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America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform, educate, and get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

Denton is loaded with opportunities for us to join in recycling, no matter how big or how small we want to move ahead.  If you are not recycling at this point, start small by keeping your plastic grocery bags each week and return to the store to place in the bag recycling box.

City of Denton programs that can help progress you into recycling:

Recycling Drop-Off Centers
There are four drop-off centers located at North Lakes Park, Cupboard Natural Foods, Shady Oaks at Dallas Drive, and the City of Denton Landfill.   When you buy a large piece of furniture or appliance, these recycling centers can handle what to do with the enormous box.  Accepted recyclable materials must be sorted into the seven categories listed below:

•    Wax coated cartons (gable top milk and juice cartons, and soy milk and juice boxes)
•    Cardboard and boxboard (flatten all boxes)
•    Paper (office paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogs,  phone books)
•    Aluminum cans and bottles
•    Steel and tin cans
•    Plastic bottles, containers, and jugs #1-7 (no plastic bags or styrofoam)
•    Glass bottles and jars

Electronics are everywhere and they cycle in and out of our lives quickly because technology improves so fast.  There are several local retailers who provide electronic recycling opportunities for items such as televisions, computers and equipment, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, batteries, and other small electronic products.  Their info and recycling descriptions are listed:

Batteries Plus
Recycles batteries and many portable electronics. Recycling of batteries reduces waste in our landfills, stops harmful chemicals from contaminating soil and water, and preserves our environment by decreasing the need for new raw materials from the Earth.
Batteries Plus recycles these spent batteries types:
lead acid (Pb) batteries used in cars, trucks and emergency lighting, Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries used in cordless phones, cordless tools and two way radios, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries used in camcorders, bar code scanners and digital cameras, Lithium Ion (Li Ion) or Lithium Polymer (Li Poly) used in cell phones and laptops. They also accept portable electronic devices such as cell/smartphones, laptop/netbooks, MP3s, PDAs and portable tools.

Best Buy
No matter where you bought it, they’ll recycle it!  You trust Best Buy when it’s time to buy the latest electronics., you can also trust them to help you safely dispose of your old ones.  Regardless of where you bought it, what brand it is, or how old it is, bring it to Best Buy. They’ll make sure it’s properly and safely recycled. It’s all part of the Greener Together™ program.  They accept TVs, DVD players, monitors, audio and video cables, cell phones, and more. Most things are recycled absolutely free, with a few restrictions.

Radio Shack Trade & Save Program
Trade what you have for what you want and save, no matter where you purchased the item.  In-store and online options are available.  If your device has no trade-in value, Radio Shack will recycle it responsibly for free. Some older items have no trade-in value and may not appear in the database.  Don’t send them to the land fill just yet. Simply indicate the quantity of each product type you have on their website, click the “Recycle It!” button and generate a free shipping label so that your device is recycled properly.

Computer Crushers
Second Saturday of every month, Computer Crusher Recycling Company will be at The Cupboard Natural Foods lot (200 W Congress St.) to accept your computer electronics. As always, they will “crush” your personal data on site and accept any computer electronics.

See the City of Denton Recycling website for a full list of businesses who offer programs to area residents.

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