New industrial and electronics recycling facility

Photo by Bert van Dijk, Flickr.
Photo by Bert van Dijk, Flickr.

A new industrial and electronic recycling center has opened in Baxter.

H&W Recycling accepts items such as refrigerators and cell phones. The company scraps what they receive for metal and then sells it to a Metal Recycling facility in Des Moines. This business should help keep appliances and electronics out of the landfill.

Electronic waste is responsible for 40 percent of the lead and 75 percent of the heavy metals in landfills. Both materials are toxic and can leach into the groundwater if disposed of incorrectly.

Read the full story here.

UI: turn off electronics before Thanksgiving break

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University of Iowa’s Office of Sustainability is reminding students and staff to power down their electronics if they leave town for Thanksgiving.

Many electronics such as phone chargers continue to use energy even when they’re not in use. These should get unplugged before leaving for Thanksgiving break.

Read more advice from the Office of Sustainability here.