Recycle, reuse, reduce, and rethink! With our finite resources dwindling and trash in the landfills increasing, let’s take simple steps towards a more sustainable future.
According to the EPA, for every 1 million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 lbs of copper, 772 lbs of silver, 75 lbs of gold, and 33 lbs of palladium can be recovered.
What is e-waste and how can I properly dispose of it?
E-waste, or electronic waste, are electronics nearing the end of their useful life. Examples of e-waste include TVs, computer monitors, phones, printers, and cables. These items contain chemicals such as mercury, lead, lithium, beryllium, and brominated flame retardants. These chemicals are not only detrimental to the environment, but to human health as well.
Many communities, including Bethel Park, hold regular collection events to facilitate the proper disposal of these materials. E-waste drop off facilities can be found locally as well.
Did you know that composting can remove 20% to 50% of your household waste stream? Composting is a great and sustainable way to dispose of grass clippings, shredded paper, kitchen scraps, and much more!
What is composting?
Composting is the act of recycling various organic wastes such as yard clippings, food scraps, coffee grounds, etc. These organic wastes decompose into a humus rich soil called compost. Compost is a great fertilizer and soil amendment!
In the United States in 2018, 12.3 million tons of glass were generated, 25 percent of which was recovered for recycling.
Curbside glass collection is currently not offered in Bethel Park, but we have partnered with PRC and Michael Brothers to hold glass recycling events! Check back for dates and times of future glass recycling events.
Pouring household hazardous wastes such as cleaning supplies, paints, and oils into your drains, yard, or the storm sewer system is considered improper disposal.
What are some other examples of household hazardous materials, and how can I properly dispose of them?
Batteries, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, tires, pool cleaners, paint remover, and propane cylinders are all examples of common household hazardous wastes. These materials should not be mixed or disposed of through regular trash pickup.
Many communities, including Bethel Park, hold regular collection events to facilitate the proper disposal of these materials.