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Love Mother Earth - There is no planet B

You’ve heard the buzz. You’ve wondered what’s the deal. I can not give you a straight answer. I can’t. It is true that some of your recycling is going to the landfill. Not because it’s not recyclable, but because it is contaminated. Since moving to single stream recycling, contamination in recycling has gone from 5% contamination to 40%. Combine that with China deciding it will no longer accept foreign garbage and we have a problem. A big one.

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What's the big deal about plastic bags

How did plastic bags get to be such a big deal? Well, it all started not really so long ago ...

The year was 1960 when a company called Celloplast out of Sweden had an idea for tubing for packaging purposes. The tube, when laid flat, would be sealed on one end and left open on the other so it could be stuffed with product.

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Valentine's Day by the Numbers

180 million cards will be purchased. Be sure to purchase a card made from post-consumer recycled product. These cards can then be saved for art projects or can be recycled along with the rest of your mixed paper.

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Cutting down on Plastic

It’s a new year and lots of people make resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking are the biggies. To recycle more is another great one, but what if we work on reduce and reuse, and ultimately refuse, this year?

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Contaminants in Recycling

To increase recycling rates, single stream recycling was created. We thought it would be easy. But in the last 5 years the value of recovered waste has plummeted while the effort to extract it has risen. One of the major challenges in single stream recycling is contamination.

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Cell Phone Recycling

Cell phones. They’re everywhere. With technology constantly changing, they’re ever evolving. We always want the latest and greatest.  It is estimated that by 2018, 1/3 of the world’s population will own a smart phone. That’s approximately 2.5 billion users.  Those are some big numbers, but let me give you a small number: 11%. An EPA study shows only 11% of e-waste is made up of mobile phones. Almost 90% are either in a landfill or stuffed in the back of your junk drawer. In addition, for every cell phone recycled, we would recover: 35,000 pounds of copper, 774 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium.

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