Saturday, February 28, 2009

Recycling Bag

A couple of months ago, I posted a drawing that my son made ~ Recycle Some More. Here's what my son is doing now regarding recycling. He has his own Recycling bag where he would put pieces of paper in it and will let me know that those are for recycling. As you can see below, he marked one side of the plastic bag "Re[c]ycle".
He also uses the 3R's of Recycling: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle (although he spelled it wrong, I think it sounds the same when you read it). This is what the other side of the Recycling bag looks like.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Recycling Tires into Asphalt - CNN Video

Here is a cool way to recycle tires. It can be used as an eco-friendly replacement to asphalt or concrete. The best part is that water can sip right through it unlike in asphalt or concrete. Watch and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ink and Toner Cartridge Recycling - Cartridge World

I found an Ink and Toner cartridge recycling bin at my local library. I have visited a couple libraries within my area and I also found bins like this. 

Here are some facts that I found about Ink and Toner cartridge recycling from the Cartridge World website:
  • About 8 cartridges are thrown away in the United States every second.
  • Every cartridge reused is one less cartridge thrown into our landfills
  • It takes a gallon of oil to make a new laser cartridge
  • In North America, over 350 million cartridges per year are discarded in our landfills, and that number increases by 12 percent annually
  • Every remanufactured cartridge saves nearly 3 and 1/2 pounds of solid waste from being deposited in landfills
  • Remanufacturing cartridges reduces pollution. Almost 90% of empty cartridges are incinerated or dumped in landfills
  • 70 percent of used printer cartridges throughout the world are currently being thrown out
  • It can take as long as 450 years for a cartridge to decompose in a landfill
  • In one year, if the world's discarded cartridges are stacked end-to-end, they would circle around the Earth over three times.
The bins are part of a recycling program that is run by Cartridge World. They provide the bins to schools or non-profit organizations to help them raise money. 

Cartridge World has over 1600 stores worldwide. They can refill inkjet cartridges or remanufacture toner cartridges in their stores. Reusing printer cartridges helps saving the environment and with the tough economy, it can save you some money, too. You can visit their website to find a store near you.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Recycling Plastic Bottles - CNN Video

I just found this video about recycling plastic bottles to make new bottles. Very interesting...

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