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Case Studies and Resources

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 zero waste recycle waste cleanup plastic waste

Quick Guide to Office Recycling

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

Topics: recycling sustainability recycle office 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: recycling sustainability food waste renewable fuel recycle

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: recycling upcycle recycle recycling plastic

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 sustainability trash reduce green going green garbage recycle

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

Sustainability in a Box

I don't know about you, but I love watching all of the unboxing videos on YouTube.  There is just something about watching someone so excited about getting a new beauty product or a collectible that they have been wanting that gives me the warm fuzzies. My only real problem with the monthly subscription boxes is all the trash created by the boxes; cardboard boxes, tissue paper, product packaging - it doesn't seem to end.

Topics: waste management sustainability waste disposal reduce reuse green landfill News recycle

Up-cycle Your Boxes for the Holidays

Sitting on a bunch of cardboard boxes?  Here is a cute idea for the holidays.  Turn them into Christmas trees and decorate your office or home.

Topics: recycling trash reuse upcycle recycle