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Not your typical recycling benefits list. Here you'll sniff out some real benefits of recycling you wouldn't sneeze at, and a few ideas you can skedaddle with.
First I'll highlight the top seven most important recycling benefits related to mining and refining, energy usage, pollution and commodity materials. Recycling:
Then I'll cover a few tips you can run with to start recycling today:
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Reduces waste of already mined materials
The work has already been done to dig up the Earth to extract the materials used in our everyday products. Once these products are no longer useful they could end up in a landfill and the materials are wasted.
One of the recycling benefits is not wasting, but reusing these materials. This not only cuts down pollution, reduces waste, saves energy, etc., but it saves a lot of money for everyone in the process. This savings is passed on to you, the end consumer, when you purchase new goods.
Reduces waste of fresh raw materials
Raw materials are abundant. However, why waste the Earth's existing raw materials when they've already been dug out of the ground? We can continue to let the Earth grow and thrive by not digging out the same raw materials that are already circulating in our existing goods.
Reduces energy usage in mining and refining of new materials
The machinery used in mining is quite large and consumes a large amount of fuel. Mining also requires a tremendous amount of man power to run the machines and the mine.
Refining also uses a huge amount of fuel and other chemicals in the process of perfecting the raw materials that have been dug-up, or mined for.
So, by recycling are able to save the fuel, chemicals and labor of physically removing and purifying the substances that are shoveled out of the ground.
Reduces air pollution from mining and refining of new materials
As mentioned above, mining requires huge trucks, shovels, cranes, and more to get the work done. This equipment burns fuel to run. This burned fuel turns into CO2 which is carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide pollutes the air, among other things. Refining uses chemicals like acid in it's purifying processes.
Therefore, recycling eliminates the need for mining of the elements needed for new products. And, it cuts down the need of refining elements into purified usable substances for the new products.
Reduces air pollution from incinerating used materials
When we throw our used goods away, some of it gets incinerated in order to break it down to ash which doesn't take up much space when buried. This incineration process pollutes our air further from the carbon dioxide as mentioned above.
So, the less we throw into the garbage, the less we have to burn to shrink it down to small matter to be tossed into landfills.
Reduces water pollution from used materials in landfills
As you may know many products, especially electronics, contain hazardous substances. These are:
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Therefore recycling eliminates the toxicity contained in our garbage from leaching into the Earth when thrown in landfills.
Creates a fresh supply of similar materials
When you recycle your old goods, the materials are simply shred into small pieces, then separated into basic commodities like aluminum, steal, plastic, glass, etc.
These commodities are then refined, which purifies them. However, this refining requires less fuel and chemicals then refining raw materials because recycled materials are already semi clean and separated.
Beyond that, the end results are fresh materials which can be used again in the manufacturing of new products.
Here's a few pointers you can fly with in recycling today:
Save all your old computer files with free online storage
You can begin by recycling your old computers or anything else with a hard drive. Before you do, I suggest saving all of your old files.
You never know when you may need them. With that said, I strongly recommend our affiliate who will let you upload everything you have for free. Then you can download it all onto your newer machines.
Or, you can just leave your files there indefinitely and access them whenever you please, for a small fee. Learn more about free online storage on the data destruction page in the menu above.
Prevent identity theft with data destruction of your hard drive
Always make sure to overwrite your hard drives once you've saved everything you want to keep. The reason for this, although you may have deleted your important files, they will still be recoverable by any semi computer expert.
I suggest learning more about data destruction, and utilizing the free, top DOD level data destruction software available also found on that page.
Once that's done you're ready to send it to us for recycling. I hope you've gained from my content above, online storage, data destruction and ewaste pick-up, all of which are free*. And, that's something you just can't sneeze at!
Recycle everything electronic that is no longer useful
All Electronics Recycling is currently picking up most everything with an electric cord in your neighborhood (commercial or residential) for reuse or recycling.
So, now that you know the recycling benefits, I suggest filling out the form up on the right or calling us now at (800) 924-0884 to be scheduled in our pick-up routes.
P.S. Also, please ask your friends, family, and colleagues to leave you their end-of-life electronics so we may pick it all up on the same trip as well. We can always come back next month, although that may increase our carbon footprint, so please act now.
IMPORTANCE OF RECYCLING, THE 3 Rs
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