Reminder: Recycle Your Electronics

January 6, 2014

Electronics
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The holiday season is just barely behind us, and that means that many people are now the proud owners of new phones, laptops, tablets, jewelry, etc. So before your old electronics and unwanted silver and gold jewelry get stored in garages and buried in drawers—or worse, thrown in the trash—take the time to have them recycled properly.

Places like Best Buy have electronics take-back programs, but if you really want to make the most of your outdated electronics, sell them to CJ Environmental. In addition to taking those unwanted items off your hands and properly disposing them in a way that is as environmentally friendly as possible, we will send you cash in return!

All you have to do is fill out our simple form to request a free shipping label, mail us your items, and wait for your check in the mail! We accept electronic scrap (cell phones, circuit boards, and more), precious metals (including silverware, gold coins, gold, silver, and platinum jewelry, etc.), diamonds (both loose and set in jewelry), and even dental scrap!

Don’t let your old and unwanted items take up space or harm the environment—request a quote or just get started with a free shipping label today!

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The Environmental Impact of Christmas Trees

December 10, 2013

Christmas Tree

With Christmas right around the corner, decorations are starting to go up and the scent of pine is filling living rooms everywhere. But have you ever wondered about the environmental implications of Christmas trees? Is it better to buy a real one every year or reuse a fake tree?

Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees

As it turns out, the answer might not be as straightforward as you would have hoped. In 2011, the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) commissioned a study to examine the environmental implications of growing and producing live and artificial trees. While fake trees draw upon resources like oil to produce the plastic, real trees usually require at least a decade’s worth of water, soil, etc.

When the materials involved in the process of manufacturing artificial trees is weighed against the resources necessary for growing real ones, fake tree decorations are only more environmentally friendly if they are used for over 7 years—any less and the real tree, though only used once, has less of an impact. As far as disposal goes, fake trees end up in landfills while real ones can be composted.

In the end, each type has its merits and detriments. As long as you take care to reuse your artificial tree or compost your real one, we can all have a happy holiday season.

Always Recycle Responsibly with CJ Environmental

While we can’t recycle your artificial Christmas trees or compost your real ones, we can help you make the most of any unwanted presents that you may receive underneath your tree. Whether you get a new phone and want to recycle your old one or you get a gold necklace that just isn’t your style, you can sell them to CJ Environmental for cash! We’ll ensure that everything is properly disposed of and recycled, and you’ll get cash in return. The process is easy, safe, and secure–click here to get started today!

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Recycling Dates Back to Prehistoric Times

October 15, 2013

Prehistoric Tool

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At a recent conference titled “The Origins of Recycling” at Tel Aviv University, evidence was presented suggesting that our prehistoric ancestors were recycling common objects like flint tools hundreds of thousands of years ago—far before “recycling” as we know it came to be.

Drawing parallels between this ancient behavior and the modern environmental movement, a Tel Aviv archaeologist named Avi Gopher used the following example: “Why do we recycle plastic? To conserve energy and raw materials. In the same way, if you recycled flint you didn’t have to go all the way to the quarry to get more, so you conserved your energy and saved on the material.”

Examples of this ancient recycling and reuse include 200,000- to 400,000-year-old flint chips that had been refashioned into primitive knives for eating and discarded flint flakes that were used as the core material for scrapers.

Scientists have a handful of ways to determine whether a tool was recycled or refashioned in any way, one of which is to carefully study the object’s patina, looking for subtle variances in its coloring to discover if a new layer of material had been uncovered years after it was originally made.

Make the Most of Your Precious Metals

Following in our ancestors’ footsteps, it is important not to let valuable resources go to waste. At CJ Environmental, we specialize in the refining and recycling of precious metals and electronic scrap, and our goal is to make the entire process as simple and profitable for you as possible.

We have been doing business with both the public and private sectors since 1975 and pride ourselves on serving everyone, from Fortune 500 companies to the general public, honestly and professionally. Our prices are based on the current market prices of the precious metals that you are selling, and we are able to provide the highest returns possible.

To learn more about how you can earn cash by refining or recycling your unwanted precious metal materials, contact us today!

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Rethinking Recycling Incentives

September 24, 2013

photo by Jackie (Sister72)

photo by Jackie via Flickr

We’ve talked before about how one of the best ways to get people to recycle is to provide them with an incentive. Here, we pay cash in exchange for old electronics, jewelry, etc. Our rates are based on the current market prices of precious metals, and we provide free shipping labels in order to make the entire process as easy as possible. As a result, we have been a leading choice for precious metal refining in the United States, and we have proudly served both the public and private sectors for over 30 years.

Along the same lines, a number of states provide an incentive for recycling beverage containers. A deposit is included in the price of beverages, and when you return the containers for recycling, you get your deposit back. In most places, that deposit is exactly $0.05 per bottle or can.

