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How do I Recycle thee in Bins, Let me Count the Ways

September 26th, 2010 1 comment

The fourth installment in our ecycler series on Recycle Bins and their set-up: recycle bin materials.

Recycle Bin Materials

Recyclables can be placed in many kinds of bins. There are high-quality stainless steel receptacles, such as those found in commercial spaces and public transit depots. There are bins found in public parks, offices and outside municipal buildings. There are blue ones, green ones, yellow one, red ones and white ones.

Some are made of corrugated plastic, others of formed plastic. Some have separate compartments for different kinds of recyclable items such as aluminum cans, newspaper and bottles. Others are simple bins, like the kinds many cities give to homeowners, in which all recyclables are tossed.

Occasionally, bins are fashioned from wood and may include a lock to prevent animals (bears) from making a mess.

Office paper is usually placed in blue trash-can like bins that a company picks up and removes for shredding.

The type of materials from which a recycle bin is made is determined by the type of environment in which the bin is to be placed.

Whatever the kind of bin a home, office or public facility uses, the important thing is to encourage recycling by placing a container, clearly marked with a recycling symbol, out for people to see in high-traffic areas.

The Lesson

  • Bottles and cans should be emptied before placing them in the recycle bin
  • Place a trash can near to the recycle bin for convenient disposal of trash in the appropriate receptacle and recyclables in their bin
  • Bins should have liners
  • Apply short and descriptive labels and signage to and around the bins
  • Right materials for right situation

Recycle Bins and Some Finesse

September 25th, 2010 1 comment

The third installment in our ecycler series on Recycle Bins and their set-up: labels and signage.

Recycle Bin Labels and Signage

When recycle bins are installed, one needs to clearly explain what is intended to be recycled.

The bins should be clearly labeled with what is expected to be recycled. For example, “Aluminum Cans ONLY!” or “Office Paper ONLY!“. People will only know the rules if you explain the rules to them.

It is also a good idea to supplement the recycle bin label with some simple signage, as this will reinforce the message of the labels. But, don’t write a novel on the sign, as people will never read it! Just a few words to describe what should be recycled in this particular container. Attach the sign to the wall just behind the bin. Of course, it’s ideal to print the signs on 100% recycled paper.

Sample ecycler Recycle Bin Sign

The Lesson

  • Bottles and cans should be emptied before placing them in the recycle bin
  • Place a trash can near to the recycle bin for convenient disposal of trash in the appropriate receptacle and recyclables in their bin
  • Bins should have liners
  • Apply short and descriptive labels and signage to and around the bins

Recycle Bins, Not as Simple as I Thought!

September 21st, 2010 1 comment

The second installment in our ecycler series on Recycle Bins and their set-up: recycle bin liners.

Recycle Bin Liners

What’s the point of a recycle bin liner? Despite the extra cost, the liner keeps the bin clean. It also makes it really easy for the collector to grab the contents of the bin.

Keep the Recycle Bin Clean

This is an important point, especially in a public (restaurant, shop, etc.) setting. The liner keeps any wasted liquids contained and it keeps all the bugs out. A clean (even hygienic) bin will continue to look nice and be an inviting asset to ones store or restaurant.

Collection Made Easy

The ecycler collector will be able to more quickly remove the contents of a bin that has a liner, rather than transferring the contents into another bag or a larger container. The transfer process not only adds time to the collector’s duties, but the noise (especially from aluminum cans) is an unwanted side-effect.

Liner Types

We, at ecycler, suggest using compostable liners–obviously a better choice for the environment. Or, at a minimum, liners that are manufactured with recycled plastics. The liners should be thick enough to resist tearing when the full bags are transported. A thickness of about 1.25 mil should be sufficient.

We’ve found that green or blue liners tend to reinforce the recycling idea. And, ideally the liners will have the universal recycling symbol printed on it.

Ideally you will find a liner made specifically for your recycling bin; otherwise, you can use a 30 or 33 gallon trash bag.

