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March 12th, 2011 2 comments

We’ve entered the Green Giant “The Green Awards” contest.

Come Vote for ecycler!

On the ecycler contest page, click on the “Vote Now!” next to the video… It will most likely ask you to register which takes less than 120 seconds.

The registration process is easy, it will ask for a name, email address, password, birth date, city, ZIP code and where you grocery shop.

This is a spam-free site…

We really appreciate the vote! Please also tell your friends and family.

ELEVATOR PITCH:

At ecycler.com we bring together those who have recyclables to give away with those who want to collect those recyclables. Many US households, institutions and businesses are not offered curb-side recycling; we’re giving them that option.

The collectors—or community entrepreneurs—will redeem the recyclables they collect for cash.

We believe that the easiest way for individuals to make a difference in the improvement of the environment is to recycle, and our goal is to make it even easier by pairing discarders and collectors through our web site.

We currently are trying to reach people who would like to become ecycler discarders; we hope to get businesses apartments and groups of friends to start saving their recyclables for their local collector. Also we are looking for people to become a local ecycler collector and pick up recyclables from the discarders.

Don’t forget: Check out the contest and Vote for ecycler, we really appreciate it: http://voteforecycler.com/

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2011 Free Enterprise Honoree

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced ecycler as one of 25 Free Enterprise Honorees, recognizing our critical role in job creation and economic growth.

The Awards Program is designed to commend businesses across the nation for their strong business practices and contributions to the economy.

“We are proud to recognize your business’ success story and are impressed with your company’s accomplishments.”

Award criteria were based on staff training and motivation, community involvement, customer service and business strategies & goals.

Congrats to the 75 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners. We’ll see you next year!

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ecycler Wins the Challenge

February 8th, 2011 No comments

Ecycler has won the Fairfield Inn & Suites Small Business Road to Success Challenge!

As one of ten small business finalists vying for the grand prize of $20,000, ecycler received 15 free nights at Fairfield Inn & Suites to be used between September 13 and December 9 to travel around the country for the sole purpose of growing its business.

Ecycler shared its journey with the public by blogging, tweeting and posting photos. Several videos were also produced and uploaded to YouTube accessible via ecycler.tv. During the Fairfield Challenge, ecycler exceeded its goals of improving the environment, enhancing the social value of recycling and supporting local communities.

Timothy Laurent, co-founder of ecycler, said, “This win is a real boost to ecycler!” Laurent goes on to say, “We set some difficult goals, but succeeded at each one.”

Craig Robertson, co-founder of ecycler, adds, “We are excited about being recognized and look forward to using this momentum to get the word about ecycler to more people, businesses and cities to use ecycler for their recycling service.”

Ecycler plans on using the $20k to create a mobile application for the iPhone / iPad and to host a recycling bin contest. The contest will encourage people from communities around the US to design and to build the most cost-effective, yet durable recycling bin using materials from the Home Depot or Lowe’s or their local building supply store. A high-quality recycling bin typically costs a couple of hundred dollars and it’s heavy to ship. The goal of the contest is to see if someone can come up with a creative way to build recycling bins locally without the need to ship to businesses.

During the 15 hotel stays, Fairfield Inn & Suites was used as home base; ecycler spread word to numerous businesses and individuals about how ecycler can help them recycle for free. Ecycler posters were posted at grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants in all of the cities visited as a way to encourage discarders to join. Discarders are those who give away recyclables on ecycler.com.

For more information

http://news.marriott.com/

http://www.businesspundit.com/

http://www.prlog.org/

http://www.patch.com/

http://www.bizplancompetitions.com/

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CD and DVD Recycling

February 3rd, 2011 1 comment

As with anything one recycles, it’s important to ask “Could someone else use this?

The ultimate solution is to donate the disc(s) to your library or a local school–reuse where possible. Of course, with your data discs, reuse isn’t possible. But, perhaps some sort of upcycle art project IS possible. A few options are listed here on make-stuff.com.

