Recycling Your Old Refrigerator Saves More Than You Think

In some areas recycling is required. In others, it’s all but impossible due to a lack of facilities. How do you figure out what you can and cannot easily recycle in your area?

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.

Luzerne County will hold their annual ava recycling event on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Hanover Area Junior/Senior High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for a map of the location.

CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. If every family in the U.S. made the switch, we’d reduce carbon dioxide by more than 90 billion pounds! You can purchase CFLs online from the Energy Federation.

Reuse plastic bottles. If you occasionally drink bottled water, but also tend to drink tap or well water at home, reusing a single plastic bottle instead of buying a new bottled water every time you’re thirsty can make a huge impact. Not only will you be helping the environment, you’ll be saving money, too.

Compact florescent bulbs can replace incandescent light bulbs in almost every instance. A 22 watt compact florescent has about the same light output as a 100 watt incandescent and use 50-80% less energy. They are a little more expensive but last up to 4 times longer and save electricity which saves you money on your monthly bill.

The Dell 1235cn Multifunction Color Laser Printer is an energy star appliance, which very few printers are. The energy star certification means that the printer is up to 25% more efficient than similar models. The Dell 1235cn Multifunction Color Laser Printer also uses toner cartridges that print between 1,000 – 1,500 sheets. The toner cartridges can then be returned to Dell to recycle for free. The Dell 1235cn Multifunction Color Laser Printer sells for $399.

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