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* 1 recycled tin can saves enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
* 1 recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
* 1 recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60-watt bulb for 3 hours.
* 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
www.greenenergycouncil.com/recycle_incentive.htm
 
Advocacy:
www.nrc-recycle.org
National Recycling Coalition is a national non-profit advocacy group with members that span all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling in North America.''
www.grrn.org
Grass Roots Recycling Network is calling for Zero Waste in the US and promoting the message that we must go beyond recycling.”
  
Appliances:                         see also refrigerators below...
www.geappliances.com
GE Appliance Donation Center. Updating your home with new appliances? Not sure what to do with your old ones? Consider helping those in need by donating your used appliances to one of these charities.
1800recycling.com
1-800-recycling.com Large Household Appliances indexed under other. Put in zip.
ww.nrc-recycle.org
ASTSWMO -- Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials. When you want to learn how to recycle something try calling your local recycling, solid waste, environment, or public works department. Lists them all here by state-- great resource!
 
Arts, Crafts and Hobbies:
www.instructables.com
Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it.  Sections on Arts and Crafts reuse of items and instructions to make-your-own 'anything'. Green section from what to do with those plastic bags to building a solar panel.
lifehacker.com
Lifehacker, an award-winning, daily blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently.
tipnut.com
Tipnut- household tips, craft patterns & projects, recipes, kitchen & cooking tips, handy reference material. Tips like: 10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes.
greenupgrader.com
Green Upgrader- options that can help you live a Greener life.
www.goddessofgarbage.com
Goddess of Garbage- an award-winning interior designer who has received national recognition for using recycled materials and re-use items to create home and office furniture and accessories. See her ideas here.
www.kid-at-art.com
Kids at Art Imagination Factory,  teaches children and their caregivers creative ways to recycle by making art. The lessons and activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, papier-mache, marbling, and crafts.
 
Batteries:
www.rbrc.org
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) is a non-profit, public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling. Call2Recycle program- enter your zip to find out where to recycle your rechargeable batteries.
 
Bottle Bill:
www.bottlebill.org
Container Recycling Institute's Bottle Bill Toolkit.
 
Cell Phones:
earth911.com
Earth 911. Cell Phone Recycling Guide.
www.recellular.com
ReCellular. Cell Phone Recycling and Wireless Recycling
Donate Your Cell Phones or Start a Donation Program. Based in Dexter, Michigan- and the world's largest recycler and reseller of used cellular phones and accessories.
www.collectivegood.com
CollectiveGood creates financially productive partnerships with charities and companies to ensure that the benefits of mobile phones are maximized, and their environmental impact is minimized. Pioneered the concept of providing marketing, operations and logistics support to charities and the private sector to create innovative used mobile phone collection and reuse campaigns.
www.rbrc.org
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) is a non-profit, public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling. Call2Recycle program- enter your zip to find out where to recycle your rechargeable batteries and used cell phones.
recyclemycellphone.org
EarthWorks Cell Phone Recycling Report Card. Recycle My Cell Phone campaign is challenging the wireless industry to dramatically improve the current state of cell phone recycling. PDF.
informinc.org.pdf
The Secret Life of Cell Phones. Inform inc. Information fact sheet and sourcebook.
www.ecoatm.com
EcoATM Automated eCycling Station for pricing and buy-back of used consumer electronics and mobile phones for trade-in/trade-up and recycling. Provides self-serve electronic eCycling stations which quickly inspect and assign real-time secondary market value, a collection bin for portable devices, provides payment to the consumer, and administrates any additional trade-in promotions / discounts loaded by the OEM and/or retailer.
 
Certifiers: see Ratings-Labels page...
www.e-stewards.org
e-Stewards Certification- assures that those with seal meet the world’s most responsible environmental and social justice criteria for electronics recyclering. These criteria include no toxic e-waste dumped in landfills or incinerators, no exported to developing countries, no sending to prison labor operations and no release of private data.
 
Clothing and Textiles:
earth911.com
Earth 911. Clothing and Textile Recycling Guide.
 
