Kids’ Corner: Recycle, don’t toss, used appliances

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When you recycle or donate your used electronics, like computers, cell phones and flat screens, you do the environment a big favor. 

Recycling 1 million laptops saves roughly the amount of energy it takes to power more than 3,500 homes in a year.

Even if the device isn’t usable, it still contains metals, plastics and glass, which can be reused by someone else for another purpose. In fact, from 1 million useless cell phones, recyclers can reap 35,000 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium.

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