The Lesson

  • Bottles and cans should be emptied before placing them in the recycle bin
  • Place a trash can near to the recycle bin for convenient disposal of trash in the appropriate receptacle and recyclables in their bin
  • Bins should have liners

The World with ecycler!

September 19th, 2010 No comments

ecycler Impact on the World!

We thought you may be interested in hearing about some of our accomplishments and positive green impact in the last few months:

  • EXPANDING GEOGRAPHICALLY: Ecycler went live in Canada
  • LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS: Largest residential “haul” in 2010 was a profit of $145 to one collector
  • LOCAL PRESENCE: Continue to bring on businesses (including a large car dealership)
  • EXPANDING OFFERINGS: Added composting to our recyclables list
  • EDUCATION: An average of five recycling related articles per month published in our blog

Goals of ecycler:

  • Make improvements to the environment through recycling
  • Enhance the social value of recycling
  • Support local communities

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Recycle Glass Week

September 15th, 2010 No comments

It’s Recycle Glass Week (September 12 – 18, 2010)

For more information: http://www.gpi.org/recycle-glass-week/

Top Ten Reasons to Recycle Glass Bottles

10. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or power a computer for 30 minutes. That’s just one glass bottle.

9. More recycled glass bottles are needed. Stat. Glass container manufacturers have set a goal to reach 50% recycled content in the manufacture of new glass bottles by 2013. They’re going to need a lot more.

8. Spare change. In 11 states with container deposit laws, you can get cash for recycling your empty glass bottles. Or, list them on ecycler.com and a collector will pick them up for free.

7. Conserve natural resources. Over a ton are saved for every ton of glass containers recycled.

6. Save energy. Costs for energy drop about 2-3% for every 10% recycled glass containers used in the manufacturing process. You see where this is going?

5. All this carbon footprint stuff, recycling glass bottles really does makes a difference. Using six tons of recycled container glass in the manufacturing process equals one ton of carbon dioxide reduced.

4. Karma. Glass is 100% and endlessly recyclable. A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days. It’s gonna come back to you.

3. Bars (we know you’re there) are a hotbed for glass recycling. Over 35% of beer and soft drink bottles were recycled in 2008. Is your corner bar recycling?

2. No dish washer required. Just rinse and recycle your glass bottles and jars. But keep out coffee cups, dishware, and Pyrex.

1. What? You’re not drinking out of an endlessly recyclable glass bottle? Start now. Glass is 100% pure taste—and no after taste.

Top-10 list borrowed from the Glass Packaging Institute website. Check it out for more information about recycling glass. Or, follow @chooseglass on twitter!

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ecycler has Accepted the Challenge

September 13th, 2010 2 comments

ecycler has been selected as one of the ten finalist to compete in this challenge!

DETAILS

Small Business Road to Success Challenge

Ten small business finalists will receive 15 free nights at Fairfield Inn & Suites to be used from September 13 through December 7 to travel around the country for the sole purpose of growing their business.

Finalists will share their journey with the public by blogging, tweeting and posting photos. After three months of traveling the country and working through a set of business challenges, one small business will be awarded a grand prize of $20,000 by the judging panel.

OUR GOALS

As a “green” company we try to minimize our travel as much as possible, but sometimes it is inevitable (and necessary).

Our goal is basic: Acquire additional ecycler.com website users, both collectors and discarders. We will take a bifurcated approach:

1) Collectors – add 50 qualified individuals, groups or businesses

2) Discarders – add 1000 qualified homes, businesses or institutions

We will continue to ratchet-up our successes to gain these new site users. The hotel stays will allow us into additional markets (around the US and Canada)

Thank you Fairfield Inn & Suites!

Check us out here: http://www.fairfieldchallenge.com/author/tlaurent/

Our official Press Release.

UPDATE

We’ve created Crush that Can episode 37 in celebration of our participation in the Fairfield Challenge!

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Green Living for Everyone!

