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Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing by Earth

Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing by Earth

In my very short existence on this planet, I have seen and experienced very little cool space stuff. I have seen a lunar eclipse a solar eclipse and a few shooting stars. (Shooting stars are not the rare actually. Go lie on your lawn one evening for an hour. I bet you will see one).

Tomorrow at around about 6pm South African time, Asteroid 2005 YU55 or (chunky as I would like to call him) will be passing by earth.

The asteroid will be passing a little bit closer than the moon’s orbit. Don’t worry this will have no detectable influence on the tides of the earth and also no effect on the tectonic plates. To give you an idea, the moon is 3475 km in diameter this asteroid only 400 meters.

Amateur astronomers will need a telescope with an aperture of 15cm (6inches) to view this beauty passing by.

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It is always nice to get a new gadget or electronic toy to play with, but how do we dispose of it when it is outdated or broken?

What is classified as E-waste?

All end of life, old or discarded appliances that use electricity can be classified as E-waste. These include;

  • Large household appliances
  • Small household appliances
  • Office equipment
  • Telecommunications Equipment
  • Electronic and Electric Tools
  • Consumer and Entertainment Electronics
  • Light bulbs and Batteries

Why not just throw it away with normal household refuse?

  • E-Waste contains recyclable materials like metals, glass, and plastics.
  • E-Waste contains hazardous materials like mercury that need special handling and recycling methods.

How can I dispose of E-Waste?

  • E-Waste can be refurbished for reuse by someone else.
  • E-Waste can be dismantled and the components can be individually recycled into new products.

Where can I dispose of E-Waste in South Africa?

You can find bins at E-Waste Initiative Partners.

These partners are:

Have lookout for E-Waste bins at Makro stores nationwide.

Also visit www.ewasa.org for more info on collection points.

For information on recycling go to http://www.desco.co.za/

To recycle lamps and batteries go to http://www.reclite.co.za/ for collections sites.

For any other recycling information visit http://www.recycling.co.za/ .

I hope you found this how to informative and that it will make it easier to dispose of those old electronics and without harming the environment.