Posts Tagged "Go Green"

12 Days of Christmas Tips on Disposing of Holiday Waste

Advanced_Disposal_12_Days_of_Christmas_Recycling_112_Cans_ColaCans of cola and other aluminum or tin beverage and food containers are widely accepted at Advanced Disposal and third party recycling facilities. Be sure to rinse out the items and place in your bin or cart. Leftover food residue could contaminate an entire load of items making everything unrecyclable, so be sure to keep it clean.

11_CardsWhile most greeting cards can be recycled, consider repurposing the ones that cannot. Upcycle cards by making paper crafts with them such as cutting out the designs to use them as gift tags or ornaments for next year’s holiday season.

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Strings of popcorn and even tinsel garland are considered household waste. Place these items in your garbage containers for disposal. Other decorations like glass baubles are not recyclable as well. If any of your glass baubles break, carefully wrap and dispose in your trash bin. Plastic baubles are usually made from types of plastics that are likely to be covered with glitter which would negatively impact the recycling process as well.  … read more

 

4 Tips for a Fun and Green Labor Day Party

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As summer comes to a close, the kids go back to school and football season begins. Labor Day is an opportunity to get together with family and friends for some outdoor fun and one last summer celebration.

Sometimes outdoor parties can become a place for waste, but there are ways to be “green” that are fun, easy and don’t have to break the bank. Here are a few simple ideas to do your part for Mother Earth this Labor Day.

1.       Buy Local Food

Buying local is not only the best way to get the freshest food available, but it also helps out the local economy. Check out some of your local farmer’s markets or find a local farm to buy your seasonal, organic fruits, veggies and grass-fed meats. Buying local helps farmers in your area and gives you peace of mind that what you are buying is the real deal.

Check out LocalHarvest to find a nearby farm or farmers market.

2.         Green Your Grill

Charcoal grills and lighter fluids can be carbon monoxide and chemical powerhouses. If using a charcoal grill, choose natural charcoal, which is essentially charred wood, or wood itself, as it will give off a much cleaner burn.

Although they are a little bit pricier, ceramic grills can also be a viable green option, as they maintain a constant temperature better than traditional metal grills, thus using less resources.

3.         Dine With Reusable Dinnerware

Reusability is key to a successful green dinner. While being green isn’t always the easiest, it is the most rewarding, since there won’t be a big garbage bag full of trash at the end of the party.

Try using cloth napkins instead of paper napkins, as they are less wasteful and just require being laundered. Reusable silverware and plates are a great way to keep waste down, but if you must use disposable silverware, try biodegradable “plantware” and dinnerware. These are made from fallen leaves and plant-based materials, making them completely compostable and guilt-free.

Ditch the plastic cups and opt for mason jars with chalkboard labels that you can customize with each party-goers name. These can be taken home by your guests as party favors, saving the environment and saving you on dirty dishes.

4.         Use Natural Bug Repellent

Bugs can be a pain when outdoors, so having a good bug repellent is a must. Pick natural insect repellents like citronella, which you can find in easy-to-use candles and oils, or try a do-it-yourself insect repellant like this summery scented lemon eucalyptus mosquito repellent.

Fun outside doesn’t have to mean no fun for the planet. Just use the above tips and enjoy a green Labor Day party!

For more on how to make Mother Earth proud, check out these tips.

Sources: http://www.justenergy.com/blog/your-green-summer-bbq-green-grillin/ http://www.projectgreenify.com/post/59589694076/7-ways-to-have-a-great-green-labor-day-party#.VdI1GFNVikp http://www.justenergy.com/blog/make-it-a-green-labor-day/ http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/9-tips-zero-waste-entertaining-summer.html

 

7 Tips to Reduce Waste When You Move

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Your moving day is right around the corner, and you have to start the moving process: sorting through everything, deciding what to keep,having a yard sale and of course, packing. Reducing the amount of waste you create in the process can help make moving easier.  Here are a few tips on reducing moving waste:  … read more

 

How to Create a Paperless Workplace

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At the dawn of the personal computer came the term, “paperless office.” This ideal was first predicted in a 1975 Businessweek article. Decades later, we may have progressed slightly closer to this office model, but most companies still rely heavily on paper use to meet the needs of clients and regulatory or legal requirements. With a more widespread use of tablets and mobile devices, we could see a major shift to a society that is less paper dependent.

