Recycling Centers Near Me
In the last 20 years recycling centers have become a common occurrence near me. Many Countries have changed their rules around garbage and recycling material so much that it has literally forced every citizen to participate in recycling whether they want to or not. As a result you will see a recycling center near me in even the smallest of communities. They often do not open on Sundays in Canada but are open on Saturday for your weekend cleanups.
Reduce / Reuse / Recycle
For years now we have heard of the slogan reduce reuse and recycle. In an effort to protect our environment we have been encouraged to keep products from the landfill sites and if we are not able to reuse an item we are encouraged to take it to a recycling center near me. Governments all over the world have encouraged manufacturers to reduce the amount of packaging that they use on new products that are put on the market. We have all experienced the frustration of trying to get into a new toy.
Products to Recycle
It is quite amazing how many different products can be recycled in the United States as well as Canada.
- Cereal and Cracker boxes
- Catalogues and Phonebooks
- Coffee Trays, Comic Books
- Toilet paper ad paper towel tubes
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Egg cartons and envelopes
- Glossy paper and posters
- Hard Cover books with the cover removed
- Magazines and Novels
- Newspaper and flyers
- Office and shredded paper
- Sales receipts
- Aluminum Cans and plates
- Clean tinfoil and plastic wrap
- Feed and seed bag
- Glass jars with no covers
- Liners and bags from cereal, cracker boxes
- Lids from coffee cups
- Liquor bottles
- Milk and juice containers
- Plastic containers
- Plastic bags
- Tetra packs, tin cans
I always check the recycling center near me to confirm the local, municipal, province or state laws. Not all areas recycle the same products.
Can I Recycle Electronics?
Both Canada and the United States have implemented a program to manage what is referred to as end of life electronics. If they are no longer useful to you they encourage you to donate to community groups who may be able to use them before you consider disposing of them With the growing use of electronics and the rate at which the products become obsolete disposal has become an issue. Many of these products also contain toxic substances that need to be disposed of properly through the recycle or disposal process so customers pay a small fee when the items are purchased to help cover the cost of proper handling on disposal.
There is much discussion around packaging of products and whether the packaging is recyclable or not. While some cities in United States have banned styrofoam others have set up programs to recycle it. In the production process to make styrofoam, it uses a carcinogenic chemical known as benzene. In addition to its toxic aspect it virtually never decomposes so the more you can keep out of the landfill sites the better.
What impact does recycling really have on the environment? Well – did you know…
o 17 trees can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.
o Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74% of the energy used to make them from virgin materials and there is no limit to the amount of times aluminum can be recycled
o Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
o 86% of plastic bottles in the U.S. end up in a landfill or incinerator. That averages to around 60 million plastic bottles ending up in landfills and incinerators every day.
o By making new glass bottles from 50% recycled material, enough energy is saved to power 45,000 households for a year.