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  1. When it comes to living a sustainable lifestyle, it's the activities you do every day that tend to be more important than the big and impressive things you do. That's why it's important to find ways to make your everyday activities more sustainable. The good news is that making your lifestyle more sustainable doesn't have to cause major inconveniences. In fact, there are many aspects of sustainable living that are more enjoyable than their non-sustainable counterparts. Compost If you have the space, composting is an excellent way to live a sustainable lifestyle. Rather than sending organic waste to the dump, you can keep it on your property and turn it into rich fertilizer for your garden. Even if you live in a city, you can use a desktop composting bin to create smaller amounts of compost that you can use in a window box or herb garden. Buy Products Made From Recycled Materials Recycling is a key component of creating a healthier planet for future generations. In order to support recycling efforts, though, it's important to buy products made from recycled materials as often as possible. Without a solid market for products made from recycled materials, companies will be forced to use virgin materials, which typically have a more significant impact on the environment. You can find ways to buy recycled materials, like dog toys or yarn from a site like bionicyarn.com. Combine Errands Although vehicles make everyday tasks much more convenient, they add a significant amount of pollution to the atmosphere. While the best response to this problem is to buy a car that gets better gas mileage, that isn't always feasible. A more simple solution is to be more careful about planning your errands so that you can reduce the amount you drive, thus reducing your carbon footprint. Collect Rainwater Water is one of the most vital resources in terms of completing everyday activities around your home. Since water is a limited resource, though, it's important to conserve it whenever possible. One great way to overcome this problem is to collect rainwater as it leaves your home's gutters. Using rain collection barrels, you can ensure that you always have water available to water your plants and do other outdoor tasks. This will help lower your water bill and ensure that there's water available for future generations. One reason that people pollute more than they should is that they simply fall into a rut and don't think through their actions. By continuing to do things the way you've always done them, you will likely use more energy and create more pollution than you would if you took some time to observe your actions. By thinking through the things you do every day, you can begin to search for new ways to do these things so that you can help make the world a better place.
  2. Did you know that many of the metals used to produce everyday objects are recycled rather than mined from the earth? Collecting and selling scrap metal for recycling is a great way to earn money for hobbyists and professionals alike. Whether you’re looking to make a little extra cash on the side or recycle scrap metal as a full-time job, here are some tips to help you get started. Know Your Metals When it comes to scrap metal, copper is the reigning king. The energy and expense required for copper recycling is much less than creating copper from ore, which makes any existing copper extremely valuable. Precious metals like gold and silver fetch an even higher price than copper, but they are difficult to find in large quantities. Other metals that can earn you a pretty penny include aluminum, brass, iron and steel. Seek Out Sources Now you know what metals to look for, but where do you find them? Construction waste is a great source of scrap copper from plumbing and wiring. You can also find copper wiring inside old electronics and appliances. Check pawn shops, thrift stores and estate sales for precious metal jewelry that can be sold for scrap. One of the most accessible sources of scrap metal is discarded aluminum cans, but you will need a lot of them to earn a significant amount of money. Have a Collection and Storage System The trunk of your car might be sufficient for scrap metal hobbyists, but you’ll need a more sophisticated setup if you’re serious about recycling. Get a truck or van for hauling your scrap around and a warehouse to store it. Use tall shelves and labeled bins to keep everything organized. Find the Best Price After all the effort you put into finding and collecting scrap metal, you don’t want to let it go for nothing. Search around for buyers who can give you the best price for your recyclable metal and keep an eye on the markets because the price of many metals fluctuates over time. Having a good storage system can help you hang onto your scrap until you find the best price. Remember, metal recycling isn’t a get rich quick scheme. It takes a lot of work and perseverance to earn a living with scrap metal, but your efforts will pay off eventually if you stick with it. Don’t forget to keep careful track of your business so you can identify trends and maximize your profits.
  3. It’s no secret that garbage dumps are filling up faster than ever. Therefore, it’s important to do all you can to divert as much away from landfills as you can. One crucial part of this is ensuring that large appliances are recycled instead of thrown away. If you’re not sure how to do this, here are a few tips on how to recycle large appliances like water heaters. Check with Your City Many cities, understanding the need to save space at landfills, have a very robust appliance recycling program in place. If this is true of your city, all you have to do is schedule a time to have your old appliance hauled away and then let representatives from the city do all the hard work. In some cases, you may even be eligible for a rebate for your old appliance, which can make recycling a win-win situation. Haul it to a Scrapyard Most appliances contain a decent amount of metal. This fact makes them attractive to scrapyards that take this metal and recycle it for future use. Typically, you are eligible for payment based on the weight of appliances that you bring to the recycling facility. Just be sure to ask about harmful chemical disposal to be sure the facility you choose won’t put the environment at further risk. Easy in and Out If an appliance requiring professional installation stops working, then you can usually count on the installation company to haul away your old appliance when your new one is installed. For example, when you need a new gas water heater installation, it’s important to let your water heater installers disconnect your old water heater to prevent any gas or water leaks and then let them haul the old water heater away. They will be well-versed on where to take your old water heater to ensure it stays out of the landfill. Put it Out By the Curb Most cities have people who make at least part of their income by collecting scrap metal and taking it to the scrapyard. If you have someone like this in your neighborhood, then recycling your old appliances is as simple as setting them by the curb. If your street isn’t well-traveled, it’s usually a good idea to post about your appliance on a neighborhood group so that scrappers know there’s something available for them to haul away. Donate It In some cases, your old appliances may still have some life left in them. If that’s the case, rather than recycling your appliances, you can donate them to someone in need. Even if your appliances aren’t the most efficient or aesthetically pleasing, they can mean the world to someone who doesn’t have the money to buy their own appliances. This approach allows you to make space for new appliances while helping someone in need.
