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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. × Increasingly, we are hearing more complaints about how planet Earth is being destroyed by careless human behavior. Our air, water, and soil are being polluted to the point where future existence may be in danger. Before it is too late, we should all become responsible citizens to save our planet. There are many simple, low-cost or free ways to daily keep our natural surroundings clean and attractive. Don’t Litter Avoid the temptation to throw empty food or tobacco containers or wrappers out the car window or on the sidewalk. Keep a trash bag in the car for the purpose. Make sure your trashcans that are put out to the curb for garbage collection are tightly closed and cannot be easily opened by delinquents or wild animals. Keep your property free of litter or loose trash, and you might be able to set an example for the neighbors. Recycle Eligible Materials Find out if your area has a recycling program. Many neighborhoods are now provided with free recycling receptacles and scheduled pickups, along with information on what can be recycled, as well as items that cannot. If there is no pickup program in place, look for the nearest drop-off center for recyclable items like paper, cardboard boxes, metals, and tires, among other things. Organize a Community Clean-Up Get together with neighbors or coworkers to arrange a clean-up day for a messy neighborhood area. It might be a school playground, a local park, or empty lots in need of a thorough cleaning. You can rent skip bins to safely and conveniently hold all the rubbish and litter that will be gathered. You can even make it a celebration by having snacks and beverages available. Children can work alongside their parents to learn the value of teamwork and community service. Plant New or Replacement Greenery At home on land you own or rent, you may be able to plant new plants, shrubs, or trees to help protect the ecosystem and prevent soil erosion. In public areas, you can organize a team or arrange a family day to plant seedlings on bare lots or places void of greenspace. Greenery helps to purify the air of toxic substances as well as beautifying the area for enjoyment by all. Keeping our natural surroundings looking good and free of litter can actually ease stress and enhance a community’s value. Take small steps like these to make your neighborhood more appealing and enjoyable.
  18. Recycling and the Future of Our Planet

    Anyone that has been following news about the environment and reading up on environmental issues knows one thing; recycling is essential for the future of the Planet Earth. There are myriads of reasons why we should encourage recycling and partner with companies that are involved. Reasons for Recycling 1. Recycling Conserves the Natural Resources Recycling means converting used materials into new products. This aids in lessening the need to consume natural resources by extracting fresh raw materials from the earth via activities such as mining and forestry. You will find more information at MBP Solutions. When we recycle, we save these natural resources for future use and help in conserving natural habitats. In essence: · When we recycle paper and wood, we help to conserve forests. Planting of new trees cannot replace ancient trees and virgin rainforest. Once it is gone, that is it. · Recycled plastic means there is less need for new plastic. Plastic has been known to be detrimental to the environment; therefore, the less of it, the better. · We recycle metal to reduce the need to mine and extract more metal. This is a risky, expensive and damaging venture. · Recycled glass decreases the need to use new raw materials such as sand to create new glass. Reports indicate that supplies of certain types of sand are running dangerously low. 2. Recycling Conserves Energy The production of raw products from raw materials requires a lot of energy. Using recycled materials uses a lot less energy. This is due to the fact that more energy is needed to extract, refine, transport and process the raw materials in readiness for manufacturing. When you are working with industry ready materials, you do not have to go through all these processes. Hence, less energy is used. 3. Recycling Protects the Environment All the extracting, refining and processing of raw materials is not good for our environment. Recycling decreases the need for too much of these activities. Furthermore, with the conservation of energy, there is less emission of greenhouse gases which aids in tackling climate change. 4. Recycling Conserves Ecosystems and Wildlife Since used materials are converted into new products, there is less need to grow or extract new raw materials from the earth. This works to lessen disruptions and damage to the natural ecosystem as there is reduced deforestation and displacement of wild animals. In addition, rivers are not diverted and there is reduced pollution of water, air and soil. Recycling also takes care of the problem of waste. A lot of plastics and other harmful products have been known to end up in our seas causing untold distress therein. 5. Recycling Protects Humankind Many people live in forest communities and some have found themselves without homes because of rampant deforestation. When we cut down trees or even entire forests in search of cheap timber and fuel, we exploit the most vulnerable humans and rob them of their existence. That also goes for diverting and/or polluting rivers leaving them without water. Recycling helps to combat this problem as there is less need to deprive forest communities of their habitat as we search for raw materials. We can reuse what we have. Moreover, plastic waste has already been proven to be bad for the environment and by extension, bad for humans. 6. Recycling Reduces Carbon Emissions Conserving energy means lower carbon emissions. Sourcing and producing new raw materials causes carbon emissions especially because of the amount of energy used. Recycling helps to reduce the amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases emitted into the atmosphere. These gases contribute to the climate problem. Finally, recycling creates jobs. The more people become aware and participate in recycling, the more jobs will be created. Raising the target recycling will therefore be a boost for the economy through creation of jobs. While we reduce the amount of waste we produce through recycling, it would be better if we could reduce the amount we use instead.
