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Recycling is the process of collecting, processing, and re-manufacturing new products from used materials that have been diverted from our landfills. By purchasing recycled products whenever possible, you help to further local and national recycling efforts.

Products made from recycled materials contain a combination of pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled materials. When you buy products, check to see if the product is made from pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled materials.

RECYCLING FACTS (California Dept. of Conservation)Recycling

90 DAYS

  • That is how long it takes a recycled aluminum can to make it back on the shelf as something useful.

80-100 YEARS

  • That is the lifespan of an aluminum can tossed into a landfill instead of a recycling bin.

700 YEARS

  • Toss a plastic bottle in the trash and that is about how long it will sit in a landfill, taking up space, and refusing to degrade.

1 MILLION YEARS

  • Put a glass bottle in a landfill and that is how long it will sit there doing nothing. Recycle it and it can live forever.

34 POUNDS

  • Add up all the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles each California household uses in a year and that is what you get.

ONE EXTRA LARGE T-SHIRT

  • That is what you can make by recycling 14 20-ounce PET bottles.

EPA¡¯s E-Waste Recycling Program
Plug-In To eCycling is a partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers that offers you more opportunities to donate or recycle - to "eCycle" - your used electronics.

Plug-In To eCycling:

  • Makes it easier for you to donate or safely recycle old electronics, including TVs, computers, and cell phones
  • Works with communities, electronics manufacturers, and retailers to promote shared responsibility for safe electronics recycling.

For a list of of the partners go to: Plug-In Partners

eRecycle.org

  • California's one-stop shop for information on how to manage unwanted electronics. Through this website consumers can find out where reuse and recycling opportunities exist near them. This site is hosted by The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB): erecycle.org

HP Recycling Program

  • HP has recycling programs for printer supplies and computer hardware. For more information go to the Product Recycling section.

RadioShack Trade-In Program

•You can visit the RadioShack Trade-In Program site to ascertain your product¡¯s trade-in value.? If the value is acceptable, customers can mail their electronics (using prepaid shipping labels provided by RadioShack) and will receive a gift card within 10 to 14 days.

Last updated: 5/15/2012 1:02:57 PM