Have you ever broken a cell phone, and needed to replace it? Do you have old phones leftover from upgrades, and nothing to use them for? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, then I have another one for you- did you know that you can sell your cell phones for cash?
The Unfortunate answer is, No. In fact, it’s risen consistently each year since, as it has been since the atmospheric CO2 levels have been measured. Currently the CO2 level is now sitting at 385.92 ppm, a rise of 6.92 ppm. To break it down, that’s an increase, on average, of 1.73 ppm each year! So certainly, instead of slowing down, the problem has actually escalated. What will it be the next time the numbers are released? Only time will tell.
Turn your tree into a city of county avarecycling.com. Many cities have recycling services for old Christmas trees. Many of these cities offer curbside pickup making it easier on you to recycle your tree. Check for tree collection schedules. Many run for up to two weeks after Christmas.
Now I like to remove the ribbon wires. These are the flat wires that connect the motherboard to the various components. These will usually pop right off. I then put them into a box or barrel and save them with other wires that will go into the local scrap metal yard.
In theory, inkjet cartridges are considered disposable. You can certainly throw them out when they are empty and no longer in use. However, you should know that they are made from plastic and will take about one thousand years to decompose. Despite this startling fact, over 300 million of these empty plastic containers are thrown away each year. It is important for consumers to understand that they have other options when their printer runs out of ink. You do not need to toss the empty and buy a new cartridge every time.
Plant the tree. If you get a tree that has the root ball on it, you can plant it in your garden after Christmas. Be sure to dig a hole for the tree in the fall while the ground is still soft. Plant the tree right after Christmas to ensure its survival. If your tree doesn’t have a root ball, this is something to keep in mind for the next holiday season. You get two uses out of the tree. And it makes for a fun family project.
One of the most toxic types of reusable items that’s piling up in our landfills is electronic equipment. Computers, TV’s, microwave ovens, stereos, cell phones, and game systems can all be recycled or reused. To find an electronics recycling center near you contact your local Department of Waste Water Management.