The majority of these “bottle bills” were enacted in the 1970s when the cost of living was lower, and thus the 5-cent incentive to recycle your bottles was significant; but today, the value of a nickel has declined 83%. If the bottle bill deposits were tied to inflation, they would now have hit almost 30 cents per can—or $1.80 for a six-pack. It’s still not a lot, but it’s a lot more enticing than $0.30.

As it currently stands, states that charge a 5-cent deposit have redemption rates that range from 61 to 90 percent. But in Michigan, where residents receive double that amount for their empty bottles and cans, the rate is 95%. And because 4 out of the 10 states that have enacted such laws restrict the deposits to containers of alcoholic beverages and soda, Slate’s Daniel Engber argues that increasing the deposit could both increase recycling and deter consumption of unhealthy products. In addition, the recycling industry and the state would benefit from increased shares of unclaimed deposits.

But regardless of incentives, recycling old and unwanted—but still valuable—materials is always a good decision. To properly dispose of electronic scrap and recycling your precious metals, print your free shipping label and send them to CJ Environmental today.

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Members of the Recycling Industry Oppose Plastic Bag Bans

August 20, 2013

Plastic Grocery Bags

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In a press release issued August 5, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced their opposition to the multitude of plastic bag bans and fees that have been issued in the United States.

According to the ISRI’s president, Robin Wiener, “ISRI members that recycle paper and plastic bags are quite concerned that policymakers are banning bags and creating fees without considering the real impact on recycling, and the recycling industry. No matter how good the intentions, these policy discussions should not be made in a vacuum. Rather than bans and fees that take away jobs and increase costs to consumers, policy makers should take advantage of the great economic and environmental opportunities associated with responsibly recycling these bags.”

A New Policy

The ISRI’s newly issued policy calls for retailers to collect used bags for recycling rather than banning them altogether, which they refer to as an interference “with the free flow of recyclable materials.” Over three-quarters of paper mills rely on recycled fibers to make their products, and according to Hilex Poly Co., a member of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, the plastic bag industry employs over 30,000 people.

Support Recycling and Sell Unwanted Precious Metals to CJ Environmental

At C J Environmental, we support the recycling industry by buying and refining precious metals and electronic scrap. Whether you have unwanted gold jewelry, sterling silverware, or mother boards, you can sell it to CJ Environmental and receive cash in return. Just send us your products and we will refine or recycle them accordingly—visit CJEnvironmental.com for more details.

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June Environmental News Round-Up

June 28, 2013

Harmful Gas Emissions from a Factory

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Fracking Could be Compromising Water Quality

We’ve discussed the negative impacts of fracking (or hydraulic fracturing) on our blog before. Now, according to a study that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, some of the homes in the vicinity of a fracking site in Pennsylvania have elevated levels of methane, ethane, and propane in their water.

BP Ends Oil Cleanup in Three States

Three years and two months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history, BP has officially ended its active cleanup operations in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. While ongoing efforts continue on the coast of Louisiana, BP reports that it has spent over $14 million on cleanup and recovery operations to date.

Los Angeles Bans Free Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

A 9-1 city council vote earlier this month made Los Angeles the largest city in the country to officially ban free plastic bags in grocery stores. In conjunction with the ban, 1 million reusable bags will be handed out in low-income areas. The ban takes effect for large stores on January 1, 2014, and small stores in June of the same year.

President Obama Outlines Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Obama has committed to a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared to 2005 levels) by 2020, and Ernest J. Moniz, the nation’s new energy secretary, recently examined the proposal and agreed that it is achievable. His broader goal of reaching 80 percent reduction compared to 1990 levels, however, will require more reductions on a larger scale in addition to support and action from Congress.

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Celebrate World Environment Day

June 5, 2013

World Environment Day 2013

World Environment Day 2013: Think.Eat.Save

Today is World Environment Day—a day dedicated to promoting positive social and political environmental action around the world. Established in 1972 by the United Nations Environment Programme, the event focuses on a different environmental issue every year. Past years have highlighted everything from the proper disposal of hazardous waste to the need to save our seas.

This year the theme is “Think.Eat.Save,” and the goal of the campaign is to minimize the amount of food that goes to waste every year—to reduce our global “foodprint.”

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that while 1.3 billion metric tons of food go to waste every year, 20,000 children under the age of 5 die of hunger every day. This egregious disparity indicates that with a concerted effort to change our habits, we can take monumental steps toward improving the efficiency of our food production and consumption cycle and ultimately allow more people to live longer, healthier lives.

Support the Environment Year-Round with CJ Environmental

Even though this year’s campaign is not dedicated to recycling precious metal scrap or minimizing electronic waste in landfills, the importance of supporting those causes has not diminished. CJ Environmental is a leader in precious metal refining, servicing both the public and private sectors since 1975. For more information on how to earn cash and help the environment at the same time by recycling your old electronic scrap or precious metals, contact CJ Environmental and request a quote today.

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May News Round-Up

May 31, 2013

This month’s environmental news takes a look at the past and the future of environmental awareness and reports both scientific advancements and political setbacks for renewable energy.