  19. Being a green office is more than just good for the environment. You can save your business some money be investing in these green and clean solutions. Here are some tips to get you started on making a greener workplace. Limit Your Paper Consumption Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to print out your emails. This practice is not only wasteful, but time consuming. The whole point of moving to an electronic, paperless system is supposed to be that you use less resources. This means that there’s less overall waste in the workplace. This is good because you have to purchase less paper as well as being a greener and cleaner solution for your workplace. Invest in Recycling Encourage your employer to invest in a recycling program at your company. The only difference is the type of can that items are discarded into by employees. This has the benefit of being better for the environment and making everyone feel good at the company. When you stop to consider the costs of disposing of all the waste that’s generated at a business, recycling just makes economic as well as ecological sense. You may be able to reduce the monthly cost on your garbage bill. Promote Green Solutions Start up a program in which employees use reusable cups for both water and coffee while at the office. This will also reduce the amount of waste that’s generated in the workplace. Another solution is to invest in greener cleaning products. These types of cleaners generally produce less air pollution and residual chemicals on surfaces. This is a good thing if you have employees that suffer from asthma and other types of lung conditions. Install Proper Filtration The second part of developing a cleaner work environment is to have proper air filtration that removes or eliminates the amount of contaminants in the environment. There are a variety of kinds of products that can be used to achieve cleaner air in the workplace. Employees that work in a healthier environment are less likely to take as many sick days during the year. This can start to add up to a real savings for the company. There are lots of ways that you can promote a cleaner and greener workplace. Look around you so that you can decide the best course of action when it comes to becoming more eco-friendly. There may even be tax incentives that you can take advantage of in your endeavors.
  20. Two of the biggest threats to the world today are global warming and pollution. If these threats are to be averted, action is required from all sectors of civilization. The business world certainly shoulder’s a large portion of this responsibility. Just because you own a business does not mean your impact on the environment has to be cumulatively negative. Below are a few ways companies can help to clean up the environment. Convert to Paperless One of the biggest impacts businesses have on the environment is the amount of paper they waste. Offices in the United States use a whopping 12.1 trillion pieces of paper every year. That much paper requires scores of trees to be cleared. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Anything that can be printed out can be replicated as digital files. Certainly consider going paperless at all levels of your company. Recycle As Much As Possible Many companies create an inordinate amount of waste during the production processes used to create the products they sell to consumers. This waste goes on to be buried in landfills and presents a long term threat to the environment and even the safety of human beings through contamination to underground water supplies. While it may seem like a cliché, you should try to recycle as much as possible. Obtain skip bins for recycling and research exactly how much of your waste can be shipped off to a recycling center. Purchase Carbon Offsets In some cases, it’s unrealistic for companies to have no impact on the environment due to the production processes needed to create their product or service. However, it is still possible for those companies to take action to help offset that negative impact. For the amount of carbon you release into the atmosphere, your company can invest in an equal amount of carbon emissions reduction in another location. This way, your own negative impact is negated. Organize a Carpool Another way companies negatively affect the environment is indirectly through all the carbon that must be released into the atmosphere to allow employees to commute to and from work. Consider organizing a carpool program for your employees. It can lower your employees’ impact on air quality significantly. Businesses are responsible for a good amount of the pollution on earth. They have a huge responsibility to help solve problems like pollution and global warming. Make sure your company is doing its part to solve these serious problems.
