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Your phone is toxic... full of arsenic, lead and harmful chemicals. Don't trash it - take it to your local e-waste facility. Better yet, donate it.
Complete the Loop!
Consumer demand helps keep recycling markets healthy. Make it a point to check for post-consumer recycled content in the products you purchase, particularly paper products.
Buying a New TV?
The transition from analog to digital television broadcasting is expected to result in thousands of old televisions being illegally discarded. Dumping televisions not only pollutes your community, it is against the law. E-waste facilities will take your old TVs for free.
The Story of Stuff
For every can of garbage placed at the curb, about 70 cans of waste were generated in the course of producing the junk inside. Visit thestoryofstuff.com for more information and to watch the excellent short film of the same name.
Don't Trash Your Tires
Tires are banned from the landfill. Recycled tires, however, get a new life in asphalt, helping to make roadways more durable. Call your local tire shop and ask if they accept tires. Expect a nominal fee. You may also call us at (925) 685-4711 to arrange a pick-up for a fee.
Stop Waste in Its Tracks
Small everyday habits go a long way toward reducing waste:
- Use rechargeable batteries. The higher price quickly translates into savings.
- Bring your own bags to the grocery store.
- Replace disposable cups with a travel mug.
- Donate unwanted goods to charities and thrift stores, and try to buy used goods rather than brand new items.
Mercury in Light Bulbs?
Did you know that:
- Fluorescent tubes and CFL's (compact fluorescent lights) contain mercury?
- It's illegal to throw them in the garbage?
- They can be recycled free of charge at your local hazardous waste facility?