I saw #haveuever trending on twitter today and it got me thinking. What first came to mind was, “Have I ever thrown away something recyclable?” I think we are all guilty of it, so I decided to look up some facts. In California, nearly 22 billion CRV-eligible containers were sold last year.
Of those, nearly 15 billion were recycled. That is great — but more than 7 billion that ended up in landfills!
Here is something else to think about because California is a bottlebill state, no one claimed the nearly $300 million worth of deposits!
Recycling is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to be green. But that doesn’t mean you can recycle everything. You might know this, if you’ve ever received a note on your empty bin after a pickup day issuing a “no-no” on a certain item you included in your recyclables. But even if you haven’t, chances are you might be including some item in your batch that isn’t eligible for your local recycling efforts. So what’s the big deal?
Well, it’s certainly not the biggest threat to the ecosystem to include too many supposed recyclables—but it does cause a hassle for your friendly neighborhood recycling team. Making them sort through your reusable disposables costs them precious time—and hence, less recycling gets done.
Oils or grease on any paper or corrugated (i.e., cardboard) will generally make the item non-recyclable. The used pizza box is a great example. Something else to keep in mind are the bottle caps on plastic bottles. Many times these are also not recyclable–please check with your local recycling authority to confirm.
Hello Everyone! To get ecycler going, we need collectors to sign up on the site and start marketing their own ecycler recycling programs. If you have recyclables to give away, please be patient as our base of collectors grows — and be sure to point potential collectors you know to the ecycler site.
ecycler.com is a new way to recycle. It is a website that brings together people giving away recyclables and those interested in collecting them.
Start your own recycling program in your area using the ecycler.com website. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme but a serious effort to help people recycle and make some money.
We are a new company looking for people who will become collectors and set up their own ecycler-based recycling programs in their community. Using the ecycler website, ecycler.com, you can print your own marketing posters, business cards and get people in your area to collect recyclables for you, such as from individual households, apartments, businesses, or groups that will save these materials for collection by you.
If there are people in your area interested in giving you recyclables they will contact you via the ecycler website. The site tracks your requests and allows you and others to rate the recycling pick ups.
Greentech company ecycler launched today at the TechCrunch50 Demo Pit.
Ecycler.com creates a new way to recycle by connecting people discarding recycled cans, bottles and newspapers with those wishing to collect them.
Ecycler provides an alternative to the many U.S. households that are not offered curb-side recycling. It’s also an option for people who do have curb-side recycling but who want to have their recyclables picked up when and where they desire.
For the people collecting recyclables, ecycler provides an entrepreneurship opportunity. Ecycler’s creators are responsible for operating and maintaining the site, but it will be driven by the individual collectors who establish their own ecycler recycling programs. Collectors can create and market their own ecycler recycling programs by downloading personalized business cards and posters generated by ecycler.com and then posting them in public places. Anyone who has access to the Internet can become an ecycler collector.
Discarders can do their part for the environment and for people in need of additional income by giving their recyclables to people who will then redeem the recycled goods for cash. Ecycler encourages people to discard their recyclables for free; however, discarders can request a portion of the proceeds from the collector. Discarders can track their carbon credits on the site by listing how many recyclables they’ve given away through ecycler.com and on their own.
Ecycler.com provides an accountability tool by allowing collectors and discarders to rate their experiences with one another.
Ecycler was co-founded by Craig Robertson and Timothy Laurent, two web entrepreneurs with backgrounds in engineering and consulting.