Each November, The Keep Charlotte Beautiful Committee focuses on promoting recycling during Charlotte Recycles Day
, part of Keep America Beautiful’s national program, America Recycles Day
The 2013 Charlotte Recycles Date is to be announced soon!
Citizens can bring documents, files and other paper to be shredded and electronic items will be collected; cell phones, TV’s, printers, etc. Come learn about recycling, get some cool giveaways and help the environment.
This local recycling event is part of Keep America Beautiful’ s national program, America Recycles Day, which is the only nationally recognized community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the county have participated in American Recycles Day to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action.
Recycling Your Electronics
Electronics are complex devices which are made of a wide variety of material constituents. Some of the constituents, such as lead, nickel, cadmium, and mercury, could pose risks to human health or the environment if mismanaged at their end-of-life. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is very concerned about ensuring the proper management of used electronics and has undertaken important work to increase the collection and responsible recycling of used electronics.
Electronics are made from valuable resources, such as precious metals, copper, and engineered plastics, all of which require considerable energy to process and manufacture. Recycling electronics recovers valuable materials and as a result, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution, save energy, and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.
- Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 US homes in a year.
- One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the US.
Keep Charlotte Beautiful encourages everyone to donate or recycle their used electronics. To learn about how you can help Keep Charlotte Beautiful Erase E-Waste, visit the EPA’s Plug-In to e-Cylcing page.
Committee Chair: Bryan Bishop