  4. The Earth can be harmed the by the actions of people. Human civilization has created pollution and destroyed natural ecosystems and wildlife habitats. It may even lead to worse problems like global warming that could threaten everyone. The one sector of human civilization that contributes the most to this destruction is industry. Thankfully, you can take steps to lower your company’s impact on the planet. Here are some ideas for making your workspace greener. Implement Renewable Energy Most factories and other industrial workplaces use a great deal of energy to complete their work. Thankfully, you no longer have to completely rely on energy sources that create pollution or put a great strain on the local power grid. Implementing power produced by solar panels or wind turbines is one option. Choosing fuels that create a lesser impact on the environment like ethanol or natural gas is another good choice. Recycle Everything You Can Recycling is something else companies must implement if they want to be greener. Not recycling creates waste that fills up landfills. In certain cases, that waste can even harm animals and human beings. Consider all the different materials that are part of your industrial processes that you can recycle. For example, you may have not considered copper recycling for the copper left over from a certain production process. Eliminate Paper Something most companies use is a lot of paper. There’s paper used for correspondence, memos, record keeping, meetings and much more. It’s no longer the 1980’s. Everything that can be expressed in a paper document can be very easily recreated in a digital file. Doing so saves trees and eliminates waste. It can even save a good deal of money over the course of a year. Going paperless is a strategy that works for many businesses. Perform Efficiency Audits Not running your factory or other industrial facility as efficiently as possible can also lead to wastefulness. One thing you should do is perform efficiency audits multiple times a year. The data produced can help you find ways to save electricity and fuel and cut down waste. It can make your company greener and help you save a good deal of money simultaneously. Industrialization has done a lot of harm to the environment. However, this doesn’t have to be the case today. Thanks to improvements in technology and methodology, there are many ways a company can greatly lessen its impact on the environment. The list above is only a starting point.
  5. Is your office cluttered with several items that hinder your productivity? Are you looking for ways to do your part in saving the environment by starting a recycling program at the office? If you answered yes, then you are probably thinking about other items that can be recycled outside of aluminum cans, paper waste, magazines, newspapers, shipping supplies, file folders, and cardboard. Here are 4 overlooked items found in your office that can also be recycled to help you boost productivity while helping the environment. Electronics Do you remember that microwave tucked away in one corner of the break room that has been broken for ages? Do you also remember passing by that unrepairable bulky printer in the hallway? Do you remember when someone said the laminator malfunctioned but you forgot about it, until now? The microwave, the printer, and the laminator are all electronic items that can be recycled and are called e-waste. Other e-waste items that can be recycled are fax machines, VCRs, computers, and cellphones. Light Bulbs Like a scene from a horror movie, that flickering and buzzing fluorescent light fixture has just been bothering everyone at the office for quite some time. Now it is time to get rid of it. Fluorescent bulbs can also be added to your list of items that can be recycled. Food Perhaps someone forgot that they brought their lunch and decided to eat out during their break. Weeks later, their lunch is rotting away in the break room fridge, which is starting to emit a foul smell. Maybe your coworker forgot that they threw a banana peel in their paper wastebasket, and now the office is being invaded by fruit flies. Food waste is another overlooked item that can be recycled. Keys Has your office recently changed its locks? Do you now have a set of keys that can no longer be used? Any keys that are made of metal can be recycled. Door keys, file cabinet keys, and office keys are often overlooked office items that can be added to your recycling list. These are only to mention 4 commonly overlooked items that can be recycled. Perhaps you have done a walkthrough of the office and found an overwhelming amount of items that you can recycle. You have probably just found out that the trash receptacles you currently have will not suffice. Consider a dumpster rental to help you save time and save money when recycling these overlooked recyclable items in your office.
  6. As a modern business, it's likely that you have a large amount of electronic equipment that helps to keep your business going. As important as this equipment is, it will eventually become too outdated to efficiently meet your needs. When that happens, it's important to dispose of these old electronics in a responsible manner to prevent harm to the environment. To give you direction on what to do, here are a few ways that businesses can properly dispose of broken or old electronic equipment. Donate Them Even though the electronics you're getting rid of may not suit your needs, that doesn't mean that they are no longer usable. By donating your electronics, you give them a chance at a second life to fulfill a noble purpose. In some cases, non-profit organizations use old electronics to teach those in need the necessary skills to help them find a new career. However they're used, donating your electronics is far better than throwing them in the trash. Sell Them If you've taken especially good care of your electronics, there's a chance that they may still have some value. Since people can find value in unexpected places, attempting to sell your electronics is a great option because it helps to recoup some of your investment. To sell electrical equipment, you can try to sell them separately to individual buyers, or you can use a third-party buying service that will buy large lots of electronics at once. Repurpose Them Even if a certain electronic item is no longer usable, its individual components may be able to be used by your business. For example, an old computer may not have a place in your company, but the monitor from that computer can still be repurposed to provide a dual-monitor set up to help increase productivity. Therefore, before you make the move to get rid of your old electronics, it's a good idea to look at them in terms of how they can be used in different ways around your office. Recycle Them If there is no longer any use for your old electronics, then it's important that you make an effort to recycle them. Electronics recycling helps keep potentially harmful substances out of landfills and allows the base materials to be reused and made into something new. The key when recycling your electronics is to be sure to use a certified electronics recycler that won't simply ship your electronics overseas, contributing to pollution in other countries. When you purchase new electronics, it's important to think through your purchases with an eye to the end of their lifecycles. You want to be sure that it's as easy as possible to dispose of your old electronics in a manner that benefits your company and the environment. In many cases, this means buying higher-end electronics initially, as these tend to be constructed in such a way as to make them easier to recycle or resell. In every case, though, know that there are plenty of options available when your electronics no longer meet your needs.
