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Case Studies and Resources

Plastics - The Good, the Bad, the Ugly!

We’ve all see it, the little numbers on most plastic.  Have you ever wondered what those numbers mean?  I have, so I thought I would do some research on what they mean and how they affect the ability to recycle that item.  I will list my sources at the end of the article if you want to check out any of them for yourself.

Topics: recycling plastic plastic pollution plastic waste recycle zero waste going green recyclable reuse reduce environmental sustainability

Recycling Contamination in Commercial Cardboard Containers – What does it all mean?

The recycling industry has changed. Contamination, once allowed by haulers, has ruined the cardboard recycling industry and kept the price of OCC (old corrugated cardboard) under the price per ton levels needed to make it a profitable business. For the last 2 years haulers have tried in many ways to stop the bleeding of profits based on what they can recoup from selling their cardboard. The United States largest hauler is responsible for much of this issue. As the largest seller of cardboard to China there was so much contamination that the Chinese finally said “NO” and demanded much cleaner cardboard. That meant that they now had to process all their cardboard to clean out the contamination. There can be no plastic bags, bottles, Styrofoam, or waxed cardboard. With no one policing the dumpsters you would never see the issues that we, in the waste industry, see on a daily basis.

Topics: commercial garbage commercial trash charges waste agent save money on commercial trash teamwork recycle cost containment cost management Retail Waste Management landfill going green green recyclable reduce environmental waste disposal sustainability waste management recycling waste removal retailers commercial businesses Dumpster Garbage Removal trash trash hauling waste cleanup plastic pollution regulations

Packaging Bans – Do they work?

Over the past few months, we have heard a lot about bans on single use plastic and foam items; things like plastic bags, drinking straws, and take out containers.  We have spent some time looking into these bans and whether or not they will actually make an impact on plastic waste.  As of right now, only about 9% of all plastic that has ever been produced has been recycled. 

Topics: commercial garbage plastic pollution plastic waste recycling plastic waste cleanup recycle garbage Food packaging landfill going green recyclable reduce trash environmental state regulations waste disposal recycling waste removal recy zero waste food waste regulations regulations sustainability

2nd Annual "Blue" Friday

Reposted from United by Blue

Topics: recycle waste cleanup environmental

Recycling Cigarette Butts

We see them everywhere, cigarette butts littering the ground.  Most people don’t even think about what those filters are made out of, so here we go.  Most filters are made out of acetate cellulose, which is a plastic.  As we all know by now, plastic doesn’t biodegrade or break down for hundreds of years, and even the broken down plastic, just turns into microplastic.  So, up until recently, there has been no “cure” for cigarette butts.

Topics: recycling recycle zero waste plastic waste waste cleanup

Quick Guide to Office Recycling

How we recycle in the office.  It doesn't take long, but it sure makes a difference.

Topics: recycle recycling office sustainability sustainability

Finland to turn Christmas food waste into fuel

You have to hand it to Finland, as one of the world’s top eco-friendly countries, they have done it again.  A campaign called Kinnkutemppu aims to take the unwanted fat from Christmas hams and turn it into renewable diesel fuel at its Porvoo refinery.  When you consider that ham is the most traditional Christmas food in the area, with almost 7 million kilograms (14,000,000,000 pounds) sold a year.  That is a lot of potential food waste.

Topics: recycle recycling food waste sustainability renewable fuel

How do you recycle your plastic bags?

We hear it everywhere we turn.  Plastic bags are bad.  In many instances that is the case, but were you aware that it takes less energy to create plastic bags than it does paper bags?  Unlike other plastics, the various types used for plastic bags require specialized collection and processing.  Placing plastic bags in your curbside recycling bin is a no-no.  Yes, we should be using reusable bags, but we all forget from time to time.  Not to worry, most grocery stores actually have bins located outside their stores specifically for plastic grocery bags.

Topics: recycle recycling recycling plastic upcycle

What is your businesses recycling initiative?

Seeing as our entire business is based off of trash and what to do with it, we love sustainability conscious companies.  We are proud of the fact that very little of our waste goes into a landfill; all of our paper, plastic, glass, etc. is recycled.  So we wanted to share a few of the steps we used to help make our offices as green as possible.(Image from http://www.lcri.net/)

Topics: recycling green recycle reduce trash garbage going green sustainability

Question and Answers with Michael

We are going to start a new weekly series on YouTube where the owner, Michael Mintz, answers your questions on all things garbage.  Want more ideas on recycling?  Want to know what to do with food waste?  Sustainability?  Now is your chance to get those answers and more.  Please post your questions on our blog between now and Friday, and next week we will post our first video on both YouTube and here on our blog.

Topics: News trash garbage recycle recycling food waste Composting regulations environmental food waste reduction