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RachelleW posted a blog entry in Shades of an Apple Green HomeIn today’s world, concern about the environment is at an all-time high. This is especially true regarding recycling, since communities across America have implemented recycling programs to reduce the garbage going into landfills. As people learn about recycling, it’s becoming very popular. If you’re interested in transforming the planet, here are four practices that can be implemented into your daily life. Recycle Your Aluminum Cans According to Waste Management Corporation, Americans drink one beverage each day from an aluminum can. However, even though the cans are 100 percent recyclable, less than half of those cans are recycled. For cans that are recycled, they can be put back on the shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days, and there are over 10,000 locations across the nation that purchase aluminum, making it very easy to recycle these cans while making a few extra bucks. Corrugated Cardboard With more and more people shopping online these days, households have an endless supply of corrugated cardboard taking up space. Some companies, like Ware Disposal, know just how helpful it can be to the planet when resources are recycled. However, it makes far more sense to take them to a recycling center, where they can be converted into chipboard that’s used to make cereal boxes, paper towels, and copy paper. Car Batteries The most recycled product in the United States, car batteries are a virtual goldmine in recycling circles. With more than half of the battery being made of lead, it can be used to create new car batteries. Along with this, the batteries contain several pounds of plastic, which can be used to create various new products. And finally, the battery’s sulfuric acid can be recycled and used in new batteries, converted to sodium sulfate for use in fertilizers and dyes, or neutralized and purified, enabling it to be released as clean water. Most automotive retailers will accept old batteries, as will recycling companies such as Ware Disposal, which as a zero-waste company handles all facets of solid waste and recycling. Computers With thousands of computers tossed out in the trash every day, it’s vital they be recycled. Containing plastic, metal, and glass, virtually the whole computer can be recycled. And don’t forget peripherals such as keyboards, printers, speakers, and external hard drives, all of which can be recycled as well. By becoming aware of what can be recycled and how doing so can benefit the environment, it will be easier than ever to help transform the planet.
Innovations continue to emerge as business and governmental agencies step up to the challenge of reducing solid waste. From planning for the future to large-scale examples of best practices in waste-stream sorting, here are five intriguing advancements in recycling: 1. Design for Recycling The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries recognizes advancements in this area with an annual award. Samsung Electronics America won the award in 2016 for its design of a TV incorporating snap-together parts instead of screws, allowing a recycler to disassemble it in ten minutes or less. 2. Wear. Donate. Recycle. Did you know the average person in the U.S. throws away 70 pounds of clothing and textiles each year? Some municipalities are considering textile recycling programs or even fining residents who throw away clothing instead of donating it. The Council for Textile Recycling works to create awareness among consumers, charities, recyclers and others and has a goal of zero textile waste going to landfills by 2037. So expect to see much more of their slogan, “Wear. Donate. Recycle.” 3. Sink Your Shucks You might not realize that even natural materials can have uses beyond the landfill. Consider oyster shells, as an example. A recycling program in Texas called "Sink Your Shucks" takes oyster shells discarded by seafood processors and uses them to restore ocean reefs. In August 2016 they celebrated recycling one million pounds of oyster shells this way. That's making a difference! 4. In-house Options Businesses that end up with lots of cardboard boxes — and needs packing material for shipping — have found a great solution with industrial cardboard shredders such as those offered by Advantage Business Equipment. Not only do they provide a sustainable way to get rid of cardboard, but the shredders can also pay for themselves very quickly by supplying the business with virtually free packing material. 5. Smart Waste Management As communities struggle with lower commodity prices, they're looking for ideas to streamline and improve their recycling efforts. A great example is the Southern Nevada Recycling Center in Las Vegas, operated by Republic Services and winner of the 2016 Gold Excellence Award in the Recycling Systems category from the Solid Waste Association of North. It's huge—110,000 square feet—and is capable of processing 70 tons of waste per hour through its material recovery facility. Fortunately, there are many great examples of environmental stewardship as efforts continue to make the most of our resources, protect the environment and create a sustainable future. Keep yourself informed on new ways that you can save the environment through recycling.