Here are some practical ways to reduce the amount of paper currently used in your organization, as well as some easy ways to keep employees involved in the process:
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Start an Office Recycling Program

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In an effort to make your workplace go green, first you will have to know exactly what you are throwing away. It is estimated that 90 percent of waste in the workplace can be recycled, and knowing what it is that you can recycle in your business can help kick start a more efficient office recycling program.
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Celebrate Earth Day: Easy Recycling Tips for Home and Office

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Earth Day provides the perfect platform for starting a new recycling routine with family, friends and coworkers. Advanced Disposal wants you to Make Your Mother Proud with these everyday recycling tips!

Recycle Right

It’s important to pay attention to what can and can’t be recycled, so that the recycling process is fast and safe. Cardboard, paper, food boxes, mail, beverage cans, food cans, jars, jugs and plastic bottles are good to recycle. Glass bottles depend on your location, though — so check to make sure you’re recycling right!

Did you know that these commonly recycled items cannot be recycled at your curb? Plastic grocery bags, take out boxes, Styrofoam, paper coffee cups, shredded paper, pizza boxes, household glass and more can be found on this list. See the full list of items and learn more about recycling right.  … read more

 

Are You Recycling Right?

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Advanced Disposal, an environmental services company, has a new online resource to help everyone recycle right on Earth Day and every day. AdvancedDisposal.com/RecycleRight includes bright, informative graphics to easily show what can and cannot be recycled along with common recycling myths.

On Wednesday, April 22, more than a billion people worldwide will take action for Earth Day. Recycling remains one of the best ways to protect natural resources and preserve the environment, but the business of recycling is facing challenges due to significant changes in the recyclables export market and stricter quality standards. As a result, recyclers, like Advanced Disposal, have had to add extra staff and machinery to improve the sorting quality of incoming material, which has raised the cost of recycling.  … read more

 

Holiday Gifts and Tips to Make Mother Earth Proud

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The holiday season brings joy and good cheer to many but in turn, also generates a lot of waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it is estimated that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases by 25 percent. In the U.S., 4 million tons of waste is generated by gift wrap and shopping bags alone. Give back to Mother Earth this season and incorporate some waste reducing ideas to help keep the holidays happy for the environment too!

Keeping the Tree Green

Many residents have the option to dispose of their Christmas tree at the curb as part of their curbside garbage or yard waste collection. Often, trees can be recycled. Check with your local services provider on tree collection guidelines. If you are an Advanced Disposal customer, please visit your local Advanced Disposal facility page and check your garbage guidelines.  … read more

 

China’s Green Fence Changed Recycling – What Does It Mean For You?

Recycling is one of the best ways to protect natural resources and preserve the environment for future generations, but recent regulatory actions in China have changed the way America’s recycling industry works, causing many recyclers to closely examine their business model and contracts with customers and municipalities.

The catalyst is “Operation Green Fence,” an enforcement of regulations on imported recyclable scrap materials like paper and plastics collected from single stream programs and processed at material recovery facilities in the United States and other countries. Chinese authorities started enforcing regulations aimed at preventing the import of waste that was contaminated, as defined below, which reduced the value of the recyclable materials in 2013. Prior to Operation Green Fence, the demand for materials was high, and the enforcement of contamination specifications was lax which resulted in lower processing costs and higher market prices. Many in the recycling industry built their business models anticipating a higher threshold of contamination and sustaining the same high volumes of demand for single stream recycling. Some of these models also provided for subsidization of pricing in contracts with customers and municipalities.  … read more

 

8 Ways to Make Your Halloween Green

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It is estimated that more than 70% of Americans celebrate Halloween, and it is the second-highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas. U.S. households will spend $7.4 billion this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation, on costumes, decorations, treats and parties. Make your mother proud this Halloween by following some of these green tips:

1. Retro Costumes: Make your own using old clothes or items from thrift stores, or create a costume swap with family and friends to recycle costumes. Nearly 85 percent of store-bought costumes are discarded after one use!

2. Trick-or-Treat Collectors: Decorate and use household items to collect candy, such as buckets, bags or pillowcases. They can be inexpensively decorated and reused year after year.  … read more