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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Extreme Recycling: From Trash to Treasure

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We believe that Earth Day goes beyond a single day, so let’s dream! People around the globe are finding new means to keep our planet beautiful by recycling what would otherwise end up in a landfill in practical, but also, very extreme ways. So, here is your chance to join the fun and turn green into cha-ching!

You have two weeks to post the best image of your most Extreme Recycling project to our Facebook page. A winner will be chosen on May 6, 2015 to win a $500 gift card. Just like us on Facebook and post your most creative recycling! Need some inspiration? From stunning art installations and housing options, to practical ways to make your garden beautiful, here are some extreme ideas for making trash into treasure!

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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

 

Exploring Privatizing Waste Services: Doing More With Less Money

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What is privatization?

In privatization some or all of the management, ownership, and tasks for a government operation are shifted to the private sector. One of the most common forms of privatization is the selection of a private entity to deliver a service that previously was supplied by local government and public employees. Essentially, a local government is outsourcing a service. Recycling and garbage collection and disposal are increasingly becoming one of these services.  … read more

Have more questions? Interested in learning more about how Advanced Disposal can help with your privatization efforts? Click here.

 

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

 

Asbestos still Crashing the Construction Site?

Asbestos use has been phased out since 1989 and banned entirely in 2003, however the myriad of past applications – from building materials to brake linings – does need special consideration when it comes to removing and disposing of the substance. How can contractors and other professionals working at a job site that has or may have asbestos take the necessary precautions? For starters, by working with an accredited abatement contractor.

What is asbestos?

First of all, asbestos is not a single material. The term describes specific naturally occurring minerals that form into aggregates of long, strong fibers. These materials have been used for thousands of years, most abundantly over the last century, primarily in a broad array of insulation applications.

If the fibers separate and become airborne, known as friable asbestos, exposure can lead to adverse health conditions. The decision to remove or not remove asbestos from a site typically depends on whether the asbestos is – or can become – airborne and lead to human exposure. For example, a “popcorn” ceiling or aging insulation that contains asbestos can lead to airborne fibers. Undisturbed building siding that contains asbestos likely would not lead to exposure – this type of material is known as “non-friable”. However, if the siding is improperly removed (e.g., broken and crumbled), it could create airborne asbestos and thereby become “friable”.  … read more

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