Recycle Your Paint Responsibly.
As with any painting project, latex paint is often purchased in greater quantities than needed. Rather than dispose of the leftover paint, it can be reused or reprocessed to make a high-quality, economical, recycled paint for use in place of standard latex paint.
Disposal Problem. The average household stockpiles 1 to 3 gallons of waste paint per year, according to several studies. In California, unless latex paint is reused or recycled, it is considered a hazardous waste and must be disposed of in a Class I hazardous waste landfill. Recycle your leftover paint. Contact your local environmental health, solid waste, or public works department to find out about household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs. These programs have been set up to collect, reuse, and recycle leftover paint from households. Read more information about how to find locations of HHW collection programs.
To recycle paint, paint thinners, household batteries, motor oil, oil filters and much more attend the following collection event:
Unincorporated South Whittier Hazardous Waste Collection Event
November 12, 2011
Los Angeles County Sheriff`s Department STAR Training Center, 11515 South Colima Road, Whittier 90640
Electronic Waste Recycling Fee Is Not A Deposit
Beginning on January 1, 2005, an Electronic Waste Recycling Fee will be assessed on certain "covered electronic devices" sold in California. "Covered" means covered by the law, and includes most video display products such as computer monitors and televisions. The fee, ranging from $8 to $25 dollars depending on screen size, will be collected at the time of retail sale, including Internet and catalog sales, to California consumers. Collected fees will be deposited in an Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Account managed by the State of California and will be used to provide payments to authorized collectors and recyclers, fostering the development of recycling opportunities and offsetting the cost of properly managing these types of products at the end of their useful lives. Due to hazardous components, it is unlawful to dispose of most covered electronic devices with regular municipal waste. It is important to note that the Electronic Waste Recycling Fee is not a deposit, and that the covered products do not contain "redemption value", as do many beverage containers in California. Consumers are not entitled to reimbursement of the fee when covered products are recycled. Rather, the intent of the fee is to reduce, or eliminate, the costs associated with properly recycling this material when it becomes waste. Source-DTSC
Safely Recycle Your Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Batteries.
Did you know that more than one billion fluorescent lamps were sold in North America last year? Consider this: if one billion fluorescent lamps are properly recycled, then 200,000 tons of glass 1,300 tons of aluminum, 15,000 tons of plastic and electronics and 6 tons mercury could generate enough energy to power more than 14,000 homes!
All Fluorescent Lamps and Tubes Should Be Recycled or Disposed as Hazardous Waste.
All fluorescent lamps and tubes are considered hazardous waste in California when they are discarded because they contain mercury. When mercury-containing lamps or tubes are placed in the trash and collected for disposal, the lamps or tubes are broken and mercury is released to the environment. Mercury vapors from broken lamps or tubes can be absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream. People who are particularly close to the breakage are especially at risk. Mercury from broken lamps and tubes can also be washed by rain water into waterways. Where you can recycle fluorescent lamps and tubes: for details visit California Integrated Waste Management Board website.
Shop Green For A Brighter Planet
Now Brighter Planet has sprung up to partner with leading financial institutions to offer specially designed consumer charge cards that amass one point for every dollar spent (in net retail purchases.) Each point can be redeemed to fund renewable energy projects, and every 1,000 points is estimated to fund one ton of carbon offsets from polluting the environment. More detals on Lookin Green website