September 11th, 2010 1 comment

You recycle–yeah (hopefully through ecycler)! You’ve reduced consumption of every day products and learned that reusing “stuff” is also a part of living green. You taken command of the three R‘s in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. So, now what? How about something green for your mind, body and soul?

Take a look around a great new green living blog we found: Ecobellus.com.

Ecobellus is the brainchild of freelance writer Amanda Abella. It is where she shares articles, tips, deals and guides on everything that is green living.

Amanda began freelance writing in 2009 as a Green Wise columnist for Handmadenews.org and since then has taken her green living articles across the web. She hopes to share her knowledge and the new things that she learns with others who want live a green, healthy, and more sustainable lifestyle. She also hopes to recognize green businesses and services across the country for their efforts in sustainability.

Ecobellus has several categories which range from general wellness and simplicity to organic gardening and energy conservation. Other categories include a Green Living and Yoga Log where Amanda shares her own experiences with living a healthy and green life in an effort to connect with her readers.

At the end of the day, Ecobellus wants to raise awareness about green issues while helping people achieve their lifestyle goals. Whether you are a full time green living aficionado looking for some lifestyle upgrades or a novice to the environmental cause, Ecobellus has something for everyone.

Just in case you were wondering about the name ecobellus:

1. eco: environmentally friendly or sensitive

2. bellus: Latin for beautiful, pretty, pleasing to the eye.

Let us know your favorite story and its positive impact on your life!

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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

September 3rd, 2010 No comments

Recycling is important, but it’s only one aspect of the trilogy: REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.Just because something is recyclable doesn’t mean it is the best choice. Recycling is the last “R” in the cycle of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The best choice is to reduce your impact by buying products with minimal or no packaging. Next, reuse (and choose reusable products like rechargeable batteries and cloth shopping bags) whenever possible. Reusing an item only once cuts its environmental impact in half, and choosing and reusing durable goods many times can have an enormous positive environmental impact. Finally, recycle. ecycler.com makes that part easy with free pick-up at your home, institution or business by one of our local ecycler collectors.

REDUCE

  • REDUCE consumption. Think about what you buy — do you really need it or can you find it used?
  • Consignment shops have flourished in recent years. Garage sales are everywhere.
  • Buy things that are durable whenever possible. If you buy cheaply made furniture made of particle board, you are buying space in a landfill in the not too distant future. Buy used if possible and look for solid, sturdy pieces.

REUSE

  • REUSE whenever possible. This is easy. Simply rethink everything you see in stores. Especially grocery stores – anything that is a single use product should be avoided.
  • You can re-fill your shampoo bottle at your local hairdresser or health food store. The plastic bottle can be refilled for years and years and save dozens and dozens of containers from being manufactured.
  • And by the way… how much fuel is used to transport the average plastic shampoo bottle? We bring it home. We, or a curbside recycling firm, take it to a recycling center. Then it travels to a place to be shredded (using energy) and might even then be sold as raw stock and be shipped again to a bottle manufacturer (using energy to form new bottles). Next, it goes to the brand plant to get filled with shampoo again, then ships to stores.
  • By RETHINKING we can stop being a part of all that carbon waste. Make a list of things you can refill or reuse. Start rethinking what other containers can be RE-used.

RECYCLE

  • RECYCLE what’s left. The more effort we spend doing the first two stages of this triad, the less we need to recycle. However, it’s important to recycle what we can. With fewer items in the landfill our Earth will be a happier one.
  • Let’s think about why we are recycling. If you buy bottled water for your staff or clients (or your home) and that plastic goes into a recycling bin at the end of a single use, you should rethink if “recycling” is doing anyone any good at all. If you can’t come up with an alternative in your situation to bottled water or Styrofoam cups, please email us.
  • ecycler is a new way to recycle. Our goal is to make it even easier by pairing discarders and collectors through our web site. The ecycler discarders are those who give away recyclables and the ecycler collectors are those who pick them up from a business, an institution or a residence and then sell them to their local materials buyer.

Visit ecycler.com and start making a difference!

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