What Happens When We Don’t Recycle Our Gadgets?

What Happens When We Don’t Recycle Our Gadgets?

You could simply get more use out of the gadgets you own. Sure, new models are being released all the time, but that doesn’t mean you automatically need to rush out and buy them all up. Try to use your devices a little longer so you can get the most life out of them.

It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Ever since I can remember people have been teaching me to be kind to the Earth. In grade school we had someone come in and teach us why we should bring reusable containers in our lunches. Later it was Envirothon competitions, recycling programs, and Environmental Studies. Now that we’re older the onus is on us to either continue these practices or leave them by the wayside. The problem is that despite our best interests, the accessibility of these Earth-saving methods is limited. I’ve lived in Ottawa for several years and have successfully reduced my carbon footprint by being able to recycle, compost, and monitor my energy consumption. The city has its lows, but its recycling and conservation programs are some of the best I’ve experienced. I’m not saying they’re perfect, but it is something residents can be proud of. Right now the city accepts plastics #1 through# 7, tetra packs, aluminum foil, and take-out containers. Yes, even take-out containers. Through these methods I’ve been able to reduce the amount of garbage I put out to the curb to one bag every two or three weeks, with everything else either recycled, composted, or taken to a resource collection center (for example, hazardous wastes like batteries and old paint can be dropped off at Home Depot). But I don’t live in Ottawa anymore. I live in a small township called Beckwith just outside city limits, which encompasses smaller towns like Carleton Place, Ashton, Blacks Corners, and a handful of other tiny villages. I received a rude awakening one Tuesday morning when I walked out to the end of my driveway to...