  7. If you are interested in helping the environment, it is important to recycle your steel items. This way, old or damaged items can be given a new life as a different product. It is an easy way to start living a green lifestyle in your home. Are you interested in creating a healthier environment? Here are four ways steel can be recycled and reused to save the planet. Home Goods There are many steel service centers that turn scrap metal into home goods. You may find furniture and fixtures that are made of recycled steel. The steel may also be reused as a material for your roof. Are you looking to invest in artwork and other decorative pieces for your home? You can look into items that are made of recycled steel. Recycled steel gives these pieces a new life while adding a modern touch to your home. Food Packaging When you drop your scrap steel and metal off at a steel service center, you are donating materials that can be used for food packaging. The materials are used to make aluminum cans for food and beverages, and you may even find reusable steel canisters and bowls made of recycled steel. You can also rest assured that the materials are cleaned and sanitized as needed to ensure they are safe to use on food. Manufactured Products Steel and metal can also be reused as new products altogether, such as stainless steel appliances. The steel items you drop off at a service center today may also become a part of the plumbing, construction or automobile industry tomorrow. Companies that use recycled steel are not adding as much smoke or chemicals into the environment. At-Home Uses You can also find your own way to reuse steel items around the house. Instead of throwing out a tin coffee or tea canister, reuse it as a planter for your indoor garden. A tin canister also makes a great pencil or pen holder on your desk, or you can use it to hold spare change or craft supplies. If you cannot reuse these items at home, be sure to look into steel service centers in your area. If you want to create a healthier environment for everyone, it is important to take the steps to reduce your carbon footprint. You can do your part in saving the planet by dropping off your unwanted steel items at a local service center to be recycled and reused.
  8. A computer doesn’t last forever. Even if your computer still technically works many years later, you may want to get rid of it anyways. Newer computers are faster, store far more data and are more capable of better running programs, games, and videos. However, after you have decided to upgrade, what should you do with your old computer parts? Instead of just chucking them in the trash, you can recycle them. Here are some tips that can show you how. Selling Your Old Parts One option you have for recycling is to actually sell your old parts on an aftermarket. eBay, for example, is an excellent choice. Craig’s List is another. There may also be some online and local independent electronics dealers you can investigate. You shouldn’t expect to receive much in exchange if the part in question has been used a good deal, but it is a form of recycling that involves some amount of compensation. Self-Recycling Alternatively, you could choose to self-recycle. This involves repurposing an old part for a different use for you or your family. For example, you could repurpose an old personal computer as a home server with a little work. With a few extra components, you could also transform an old monitor into an extra television. Using an Electronics Recycling Service You may simply want to dispose of your old computer parts entirely. Don’t just put them in the garbage or in a regular recycling container. Instead, bring them to a professional electronics recycling service that will actually break down the materials so they can be reused. Things that can be recycled by such a service include motherboards, processors, hard drives, disc drives, RAM, power supplies, monitors and more. Removing Your Personal Data However, before you hand over a computer, hard drive or other component that can store personal data, you should make sure to first wipe that data, so it does not get into the wrong hands. It could be used to steal your identity. Certain recyclers will offer to wipe the data for you. However, you can also wipe it yourself with downloadable programs that can overwrite data multiple times so it can never be accessed again. Overall, recycling is the responsible thing to do. This is especially true for computer components and electronics that can harm the environment if not recycled properly. Consider your different options for unloading your computer parts in a responsible manner.
  9. We all come across objects that we have saved, many for years, that we just haven't wanted to throw away. But sometimes the day comes when we look at those things and say to ourselves, “These just have to go. I will never use them again, and I should not hold on to them just because they have fond memories.” If you have to move, that is an optimum time to face this fact as you are trying to downsize what you have to cart to a new location. Why not line your pockets with some unexpected dollars by recycling and letting someone else have the use of those things that are still useable and sought after? Those people searching for such items have some creative ideas for them or have a collection that will be enhanced by the addition of what you have to offer. Some of the categories of possible recycled “clutter” are the following. Electronics Recycling There are R2-certified electronics recycling services who use state-of-the-art equipment to take the proper care of the recycling in an environmentally friendly and secure way while making sure that your data on any electronics is destroyed. That assures you that when you bring old electronics in for recycling, you don't have to worry about your sensitive information getting into the wrong hands. Some of the electronics included are cell phones, computers, tablets, complete laptops, circuit boards, motherboards, TV and monitor boards, CD and DVD and VCR boards, hard drives, processors, CD and floppy drives, CPUs, power supply units, CRT and LCD televisions, CRT and LCD monitors, whole PC towers, copiers, printers, fax machines, and more. Toys We keep seeing articles that ask if we have retained certain toys from our childhoods and, if so, many of them are worth a lot of money. So dig through those old stored boxes of “memories.” Collectors are anxious to find additions to the many different and unusual toys that have come out over the years, and there is an endless search for many of them. Clothing Vintage clothing and items from decades past are all the rage, and many have come back in style. Consignment shops are always on the lookout for clothing in good condition, and you can make yourself some extra dollars by either selling to them outright or putting the items on consignment to reap a portion of the sale prices. Collectibles Multiple items, some unique, are always being sought by collectors, and they will pay a “pretty penny” when they find something to add to their “stash.” Research online for particular objects and see if you want to try to sell your “discoveries” directly to the consumer or go through a middle man who will do the set-up, advertising, and shipping for their part of the purchase price. There are endless possibilities of what is being collected, so if anything is in good condition, it will probably find a new home whether it is jewelry, old records that are now called “vinyls” and are highly searched for and collected, handcrafts, quilts, paintings, beautiful pens, stuffed animals, wooden and metal toys, old dishes and platters, cookie jars, ceramic pieces, figurines and other knickknacks, watches, antique postcards and greeting cards – and the list goes on and on.
