Archive for January, 2011

Saving Oysters and the Environment

January 24th, 2011 No comments

We, at ecycler, are always interested in learning about new things that can be recycled, but we had no idea that oyster shells could be reused until we came across an interesting article on

The Oyster Recovery Partnership Shell Recycling Alliance collects oyster shells from restaurants and returns them to the Chesapeake Bay, where new oysters inhabit them.

According to National Geographic, “without some sort of base, be it shells, stones, or reef balls, similar to what are used to help restore coral reefs, the adult oysters sink into the muddy river bottom and die.”

Restoring oyster habitat is good for the environment. According to the Tree Hugger article, oysters serve as natural water filters and as natural coastal buffers that help protect shorelines.

The year-old Oyster Recovery Partnership Shell Recycling Alliance collects used shells from about 50 restaurants in the Maryland-Virgina-DC area. The group has already collected almost two million oyster shells.

We built with flexibility in mind–this gives us the ability to quickly add new materials and add them to specific regions (or the entire US and Canada). For example, we’ve recently added composting to one state–Pennsylvania–as an assessment of its viability.

If you have suggestions, or have a supply of oyster shells, please feel free to contact us.

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Ink and Toner Cartridge Recycling Guide

January 20th, 2011 No comments

Going Green, Saving Energy, Saving the Planet, Renewable energy and Recycling; these are words heard daily on the television, radio, Social Media and read in newspapers. When people think of recycling, the first thing that usually comes to mind is paper, aluminum cans and plastic bottles; using wind or water for energy.

Two common items used daily are Inkjet Cartridges and Laser Toner Cartridges–these are easily recycled, but often NOT recycled. Each year over 300 million Ink and Toner Cartridges are thrown away and end up in landfills, this amount is equal to the weight of about 67,600 SUV’s. That is an unacceptable number! But, it gets worse–the average Toner Cartridge takes approximately 500 years to decompose. And, it takes up to three quarts of oil to produce the average laser toner cartridge and 2.5 ounces to produce the average inkjet cartridge.

A few more facts to ponder:

  • On average, toner cartridges weigh an estimated 2.5 pounds and each new toner cartridge requires half a gallon of oil to make new plastic. One remanufactured cartridge keeps 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic out of the landfill and saves a half gallon of oil.
  • The average laser cartridge will add 2.75 pounds of plastic and metals to landfills.
  • Using recycled cartridges to make new cartridges (i.e., remanufactured cartridges) reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 89%.

If a concerted effort is made to recycle cartridges both at home and at the office, it would make a big difference for the environment.

It is as easy as searching for “Toner Cartridges” or “Inkjet Cartridges” and your ZIP code. Empty Ink and Toner Cartridges can be brought in person to many different office supply stores, sometimes in exchange for deposits on new cartridges. There are also quite a few online businesses that accept empty cartridges. They usually send to you a pre-paid mailer in which to send the empty cartridges back and upon inspection, some businesses will even give cash!

Whether recycling the cartridges online, sending them back to the manufacturer or returning them in-store, make sure the instructions for returns are followed precisely. This ensures each party properly benefits from the return.

What to look out for when sending in empty cartridges? Here are a few points:

  • Meet the minimum cartridge requirements
  • Some businesses only accept ink cartridges
  • Some businesses only accept OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) cartridges

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ecycler iPad Giveaway Winner Announced!

January 10th, 2011 1 comment

ecycler is a new way to recycle! In an effort to spread the word about ecycler, we sponsored a giveaway. And, it was quite a success! We thank everyone who registered on as either a collector or a discarder.

So, what’s the difference between a collector and a discarder?

  • Collectors – Collectors are those who pick recyclables up from a business or house and then sell them to their local recyclable buyer.
  • Discarders – The discarders are those who give away recyclables.

We also thank everyone that made bonus entries by following us on twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, creating a blog post or commenting on the original story. Up for grabs was an Apple iPad that retails for $499.

We randomly selected a winner from all the new ecycler users that registered between October 25, 2010 and December 1, 2010 with their “bonus” entries. The result via was the number 762. We cross-referenced this number to our database and the winner was identified.

Who won?

Melissa D. from Washington State!

Melissa responded back to our communication, “I got your email this morning and am SUPER excited that I won!!” A huge congratulations to Melissa–your iPad, iPad case and ecycler reusable tote are on their way!

* Apple and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.
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Texas Bottle Bill

January 8th, 2011 No comments

Who lives in Texas? We need your support in getting this bill passed!

What does it all mean? The Texas Bottle Bill in a nut shell:

Beverages Covered:
Beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks, mineral water, wine, coffee, tea, juices and flavored and non-carbonated waters. Dairy products excluded.

Containers Covered:
All sealed containers made of glass, plastic or aluminum containing a beverage of 4 liters or less.

Amount of Deposit:
10¢ on 24 oz or less, 15¢ on greater than 24 oz

Handling Fee:
A handling fee to be paid to retailers, redemption centers, recycling centers and registered curbside operations.

Reclamation System:
Retail stores (optional), redemption centers, reverse vending machines, non-profit organizations.

Beverage Container Fund:
Funding for educational recycling programs and the recycling industry

Program Goal:
75% overall recycling rate for Texas

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed from across the State of Texas. Any help is greatly appreciated:

  • Distribute flyers at nearby stores and public events
  • Gather signatures on petitions to show your legislators the we support the Bottle Bill.
  • Send a letter to the editor of your local paper showing your support of the bill. Local newspapers want to hear from residents on this type of issue.
  • Do you have other ideas, please share them with us.

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ecycler Wiki

January 4th, 2011 No comments

Utilizing wikis, which are web sites that allow others to edit the content, is important for businesses.

The most well known wiki is Wikipedia, which contains information on companies and people and just about everything else. Because Wikipedia entries are often the first things that show up when people conduct an online search for a well-known person or business, the content is viewed widely by people and is often unquestioned. So for a business that already is featured on Wikipedia, it’s important to monitor the information that’s been posted, correct anything that’s wrong and update it frequently, so that it’s fresh.

ecycler’s entry in Wikipedia

People can also create their own wikis, like we did for ecycler. By creating your own wiki you can populate it with wiki entries that are specific to your company or project.

For example, we created a wiki entry for the Fairfield Challenge:

It’s important to be in the venues where your customers are congregating, so blogging and participating in forums like wikis are good places to interact with and communicate to the people using your product or service.

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