  21. If you are renovating your house, getting rid of an appliance or otherwise have come into possession of scrap metal, it is important to dispose of it safely. It is also important that you know how to store it safely to reduce the odds of anyone getting hurt while it is in your possession. What are some tips to follow when recycling scrap metal? Wear Safety Equipment When Carrying It Copper wire, metal from a gutter or any other type of scrap metal could come with sharp edges. Should those edges come into contact with bare skin, it could result in a significant laceration. Therefore, be sure to wear gloves, clothing that doesn’t leave exposed skin and goggles. Make Sure It Isn’t Electrically Charged Certain types of metal can retain an electric charge, which could lead to anything from a minor electric shock to complete electrocution. Therefore, check to see that any metal coming off of a house or that is located near a power line does not have a charge prior to picking it up. This can be done by using a voltmeter or similar tool that you may have in your garage. Store It in a Bin that Children Can’t Climb Into Scrap metal should always be stored in a secure location before sending it to the junkyard. In addition to keeping the metal out of the reach of pets and children, it also makes it easier to keep your yard clear of junk. Depending on where you live, you could be the victim of scrap metal theft if it is left in the open. Call a Professional to Have the Metal Hauled Away Visiting websites such as http://www.bigdaddyscrap.com can put you in touch with a professional who can haul way your copper, aluminum or other scrap metal. This may be ideal for those who don’t have access to a truck or who otherwise can’t bring it to a junkyard themselves. Those who opt to go this route can get still get paid for the material that they give to a scrap metal collecting company. In large enough quantities, scrap metal can be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. Furthermore, homeowners or other property owners can clear away material that they can’t otherwise use. This helps the community because it means that homes or buildings in the area are less of an eyesore, which can improve property values in a given neighborhood or business district.
  22. Recycling is more than just good for the environment. In fact, there are many economic and social benefits as well. Here are a few such benefits that you can see as a result of recycling: It Helps to Create Jobs Recycling materials has led to an increase in job creation. More people are needed to sort through the recycled materials. The sorted materials can then be sold back to manufacturers. This in and of itself pays the wages of the workers that are employed at these recycling facilities. There is more than one job created per one thousand tons of recycled materials. The more that you recycle leads to more jobs being created. The more people that are employed generates more tax revenue for governments. This leads to more social services being available. It Reduces the Price of Goods It costs less to purchase recycled materials than it does to create new materials. This is because of the savings potential in obtaining, extracting, and refining new raw materials. Manufacturers can save up to ninety percent on their raw material budget just be using recycled goods. This savings can then be passed along to the consumer. Having more money in your pockets helps to keep the economy thriving. You have more expendable income and can purchase other items. This cycle is what keeps the economy running. Results in Lower Garbage Bills Recycled materials have an intrinsic value. Metals, plastics, and papers are valuable due to the cost of producing these items as new materials. Your garbage disposal company can sort these materials out and sell them back to the manufacturers. This has led to the reduction in your garbage bill. The waste disposal company is getting back some of the costs associated with operating their company. It can cost a lot to dispose of materials in a landfill. Lowering your monthly bills allows you to have more money in your budget to spend on other things. Creates Less Landfill Waste In many areas, space is limited. Landfills may be taking up prime real estate locations. Keeping materials out of the landfill reduces the amount of space that is needed for these landfills. Another benefit is that many of these recyclable materials aren’t biodegradable. Plastics in particular will likely be in the landfill forever. Removing these materials puts them to better use. They can be repurposed into other items. This reduces the amount of pollution that enters the environment due to the creation of new plastic materials. Recycling provides the economy with many important benefits! The more people that participate in recycling, the stronger the economy grows.
