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NOVEMBER 15TH: AMERICA RECYCLES DAY EVENTS

NOVEMBER 15TH: AMERICA RECYCLES DAY EVENTS

Nov 15th America Recycles DayOur country produces almost 240 million tons of municipal solid waste every year - approximately 4½ pounds of waste per person per day, most of which is recyclable. Recycling has environmental benefits at every stage in the life cycle of a consumer product-from the raw material that it's made with, to the final method of disposal. When we recycle, we    * conserve energy and natural resources,    * provide feedstock for key domestic industries,    * reduce air and water pollution, and    * cut greenhouse gas emissions. Literally thousands of products are recyclable, especially paper, yard waste, motor oil, tires, plastic, glass, batteries, building materials, and obsolete electronic products. It's important to change the way we think about waste-to see the value of a used material as a product or commodity, not as a waste. You can do that on November 15, 2006, by participating in America Recycles Day! When you do, we hope you'll begin to understand your impact on our environment-whether you're reading today's newspaper, eating lunch, grabbing a bottle of water, or mailing a package. All the materials we use, and actions we take, in our daily lives affect our environment in some way. By committing ourselves to reduce more waste, to reuse and recycle more materials, to buy more recycled and recyclable products, and to reduce toxic chemicals in products and waste, we conserve energy and preserve natural resources.America Recycles Day is an annual nationwide awareness event that encourages people to recycle and to buy recycled products.Five important reasons why Oregonians should recycle and buy recycled products:    * It saves natural resources. By making products from recycled materials instead of virgin materials, we conserve land and reduce the need to drill for oil and dig for minerals.    * It saves energy. It usually takes less energy to make recycled products; recycled aluminum, for example, takes 95% less energy to make than new aluminum from bauxite ore.    * It saves clean air and water. In most cases, making products from recycled materials creates less air and water pollution than making products from virgin materials.    * It saves landfill space. When the materials that you recycle go into new products, they don't go into landfills or incinerators, so landfill space is conserved.    * It saves money and creates jobs. The recycling process creates far more jobs than landfills or incinerators, and recycling can frequently be the least expensive waste management method for us.WHAT CAN YOU DO? Participant in one of our events!1. AMERICA RECYCLES DAY COMPUTER ROUNDUP EVENTHelp us reach our goal of 1,000 pounds collected EACH hour of the day!SPONSORS: CRRC, and The Eugene Mac StoreFOR WHAT: HELP KEEP OBSOLETE ELECTRONICS OUT OF OUR LANDFILL AND EXPAND REUSE POSSIBILITIES!DATE: Saturday NOVEMBER 11TIME: 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PMLOCATION: The Eugene Mac StoreWHAT WILL WE BE ACCEPTING? All computer related equipment including cell phones and household electronics. SEE: http://www.americarecyclesday.org/ for more info!FEES: To encourage recycling on this day, we are reducing our monitor recycling fee from $15.00 to $10.00! ITEMS OVER 50 POUNDS (LIKE FLOOR COPIERS) $35.00BATTERY BACKUP UNITS (UPS) $5.00 PER UNITSTYROFOAM: $2.00 PER 20 GALLON BAGTELEVISIONS: $1.00 PER SCREEN INCH 2. AMERICA RECYCLES DAY COMPUTER ROUNDUP EVENT Help us reach our goal of 1,000 pounds collected EACH hour of the day!SPONSORS: CRRCFOR WHAT: HELP KEEP OBSOLETE ELECTRONICS OUT OF OUR LANDFILL AND EXPAND REUSE POSSIBILITIES!DATE: NOVEMBER 15TIME: 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PMLOCATION: CRRC’S RECYCLING FACILITY AT 222 POLK STREET EUGENE, OR 97402 541-686-2366WHAT WILL WE BE ACCEPTING? All computer related equipment including cell phones and household electronics. FEES: To encourage recycling on this day, we are reducing our monitor recycling fee from $15.00 to $10.00! ITEMS OVER 50 POUNDS (LIKE FLOOR COPIERS) $35.00BATTERY BACKUP UNITS (UPS) $5.00 PER UNITSTYROFOAM: $2.00 PER 20 GALLON BAGTELEVISIONS: $1.00 PER SCREEN INCH According to the Government Accountability Office, an estimated 100 million electronic devices become obsolete each year. Currently, e-waste accounts for more than 40 percent of the lead and 70 percent of the metals found within U.S. landfills.  A United Nations University study into the environmental impact of personal computers has found that around 1.8 tons of raw material are required to manufacture the average desktop PC and monitor and that extending a machine's operational life through re-use holds a much greater potential for energy saving than recycling. In terms of weight, the total amount of materials used is about equal to that of a mid-size car. By far the best way to minimize impact on the environment from a personal computer is to extend its useful life, and that’s CRRC’s mission!3. AMERICA RECYCLES DAY STYROFOAM ROUNDUP EVENT Help us reach our goal of capturing 3,500 cubic feet by the end of the day (filling a 48’ trailer)!SPONSORS: CRRC, Lane County Waste Management Division and PC Plastics, Portland, ORFOR WHAT: HELP KEEP EPS BLOCK FOAM (expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as Styrofoam) OUT OF OUR LANDFILLDATE: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 15THTIME: 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PMLOCATION: CRRC’S FUTURE RECYCLING FACILITY 2101 WEST 10TH AVENUE EUGENE, OR 97402 541-686-2366FEE: $2.00 PER 20 GALLON BAG EPS FOAM IS 98% AIR. IT DOES NOT COMPACT WELL, OR BIODEGRADE. EPS is so lightweight that one million pounds will cover a football field from goal post to goal post over 50 feet deep! Don’t throw it away. EPS can be recycled into new packaging and into new plastic materials. From an environmental standpoint, recycling EPS foam has value as well. One study indicates it would take over 2000 years for EPS foam to biodegrade. Once in the landfill EPS foam not only takes up a great deal of space, but can also slow the degradation of other waste products in the landfill because EPS foam can isolate other trash from dirt and water which are necessary for biodegradation to occur. If you can't reuse it, don’t throw it away. EPS can be recycled into new packaging. Before you drop off your EPS, please follow these simple EPS recycling etiquette guidelines:    * Drop off only EPS that is clean, dry and uncontaminated with other materials.    * Remove any foreign materials such as tape, stickers, labels, paint and cardboard.    * Contain the EPS in a bag, bundle or box for easy loading and unloading.    * Make sure the material is actually EPS -- it looks like a composite of small white beads. If you have any doubt, call before dropping it off.

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