As our commitment to recycling has grown in recent years, so has its importance. Recycling now is big business with a wide range of elements making up the industry. Some of the developments in recycling are innovative and brilliant, some have been happening for years without us probably realising and some are just plain crazy. Enter the weird and wonderful world of recycling with some of the facts below.
- It takes three months for a recycled aluminum can to make its way back onto the shelf in reincarnated form.
- In 2002 researchers from Rutgers University built a 42-foot-long bridge over a river using plastic beams made from polystyrene cups and polyethylene milk jugs.
- During World War I, enough metal was salvaged from corset stays to build two warships.
- The boat Earthrace made an attempt to break the maritime around-the-world speed record. It used biofuel, some of which comes from liposuctioned human fat.
- During Britain’s 2007 Recycle Now week, svelte models strutted down Brighton beach wearing swimsuits made from steel cans.
- Nike gathers old athletic shoes and turns them into raw material for “sports surfaces” like tennis courts and running tracks.
- In China, more than 1 million unsold copies of British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams’s latest CD will be used to resurface roads.
- A few years ago Chinese hair salons caused a stir by unlawfully recycling used condoms, possibly donated by local nightclubs, into hair ties.
- Elsewhere in Asia, an enterprising dental technician established the Japan Denture Recycle Association in 2006 to cash in on the precious metals in discarded choppers. Proceeds go to Unicef.
- Each year Americans junk more than 80 million dollars’ worth of copper, gold, silver, palladium, and platinum in the form of retired cell phones.
- New British laws mandate that old electronic appliances—including sex toys—cannot be dumped. They must be recycled with other so-called e-waste. Recycle IT4U can help to dispose any of your electrical waste.
- An Australian nut orchard converts the shells of vintage Macintosh computers into houses for pest-eating birds.
- When Luiz Bispo built his house in a Rio de Janeiro slum out of construction waste last year, city authorities threatened to destroy it. Now the house—which floats atop a junk-filled river on a base of plastic bottles—is being touted as an icon of sustainable development.
- Cities have long been gold mines for recyclers. Beginning in ancient times, tanners collected human urine to use in turning animal skins into leather.
- In the Middle Ages, urine was also used to make saltpeter, an essential component of gunpowder.
- Masonry from Roman settlements made a handy source of stone for medieval church builders.
- In 1821 Turkish soldiers surrounded Greek forces holed up in the Parthenon and started stripping lead from temple columns to make bullets. The horrified Greeks promptly sent the enemy a fresh supply of ammunition to discourage further recycling.
- There are now sheep-poo air fresheners. Sterilized sheep droppings are turned into packets stuffed with grass- or daffodil-scented material.
- The Doggone Project in Mannheim, Germany, can recycle deceased pets into fertilizer.
- Ecopods, a British company, sells stylish coffins made from hardened recycled paper, available in a range of colors including indigo and silver leaf.
Recycle IT 4 U offer a wide ranging servicing encompassing secure hardware and data disposal.
RecycleIT4U offer a fast, efficient and friendly service to help recycle your unwanted electrical goods with a simple automated collection system. To book a collection you can either use our online form or you can speak to us direct during our normal office hours. Our collection booking telephone number is 01952 580814.
We will collect redundant PCs, laptops, monitors, servers, network products, printers, EPOS, Scanners, UPS, cabling, AV equipment, projectors, telephones, mobiles and fax machines using our own vehicles at an agreed date and time.
An official WEEE disposal certificate will be issued, quoting serial number, asset tag and description of all the items collected.
Hazardous waste notes will be issued for redundant equipment such as monitors and batteries that contain hazardous materials.
We can also ensure secure data destruction. The security of unwanted data held on file by way of magnetic media, computer hard drives, backup tapes, CD’s or floppy drives is controlled by the Data Protection Act 1998. All data bearing devices are dealt with by Recycle IT 4U in one of two ways:-
▪ Physical shredding
▪ Electronic wiping of DATA (only applicable if approved by you the customer)
Data held on hard drives is removed or eradicated using approved software and hardware in accordance with internationally recognised standards.
We also pride ourselves in refurbishing, reusing and recycling for spares and repairs as much as possible, so equipment can have a second lease of life.
Any equipment not suitable for our refurbishment programme or spares, is separated and then sent in bulk to our Strategic Partner, the world’s largest waste management company for further recycling and separation into glass, metal and plastics and reintroduced into the manufacturing chain as raw materials.