Call2Recycle and Earth911 have joined together to put out a impassioned plea to consumers to recycle their replaced electronic devices, Christmas trees and the rest of the otherwise discarded trappings that make up the Holiday Season. A few of their recycling tips include:
This year, make e-cycling a top priority. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, of the average $750 that households plan to spend on gifts this year, approximately $232 of that will be spent on consumer electronics such as a laptops, e-readers or game systems. Electronics are the most popular items in the Earth911 Recycling Directory – more than 30 percent of recycling searches last year were for gadgets such as computers and televisions.
Don't forget the rechargeable batteries that power your gadgets. This time of year is one of the most popular times for people to recycle their batteries. Nearly 20 percent of Call2Recycle's overall 2009 battery collections were received in November and December. Likewise, 20 percent of the batteries sent to Call2Recycle from its retail partners in 2009 came from consumers visiting these stores during the holiday season.
Christmas trees can and should be recycled. Christmas trees are one of the top-searched items in the Earth911 Recycling Directory each year, even though these recycling programs only last for a few weeks. Through its Treecycle Program, Earth911 generates the nation's largest treecycling database from scratch every holiday season, gathering information for thousands of local events and collection drives around the country that make it easy for people to recycle their tree after the holidays.
Help the environment and those in need. Allow your green efforts to help those in need by donating household goods that you no longer use to a local charity. Clothing, decorations, blankets and more can find a brand-new life through a charity, rather than reaching the trash bin.
Great advice. I have another: recycle all that wrapping paper. Or better yet, save it for next year.