  10. Electronics, although useful, don’t last forever. In fact, you’re more likely to replace your electronics than your car. As time goes on, it’s not uncommon for electronics start to lose efficiency until they become useless. Once your electronics start to go up, you may opt to recycle them. However, there are a few things you need to do before you recycle them. Here are three things to do with aging electronics before you recycle them. Wipe the Memory Before even thinking of electronics recycling, the first thing you need to do is erase the memory. Unfortunately, some people often get rid of their old electronics without formatting the system first. If you’re recycling something like an MP3 player, then there’s really no need to wipe the system. However, if the electronic you’re recycling is a phone or a computer, then it’s an absolute must. Phones and computers save every piece of personal and sensitive information through cookies. Recycling one of these devices without wiping the memory clean opens the door for many problems. If the wrong people get ahold of this information, they can steal your identity or hack into your personal accounts. In most cases, formatting the system should be located in the settings or control panel of the device. Take Out the Battery Once you’re done formatting the system’s memory, the next thing you need to do is take out the battery. You may be wondering why removing the battery is relevant. It’s important because old batteries can be hazardous. Old batteries are more prone to damage, which can cause the fluid to leak out. The battery fluid is highly flammable and can also cause explosions. Even if it doesn’t cause those sorts of problems, battery fluid is harmful for the environment, so ensure that they’re disposed of responsibly. Review Your State Laws Last, but not least, make sure to check out the laws of your state. Some areas, like New York City and California, have a rule where it’s illegal to throw away electronics. If you are caught breaking this law, you might have to pay a massive fine. Furthermore, it’s important to stay attentive when disposing of your electronics. You don’t want to accidentally put them in the trash. Look carefully for places that have electronics recycling and dispose of your old electronics there. You can never be too careful when recycling electronics. If you do need to dispose of your electronics, make sure you do it the right way.
  11. Not recycling will eventually cease to be an option. The environment can’t continue to support a society that focuses on single use items and disposing of them in the landfill. Here are some of the reasons that you should recycle as much as possible. Pollution Reduction Rubbish that’s sitting in a landfill emits greenhouse gases and other harmful chemicals that are impacting the rate of climate change. This means that the more rubbish there is, the more damage is being done to the Earth. You can help by focusing on recycling much of your household rubbish. For example, purchasing reusable packaging and reusable items eliminates the amount of rubbish that has the potential of finding its way into a landfill. Less rubbish equals less harmful chemicals entering the atmosphere. Land Preservation The amount of space that a landfill requires means that there’s less space for you and other wildlife. Living near a landfill is also an unpleasant experience because of the smells and noise pollution that inevitably go with them. More animal habitats can also be preserved when you decide to recycle your items instead of tossing them out. All of this additional land could be preserved and potentially have more trees on it that would contribute to helping to reverse climate change. Resource Conservation Resources are a very valuable commodity. Throwing these resources into a landfill isn’t a good use of them. Recycling items like scrap steel reduces the amount of damage that’s done to the planet. This is due to the fact that new metal sources don’t need to be mined and refined to make the products that you require. The mining and refinement process is also contributing to the increased rate of climate change and is impacting the world around you. Ocean Impact Plastics are a big problem in the oceans. Marine life is being harmed because of these floating plastic islands that may be intentionally discarded there. If this trend continues, you’ll see a major impact in the food chain. Other animals consume marine life and this will mean that your food could become tainted with these plastic particles. Scientists don’t know the extent of what this will mean for you, but increasing your recycling efforts can help to stop this destructive cycle. Recycling is imperative to the continued health of the planet. Consider the ways that you can help in the fight against climate change by investing in a recycling regiment.
  12. Recycling is more than just a way to help the environment - it's also a fantastic business tool. If you own a business, you might want to look at recycling as a way to thrive in an increasing competitive market. Below are just four methods you can use to help your business through recycling and recycled materials. Sell Scrap and Old Equipment for Recycling If you're looking for a good way to turn your extra materials and old equipment into cash, you'll definitely want to take a look at recycling. While many businesses think that recycling is limited to some extra copper wiring or maybe even some old boxes, the truth is that there are buyers for virtually everything you use. If you want to sell electrical equipment that you no longer need, for example, you'll almost certainly be able to find a buyer who can meet your price. Buy Discount Recycled Materials Recycled materials are often a great alternative to buying new. Not only is doing so is a good way to reduce waste and to help out the environment, but recycled materials also tend to cost a great deal less. If you buy recycled, you'll get all the benefits that you would typically get from buying top-shelf materials without having to deal with the significantly higher price tag. Buying recycled is simply a smart move for any budget-conscious business. Make a Great Public Impression If you look at many of the major corporations around the world, you'll notice that they have very conspicuous green initiatives. While many might do this because they truly care about the planet, the truth is that doing so is just as much a public relations ploy as anything else. If you choose to use recycled materials, do so conspicuously. It will help to get an increasingly environmentally conscious public on your side. Show Investors Resourcefulness Finally, remember that all of these actions tend to look good to investors. Investors who know that you're dedicated to making a good public impression, cutting costs, and creating new revenue streams are also investors who are eager to buy into your business. If you're looking for new ways to bring in partners or to increase the size of your operation, using recycling as a point of pride can be a great choice. Don't be afraid of recycled products or materials. They can save or make you money, but they can also become a cornerstone of your business' reputation. When you're ready to grow, start looking to recycled materials.
  13. Construction can have a large impact on the environment. The use of heavy machinery and invasion of wildlife habitat are just a few of the more common problems when it comes to the construction industry. Here are some of the ways that construction companies can work to reduce their impact on the environment. Use Sustainable Products Sustainable building products work to reduce the amount of natural resources that are being used up. For example, you can reduce the impact on the environment that’s caused through the use of concrete by switching to timbercrete. This is the combination of some concrete being mixed with sawdust. The sawdust comes from the waste products of the lumber industry. Other sustainable products include the use of bamboo, ferrock, and other renewable wood products. Reduce Energy Consumption The type of heavy machinery that’s typically used on a construction site produces large amounts of pollution and noise. Replacing this type of equipment with more energy efficient models, or even their electric counterparts help make your construction site better for the environment. Another thing to consider is your fuel usage. For example, not leaving your equipment idling when it’s not needed will reduce the amount of fuel that’s required for the job. Focus Recycling Efforts The amount of waste that’s generated on your construction site can be reduced. Using industrial scrap metal recycling services will ensure that your leftover metal can be put to good use. It will also give you the benefit of not having so much to clean up on your jobsite. This will work to reduce the amount of materials that are transported to the landfill and can make for a greener worksite. You may even be able to recycle some of the other construction debris. Low Impact Solutions The manner in which you go about the building process plays a large part on the amount of impact that the environment experiences. For example, minimizing your impact on the natural habitat around you starts with site planning. You may be able to keep larger trees and build around them. Reducing the amount of dust that’s generated on your site is another solution. You could use recycled water or rain water instead of fresh water when you’re spraying down the dirt. Construction companies can change the way that people think about the building process. Use these solutions so that you can reduce your environmental impact when it comes time to erect a new development.