There are three main pieces to consider when recycling discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu Rays or HD DVDs): the Disc itself, Cover & Liner Notes and the Jewel Case. Some materials are more easily recycled than others, but all can be put to new use.

Discs

CDs (Compact Discs), DVDs (Digital Video Discs), et al. are made of similar materials and contain three main components: plastic, metals and ink. Discs are made mostly from polycarbonate, although a small amount of lacquer is also used as a protective coating. Aluminum in the primary metal in discs, but traces of gold, silver and nickel are also present. The dyes used in printing on the disc itself contain some petroleum products, but when it comes to recycling, only metal and plastic are processed.

Cover and Liner Notes

Generally, cover and liner notes are made from paper and are relatively easy to recycle.

Jewel Cases

While some CD and DVD cases are now made of paper or biodegradable products, most are still made with plastic #6, a cheap, but hard-to-recycle, material. Of the three components of CD and DVD packaging, jewel cases are generally the most difficult to recycle, but there are some options.

Some interesting CD/DVD Recycling Facts:

  • A CD/DVD is considered a class 7 recyclable plastic
  • To manufacture a pound of plastic (30 CDs per pound), it requires 300 cubic feet of natural gas, 2 cups of crude oil and 24 gallons of water
  • It is estimated that AOL alone has distributed more than 2 billion CDs. That is the natural gas equivalent of heating 200,000 homes for 1 year
  • It is estimated that it will take over 1 million years for a CD to completely decompose in a landfill

How the Process Works

The components are sorted at the collection center, separated into discs, paper and cases. All paper gets bailed and sent to a paper mill for recycling. As for cases in good condition, they are inspected, packed and sold to raise money for the facility. Any remaining damaged cases and ALL discs get sorted in bins, and packaged in a container destined to a plastic reclaiming center.

Some discs leave whole, some leave as regrind. Regrind is where the discs are ground and shredded into small pieces–this allows for more materials to be loaded into storage bins/bags. This is now considered a scrap plastic that gets melted at the reclaiming center. When melted, the discs are de-metalized separating the plastic and metal component in the disc. Once the discs are de-metalized, they are formed into a low-grade of raw plastic.

Discs and cases yield a different grade of plastic. This plastic is not of sufficient quality for the food or medical industry product use; however, it is fine for the automotive and building materials industries.

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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 Earth911.com 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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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.

For more information, check out www.texasbottlebill.com

Here Comes Earth Hour 2011

December 29th, 2010 1 comment

Earth Hour: 8:30pm, Saturday, 26 March 2011.

In under four short years, Earth Hour has become the largest campaign in history for the planet. It has grown from one city, one country to over 128 countries and territories in 2010. Earth Hour — By The People, For The Planet.

Download the iCalendar reminder for Earth Hour 2011…

Switch off your lights for Earth Hour at 8:30pm, Saturday 26 March 2011 and celebrate your commitment to the planet with the people of the world!

History of Earth Hour

WWF started Earth Hour in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

Visit EarthHour.org for more ideas!

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Yes! You Can Recycle Styrofoam!

December 26th, 2010 12 comments

Special guest post by RecycleScene.

Have you ever tried to recycle Styrofoam? It sure can be difficult–but, it’s not impossible. Styrofoam is also known as Expanded PolyStyrene (EPS). If it is landfilled, the material never breaks down. When it’s burned, it creates a toxic ash. With the holiday season especially, there’s an avalanche of it surrounding our gifts and arriving at our doorsteps. Polystyrene’s blessings are also a curse- its light weight and durability make it such a great packaging material, but currently in the USA, foam packaging is being recycled at a rate of only about 10-12% each year.

What is Styrofoam?

