Recycling is what you do when you divert waste from the trash so it can be processed into something else.
Terra-cycling is when you divert an eclectic mix of materials, mostly ones that cannot be put in your recycling cart, to a national program that is managed locally by Broward College students. Revenue derived from the TerraCycle program supports a Broward College scholarship. Take a look at the flyer below, identify products you routinely use and dispose of in the trash, and consider capturing them to be dropped off at one of several collection boxes.
The closest to our neighborhood is the Broward College building at:
111 E LAS OLAS BLVD FORT LAUDERDALE FL 33301
The TerraCycle collection box is outside the NE entrance as you approach the building from the parking lot.
Support waste reduction, TerraCycling and a BC scholarship fund. That’s what we call a win-win-win!
There are items that simply do not belong in either your trash or the recycling container. Those items include:
electronics and household hazardous waste like paint, roofing tar, car batteries, used oil, compact fluorescent bulbs, and pesticides.
The place and time to dispose of such items is at the Household Hazardous Waste event. Fort Lauderdale partners with five (5) other cities to ensure there is a monthly drop-off event for residences of the partner cities — Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach Tamarac and Lauderdale Lakes.
Common household, non-rechargeable alkaline batteries are safe to dispose of in your regular garbage. This applies to AA, AAA, C, D, and 9 volt.
Button cell and re-chargeable batteries should NOT be disposed of in the trash. All Batteries Plus Bulbs or similar stores offer free recycling for these types of batteries only.
Auto/boat, power tools, UPS boxes, etc. must be disposed of at a hazardous waste facility.
NOTE: Home Depot or similar usually have a collection bin for power tool batteries.
Shop for all types of batteries at our local merchant, Batteries +Bulbs in South Harbor Plaza 1360 SE 17th Street (954 306 8563)
Televisions, computer monitors and CPUs, and old cell phones must be disposed of at a hazardous waste facility.
Decreases the amount of toxins (such as lead, mercury and cadmium) that enter the environment
Allows for the recovery of valuable natural resources such as gold, copper and nickel. It requires less energy to recover and recycle natural resources than to mine them from the earth, reducing the use of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas
Everyday plastic pollution accumulates in bodies of water across the world. This trash has negative effects on both sea life and humans. Dispose of plastic bottle caps and other items responsible.
Consider signing the Save the Albatross Coalition’s petition. The technology exists to leash lids to bottles. The petition calls upon Coke and Pepsi to redesign your bottles - leash the lid - and reduce harm to the albatross and the rest of our ocean eco-system.