  14. While many of us can easily recycle our paper, glass and plastic waste, recycling electronics and batteries is not as easy. However, recycling these items might be even more important than recycling more common household waste. You may not know this, but both old electronic items and batteries can leach harmful chemicals into the soil and groundwater. Recycling Electronics According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 2.84 million tons of electronics were thrown away in 2017, with little more than 1 million tons recycled. The rest mostly ended up in county landfills. Unfortunately, electronic devices often contain hazardous heavy metals, including barium, lead, silver, chromium, cadmium, and mercury. These can easily leech into the soil and groundwater, poisoning the environment. The good news is, recycled electronics can often be refurbished and resold or donated to people in need. Likewise, some of the valuable metals, such as copper, silver, and gold, can be recovered and reused. Battery Recycling Batteries contain large amounts of toxic heavy metals and chemicals and simply tossing batteries in the trash can easily contaminate the soil pollute the water. The good news is, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that 99.1% of lead-acid vehicle batteries are recycled. This is because when you get a new battery for your vehicle, the auto shop already has a line to recycle all of the old batteries. Unfortunately, batteries from our electronic devices are not responsibly recycled. More often than not, people don’t know how to recycle such batteries and simply toss them. However, many electronics retailers have battery recycling drop-offs, and there are battery recycling services that collect batteries from your business or office. Reclaiming Valuable Metals Both electronics and batteries contain valuable metals that can be recovered. Recovering these metals not only keeps them out of our landfills and our environment, but it also reduces the need for strip mining. It’s a sad fact, but many of the metals used in batteries, such as lithium, are mined in third-world countries, often using child labor. To prevent future shortages of lithium, cobalt, nickel, and other rare earth metals, recycling for lithium batteries is essential. Recycling retrieves not only nickel, cobalt, copper, lithium, and aluminum from old batteries, but also valuable graphite and manganese. The good news is, recycling can recover anywhere from 25% to 95% of the materials from a lithium-ion battery. Putting paper, plastic, and glass out on the curb for recycling is easy. However, with a little bit of forethought, recycling electronics and batteries will take very little effort.
  15. The key to flipping a house successfully is to keep costs low while still creating a property attractive enough to fetch a high sales price. While you can't cut corners, you can reduce your prices by using recycled materials in many parts of the flipping process. Below are four areas in which recycled materials can make a huge difference. Recycled Wood Wood can be incredibly expensive, especially if you're looking at something that's more aesthetically appealing than what you can get at contractor-grade. Wood that's been recycled from other homes is not only far cheaper than what you could get from a lumber yard, but it may also be ready to be put in the home immediately. Certain types of recycled wood can also give a property a unique look, which in turn can raise its sale price. Recycled Metals Metal prices always seem to be on the rise. If you need metal for anything from decor to wiring, it's best to look at recycled options. Finding copper recycling vendors can be a great way to get access to a metal that's in high demand and still stay within your budget, while recycled steel might help you to undertake some great projects without having to sacrifice in other areas of your home. Always go with recycled metals when you can. Recycled Glass Yes, even glass can be recycled. While getting recycled windows might seem like a cost-saving choice, you may also want to choose these windows because of the character that they give your home. They may cost less than what's currently on the market now, but some recycled glass has a unique look that will bring in style-conscious buyers. Definitely consider recycled glass when you're on a budget but want to add some special to a home. Mulch Mulch can be surprisingly expensive when you get it from a supplier. While mulch has many practical and decorative purposes, realistic flippers know that it's essentially a replaceable resource that can eat up far too much of a landscaping budget. Given that there is virtually no difference between 'new' and recycled mulch, it simply makes more financial sense to go with the cheaper option. Not only that, but natural recycled wood mulch is much more eco-friendly than treated decorative mulches. Choosing recycled options can keep the cost of flipping a house down while adding some unique touches to a property. Whether you're seeking a look that makes use of reclaimed materials or you're dealing with a tight financial situation, recycled materials make sense. If you can spend less money on these materials, you'll be able to splurge on special features without endangering your budget.
  16. You already know that recycling is important because it reduces landfill waste, conserves resources and prevents pollution. However, some items are easier to recycle than others. Tossing your paper, plastic and glass into separate containers is no big deal, but what about other items that aren’t so simple? Read on to learn about five things you can recycle with just a little extra effort. Printer Cartridges Don’t toss that printer cartridge. Many retail stores accept ink and toner cartridges for recycling so they don’t end up in landfills. You can also check the manufacturer’s website to see if they offer a mail-in recycling program. Many cartridges can also be refilled and reused by taking them to a store that offers this service or by using a home refill kit. Food Scraps You might be surprised to learn that food waste takes up space in landfills. Although food decomposes rapidly, it can stick around for years when sealed inside a plastic garbage bag. Return uneaten food back to the earth quickly by keeping a compost bin. You can use the compost to fertilize your garden or green up your lawn. Batteries Used batteries are particularly bad for the environment because they are filled with harmful chemicals like lead, mercury and cadmium. Most home recycling services don’t accept batteries, but battery recycling services can be found at many retailers. Some battery recyclers also offer a mail-in program so there’s no excuse to chuck those batteries in the trash. Crayons If you have children, you probably have odds and ends crayons lying around the house. Consider melting them down to make new crayons or donate them to a charity like the Crayon Initiative, which recycles used crayons into new ones for children’s hospitals. Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids Your old glasses or hearing aids could be a valuable gift to someone in need. Many non-profit organizations collect these devices and donate them to people who can’t afford them. Ask your optometrist or audiologist if they collect donations. Universities, churches and other organizations also sometimes hold collection drives for glasses, hearing aids and other medical devices. Remember, if you have an item that you can’t recycle, try thinking of ways you can reuse it before you toss it. Many items that end up in landfills could have had a second life with a little effort. Another way to reduce landfill waste is to practice mindful purchasing. Don’t buy a new item if you could use something you already own instead.