Composting:
www.epa.gov
EPA's Composting Information.
www.jgpress.com/biocycle.htm
BioCycle magazine on composting and organics recycling. BioCycle shows you how to turn organic residuals — woody materials, yard trimmings, municipal solid waste, food residuals, biosolids, manure and other feedstocks into value-added products.
www.bpiworld.org
Biodegradable Products Institute compostable label program. Educates manufacturers, legislators and consumers about the importance of scientifically based standards for compostable materials which biodegrade in large composting facilities. Lots of info here..plus lists Biodegradable product manufacyurers. ***
waste.environmental-expert.com
Environmental Expert an online marketplace, but also a source for industry-related information and resources: publications, events, articles, case studies & news.
   
2 billion disposable razors end up in U.S. landfills each year.
 
Databases:
earth911.com
Earth 911-recycling database lists over 100,000 recycling locations across the country.
 
Donations/Acquisitions:
www.freecycle.org
Freecycle Network is made up of 4,725 groups with 6,615,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
www.throwplace.com
Throwplace is a site where global users may list goods they wish to give away to others. Registered Charities, Businesses or Individuals are able to search the site and make requests for items of interest. Items listed on Throwplace are not for sale—they are to be donated.
 
Electronics:
www.epa.gov
EPA's eCycling Portal.
earth911.com
Earth 911. Electronics Recycling Guide. Find a re-cycler near you.
earth911.com
Earth 911 How Electronics are Recycled – Information about the process of recycling electronics.
1800recycling.com
1 800 recycling.  Electronics. Put in zip.
www.e-stewards.org
Local e-Stewards. List of companies that have signed the Electronic Recycler's Pledge of True Stewardship- the most rigorous criteria for sustainable and socially just electronics recycling.
www.electronicsrecycling.org
National Center for Electronics Recycling. The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) is a non-profit organization formed in 2005 that is dedicated to the development and enhancement of a national infrastructure for the recycling of used electronics in the U.S. If you are searching for electronics recycling options in your area, please see the Recycling Basics section of the website.
www.yourenew.com
Your Renew. A easy platform to sell your electronics or recycle rather than throw them away.
www.electronicstakeback.com
Electronics Takeback Coalition. A national coalition of non-profit groups promoting green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry. List of which Manufacturers Take Back Their Products. List of responsible recycler's in each state.***.
takebackmytv.com
Take Back My TV. Lists Companies that Take Back Their TVs. List of TV's toxins.
www.digitaltips.org
DigitalTips.org is produced and managed by the Consumer Electronics Association. List of corporate recycling programs.
www.ecoatm.com
EcoATM Automated eCycling Station for pricing and buy-back of used consumer electronics and mobile phones for trade-in/trade-up and recycling. Provides self-serve electronic eCycling stations which quickly inspect and assign real-time secondary market value, a collection bin for portable devices, provides payment to the consumer, and administrates any additional trade-in promotions / discounts loaded by the OEM and/or retailer.
 
Electronics Waste at Offices:
www.e-stewards.org
Local e-Stewards. List of companies that have signed the Electronic Recycler's Pledge of True Stewardship- the most rigorous criteria for sustainable and socially just electronics recycling. Check list for a company close to you. ***
www.cascade-assets.com
Cascade Asset Management protects customer equipment with a secure chain of custody and by using the latest technology to ensure zero data compromise. Resells equipment when possible and returns rebates back to the customer.  Cascade operates green facilities, is an advocate for environmental sustainability, and handles customer equipment in the most environmentally responsible way. Processing Centers: Wisconsin and Indiana. Technical Facilities: Delaware, Florida, Texas, Colorado, California, and Washington.
 
Exchanges: see products page for product swaps and recycled goods...
www.recycle.net
Recycler's World-  trade scrap & waste materials. A membership based worldwide information exchange for those companies and individuals who Buy/Sell/Trade commodities, materials, goods and services relevant to this industry. Users (non-members) may post up to 5 Buy / Sell / Trade listings every 30 days.
 
Glass:
www.gpi.org
Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) serves as the voice for the glass container industry in Washington, D.C., and across the country. GPI serves its member companies through legislative, public relations, promotional and technical activities.
 
Hazardous Materials:
earth911.com
Earth 911. Hazardous Materials Recycling Guide.
 
