It seems everyone has gone green or is getting there soon, but you could be botching your recycling efforts and not even know it. Plastic grocery bags are a little-known misstep people often make in curbside recycling programs. They not only impact recycling facilities financially, but more importantly, they create a safety issue for employees.
When plastic bags are mixed with acceptable recyclable materials, the bags entwine in the equipment. Employees sort recyclables by hand and are in direct contact with every piece of material delivered to our recovery facilities. This causes unsafe conditions and downtime to clear the equipment.
Plastic bags also contaminate and lower the value of recyclable materials when they are mixed.
The good news is, plastic bags can be recycled with the right collection system and processing equipment. Consider taking them to grocery stores, co-ops and retailers that accept clean, dry plastic bags for recycling. Look for specially designated bins usually located at the entrance of the store.
Each year, millions of dollars are spent removing items that shouldn’t be in the recycling stream. You can help stop the clog and create new materials at the same time. Plastic bags and wraps can be recycled into plastic lumber that is used to make park benches, backyard decks and fences – even playground equipment!*
This one small effort can make a big impact on recycling efforts. Thank you for keeping bags out of the bin!
When it comes to getting rid of a smelly mess, the quicker it’s out of our sight, the better. We want to help you get your trash picked up on time, every time. Proper cart placement is essential for helping our drivers complete their routes promptly. Follow this simple three-step guide, and watch your garbage waste away.
- Make sure everything fits in the cart and keep the lid closed. Depending on the service guidelines for your location, materials outside of the cart may not get picked up.
- Roll your cart to the curb with the lid opening toward the street. This ensures side loading trucks can easily dump your cart’s contents.
- Keep at least three feet of space around all sides of the cart to allow our trucks easy access. Finally, keep the street clear so our drivers can easily reach your cart!
It’s the little things that can hone your pick-up schedule. At Advanced Disposal, we know that untimely pick-ups are rubbish. Thank you for helping our drivers stay on course!
Cans 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.
While 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.
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
Garbage trucks are a fun and cool thing for kids to watch. They are big, make noise, do fun things with your garbage, and the garbage men and women are people children look up to. While the trucks may be fun to watch, they are not safe to play around. Here are a few tips from Advanced Disposal about keeping children safe around garbage trucks. … read more
Did you know that in many areas you have the ability to choose your waste collection company? Choosing a waste collection company comes with careful consideration of many factors. You may want to start by doing a simple Google search of waste collection companies in your area. Once you have narrowed down your search, make sure to check out company websites for information on services they offer and what the company is all about. This will help you compare companies based on things that are important to you like the frequency of garbage pick-up days, recycling opportunities, costs or payment options and environmental integrity. … read more
Being able to choose your solid waste collection company could be a daunting task if you do not know where to start. With so many options, how do you know which company is right for you? Here are five important questions to ask before choosing a provider: … read more
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
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
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
Why Waste is a question relevant to us all and is Advanced Disposal’s challenge to itself and to you, our customers and information seekers, to not waste resources – human, natural or financial – and to find environmental services solutions that make sense while balancing the tripod of financial, environmental and logistical realities. This debut into the blogosphere is a means of opening conversations about topics relevant to the business of a clean environment. As the environmental services industry is one ripe with innovation and change, Why Waste is here to serve as a resource for the business owner, project or property manager, resident, city leader, teacher, college student and anyone looking for well thought out information on managing waste – whether it’s generated by a person, community, business or institution. … read more