We know that recycling or repurposing our unwanted belongings is the right thing to do. These practices protect our environment by saving energy, reducing the creation of new materials that could end up in landfills, and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. But if you’ve ever been faced with an item that you weren’t sure how to dispose of, you’re not alone.
Whether single-use (such as AA, AAA, 9V, or C or D cell) or rechargeable (like those used in cell phones or power tools,) batteries are not to be tossed in the garbage or included with your regular recyclables. You can head to the Call2Recycle website to find out where to drop off your battery waste. You may be surprised to find that there are several easy options in your neighborhood—both Home Depot and Best Buy offer battery drop-off services in their stores.
Established by California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, the Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Program created a system for the collection of unwanted electronics throughout the state. The program uses the term “e-waste” to cover a wide variety of potentially recyclable electronic materials, and the items included in it are not strictly defined. Essentially, any electronic equipment that is at the end of its useful life and cannot be repaired, including computer monitors and televisions, should be treated as e-waste. It is illegal to discard e-waste as part of regular garbage or recycling collection. The quickest way to find out where to bring your defunct electronics is to conduct a search on the CalRecycle website.
It is recommended that you update your mattress every seven to ten years. But what should you do with your old mattress? In the state of California, you have a few options for discarding it. Many retailers have take-back programs, so before you arrange the delivery of your new bed, talk to the retailer you are purchasing from about their options for taking away your old one. There are also recycling locations throughout the state that will accept your old mattress and break it down for its reusable parts. If you can’t drop off your old mattress, there are also options for curbside pick-up services, often offered without a fee. To learn more about these options, check out byebyemattress.com.
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