Information:
www.epa.gov/epawaste
EPA's Resource Conservation Portal.
earth911.com
Earth 911 delivers actionable local information on recycling and product stewardship.
www.raymond.com
Raymond Communications informs about recycling laws and policies around the world.
www.amazon.com
Choose to Reuse: An Encyclopedia of Services, Businesses, Tools & Charitable Programs That Foster Reuse (Paperback)
by Nikki & David Goldbeck. Ceres Press; March 1995.  An alphabetical directory of more than 2,000 products, services, and organizations that facilitate the reusing of goods. Entries usually include a brief overview of the item and its impact on the environment.
www.wastehelper.com
Waste Helper- waste management directory and wastes resource site. Hundreds of pages, with hundreds of waste links organized in a way to help you review the information you're seeking fast.
 
Junk Mail:
donotmail.org
Do Not Mail is collecting names on a petition (50,000 and counting) to show our government and the direct mail industry that we want a national registry to give us an easy and comprehensive way to opt out of junk mail. We’re also supporting state initiatives that will establish Do Not Mail registries for their citizens. Until we get a national registry, you can use our opt-out tool to reduce your junk mail. While this won’t stop all your junk mail, it’s a good start.''
catalogchoice.org
Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to decide what gets in your mailbox. Catalog Choice is a sponsored project of the Ecology Center.
www.stopjunk.com
Stop the Junk Mail Kit researched and developed by a former junk mail copywriter.  Send your pre-addressed "Remove My Name" postcards & contact other companies with your "Special All-Purpose Form."
www.dmachoice.org
DMAchoice is an online tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help you manage your mail. This site is part of a larger program designed to respond to consumers' concerns over the amount of mail they receive. For the purposes of this site, direct mail is divided into four categories: Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers. You can request to start or stop receiving mail from individual companies within each category or from an entire category at once.
 
Landfills:
waste.environmental-expert.com
Environmental Expert an online marketplace, but also a source for industry-related information and resources, like publications, events, articles, case studies & news.
www.sfb477.tu-bs.de
"Lifetime prediction and phenomena in landfills" Prof. Dr. Dinkler  Institut für Statik, Denmark.
publications.environment-agency.gov.uk
"Investigation of the Composition and Emissions of Trace Components in Landfill Gas" UK Environment Agency. PDF.
en.wikipedia.org
Tucson Garbage Project info.
 
Life Cycling:    see Business product greening as well...
lcinitiative.unep.fr
International Life Cycle Partnership for a sustainable world. UNEP's Life Cycle Initiative aims to develop and disseminate practical tools for evaluating the opportunities, risks, and trade-offs associated with products and services over their entire life cycle to achieve sustainable development.
www.life-cycle.org
Life Cycle Assesment- a portal to the various LCA related resources on the web.
For-Academic Institutions conducting LCA research, Companies using LCA in real world applications, Conference activities where people are meeting and discussing LCA related topics, Job postings, Resources to conduct or commission an LCA.
 
Lightbulbs:
earth911.com
Earth 911. Lightbulb Recycling Guide.
www.sylvania.com/Recycle
Sylvania provides an easy way to recycle all your lamps and ballasts - for all brands of products. Consumers, communities and businesses can order pre-labeled recycling kits to recycle small and large quantities of CFLs and other light bulbs.
www.homedepot.com
Home Depot will take back your used CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs).
 
News/Journals:
www.resource-recycling.com
Resource Recycling. North America's Recycling and Composting Journal to the Trade.. FEE.
www.sustainableindustries.com
Sustainable Industries. Recycling News.
waste.environmental-expert.com
Environmental Expert an online marketplace, but also a source for industry-related information and resources, like publications, events, articles, case studies & news. Waste and Recycling News page.
www.sciencedaily.com
ScienceDaily- top science news stories from the world's leading universities and research organizations. Recycling and Waste news.
 
Organizations:
www.container-recycling.org
Container Recycling Institute, a nonprofit organization, founded in 1991, that studies and promotes policies and programs that increase recovery and recycling of beverage containers and packaging waste.
earth911.org
Earth 911 delivers actionable local information on recycling and product stewardship.
 
Paper:
 
Pay as you Throw
www.epa.gov/epawaste
EPA's info on pay-as-you-throw programs (also known as unit pricing or variable-rate pricing), residents are charged for the collection of municipal solid waste—ordinary household trash— based on the amount they throw away.
 
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)
epa.gov/ppcp
EPA's Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) info. Plus, How do I properly dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals?
www.nanotechproject.org
"Where Does the Nano Go? End-of-Life Regulation of Nanotechnologies" Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, July 2007.
 
