Tips & Advice
Are there dedicated recycling centers for electronics?
Yes, there are dedicated recycling centers for electronics. These centers accept electronic waste such as old cell phones, computers, printers, stereos, televisions and game systems. Many electronic waste items contain toxic heavy metals, such as lead and copper, which can be hazardous to the environment if they are not disposed of at a recycling center.
Which type of recyclable is the most valuable?
One of the most valuable types of recyclables is copper, and recycling centers have purchased copper waste for as much as $2 per pound. Household plumbing pipes are sometimes made of copper, and copper is also used in components found within air-conditioning units and electrical wires. Brass, aluminum, steel and glass are also valuable materials to recycle.
What do the numbers on recyclable plastic mean?
The numbers on recyclable plastic indicate the type of plastic that was used to make the product. For example, a plastic with the number 1 indicates that the item was made from polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET. A plastic with the number 3 indicates it was made from polyvinyl chloride, which is also referred to as PVC. Keep in mind that certain types of plastics might not be accepted for recycling in some jurisdictions.
Why does recycling have to be sorted?
Recycling has to be sorted so that materials can be processed for reuse. Non-recyclable waste is sent to landfills. Waste made with recyclable materials is sent to plants that convert it into products that can be used again. For example, used glass bottles and containers can be used to make new glass products.
What do the three recycling arrows mean?
The three recycling arrows are used to indicate products that are recyclable or made of recycled materials. When these three arrows are against a plain white background, it means a product is recyclable, as long as your town's ordinances provide for its collection. When the arrows are contained in a circle, it means a product that has been made with at least some materials that have been recycled. IA number within the circle indicates the percentage of recycled materials used to make the product.
What types of items does a recycling center accept?
Recycling centers accept items such as beverage containers, plastic bottles, mattresses, box springs, wrapping paper, cardboard, paper egg cartons, and canned goods containers. Household items such as batteries, antifreeze, brake and transmission fluid, pool chemicals, mercury thermometers, motor oil, pesticides and paint thinners are all considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of at a recycling center.