“Scientists look to plants as source of clean energy”

Researchers from the University of Georgia believe they have developed a way to make solar energy more effective by mimicking the photosynthetic process of plants. Study co-author Ramaraja Ramasamy believes that their approach may one day allow us to generate cleaner and more efficient power from sunlight with plant-based systems, rather than continue to chase finite fossil fuels.

“Joe Farman, ozone hole discoverer, dies at 82”

British scientist Joe Farman, who discovered manmade damage to the Earth’s ozone layer over Antarctica in the 1980s, has died at the age of 82. Not only did he expose a leak missed by even NASA satellites, but his groundbreaking study, which was published in 1985, also launched a new era of international eco-politics.

His discovery also spurred the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty establishing protocol for protecting the ozone that was ratified by all 197 members of the United Nations.

“Wisconsin: 100 millions of e-waste recycled”

Since the installment of an e-waste recycling program three years ago called E-Cycle Wisconsin, state officials say that more than 100 million pounds of electronic waste have been collected statewide. Wisconsin’s “urban mining” program sets an inspiring example of environmental consciousness for the rest of the country and the world.

“Is it time to bag the plastic?”

New York Times environmental reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal compares some American cities, particularly New York, with the rest of the global community in terms of plastic bag bans. While much of the world has prohibited or installed a tax on plastic bag use, New York is woefully behind on this environmental issue.

The city of New York pays $10 million annually to send 100,000 tons of plastic bags tossed in general trash to landfills in other parts of the country.

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Norway Needs More Trash

May 15, 2013

by Alex Francis

Oslo, Norway

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While most places are struggling to deal with an ever-increasing production of waste, Oslo, Norway, has quite a different problem: they don’t have enough of it.

Nearly half of Norway’s capital city, including the majority of its schools, depends on the energy produced by burning garbage to heat their buildings. In fact, all of Northern Europe has the capacity to convert up to 700 million tons of waste and counting into heat and electricity every year—but it only produces roughly 150 million tons within the same time frame.

That leaves the area with a significant amount of potential for energy production, but without enough resources (read: trash) to fuel it.

The Complexities of the European Waste Market

It almost isn’t proper to refer to the area’s garbage as “waste” anymore—cast-off refuse has actually turned into a desirable commodity throughout Northern Europe, leading to a growing European waste market.

Because the capacity to incinerate garbage is so high in Northern Europe, countries in the surrounding areas have begun sending their trash across borders. England has begun exporting its waste, and shipping trash to Norway is actually cheaper for the British than paying the tax to send it to the landfill. Oslo itself is the happy recipient of garbage from England, Ireland, and Sweden.

But, unfortunately, not all garbage is created equal.

Naples in Southern Italy is currently facing a garbage crisis of sorts (their dumps are full to capacity and trash is being left uncollected in the streets), but Oslo refused to accept their trash, choosing instead to continue importing “the cleaner and safer English waste.” Naples was thus forced to pay cities in the Netherlands and Germany to takes their waste off of their hands.

The trash in Oslo is meticulously sorted, with glass, food waste, plastic, and other garbage going into different colored bags. They are now looking to import more garbage from the United States in order to keep up with energy-production needs.

Help Mitigate the Production of Waste

Whether the United States starts exporting its garbage to Norway or not, you can start keeping trash out of landfills today by responsibly recycling your cell phones and other electronic waste with CJ Environmental. Precious metals are finite resources, and it is important to reuse and refine them as efficiently as possible. Visit www.CJEnvironmental.com to learn more and find out how easy it is to help.

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April News Round-Up

April 30, 2013

This month’s environmental news round-up spans the globe, including everything from updated recycling programs in New York City to revised electronic waste disposal protocols in Rwanda.
 

“Seven Spectacular Places Saved by the Environmental Movement”

Jennifer Weeks did an inspiring Earth Day round-up for Slate magazine, compiling a list of seven beautiful places around the world that would have been destroyed if not for the efforts of various environmental movements.

One highlight is the story of the protection of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in Maryland, which was going to be paved over until former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas spearheaded a 185-mile hike to protect it.
 

“Rwanda: New Policy for Electronic Waste Disposal in Offing”

Rwanda, which has become a popular destination for electronic waste, is working on revising their laws concerning its disposal. The incineration of such waste in open spaces releases harmful toxins into the environment, and any movement toward more environmentally friendly practices will be a huge step in the right direction.
 

“Why can’t we quit fossil fuels?”

This story is based overseas, but it is extremely relevant to the global community. The Guardian’s Duncan Clark launched a discussion earlier this month about our current use of and dependence on fossil fuels and how it relates to global climate change. He argues that while “we often hear more about green technology, consumption levels or population growth, leaving fuel in the ground is the crux of the issue.”
 

“City Expands Recycling Program to Include Hard Plastics”

In the most extensive expansion of its recycling program in a quarter of a century, New York City recently announced that it would begin recycling hard plastics like shampoo bottles, clothes hangers, and some toys. The city expects the new program to keep an extra 50,000 tons of waste out of landfills and save $850,000 a year in disposal costs.

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