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Environmental Issues: Recycling

Find out how recycling works—and how it benefits the environment and the economy. Learn practical tips for recycling engine oil, batteries, trash, computers, electronics and more.

Cell Phone Recycling
When you upgrade to a new cell phone, how do you make sure your old cell phone doesn't become part of the growing stream of electronic waste that is polluting the environment with toxic materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic? According to the EPA, Americans discard 125 million phones each year, creating 65,000 tons of waste and...

The Benefits of Plastics Recycling: Why Recycle Plastics?
Plastics recycling conserves natural resources, saves energy, and contributes to the U.S. economy. Recycled plastics is used in manufacturing many different products.

The Benefits of Metal Recycling: Why Recycle Metal?
Metal recycling contributes conserves natural resources, saves energy, contributes to the U.S. economy and bolsters U.S. trade balances. Recycled metal from the United States is used for industrial manufacturing worldwide.

Cell Phone Recycling: How to Recycle Your Old Cell Phone
What happens to your old cell phone after you upgrade to a new model? Do stores really recycle old cell phones, or refurbish them and give them to the poor, or do they just end up in landfills? Learn how you can ensure your old cell phone is recycled and put to good use instead of damaging the environment.

Benefits of Glass Recycling: Why Recycle Glass?
Glass recycling is both simple and beneficial. Glass recycling saves energy, conserves natural resources, and is good for the environment. Recycled glass can be used to create new glass containers and a host of other glass products.

Reusable Bags - Why do you choose to carry, or not carry, reusable sh…
Readers of About.com: Environmental Issues explain why they do, or do not, carry reusable shopping bags.

Can You Recycle Plastic Lids and Bottle Caps?
Can you recycle plastic lids and bottle caps along with their containers? Plastic lids and bottle caps can jam recycling equipment, contaminate recycled plastics, and endanger workers at recycling centers. So what should you do with those plastic lids and bottle caps?

Why Is Recycling Not Mandatory in Every U.S. City?
If recycling is one of the three Rs of environmental preservation--reduce, reuse, and recycle--then why is recycling not mandatory everywhere in the United States and elsewhere? Should recycling be mandatory? What would have to change for recycling to become the law of the land?

Cell Phone Recycling: How to Recycle Your Old Cell Phone
What happens to your old cell phone after you upgrade to a new model? Do stores really recycle old cell phones, or refurbish them and give them to the poor, or do they just end up in landfills? Learn how you can ensure your old cell phone is recycled and put to good use instead of damaging the environment.

Harry Potter to Make Fewer Trees Disappear in His Final Appearance
Harry Potter fans may not know if their favorite characters will survive the pen of author J.K. Rowling in the final volume of the seven-book series, but at least the Forbidden Forest and whomping willows will be safe from the publisher’s axe. Scholastic, Inc., the U.S. publisher of the series, has made a commitment to print the newest Harry Potter novel on forest friendly paper that will save more than 200,000 mature trees.

Why and How to Recycle Phonebooks
Learn why it's good to recycle your old phonebooks, plus useful tips on how to reuse your phonebooks if your recycler won't take your phonebooks.

Progress is Slow on Reducing, Reusing and Recycling Fast Food Waste
Along with burgers, tacos and french fries, fast food restaurants serve up a mountain of paper, plastic and Styrofoam waste every day. Fast food waste is a growing problem, as fast food chains expand and open new restaurants around the world. Some fast food companies have taken voluntary steps to reduce, reuse or recycle their waste, but is that enough? Do we need stronger regulations to govern fast food waste?

Americans Recycling More, Discarding Less, EPA Says
Americans are recycling more and discarding less, according to a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which shows dramatic increases in the amount of waste being recycled and a significant drop in the amount of waste being generated annually.

Paper, Plastic, or Something Better?
Plastic bags are hard on the environment--littering the landscape, contaminating soil and water, killing hundreds of thousands of marine mammals, and using millions of gallons of oil annually--and paper bags aren't much better. Learn about better options you can start using right away.

Should Batteries Be Discarded or Recycled?
May batteries be safely discarded along with other household trash, or must they be recycled? While newer batteries contain less mercury and other toxic substances than older versions, they do include trace amounts that could potentially harm the environment.

Paper Recycling - Between the Sheets - Taking the Wrinkles Out of Paper...
Most business offices generate about 350 pounds of waste paper per employee every year, yet despite the good intentions of many companies to recycle their office paper quite a few still aren't getting the job done. What's the problem, and how can we solve it?

Do the Benefits of Recycling Outweigh the Costs?
When you consider the benefits of recycling vs. the cost, is recycling worth the expense? After trying it both ways, here's what New York City discovered about the benefits of recycling.

How and Where to Recycle Almost Anything
Detailed information on recycling everything from plastic containers and aluminum cans to cell phones and used motor oil.

Municipal Solid Waste Recycling
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers facts, figures and answers to frequently asked questions about the solid waste recycling process.

Recycling Online Directory
An extensive online directory of links to information and organizations related to recycling everything from batteries to building materials.

Where and How to Recycle Your Rechargeable Batteries
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) provides information to help you recycle the portable rechargeable batteries found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote-control toys. The RBRC also publishes a regularly updated list of recycling collection points in the U.S. and Canada.

Precycle, Don't Recycle, By Stopping Unwanted Junk Mail
Instead of recycling, learn to precycle by stopping at least part of the problem before it develops. Follow these tips to substantially reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. It's good for the environment, and your peace of mind.

How to Fight Global Warming
Want to fight global warming? These 10 simple actions will help you fight global warming by using energy wisely.

The Benefits of Paper Recycling: Why Recycle Paper?
Paper recycling has many benefits, from saving energy to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Why recycle paper? Get the details.

The Benefits of Aluminum Recycling: Why Recycle Aluminum?
Recycling aluminum saves energy, is good for the environment, and provides funds for many community programs and projects. Learn about the other benefits of aluminum recycling.

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