Benefits of recycling: someone still not sure about them, really?

Nowadays, the number of electronic devices that are discarded every year is more than ever. We are in the so called ‘digital age’ and new gadgets are introduced quite regularly. This means that old electronics are being discarded at an unimaginable pace. The sad part though is that everyone doesn’t take the proper precautions while disposing of e-waste and this is a cause for concern from the environment’s point of view.
There are far too many individuals who toss their electronics into the trash and just forget about them. These items end up in landfills where they have the potential to greatly harm the environment. All unwanted electronic items should be recycled properly instead of just being thrown out. This is important as it can benefit the environment in many ways.

Recycling electronics has and always will be the safest way to dispose of your old electronics. And in cities like Modesto electronics recycling is so important that the improper disposal of e-waste can even be considered a criminal offence. Today, there are a large number of shops and stores which have areas designated for e-waste recycling where customers can bring in their old electronics like laptops, cell phones, DVD players, video game consoles, etc. for recycling. All of these electronics contain one of more harmful substance which can severely damage the environment if not properly disposed of. These substances include mercury, lead, lithium and cadmium. They should never ever be thrown in the trash like regular garbage.

Few people know that a large number of components from a discarded electronic device can actually be reused. These components include glass, plastic, steel, etc. which can be refurbished and reused for the manufacture of similar devices. This not only prevents the accumulation of waste but also helps conserve natural resources which would have to be used if these refurbished materials were not procured.

Another benefit derived from the recycling of e-waste is that it can be a great way to support a community. Old electronics can be donated to the less fortunate members of a community instead of being thrown away. There are multiple groups in many communities around the country which offer such services as well. The Salvation Army and Goodwill are two such non-profit organizations that will gladly accept old electronic devices and provide them to those that are needy.

There is one more interesting method of recycling old electronic devices as well. For example, an old computer can just be upgraded with newer hardware and software. This restricts the amount of e-waste created and also ensures that an individual can benefit from the latest advancements in technology. This is a terrific way to increase the life of a computer and can help significantly reduce e-waste while saving you some money as well. Similarly, instead of throwing away your old electronic devices, you can try and give them away to someone in need. You can even make some money by selling them through websites like craigslist or e-Bay where there are millions of people looking for millions of things. Now who would want to give up an opportunity to earn some money and also being able to help someone else out?


Modesto Is Latest City To Float Sales Tax Measure For More Police

Wow. Is that really necessary?

CBS Sacramento

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MODESTO (CBS13) — Modesto voters are the latest to consider a sales-tax increase to pay for more police and city services.

Measure X would increase the city’s sales tax by one cent, and the revenue generated would be overseen by an 11-member committee appointed by the City Council.

Sacramento passed a similar measure in November and it’s provided more police for the city. The city of Stockton is considering a similar measure.

In the last five years, Modesto has cut 120 police positions.

“This is an investment in the future safety and vibrancy of our city and that’s what cops do, cops matter,” said former police chief Mike Harden.

The campaign is using crime victims to share messages on YouTube, including a mother recalling a recent home invasion where her son was beaten.

Like many other cities, property- and sales-tax revenue have dropped since…

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