  17. There are a few tips that you can use for making recycling easier in your office. Situation The first tip is to survey the current waste management situation of your company. Before you add any additional recycling measures, then you want to assess the situation. This is the best way that you are going to be able to create a plan of action for executing the recycling initiatives into your company. Therefore, you are going to need to try to understand how much waste your company is going to go through during the week. This will allow you to see how much of the waste can be recycled. Simple The second tip is to make the process of recycling as simple as possible. This is one of the best ways that you are going to be able to encourage recycling inside of the workplace. Therefore, you will need to make the recycling places convenient for the employees along with being accessible. The bins are going to need to be located throughout the workplace. Consider talking to a dumpster rental company to make sure you have all the bins you will need. It is also important to label the recycling bins so that the employees are going to know exactly what they are supposed to be putting inside of the bins. When they don't know, there is a good chance that it will just go in the trash. Reminders The third tip is to make sure that you post regular reminders for the employees about the recycling. There are some people who are going to have a passion for recycling, so they are going to go out of their way to recycle items. But there are some people are going to feel indifferent about the recycling, then they are probably not going to think about recycling. These are the people who are going to need the reminders more than others. They need to be aware of that recycling is a part of the business. Competition The fourth tip is to foster some competition among the employees when it comes to the recycling inside of the workplace. Competition is one of the best ways to get your employees to do things. It is important to remember that people don't like being told what you want them to do but they are going to love to win. The competition will need to be an interactive experience for the employees. You should keep constant updates on the competition so that you can alert the employees of who is actually winning the recycling competition.
  18. You already know the importance of recycling paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and other common household items. However, you might not be aware of the many other materials that might be around your home that can be recycled. Here are four surprising household items that you can recycle. Plant Pots If you’re tempted to discard old plant pots that you no longer need in the trash, you should think again. Most plant pots are made from plastic and other recyclable materials that can be used to make new pots or other items. Many municipal curbside recycling programs allow plant pots to be included in recycle bins for pickup. Another option is to take old pots to a hardware store that accepts them for recycling. Mattresses The mattresses that you use on the beds in your home can also be recycled when you’re ready to replace them. Some mattresses contain chemicals that are potentially harmful to the environment, so giving them to a recycler that accepts old mattresses will be a good idea. The springs in mattresses along with old bed frames can be recycled as well. Refrigerators Even though it may initially seem easier to have an old refrigerator hauled away to the dump, you should be aware of the chemicals that are found in refrigerators that can negatively impact delicate ecosystems if they’re released into the environment. Many of the metals that refrigerators contain can be given to scrap metal services for recycling. Other components of a refrigerator can be recycled at a recycling center. You’ll want to make sure that any recycler you’re thinking of giving your old refrigerator to removes Freon. If they don’t remove Freon, you’ll need to have a professional remove it first before your refrigerator can be recycled. Crayons Coloring crayons that children often use can be recycled by either giving them away to other children who are in need or using old bits to make new crayons. In certain recycling facilities, old crayon bits are divided into smaller pieces and placed in an oven with high heat. The heat from the oven melts the wax into a liquid substance, which is then poured into molds to make new crayons. There are many ways to do your part for the planet by recycling. Making yourself aware of all the items and other materials around your home that are recyclable can help you adopt better green living habits.
  19. Some business owners don’t recycle because they’re more focused on using their time to run their businesses and make revenues. They see the process of recycling as a waste of time. Their dumpsters overflow with items that should never go into landfills, including highly recyclable paper products and electronics that contain toxic components that can damage the environment and harm all forms of life. Some business owners do recycle, but they only recycle bulk items like used office paper, old newspapers and cardboard boxes, or they give these and other unwanted items away to recycling firms or junk haulers who provide free disposal. These business owners fail to realize that almost every broken or used item in a business is a potential money maker: Printer Cartridges Whether you own printers that contain ink or toner, you don’t need to give the cartridges away to keep them out of landfills. Printer and cartridge manufacturers and computer and office supply retailers typically offer businesses a discount or credit toward future cartridge or other purchases in exchange for used ones. The process to acquire raw materials to make cartridges actually costs manufacturers more than recycling empty cartridges for the same purpose. If you want cash for your cartridges, you can also find plenty of refilled cartridge sellers online who buy empty cartridges. They usually offer free shipping as well. Office Tech Ink and toner cartridges aren’t the only office technology that you can recycle for money. You can also find both offline and online buyers through classified ads and local office equipment repair shops who purchase phones, computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, scanners and all other electronics found in an office. If the equipment isn’t too old, they might buy the tech to use in their own offices or for parts. They might resell the equipment or parts to other people, including used equipment resellers and manufacturers. They might also buy the equipment to gain access to precious metals and other materials that they can upcycle into new parts or sell to scrap metal dealers. Scrap Metal Most business sites contain metals in one form or another that can be sold to scrap metal buyers for cash. Beyond office equipment that contains copper, gold, aluminum, steel and other recyclable metals, you can find a wide range of additional objects made with metals. For example, always collect aluminum cans around the office and at any special events that feature beverages in cans. Before you throw out broken chairs or tables that feature steel legs or other metal components, remove the metal and take it to the scrap dealer. If you’re planning a building renovation project, keep in mind that you can also sell old aluminum gutters and roof flashing, copper electrical wires and pipes and stainless steel sinks. Wood Pallets Instead of giving away wood shipping pallets to recyclers or the public, sell them to local manufacturers, pallet brokers and pallet recyclers who pay cash. Manufacturers reuse the pallets for shipments. Pallet brokers resell the pallets or wood. Pallet recyclers recondition the wood and then re-manufacture pallets from it, grind it into mulch, reuse it in other products or sell it to third parties. You might also try selling your wood pallets to members of the public who want to use them in craft projects, but wood pallets are often treated with harsh chemicals to prevent insect damage, disease and mold growth. Don’t sell any pallets this way unless you know that they are untreated and specifically produced with home recycling and safety in mind. There is absolutely no reason that you should ever throw away free money. This is only a small sample of items around your business that you can recycle for cash. There are always people willing to purchase almost anything that a business might sell to them, including furniture, retail product shelves and building materials. You can even find people who buy old cracked or broken planters and pots, sections of sod, cut flowers and other unwanted outdoor items often thrown away after landscape maintenance or renovation. It’s time to add recycling to your revenue stream.
