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Top 5 Most Important Items to Recycle.

14 November 2012

St. Vincent de Paul - America Recycles DayThis Thursday, November 15th is America Recycles Day! In spirit of that, here is a list of the top 5 most important items to recycle. There are over 50 different items that you use in your home that can be recycled. It’s great that so many things are recyclable but it also can be confusing. Here is a list of  the top 5 most important items to recycle. Try to have a goal to always recycle them and never let them go into a landfill!

  1. Lights and electronics: This is number 1 in my book because of the extremely high toxicity of many electronics. With how many new electronics we get every year, make sure to not just toss the old one. Important light and electronic devices to recycle are: Compact flourecent bulbs, cell phones (and their chargers), ink cartridges, and video game systems. Learn where to recycle your e-waste.
  2. Aluminum: Aluminum cans are 100% recyclable, and can be recycled over and over. The best part is that it takes 95% less energy to make new cans out of recycled cans than to make brand-new ones!
  3. Plastic Bottles: About 25 million plastic bottles are sold in America every year, and of those only 20% are recycled. That’s a disappointing statistic. Using recycled plastic to make new bottles uses 2/3 less energy.
  4. Newspaper and cardboard: Paper makes up 1/3 of the waste system and is one of the easiest items to recycle!
  5. Steel cans: Just like aluminum, steel can be recycled over and over again. Especially focus on any steal cans that had previous toxic material in them.

To learn more about what you can recycle and where you can recycle- check out Recycle More Minnesota

Once you set your recycling goal- add it to your Energy Challenge profile. 


One Comment leave one →
  1. 14 December 2012 11:59 am

    Reblogged this on SoCal's Electronics Recycling Resource.

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