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GREEN FOCUS: Cool Things That Are Green

Recycling Hazardous Material Around Portland, OR.
6/09/2010

Remember the "Bad Old Days" when you would just pour old motor oil and paint down the nearest storm drain?  When being kind meant sinking your beer can in the lake instead of just dropping it over the side?  Like Kermit says, "It's not easy being Green", so here is a list of resources for you.  Our goal at Organizers NW is to help you save time and money.  So here you go!

Electronics Recycling

For those who didn't get the memo, as of January 1st, computers, monitors and tv's are no longer allowed in the trash, and with good reason: they contain a lot of nasty stuff like lead and mercury.  There are several options for recycling them, but here are a couple to get you started.
www.greencenturyonline.net
www.farwestfibers.com

Paint Cans & Motor Oil
 
Don't put off cleaning out your garage just because you don't know what to do with all that old paint.  Take it to Metro and know that you did the right thing.

Battery Recycling
 
You might be surprised to learn that UNITED BATTERY buys most automotive, commercial, industrial, and many other types of batteries. Over 70% of the lead used to manufacture new batteries comes from recycling.

Don't let that old dead refrigerator squat in your garage, taking up valuable space!
 
Have it recycled by Appliance Recyclers! They offer curbside pick-up for all types of appliances and even old exercise equipment at your home or business.  They collect old washers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, hot water heaters and bicycles to name a few.  Check out the link for a more extensive list.  www.appliancesrecyclers.com

Another option is to call Energy Trust of Oregon.  If your appliance qualifies, you could earn an easy $30.

Recycle Your Old Carpet

According to their website, ECR (Environmentally Conscious Recycling) sorts, cleans and processes more dry waste on site than any other recycler in the area.  They even recycle carpet.
 
Styrofoam - What to do with it?

A lot of cool new things we buy unfortunately come packed in that block styrofoam, which should not go in curbside recycling.  The nice folks at Suttle Road Recovery Facility will take it, however.  And here's a bonus: it's FREE!

Where to Recycle Flurescent Light Bulbs

Because of the mercury they contain, used CFLs are considered hazardous household waste.  You can drop them off at Ikea or Home Depot stores.  Pretty sweet!

Written by Organizers Northwest
 





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