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Without recycling, Earth's natural resources would diminish even more quickly than they already do from human activity. Using items made from recycled material, such as paper, helps prevent deforestation. Recycling also reduces the amount of trash cluttering the planet.

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  • What is self-sustaining energy?

    Q: What is self-sustaining energy?

    A: Self-sustaining energy, also known as sustainable energy, is energy that meets present needs without depleting natural resources for future generations. It focuses on preserving the environment while developing technology in ways that use renewable energy.
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  • What can I do to help save the environment?

    Q: What can I do to help save the environment?

    A: Eliminate paper. Easing up on the use of paper and paper products will help with one of the biggest landfill culprits. Good places to start include replacing paper gift wrapping with fabric or used grocery bags, using glassware instead of paper plates, bringing reusable shopping bags for use at the store, and replacing paper towels with washable hand towels.
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  • How is coal used by humans?

    Q: How is coal used by humans?

    A: Humans use coal in many ways, including as a fuel and as a source of carbon. As a solid fuel, coal burns to provide heat from stoves, furnaces and boilers as well as energy to supply electrical generating plants. Metal refiners use coke, a solid residue from low-sulfur bituminous coal, in purifying metals in blast furnaces.
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  • Why should we recycle metals?

    Q: Why should we recycle metals?

    A: Recycling metals offers many benefits, including conserving natural resources, reducing emissions and creating new jobs. Forbes reports that recycling metals supported over 450,000 jobs in the United States as of 2011, generating over $90 billion annually.
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  • What is hydroelectric energy?

    Q: What is hydroelectric energy?

    A: Hydroelectric energy converts the kinetic energy of flowing water into electricity using a turbine. Water flows through a channel, usually carefully regulated as part of a dam spillway, and it turns the blades of the turbine. As long as water continues to flow steadily, the turbine produces a steady stream of electricity. The U.S. Geological Survey Science School states that 19 percent of the world's electricity comes from hydroelectric energy.
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  • What would happen if people did not recycle?

    Q: What would happen if people did not recycle?

    A: Without recycling, Earth's natural resources would diminish even more quickly than they already do from human activity. Using items made from recycled material, such as paper, helps prevent deforestation. Recycling also reduces the amount of trash cluttering the planet.
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  • What do trees provide?

    Q: What do trees provide?

    A: One of the most important things that trees give people is oxygen to breathe. Trees also give shade, house animals and muffle noise.
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  • How do you dispose of a lithium-ion battery?

    Q: How do you dispose of a lithium-ion battery?

    A: Lithium-ion and other rechargeable batteries should be recycled so that any hazardous waste, including lead acid and nickel cadmium, can be removed from the waste cycle. Federal guidelines consider lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride batteries to be non-hazardous.
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  • Q: How can you find out where to recycle your electronics?

    A: Visit official city websites, relevant state department websites or the websites of recycling agencies or electronic retailers to find locations to recycle electronics. Some organizations and agencies have drop-off locations, whereas others accept mail-in electronics. Some also accept working electronic items as donations.
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  • Why is it necessary to recycle batteries?

    Q: Why is it necessary to recycle batteries?

    A: It is necessary to recycle batteries because they typically contain heavy metals and other toxic materials that can pollute groundwater and present a hazard to humans and wildlife. Recycling also reclaims these materials for reuse, reducing the amount of new toxins used in manufacturing.
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  • Q: Does Best Buy take old TVs for disposal as e-waste?

    A: Best Buy operates an e-waste recycling program at its U.S. stores and kiosks that accepts certain models of televisions free of charge, as of April 2015. Each state has its own laws and regulations regarding what types of televisions it permits Best Buy to accept.
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  • Q: What are some general concepts of sustainable development?

    A: Sustainable development involves two main concepts: the needs of the world's human population and the limitations involved with meeting those needs. Limitations can involve any factors that make it difficult to meet the needs of the world's population. For instance, insufficient technology, excessive government regulation and scarcity of natural resources all limit the global population's ability to meet its needs.
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  • Q: Where in the world is wind power used?

    A: As of the end of 2013, the country with the top wind power producing capacity in the world is China. Other top wind producing countries, in order, are the United States, Germany, Spain, India, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Canada and Denmark. Some countries, such as the United Kingdom and Denmark, rely heavily on offshore wind power, whereas other countries build most of their wind power facilities on land.
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  • Q: What are some ways to recycle electronics?

    A: Electronics can be recycled by dropping them off at a local recycling center, having larger electronics picked up or by bringing it back to the manufacturer. Reusing or selling electronics is also a form of recycling.
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  • Q: Which country recycles the most?

    A: As of 2015, Switzerland recycles more than any other country in the world. A Yale University study ranked countries according to factors that represent the results of each nation's dedication to recycling.
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  • Q: What are some important things to recycle?

    A: Some important things to recycle are aluminum, plastic bottles and glass. Appliances and other objects that contain steel are also important to recycle because recycling steel saves energy and conserves natural resources.
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  • Q: What is Sunrun solar?

    A: Sunrun is a company that provides low-cost residential solar power by leasing solar equipment to customers. As of 2014, Sunrun offers solar services in Arizona, California, Nevada, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
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  • Q: What are some tips for getting kids involved in recycling?

    A: Some tips for getting kids involved in recycling include making it as easy and convenient as possible, as well as turning recycling into a game. Repurposing and upcycling common household items also help motivate kids to get involved in the recycling process.
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  • Q: Where can you find information on cardboard recycling centers and the value of cardboard?

    A: Find information about cardboard recycling centers and values on sites such as RecycleFinder.com, Earth911.com, RecyclingCenters.org and AmericaRecyclesDay.org. Many local governments also offer recycling information on their websites as well.
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  • Q: What is a biodigester ?

    A: A biodigester is an anaerobic digestion system which breaks down organic waste including compost, manure or sewage waste. Biodigesters produce methane gas as a by-product of the decomposition process that can be used for fuel.
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  • Q: Why are fossil fuels non-renewable?

    A: Fossil fuels are non-renewable because they take millions of years to form. Fossil fuels make up most sources of non-renewable energy, and they were created millions of years ago as a result of marine creatures decaying under immense pressure and heat.
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