  20. We all like to take pride in being environmentally-friendly. There’s just something that feels good about being kind to the environment around us. However, it’s nice when that kindness lines up with getting us some extra money as well. Here are some great ways to do your part for the environment while putting some much-needed green into your own wallet. Scrap Metal Recycling We’re sure you’ve all seen or heard those commercials about cash for junk cars. The truth is that you can make some good money with the help of scrap metal services. Whether you have an old car you’re looking to get rid of or other extra metal items that are just taking up space in your yard, calling a scrap metal service can help to clean up your space and score you some green as well. Government Solar Tax Incentives Solar panels are becoming a popular way to help save energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint. In fact, many towns are implementing solar panel incentives for those who install these systems. The federal government has been on a rally to offer tax incentives to those homeowners and business owners who upgrade their properties to run on solar power. This type of energy also supplies the power grid that you’re connected to with energy. The power company will also pay you for the units of energy that you feed into the power grid. This means a double payday for you, once from the electric company and twice for the tax break. Reduced Gas Expenditure When you think about air pollution, one of the first things you may think about is your car. When you drive to and from work every day, your car releases air pollution into the environment. It also costs you money in gas to do so. Instead, you can sign up with a carpool group from your work or local community. This way, you can share the cost of gas. This means that you’ll be paying out less money in your monthly gas expenditure than if you were to drive by yourself each day. Going green doesn’t have to be a difficult task. This holds especially true when you set yourself up to receive some monetary incentive from doing so. The above are a few great ways to consider going green that will be able to put some green in your pockets. We’re sure you’ll be able to keep coming up with more little ways to change your environmental impact while cashing in.
  21. Recycling is a key component of sustainability that allows you to do your part for the environment. It's also a great way to help green companies make more products or services that you like to use. However, not all recyclable materials should go in your standard recycling bins. You'll find a few examples of things that you can recycle in other ways below. Cords This category really applies to any durable material that you can tie into a knot. If it meets these basic criteria, don't recycle it. These types of things are what the industry calls "tanglers." There's a good chance cords will get caught in the recycling machinery and shut down operations while workers get them out. Power cords, in particular, are made entirely of recyclable material, but the outer coating and the metal wire inside cannot be recycled at the same time. The best option is to contact businesses that offer services that will take your complete cords and recycle them properly. Liquids It's a bad idea to recycle most liquids the traditional way. Even safe liquids such as juices and milk might contain a mixture of hazardous chemicals or things that might ignite under the right conditions during processing. If you’re looking to recycle a container such as milk jugs, juice cartons, bottles, and other common carriers, it’s important that you rinse out all of the previous liquid before recycling, otherwise, it has to be sorted out and thrown away as contaminated. For more hazardous liquids, such as gasoline or acids, search online to find local community and government programs that handle the safe disposal of these liquids. Wrappers Wrappers for chips, candy, and other food items that are sealed usually aren't recyclable. The reason for this is that the bags use several layers of different materials, and we don't yet have the technology to separate and recycle all of them. For now, these should go in the trash along with the other non-recyclables. Even if something is labeled as being made of recycled materials, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it can be recycled again due to this method of layering materials. When in doubt, call the manufacturer or speak to your recycling service for more information. Food Large chunks of food make recycling bins and equipment prone to contamination by bacteria and dirty in general. These issues can compound further and make it harder for equipment to recycle everything else. Most recycling services such as Green Bins list explicitly in their accepted materials that they do not accept food waste. You shouldn't recycle large bits of household food. However, this doesn't mean you can't recycle packaging that has some minor food residue still on it. No one expects food packaging to be completely free of leftover residue. We recommend that you compost any larger quantities of food waste. The act of recycling can be a multi-part process depending on the materials in question. People working in this industry work hard to process large amounts of recyclable material every day. We can make things easier for them by being aware of what they can and cannot use so that they aren’t forced to halt operations repeatedly for otherwise avoidable sorting of unusable materials. Make sure to do your research and be aware of what your recycling service does and doesn’t take so that you aren’t forcing them to take something that will end up in the landfill anyway.
  22. Throughout a typical day, you may use several different types of electronic devices regularly. These devices will eventually wear out or break with heavy use, or they may become obsolete as new technology is introduced. While you could toss old electronics into the trash, they would sit in the landfill for centuries because of a slow rate of decomposition. With some devices, harmful pollutants may enter the environment if they are not disposed of properly. With this in mind, you need to find responsible ways to deal with electronic waste. Research Laws and Regulations Before you decide how to proceed, spend time reviewing local laws and regulations that may impact your decision. In some areas, specific types of waste cannot legally be tossed away. Laws may specifically dictate how these items must be dealt with, such as through an electronics recycling program. These programs may be offered through local government organizations or waste management providers in some cases. Consider Donation If you are retiring electronics that are still in good condition, these items may be useful to other people. The latest technological devices may be important or essential to you, but slightly older devices with moderately outdated technology may suffice for others. Therefore, donating your items to a charitable organization may be an effective and responsible way to get rid of unwanted electronics. You may even enjoy a tax benefit in exchange for your donation. In some cases, selling these items for a small profit may make sense. Find a Recycling Station Depending on the type of electronics that you need to get rid of today, you may be able to recycle them. For example, there are kiosks in many stores that accept used smartphones, and they may even give you a small financial benefit if you recycle your devices in this way. Laptop recycling and other similar programs are also available in some areas. If you cannot find a local program, keep in mind that there are several websites that offer these services as well. Because they accept mail-in items, these options may be suitable regardless of where you live. Tossing your old electronics in the trash may be the most convenient way to deal with unwanted waste, but this is not the most responsible method available. Depending on the type of electronics that you need to get rid of today, consider how each of these smart tips may help you to find a responsible way to do so.
