Recycling Tips

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Recycling Tips

How is Paper Recycled?

Because it’s biodegradable, paper is one of the easiest materials to recycle. Making “virgin” paper requires more resources than making recycled paper, but cost depends on quality. For example, less energy is needed to manufacture newsprint than fine stationery. Download the PDF to see how paper is recycled:
How Paper is Recycled

Why Recycle Batteries?

Batteries contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals, including mercury and lead, which can cause life-threatening diseases and birth defects. Children and pregnant women are most at risk from these potent neurotoxins. More than 3 billion batteries are sold annually in the U.S. alone, and batteries contribute 88% of the mercury present in municipal waste. Download the PDF to read more:
Why Recycle Your Battery Collection

How to Recycle Your Old Appliances

Recycling your old appliances can keep them from winding up in a landfill, where they can cause serious environmental damage by emitting harmful chemicals such as CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs, and mercury into the atmosphere and landfills. Download the PDF to read more:
How to Recycle Your Old Appliances

Aluminum Recycling Facts

Aluminum is the most abundant metal found in the earth’s crust. However, it is difficult to isolate because usually it is ‘mixed in’ with other elements. You can find aluminium in most rocks, vegetation and soils.  Download the PDF to read more:
Aluminum Recycling Facts

City of San Diego Recycling Ordinance

The City of San Diego’s Recycling Ordinance requires recycling of plastic and glass bottles and jars, paper, newspaper, metal containers and cardboard at private residences, commercial buildings, and at special events requiring a City permit. Download the PDF to read more:
City of San Diego Recycling Ordinance

How to Recycle Light Bulbs

A simple household light bulb can be deceptively difficult to recycle. Some bulbs have filaments and other parts made of mercury, which is toxic to our environment. All spent bulbs should be collected and recycled. So, how do you recycle light bulbs, you ask? Download the PDF to read more:
How to Recycle Light Bulbs

Easy Waste Reduction Tips

When you avoid making garbage in the first place, you don’t have to worry about disposal or recycling! Changing your habits is key—think about ways you can reduce your waste when you shop, work and play. There’s a ton of ways to reduce waste, save yourself time and money, and be good to the Earth at the same time. Download the PDF to read more:
Easy Waste Reduction Tips

Document Destruction and Recycling

Anyone can take advantage of some helpful document destruction tips — especially those who wonder if they really need to do this at all. Both individuals and organizations must remain on guard. Today, just ripping up paper and tossing it into the trash isn’t enough. The pieces must be outside the limits of re-assembly. Download the PDF to read more:
Document Destruction and Recycling

Top 5 Composting Tips

Composting doesn’t have to be a difficult task. It’s easy to do, good for the environment, and great for your garden. Here are the best tips you can keep in mind for making sure your compost works to the best of its ability. Download the PDF to read more:
Top 5 Composting Tips

Kids & Recycling

If you want your kids to be environmentally responsible when they grow up, you’ve got to teach them to recycle while they’re still young. Fortunately, teaching kids the value of recycling can be lots of fun. Download the PDF to read more:
Kids & Recycling