Wed July 17, 2013
Earth Calendar for July 17th and July 18th
The use of electronic products has grown substantially over the past two decades, changing the way and the speed in which we communicate and how we get information and entertainment. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, Americans now own approximately 24 electronic products per household.
Donating used electronics for reuse extends the lives of valuable products. Recycling electronics prevents valuable materials from going into the waste stream and consumers now have many options to recycle or donate their electronics for reuse. Many computer, TV and cell phone manufacturers, as well as electronics retailers offer some kind of take back program or sponsor recycling events. About half the states have laws on disposal and recycling of electronics and several other states are considering passing similar laws. Unfortunately, not every electronic recycler follows environmentally sound recycling practices; however, responsible electronics recyclers can now become certified by demonstrating to an accredited, independent third party that they meet available standards on responsible recycling practices. The US EPA encourages all electronics recyclers to become certified and all customers to choose certified recyclers. Visit the website for more information.
On Our Calendar: Nature inspires play. Kids ages 6-12 will enjoy learning about ecological concepts through several action-packed games Saturday, July 20th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center. For more information about this free event, please visit the website.