  23. In cities across the country and beyond, there is an increasing push to protect the planet from additional harm and hope that some damage can be reversed. Many cities are taking bold steps to be more environmentally-friendly in various ways, and these efforts may inspire you to make positive changes as well. These are some of the more common ways cities are becoming greener. Water Conservation There have been several recent news stories about smaller and larger cities around the world running low on fresh water, so water conservation is understandably a hot topic. Many cities are taking bold steps to conserve water, such as by turning water in a sewage system into sanitized, healthy drinking water. Some cities are collecting rainwater to use for landscape watering, enforcing water conservation laws and more. Recycling Programs Government recycling programs have been around for decades, but some cities are much more proactive in this area than they have been in the past. For example, many cities now offer curbside recycling service as well as special collection days for appliances and large items. There are recycling programs for Christmas trees and even special warehouses where old building supplies may be donated for use by others. In government buildings, employees may be required to participate in recycling programs. Energy Reduction Another common step that cities are taking to go green involves energy consumption. Increasingly, you will find solar panels on government buildings so that the buildings can generate at least some of the electric power that they need. City buses may likewise run on natural gas or even have electric engines. In addition to these steps, there may be a push to reduce energy consumption, such as through an investment in equipment that uses less energy. These are only some of the many ways that cities today are going green or becoming greener than they already were. As you explore ways to go green at home, you may look at your city’s efforts for inspiration. For example, you can trade in your car for an electric or hybrid vehicle, and you could install solar panels on your home. You may increase your participation in a recycling program and decrease personal use of electricity and water. While you could make drastic changes right away, even making small improvements regularly can have a huge impact on the planet’s health over time. Look for ways that you can decrease your impact on the environment today, and take action soon.
  24. Although the problem of protecting the environment may seem like an insurmountable one, there are many simple steps that every person can take to make a small positive impact. If everyone begins to take measures to reduce carbon use and waste, saving the planet will become a much easier proposition. Here are four simple things you can do to help save the environment in your own small way. Walk and Bike More Driving is one of the most common ways in which practically everyone releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. By walking or riding your bike for short trips, you can considerably reduce the amount of carbon dioxide produced as a result of your transportation needs. As an added benefit, walking and biking are excellent forms of exercise, meaning you’ll get some great physical activity as well. Plant Trees on Your Property If you have a large enough piece of property, consider planting a few trees to help absorb carbon dioxide. A single tree can sequester a full ton of carbon over the first 40 years of its life. By planting several trees on your property, you can create a passive form of carbon sequestration that will continue for decades to come. Get into the Habit of Recycling One of the best ways to prevent unneeded waste from polluting land and water is to recycle as much of your garbage as you can. Plastics, glass and paper can easily be recycled by most municipal governments, meaning that you just have to sort them appropriately. Iron, steel, copper, and aluminum scrap metal recycling are usually handled by specialized processing centers, but it isn’t too difficult to find these facilities in most cities. By recycling more of what you use, you can prevent waste from ending up in landfills and keep extra energy from being expended in extracting new natural resources. Grow Some of Your Own Food One of the more difficult environmental problems to address is the fact that the agricultural techniques needed to supply food for more than 7 billion humans are extremely harmful to the planet. Forests are often destroyed to clear land, while herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers pollute groundwater reserves on massive farms. One thing you can do to partially reduce your impact in this area is to start an organic garden at home. Growing your own food with environmentally friendly methods will lower your carbon footprint and give you access to plenty of fresh, healthy produce. These are just a few of the many small actions you can take to play a role in saving the planet. You should also try to encourage friends and family members to do the same, as the effect of these small steps will grow as more and more people begin to take them.
  25. Protecting the environment is a high priority for many people today, but a large portion just don’t know where to start. One of the easiest ways to go green is to start recycling at home. Here are a few tips to get you going on this path. Learn the Rules and Get Organized First, look into some recycling centers nearby to see what kinds of materials they allow you to bring in. They might have specific rules about what items they will allow and what they will reject. Some facilities might require you to crush bottles and remove the caps, while others won’t care. You’ll also need to get some bins and garbage bags for storing and transporting all the goods you plan to recycle. Clear out some space in your garage or backyard for storage. Make sure they are sealed up nice and tight to keep pests from getting into them and making a mess. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make them cute! The better looking your bins are, the more likely you are to have them out where you can see them. This increases the chances that you and your household will remember to separate your waste products appropriately. Start by Recycling Aluminum Cans and Glass and Plastic Bottles The easiest items to begin recycling are aluminum cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles. Some facilities will also allow steel cans, such as the ones used for canned food. They might also allow glass jars or other containers. You’ll need to separate them, and you might also want to rinse them out to avoid attracting ants and other pests, but that is not always necessary. Most facilities allow you to crush the items, so that can help you condense the space and bring in a lot more items every time you go down to the recycling center. Since many products are sold in containers made of aluminum, glass, or plastic, these are the easiest to start with. Make the decision to start and stick with it. Placing reminders around the house can help you turn recycling into a household habit. Don’t Forget to Recycle Newspapers and Scrap Metals Many families go beyond bottles and cans and will also recycle newspapers, paper waste and scrap metals. If you have the available space, then this is another great way to keep those items out of the landfills and recycle them to reduce waste and give them new life. Some residential communities have special dumpsters set up at schools or other community centers to receive newspapers and other items to be recycled. This can free up a lot of space at your home and save you from driving all the way out to the recycling center. Check around to see if anything like that is available in your area. Recycle Wastewater Many people don’t know that you could be reusing your household waste water. While reducing the amount of solid waste that ends up in landfills is a great way to recycle, it’s not the only option out there. Many families are investing in greywater systems as a way to recycle the water they use at home. Much of that water that goes down the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and shower drains can still be used to water plants and trees outside without damaging them. By using a treatment system like those at Econocycle to help you recycle your household waste water, you can help lower your water usage as well as your utility bills. Recycling is a great way to reduce waste and protect the environment for future generations. Just start small by recycling some of the items you already use and then build up from there. Once you get started recycling small items at home, you’ll quickly find that you enjoy making an impact and will want to do even more to make a difference in your community.