We love our planet, right? Then let’s stop trashing it. Here are five things
that you should take out of the trash bin
and put in the recycling bin. Don’t let your mattress be
part of a landfill nightmare. 80% of your mattress’s
components can be recycled. Steel from the strings can
be melted down and reused. The foam can be processed
into carpet padding. Wood from box springs can
be made into garden mulch. Check byebyemattress.com to find
the closest recycling center. You’ll sleep easier. Super fast coffe
comes at a price. Pod lovers buy billions
of these each year and they’re piling
up in landfills. More and more of them
are becoming recyclable. If your k-cup has a recycling
symbol with the number 5 on it, you can do these five steps– peel off the aluminum foil top;
toss the grounds, aluminum top, and paper filter; and recycle
the plastic pod shell. Or consider a
waste-free coffee maker. Do you have a drawer
full of these? Deal with them. The plastics, glass, and metal
in your phone can be recycled. If your old phone still
works, do somebody a solid and donate it. Check out EPA.gov for
a list of who will take your phone off your hands. Make sure to wipe out
your personal information before handing your phone in. Ever toss one of these? Don’t do it. CFL light bulbs contain mercury. You can drop CFL bulbs at big
chains like Home Depot, Ikea, and Lowe’s. And when your LED
eventually dies, know that it can contain
lead, arsenic, and gallium in its circuitry. So they should be recycled
with other electronic waste. Go to Earth911.com to find
local collection programs. Unwanted mail driving you nuts? Here’s how to save your
sanity and some trees. Make it stop. Simply register
at DMAchoice.org. Remember, a happy planet
equals a happy you.