Plastics:
www.preserveproducts.com

Preserve's Gimme 5 program, recycle your #5 plastics—a kind of plastic that many towns and cities won’t recycle. Preserve transforms yogurt cups into toothbrushes or razors and take-out containers into cutting boards or storage containers—and a lot of other products for your bathroom, table, and kitchen. Drop off your #5s at many Whole Foods and other locations or mail them to Preserve- see how here...

www.plasticsrecycling.org
Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers is the national trade association representing companies who acquire, reprocess and sell the output of more than 90 percent of the post-consumer plastic processing capacity in North America. Its membership includes independent recycling companies of all sizes, processing numerous resins. APR strongly advocates the recycling of all post-consumer plastic packaging.
www.resource-recycling.com
Plastics Recycling Update newsletter-data on export demand, reports on corporate developments of plastics recycling processors and end markets, news on legislative activities throughout North America, and details of technology initiatives. Fee.
www.napcor.com
National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), is the trade association for the PET plastic industry in the United States and Canada. PET Recycling Info.
www.aveda.com
Aveda's (salons and hair care products) Caps Recycling Initiative. Caps (rigid polypropylene plastic, sometimes noted with a 5) are collected at enrolled schools and then sent by Aveda to their recycler where the material is recycled into new caps and containers.

Refrigerators:           The US EPA requires that refrigerants be recovered.

www.epa.gov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Safe Disposal of Refrigerated Household Appliances: Frequently Asked Questions. Info on Environmental Concerns, Energy Consumption of Refrigerators/Freezers, How to Dispose of an Appliance, What Happens to Disposed Appliances, Additional Regulatory Information.
www.arcaincutility.com
ARCA Inc. Save the environment, conserve energy and expand your wallet by recycling your old, 'working appliance'. Limited to working refrigerators, freezers and/or air conditioners. Check if they service your area.
 www.energystar.gov
Energy Star -- Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator. Find out how much your old fridge costs to operate and how much you could save with a new fridge.
www.energysavers.gov
U.S. Dept of Energy. Approved Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Programs. Use the map or table to find information on the appliance rebates available in your state or territory.
 
Reports:
www.resource-recycling.com
Resource Recycling. Economic recovery proposals directly affecting recycling. Repairing recycling:Seven ways the stimulus package affects your recycling business or program. 2009. PDF. ***
 
Reuse:
www.terracycle.net/brigades
TerraCycle will pay you for juice boxes, cookie and energy bar wrappers, potato chip bags, etc.  You get free shipping boxes delivered to your door.
www.yourenew.com
Your Renew. A easy platform to sell your electronics or recycle rather than throw them away.
 
Toilet Paper:
greenpeace.org
GreenPeace. Toilet Paper, Paper Towel, Napkin and Tissue Buying Guide.  Important !  Marcal is a good choice as well.
 
Trash:
en.wikipedia.org
Tucson Garbage Project info.
 
Vehicles:
earth911.com
Earth 911. Automotive Recycling Guide.
 
Videos:
www.recyclingsuperguide.com
Recycling Super Guide- videos worth watching for recycling information.
www.ted.com
Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas. TED Video. Feb 2009.  ***
www.youtube.com
The Secret Life of Paper - A Project of INFORM, Inc. How is paper production related to forest destruction and global warming? Why is recycling and buying recycled paper important? Important video.
www.youtube.com
The Secret Life of Cell Phones - A Project of INFORM, Inc. Where do old cell phones and mobile devices go when you recycle them? Why should you take those phones out of your sock drawer and take them back? What toxins are in a typical cell phone? How much gold and silver is in a cell phone? How do I recycle my cell phones and mobile devices?
www.youtube.com
Plastics One Through Seven. Meet Millie Zantow, 86, resident of North Freedom, Wisconsin and an environmental hero - at one point she was the only person sorting plastic in America. Her very simple question & revolution led to years of tenacious advocacy that turned the heads of the EPA and led to a national recycling policy - a veritable plastics revolution.
   
Water Filters:
www.preserveproducts.com
Recycle your Brita® filter. Preserve and Brita have teamed up to collect and recycle Brita® pitcher filters. Preserve transforms the recycled plastic from the filters into new Preserve products. See site to find a drop-off location or mailing instructions...
   
In the U.S. we throw out about 290 million tires every year.
   

 

 
 
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