|April 2011 3R Technology Newsletter
Happy Earth Month Everyone!
I'm sure that you'll be made aware of a lot of news stories this month dealing with conservation and recycling issues. We thought we'd share a few of our own interesting recycling tidbits below, as well as some of our useful tips on recycling items other than electronics.
Also, as a way to celebrate Earth Month, we're hosting two
recycle events to make it even more convenient to recycle your unwanted computers and other electronics in April.
Thanks again for your part in helping keep our planet a little greener by recycling your e-waste properly!
CEO / Founder
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Recycling one aluminum beverage can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours or a computer for 3 hours.
Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity – enough energy to power the average American home for 5 months.
Plastics require 100 to 400 years to break down in a landfill.
In the U.S. today, 34% of all glass containers are recycled.
95% of all plastic bottles in the U.S. market are manufactured from PET or HDPE. 56% of recycled PET finds a market in the manufacture of fiber (carpet & clothing). 29% of HDPE recycled bottles go into making new bottles and 18% goes into the plastic piping industry.
Product packaging accounts for 1/3 of our trash.
Recycling all of your home’s waste newsprint, cardboard, glass and metal can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 850 lbs. a year.
Enough aluminum is thrown away to rebuild our commercial air fleet 4 times every year.
Recycling 1 ton of plastic can save 1-2 thousand gallons of gas.
There are enough chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) embedded in a single styrofoam cooler to break down all the ozone over an area the size of 20 sports fields.
|Earth Month Electronics Recycling Events
To celebrate Earth Month, we're going to have two free electronics recycling events at our facilty! Our first one is this coming Friday the 8th of April, and the second one will be Friday the 15th. We'll be accepting the following items for no charge* on those days from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM:
- CRT and LCD Monitors
- TVs - CRT, LCD, and plasma
- Computers & Servers
- All Printers, Fax Machines, and Scanners
- Audiovisual Equipment (DVD players / VHS / Stereos)
- Small amounts of Media such as VHS, Cassette, DVDs, and CDs
- Keyboards and Mice
- Small parts, peripherals, cables, etc.
If you are a business, or have a larger load of equipment that you can't haul down your electronics yourself, please inquire about our pickup services.
* Some items may still incur a fee. For more details, click here.
Facebook Giveaway |
Now is the time to become a Facebook fan of 3R Technology! Every month in 2011 we're going to be giving away something free from our retail store. For April, the first person to answer our Facebook posting for the give-away will be the winner of a 17" LCD
monitor from our retail store. So please check out our page
and become a fan!
Have an old refrigerator that's stopped working?
Even more importantly, are you still using one that is inefficient? A lot of people decide to move their old refrigerator to the basement or garage to keep their extra beverages or perishables cool. The problem is that these old refrigerators are often very energy inefficient, and may cost the consumer an extra $150-$200 in electricity per month.
Here's a great article on the efforts being made to replace energy-inefficient refrigerators.
To recycle yours locally in the Puget Sound - including pickup services - check out Jaco Environmental here.
Hard to Recycle Materials
Recovery 1 in Tacoma, WA is another great recycling operation we've just discovered. They accept everything from construction debris, gympsum board, land-clearing debris, and carpet. Their recovery rate was a staggering 99.937% in January of 2011.
To find out more information, please click on their website: