The Challenge, put out there by fellow blogger 400 days til 40, is to track out carbon footprint. How much trash does your family generate on a daily, weekly, whatever time frame, basis? What do you do to reduce waste?
One big area of waste, and harmful waste at that, is electronics. You know, all those gadgets that have become so near and dear to us, things like cell phones that were unheard of when I was growing up and now we can’t be without them. I’m happy to say we have never thrown away a used cell phone. I don’t know if this is available everywhere, it’s much more prominent now than in the earlier days, but we’ve donated our cells when we got a newer, better (?) one. Some cell stores have envelopes and you put your used phone, charger, anything you have, in the envelope, drop it in the assigned box, it’s cleared and donated to victims or those at risk of domestic violence. That was first in this area. Now I think everyone does the same for service people. If anyone needs to hear a friendly voice, they do. If they’re not too old by the time you get around to getting rid of them, schools that teach computer technologies and repairs will wipe your computer and use it as a teaching tool. Schools also need them in this day and age, every kid in magnet schools gets a laptop now. Here you have to dispose of used tvs, etc. at an approved site. Air conditioners, refrigerators, etc. have to have freon removed to be processed before the unit can be disposed of.
How have you disposed of electronics? Do you throw away batteries or recycle them? Single use or rechargeable? I admit we throw away single use batteries, I don’t know of a recycle program for them here. Anyone in CT knowing of one please let me know. I don’t know how to do a link party so I have to ask you to comment here how you handle your stuff, or on facebook, where I’ve been writing about this challenge last week. Please, let’s talk.