Week 5, Assignment 2, Chapter Questions
List some benefits and drawbacks of recycling wastes. What are the major types of
materials recycled from municipal waste, and how are they used?
The benefits of recycling waste are limitless. Household products alone are a great
contributor. Water, paper, plastics, glass, newspapers, milk cartons, cereal boxes,
toothpaste boxes, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, etc. all can be recycled into new
materials. In addition to basic household items, clothes can be recycled, books,
electronic equipment. This does not mean that all items have to go to a facility to be
recycled. Clothes, electronics, and anything else can be refurbished, and bought and
sold from consumers. In my opinion, there are no drawbacks other than people who
do not want to commit to a recycling program.
What is e-waste? How is most of it disposed of, and what are some strategies for
improving recycling rates?
As mentioned in question 5 above without using the proper term, E-waste is an
informal name for electronic products that cannot be re-cycled. Computers,
televisions, VCR’s, stereos, office equipment, etc. are all common products that can
be used, refurbished, or recycled. Most E-waste can be recycled as listed above or by
contributing it to different organizations, etc. When the e-waste has hit the end of the
road, and is truly waste, the best option would be to have it disposed at a local,
credible e-waste facility. Most companies that provide volunteers to collect e-waste
are most likely not disposing of it properly. Researching the facility is a good idea