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Recycling the World

Computer Recycling

In 2005 we saw a more innovation in the recycling field and more ways to recycle some of what we throw away. Whether you are an old pro at recycling, or you are just trying to learn about ways that you can implement it in your own life, there is an abundance of information available out there for people like you, who care enough about the environment to do things that will make a difference for the better. Most people will do their part when recycling programs are available, but unless they know that the programs exist how can they participate.

Over 500 million cell phones may be sitting forgotten in sock drawers and under beds, leaking harmful chemicals and wasting away because people are not using the many cell phone recycling and donation programs available. In fact, the top cell phone recycling companies as a whole claim that they have recycled only about $20 million dollars worth of retired cell phones in the first ten months of 2005. According to data collected from cell phone recycling web sites, the average value of a cell phone retired in the last 18 months is well over $10.

First and foremost, ask the company that you are purchasing from if they have a cell phone recycling plan. If any of the PC recycling resource addresses above are invalid by the time youíre using this list, start at the home page of the website and look for links related to asset management, disposal or recycling. As a result of the Battery Act, manufacturers are required to label all batteries with information about proper disposal and also recycling information.

The RBRC is the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, which is a non-profit organization that provides information and services to companies and individuals about recycling rechargeable batteries. The United States Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) was set up in 1994 as a non-profit, public service organization to help and promote the recycling of portable rechargeable batteries such as Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead. One of the neatest recycling public relations programs I think I ever saw was promoting a recycling program in Ventura, California, where those who threw away unusual items would list them in a newsletter which would go out in a local paper to all the corporations and concerned citizens. I believe it mow is emailed to everyone.

Properly implemented recycling is the safest for computer waste. Pickup and recycling by a proper recycling company for computer monitor disposal or recycling is one of the best methods. Recycler pick up is a much better method to recycle the monitor, as it provides a solution for the landfill issues regarding the computer monitor disposal which has become a huge problem in the last 5 years. Dell computers has a very extensive computer recycling program that is free!

The most commonly followed waste management systems involve collection and disposal of waste, the commonest way of disposal being landfills and incinerators. Landfills are the most common practice in many countries as it is a relatively inexpensive method of disposing of waste materials.

Although in the original idea collecting and recycling space junk seems smart, we will have to check that against the ROI, but also we must collect the space junk anyway? Yet as we make more and more things out of recycled material we will need to have a larger recycling program.  Luckily, the construction industry is about the simplest thing in the world to make another product for.  Lumber and other products from recycled plastics is becoming more and more popular, as more and more applications are found. Generally most people believe in recycling programs, but they need to see that the program is actually doing some good and feel like they are part of something larger than themselves.

What I am trying to point out is there is really good money in recycling and it is a good way to make a few extra bucks for yourself.  You can even simply get your exercise in the park by collecting bottles and cans in a couple of giant zip tie trash bags.  You can make a little extra money while you do it. Some cities have started schemes to impart "ownership" of a recycling center to the local community in which it is located.


In a perfect world we would be using and re-using everything we use or are exposed to in our daily lives. However, not every type of waste can be recycled and this is perhaps one of the downsides of recycling as a complete waste management policy. The first and most apparent merit of recycling is that it leaves us with reduced waste to worry about, as all waste material that can be recycled is passed through the industrial process again, leaving only waste that cannot be recycled for disposal.


Written by: WM8C, December 3rd, 2006.  Not for use without written permission






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