  23. Carbon Fiber's Difficult Recycling Problem

    Carbon fiber is one of the hottest products in manufacturing and fabrication. To hear some tell it, carbon fiber is an all-in-one miracle material that can replace everything from steel to aluminum to concrete. The composites industry talks up carbon fiber to such a degree that it's easy to believe there's nothing negative about the space-age composite. Yet carbon fiber does pose a significant problem we are now just beginning to talk about: a lack of recycling. Carbon fiber recycling has eluded the composites industry for decades. The problem is rooted in the fact that carbon fiber materials cannot simply be melted down and repurposed like aluminum and steel. They cannot be put in a chemical bath like paper. They cannot be ground down and reconstituted into a new product in the same way scrap timber can be used to make low-density fiberboard (LDF). Rock West Composites, a Utah company that specializes in composite materials, explains that the thing that holds carbon fibers together is an epoxy resin that binds to the fibers to create an extra strong polymer. Once that resin cures, it is nearly impossible to break the bonds through any simple means. Thus, recycling carbon fiber in a way that results in a usable material is not easy. Current Recycling Processes For the record, recycling carbon fiber is by no means impossible. There are a limited number of companies already doing it. But the only viable processing method developed thus far is one that burns away the resin to free up the carbon fibers embedded within. This is a workable solution, albeit not an ideal one. New carbon fiber consists of long, perfectly aligned strands of carbon that can be spun into threads to create all sorts of materials ranging from tubes to sheets. In fact, the strength of carbon fiber as a composite material rests in these long, perfectly aligned strands. Burning off resin results in shorter strands that are not as precisely aligned. Thus, recycled carbon fiber is significantly weaker. This isn't necessarily a problem inasmuch as recycled carbon fiber can be used to make things like tennis rackets, where maximum strength isn't required. But recycled carbon fiber cannot be used for things like car bodies, airplane fuselage panels, and boat hulls. The other problem with recycled carbon fiber is that it is not necessarily any better than other cheap materials with similar tensile strengths. That means there is no incentive for companies to choose recycled carbon fiber over other options. A Solution in the Works It has been suggested that the recycling problem inherent to carbon fiber is one of the things preventing greater penetration of the automotive market. We do know that carbon fiber is too costly for auto makers to use on a grand scale, and it is believed that a lack of cost-effective recycling is one factor keeping prices high. Improving our recycling efforts in order to produce a material that is as strong as new carbon fiber would bring prices down dramatically. Fortunately, the solution appears to be in the works. According to a March 2017 article published by The Guardian, researchers in England may have come up with a process for realigning recycled fibers to create longer, tighter fibers that are strong enough for automotive manufacturing. Let's hope they can make it work. Carbon fiber is definitely a worthwhile material for manufacturing and fabricating. The recycling problem seems to be its only weakness at this point. Solve that problem and we pave the way to using carbon fiber and other composites in new and innovative ways.
