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Recycling Tips & Tricks for Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Make sure you’re treating the Earth right and doing your part to recycle. Cedars of Edina has recycling containers in the garages- and you don’t even need to sort it!

    Plastic bottle caps are recyclable along with the bottle! Look beyond the daily paper. Recycle cereal, tissue boxes, magazines & mail Breakdown boxes before placing them in the recycling containers Plastic bags of any kind are NOT recyclable. Reduce and reuse first to shrink your environmental footprint!Reduce your unwanted mail by unsubscribing via org. Can it!Metals are among the most valuable materials in the waste stream and almost all recyclers welcome aluminum and steel. So, recycle your cans! Answer the call to recycle your wireless phone!100 million of them go out of use each year, according to the U.S. EPA. Donate your out-of-use cell phone to a local charity or find a drop-off facility near you (org/find-recycling). Rinse and dry bottles & jars before recycling Donate unwanted items. There are plenty of drop off locations near Cedars- Arc’s Value Village, Goodwill, Clothes Mentor & The Salvation Army just to name a few.

 

E-Waste:

Electronic waste - including tablets, TVs and even those “singing” greeting cards - is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world¹. The volume of e-waste has more than doubled in the last nine years and is expected to surpass 57 million tons annually by 2021.

Cell phones, computers and printers. Many local Republic Services facilities collect e-waste throughout the year, especially in the spring and fall – check RepublicServices.com for options, or search Earth911 or Call2Recycle to find an e-waste drop-off site near you.

Electronic toys. If toys are still in good working order, it’s best to donate them so they can continue to be enjoyed by more children. However, if they’re broken or damaged beyond reuse, the next best thing is recycling - but not in your residential bin. Check with the toy manufacturer to see if they offer a recycling program for their products. If that’s not an option, you can try safely separating the batteries, plastic, metal and electronic components to dispose of them separately. For the electronic components, check with a local electronics recycler to see if they accept the items.

    Several chain stores across the country offer free collection boxes for used household batteries. The Edina Target offers small battery recycling in the front of their store (there are 4 gray bins by the guest services counter)

Not sure if it’s recyclable? Look it up!

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