Fri April 11, 2014
Earth Calendar for April 11th and April 12th
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture.
Donating or recycling used electronics conserves our natural resources, prevents air and water pollution, and reduces carbon pollution associated with manufacturing. Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year. For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. Recovering the gold from cell phones, rather than mining it from the earth, would prevent 12 billion pounds of loose soil, sand and rock from having to be moved, mined and processed. Consumer electronics have different "life spans" – for example, a smart phone is 18 months, while a television is 10+ years. In these gadget-driven days, the average consumer probably upgrades electronics fairly often. Most people don’t think twice about buying the "latest and greatest" technology. Manufacturers and retailers offer several options to donate or recycle electronics. The US EPA offers resources where we can learn more about recycling used electronics at the website.
On our Calendar: Join experienced Hamilton County Park staff for a two-night backpacking trip and 8–10 mile hike along moderate-to-difficult trails in stunning Red River Gorge Friday April 25th through Sunday April 27th. Bring your own gear or equipment will be available to rent. Meet your guides and go over trip preparations at Winton Woods on April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. More details and registration information at greatparks.org