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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

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

Using Food Waste to Combat Food Waste

Sounds like a pretty novel concept, but it’s more likely than you know.  Researchers have been working on ways to reduce and eliminate food waste for years.  It seems like they are really onto something.

Topics: food waste Food packaging food waste reduction food service organic waste 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

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

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

Instead of Black Friday Go Blue


Topics: trash zero waste waste cleanup News reduce retailers sustainability

ATTENTION: Hotels & Restaurants

Are You Paying WAY Too Much Per Month for Trash And Recycling?

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