There is lots
of good info out there on how we can mitigate our negative impact on
page will serve as a resource
guide and list of suggestions of things we can do individually in our
lives, as well as larger efforts our community can make to lighten the
put on our home planet.
also compile info that may be useful towards this effort.
now, some random smatterings of
such info, and reminders of things to discuss or elaborate on, as time
DID YA KNOW?
*If you have a
store, business or any kind of convenient place for people to drop off
dead disposable batteries, AFA will try to arrange with you to either
up and take them to a proper recycling area OR if you don’t mind taking
in, AFA will help find the closest recycling facility for you to take
*Brita™ filters are
#4 recyclable plastic on the outside, and nothing but ground up coconut
on the inside (so says Lindsay at Brita’s customer support phone line)
*City of San Diego
ESD (Environmental Services Dept) says they’ll recycle most plastic
but not the plastic caps that come with them.The caps are to be thrown
away in the regular trash.
*Stay tuned for
more of these, and feel free to email some that you already know to
LATER DISCUSSIONS TO INCLUDE:
vehicles (which reduce our society’s
consumption of gas)
*and much, much
Your Sole: Donate your moderately worn athletic
shoes, to be provided to the less fortunate.
Wow, AFA finally found a couple places to take used batteries (for easy and convenient recycling).
AFA has been on the lookout in San Diego for where to take "disposable"
batteries, other than the not-so-convenient by-appointment-only visit
to the Mira Mesa area waste disposal site, and here it is! A
select few businesses (Home Depot, Lowes) will take your rechargable
batteries for free,
since they can then extract some of the contents to sell as recyclable
raw materials, but these companies will take your "disposable"
batteries (the very NOT-disposable and very toxic batteries we use so
often, like alkaline AAs, AAAs, D-cells) for you, for a very small
-- no appointment necessary :-)
Batteries Plus (nationwide) This
company sells batteries for various types of items (phones,
motorcycles, cameras, laptops, tools, cars, etc), but they also take
your "disposable" batteries from you to
recycle! They'll take the first pound from you for free, then
each add'l pound will cost you a whole one dollar per pound! See
their www.batteriesplus.com to find location near you :-)
Recycling (San Diego) This San Diego company recyles lots of things, including "disposable" batteries: One Earth Recycling (www.1earthrecycling.com). They charge only $0.25 (25 cents) per pound.
Wouldn't it be great if local municipalites (i.e. City or County
gov't's) distributed collection bins around the city or county, for
people to drop their batteries into - even if a dropoff fee attached -
then those bins would be collected and brought to "the dump" every now
and then? Of course (to briefly editorialize), with us
taxpayers giving so many of our dollars to gov't to build weapons and
ammunition, "police" the world, occupy foreign soil, imprison marijuana
smokers and pay farmers to destroy perfectly good food, hardly any
dimes left over to pay toward local taxes to fund something like making
battery recycling/proper disposal easier.
AFA would LOVE to administer such a plan, which can only happen if
funding and AFA staffing for such an endeavor ever takes
place. Until then, it is great to see Batteries Plus around the
nation, and the recent emergence of
One Earth Recycling in San Diego, and hopes that more people become
aware of these places. Otherwise, think about allll the batteries
we throw away
from flashlights, smoke detectors, shavers, etc. Glad to see
an easier way to keep all those batteries out of the landfills.