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Recycling & Waste

Here you'll find tips to make recycling and green living easy for your household. Learn about composting, waste handling, wastewater treatment, graywater, upcycling, recycling symbols and how to handle household hazardous waste.

How to Recycle Anything
Learn how to recycle anything with this list of recycling options. Get the facts about recycling glass, plastic, cans and metal containers.

Spring Cleaning Your Home's Hazardous Waste
One of the scariest parts of house cleaning is disposing of household hazardous waste -- the old paint, bug spray, motor oil and other hazardous waste materials that are found in every garage and kitchen. Here's how to dispose of hazardous wastes the safe and easy way.

A Guide to Plastic Recycling
Much of our modern world is made of plastic, which means recycling plastic is more important than ever. But how do you recycle plastic, and what do plastic recycling numbers mean? Here's some guidance on recycling plastic bottles, bags, containers and other items made of plastic.

The Glass Recycling Process
Glass recycling reduces the energy needed to create glass bottles, jars and other glass objects. Get the facts on the glass recycling process, find where to recycle glass, and learn how glass recycling is good for you and the environment.

Aluminum Recycling: Yes You Can
Aluminum recycling and can recycling is one of the environmental movement's great success stories. In some places, over 95% of all aluminum is recycled. But can you recycle metal items like coat hangers, steel cans, aluminum foil and other items?

The Great Garbage Patch: It's Alive!
The oceans of the world are hosting several garbage patches, and it now appears that each garbage patch contains a vast ecosystem of microbes, including disease-carrying Vibrio bacteria.

Recycling Symbols Made Easy
Recycling symbols for paper, plastic and metal are explained in easy-to-understand language. Learn how to recycle by finding out what different recycling symbols mean.

All About Battery Recycling
Battery recycling is one of the most successful recycling efforts in the world. About 98 percent of car batteries are recycled. Get the facts on how to recycle batteries.

'Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things'
In William McDonough and Michael Braungart's book, 'Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things,' the authors ask us to look beyond recycling and consider upcycling, downcycling, and the entire lifecycle of products, materials and waste.

How to Recycle Your Old Cell Phone
Old cell phones that contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury and arsenic are the fastest-growing type of manufactured garbage in the nation.

Get the Facts on Recycling Electronics
Recycling electronics isn't as easy as it should be, but with the amount of heavy metals and other hazardous components in TV sets, computers, cell phones, monitors and other electronic devices, it's important to get the facts on how to recycle electronics and other e-waste.

How to Recycle Cardboard
Recycling cardboard should be easy, but not all cardboard and paperboard can be recycled. Get the facts on how to recycle cardboard.

The Not-So Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The so-called garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean is an ever-growing monstrosity, and a monument to man's sloth and wastefulness. Get the facts on the Great Pacific garbage patch and other garbage patches throughout the world's oceans.

How to Dispose of Oil
When it's time to dispose of oil, where do you take it? Knowing where and how to dispose of used motor oil can save a lot of time - and save the environment. Most people don't know that motor oil recycling is an option, yet recycled oil can be reused over and over with no drop in oil quality.

The Gulf Dead Zone Grows
The Gulf Dead Zone - an area of oxygen-deprived water, sometimes referred to as hypoxia or hypoxic zones - is set to reach record-breaking size this summer.

Has MillerCoors Gone Green?
MillerCoors, owner of the largest single brewery in America, has gone green. The Golden, Colo., brewery is now landfill-free,

Recycling Fluorescent Light Bulbs
When a CFL or compact fluorescent lamp burns out, you just throw it in the trash, right? Wrong!

Recycling at the Office
Learn how to help make your company's recycling program a success.

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