Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Consumer Electronics Association Publishes Electronics Recycling Tips

Just found this article on Yahoo! with tips from the Consumer Electronics Association on what to do with old laptops, cell phones and other electronics you may want to dispose of now that Santa has brought you some great new techy stuff for Christmas.

Before you dispose, be sure to check out the CEA's advice on protecting yourself from identity theft.

Happy new year to all! May 2010 keep you and your family healthy, happy and rich in love.

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Water Bottles Now Worth 5 Cents in Connecticut

According to the Container Recycling Institute, sales of plastic water bottles in the U.S. doubled between 2002 and 2005 from 15 billion to 29.8 billion.

And up until 2009, those bottles were recyclable but not returnable in the state of Connecticut. Now, if you live in Connecticut, you should be aware that your bottles are worth 5 cents a piece when returned along with your soda and beer bottles. If your family goes through a case of water a week, that's an extra $1.20 you could be getting back, or $62.00 a year.

While every penny counts today, $62 is still not much -- it doesn't even buy a family a week's worth of groceries. But over five years, that's $310. Ten years - $620. Do it your whole life and you can treat your family to a free vacation just by returning water bottles.

Also, returning the family's bottles and cans is a great way for a child or teen to make their own money. It also teaches them about the environment and about responsibility. And if there's one things kids and teens want today it's their own money.

So if you live in Connecticut, be advised you can now return your water bottles and get a refund.

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10 Ways You Can Recycle

Recycling is easy. Here are several ways you can recycle above and beyond what you're tossing into your the blue bin:

1. Metal hangers: bring them back to the dry cleaner. They will gladly accept them. Hangers are expensive and most dry cleaners these days are recycling hangers.

2. Eye glasses: Many eye glass retailers have a bin for recycling eye glasses. They get refurbished and go to the poor so they are put to very good use.

3. Cell phones: Pretty much every cell phone retailer today recycles old phones for the poor, so don't throw yours away!

4. Ink cartridges: Staples is just one retailer that gives points equal to $1 to for a returned ink cartridge. Return 10 ink cartridges, get $10 in a rebate check. You must be a rewards member to get the rebates.

5. Take your old books to your local library: Most libraries have a used book sale every year. Or, search online for a needy community such as areas struck by Hurricane Katrina that might be looking for books.

6. College text books: There are websites that both buy and sell college text books, including and

7. Grocery bags: Bring your plastic bags back to the grocery store. Stop & Shop keeps a recycling bin in the entranceway.

8. Clothes: Donate your gently worn clothes to your local shelter or Goodwill store.

9. Batteries: Take your regular batteries down to your local firehouse. Ours collects hazardous materials on the first Saturday of every month.

10. BBQ propane gas cans: Take your empty propane tanks to a local propane company in your area. They will gladly recycle them.

And don't forget things like mulching your leftovers and making quilts for the poor out of your old clothes. There is a use for everything if you think about it!

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