  24. Remodeling a home is a great way to shake things up. If you care about the environment, one of the major shakeups you can make deals with environmental friendliness. As you change things up in your home, you can make sure your new space is a bit greener. Here are a few tips to make your remodeling more environmentally conscious. Reuse What You Can The remodeling process involves a great deal of destruction but it can also involve quite a bit of creation. Instead of getting rid of everything that doesn’t work, why not try repurposing some of it? You might be able to save money and help the environment by repainting old cabinets or repurposing some of the building materials from the area that you are remodeling. If you can’t reuse what you’ve got, try using reclaimed items from someone else. This helps to cut down on the pollution involved in manufacturing new items and keeps detritus out of the landfills at the same time. Dispose Of Your Waste The way you get rid of rubbish can play a huge role in the green nature of your company. If you’re burning trash or just dragging bags out to the curb every week, the odds are that you’re contributing to the problem more than helping. Instead of going that route, why not work with professionals, like those at Green Bin, to make sure your trash is hauled away in an environmentally safe way? While you should always do what you can to reduce waste, getting rid of what is left in the right manner is a good start. Be Energy Efficient Finally, pay attention to the efficiency of what you’re adding to your home. Bringing in newer appliances is usually a good way to ensure that your energy usage is a fair bit lower, but you don’t have to stop there. Look into other energy-saving techniques like environmentally-friendly insulation or lower ceilings that will require less energy to heat and cool. You can even reduce your dependency on the electrical grid by installing solar panels when you remodel. Choosing energy-friendly additions to your home can help you to reduce your carbon footprint. Always make sure you keep environmental friendliness in mind when you remodel. Reuse materials when you can, dispose of things properly when you can’t, and always look for more efficient ways to bring energy into your home. If make going green a priority you should be able to find ways to make your remodel fall in line with your plans.
  25. While corporate measures and government initiatives do their part in limiting pollution, truly preserving the planet requires the help of every individual. Though it may seem small, doing your part to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle can have a profound impact on the environment. There are plenty of ways you and your household can easily reduce your carbon footprint. Proper Waste Disposal With waste disposal as simple as dragging a can to the curb, most households put little thought into where all that trash ends up. Unfortunately, even more fail to pay attention to the rules and recommendations set out by their local waste disposal service on how to separate waste items. While it’s perfectly fine for biodegradable items like food waste to safely decompose in a landfill, items like batteries or recyclables like plastic and aluminum should be separated so that they can be dealt with in a safe and sustainable way. Take the time to separate your household’s waste so that in can be disposed of properly. Use a Trash Compactor Plastic trash bags may be convenient, but they are one of the biggest contributors to pollution around the world. Plastics can take as long as 500 years to break down in a landfill, so considering that Americans alone use over 100 billion plastic bags a year, plastic recycling and reduction is one of the most vital ways your family can reduce its carbon footprint. A simple way of doing this is to install a trash compactor. By compressing trash through a company like Pro Star Roll Off Dumpsters, your family can dispose of its waste more efficiently by fitting more waste material per trash bag, drastically cutting down on your plastic use throughout the year. Insulate Your Home If you’d like to help the environment while also saving money, insulating your home is a simple way to accomplish both. While your home’s heater may feel like it’s doing a great job, poorly insulated homes leak much of the heat produced by their climate control system, effectively wasting energy and increasing their carbon footprint. Check your windows and door frames for gaps where heat can escape and use window fixtures that help to trap in heat. For smaller spaces, consider using a space heater occasionally instead of solely relying on your home heating system. Use a Water Filter Once again, plastics are a major contributor to pollution problems. Another major source of plastic is disposable drink bottles, which clutter landfills and recycling centers around the country. While recycling these bottles is helpful, a better choice is to reduce the number you use. Rather than relying on bottled water, purchase a filter system for your kitchen sink so that you can enjoy clean, delicious water year-round. Purchase a refillable travel bottle for when you’re on the go. Not only will it reduce your waste output, but you’ll also save on your grocery bill by no longer needing to buy cases of water. Shop In-Season Eating strawberries and other produce items year-round might be delicious and convenient, but the cost to the environment is astounding. Produce that is out-of-season in your region must be shipped from across the world in ships that put out massive quantities of carbon dioxide. Do your part by learning which food items are in-season, and if you can, try to purchase some of your grocery items from local growers. Every Bit Counts When it comes to saving the environment, every little bit counts. You can easily lower your family’s carbon footprint by making simple changes to how you shop and deal with waste. By adopting these habits you will not only lower your own family’s impact on the environment, but also inspire others in your community to take steps towards more sustainable living.