic bottles, and lots of plastic containers. Check the bottom for the number to determine if it can be recycled.
Recycle glass: blue, brown, green, and clear.
Recycle electronics: cell phones, computers, video games and consoles, MP3 players, ink jet cartridges, and televisions. This is a little more difficult but there are websites that provide information about where these items can be taken.
Recycle hazardous materials:  paint, chemicals, batteries, pesticides, pool chemicals, and CFLs (you know, those crazy looking energy efficient light bulbs).

I know this doesn’t even scratch the surface of what items can be recycled. In fact according to the iRecycle website,their app helps users

find local, convenient recycling opportunities when you are on the go or at home. iRecycle provides access to more than 1,500,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials.

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You read that right…1,500,000 ways to recycle 350 items. I’ve downloaded  iRecycle for Apple devices. There’s also an iRecycle

for Android devices.

Going green by reducing, reusing, and recycling is a part of your life already, but go the extra mile. Determine one new thing to do this year. (We’re composting thanks to a garage sale bargain!) Small changes by many can make a big difference!