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Celebrate Earth Day – Saturday, April 22

I love Earth Day. It’s one day a year that we think about the Earth and all its many wonders. I wish we thought about the Earth every day. But we live our busy lives mostly indoors, protected from the elements and separated from the day-to-day changes in seasons. It’s good to celebrate Earth things and learn how to protect our health and environment. Here are highlights of some events and resources:

If you work in Topeka, join the Department of Health & Environment in celebration of Earth Day:

Friday, April 21 11am – 2pm rain or shine South lawn of our state capitol

  • Free Pizza Hut pizza while it lasts
  • Free Pepsi products
  • Many Displays
  • Recycling drop off for cans, plastic, newspaper, old cell phones, computers, e-waste collection

Links to Several Earth Day Resources

Do something to enjoy the earth today . . . and every day.

Were you aware that:

  • More than 315 million computers are expected to become obsolete by the year 2004, containing an estimated 1.2 billion pounds of lead, 2 million pounds of cadmium, 400,000 pounds of mercury and 1.2 million pounds of hexavalent chromium. This makes small business computer recycling a paramount necessity.
  • Household Hazardous Waste, is the EPA’s term for that old monitor or computer that you have sitting in your closet or garage.
  • More than 20 million PCs became obsolete in 1998 — but just 14% of those were recycled or donated. Through the end of 2002 that number estimate to be over 80 million. In 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency banned cathode ray tubes from landfills because of their high amounts of lead. An average computer monitor contains about 8 pounds of lead. Lead can also be found on computer circuit boards. The mercury, lithium, and cadmium found in many PC batteries are toxic at high levels. Other toxins, such as PCBs, are used in computer capacitors and are also hazardous.

The resource sites listed above will tell you how and where to recycle these kinds of things. Check it out. There are many local options.

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