Styrofoam is only one name for polystyrene plastic, and is a Dow Chemical Co. trademarked form of polystyrene foam insulation. Polystyrene is made from styrene, a petroleum by-product. Styrene was first commercially produced during World War II in the production of synthetic rubber. Only about 5% of a foam package is polystyrene, the remainder is air. Part of what makes food containers, for example, so difficult to recycle is that they are generally contaminated and require cleaning before they can be processed. Unfortunately, this makes recycling less cost effective. For more information visit the Polystyrene Packaging Council.

Drop Off Styrofoam For Recycling Near You

Thankfully, Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers is a great resource for finding out where to drop off or mail your Styrofoam. Their collection system relies on EPS manufacturers to serve as recycling locations, allowing AFPR members reprocess up to 60% of the post consumer foam collected and incorporate it directly into new packaging. Expanded polystyrene has a National Mail-Back Program if drop-off sites are not available.

TIP: Make sure your Styrofoam is clean and free of any tape, labels, film or glued-on cardboard.

American Chemistry also provides a resource to search by zip code to find a company near you that will actually buy back protective polystyrene packaging from you. Click the button that says, “Less Than Truckload Quantity” to choose your state.

Packing Peanuts

The Plastic Loose Fill Council promotes reuse of polystyrene, or packing peanuts. The Loose Fill Council provides a very easy way for you to search for a place to drop off your polystyrene loose fill packaging. You simply search loosefillpackaging.com by zip code for a place that will reuse your packing peanuts.

The Council’s Peanut Hotline is a national, 24-hour consumer hotline and website directory service with referrals to the nearest locations that accept packing peanuts for reuse. Call the Peanut Hotline at: 1800-828-2214. Many local businesses gladly accept peanuts free of charge for reuse, so look into Postal Annex and Mail Boxes Etc. Try and give a little to the planet this season- don’t let your Styrofoam end up in a landfill!

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ecycler and Squidoo

December 16th, 2010 3 comments

We officially launched our squidoo lenses today with a few interesting articles! All proceeds from the pages will be donated to kiva.org, one of our favorite charities.

Squidoo is a community website that allows users to create pages (called lenses) for subjects of interest. Naturally, all of our lenses are related to recycling and being more green.

Our first six squidoo postings:

Crush that Can!
Ecycler has taken its popular Crush that Can web series to a new level. In addition to our YouTube and Vimeo channels, we have now syndicated our series to Apple’s iTunes platform-the full videos are…

ecycler
We watch the recycling world and blog about important events, legislation or just plain interesting ideas. We also post updates regarding our main site, ecycler.com. Ecycler creates a new way to recycle…

Recycle Bin Setup
Setting up a recycle bin in a business (store, restaurant, office) or an institution is not as simple as your home recycle bin. Several factors including placement and signs are important to their success…

Top-20 Ways to Make your Business Greener
Businesses have an opportunity to offer their customers more than just a product or service – by making green thinking part of their culture, their customers gain peace of mind knowing that concern for…

Reverse Vending Machine
On ecycler’s most recent trip through Michigan (a bottle bill state) we took the opportunity to document a typical grocery store redemption center. In four easy steps we went from having an empty soda…

Reasons to Support your State Bottle Bill
We watch the recycling world and blog about important events, legislation or just plain interesting ideas. We also post updates regarding our main site, ecycler.com. We fully support bottle bill legislation…

Visit ecycler on squidoo, today!

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The Success of New York’s New Bottle Bill

December 14th, 2010 No comments

In its first year of implementation, New York´s expanded beverage container deposit law, known as the “Bottle Bill”, the state has collected more than $120 million in unclaimed deposits and has helped boost plastic recycling rates nationally.

The Bottle Bill, which went into effect Oct. 31, 2009, added water bottles to the list of beverage containers requiring a minimum 5-cent refundable deposit. Under the new law, beverage companies are now required to transfer 80% of the unredeemed deposits to the state General Fund. Previously, beverage companies kept all the unclaimed deposits.

Susan Collins, executive director of the Container Recycling Institute, noted that 2009 was a year of excellent growth in recycling rates in the container deposit-refund programs around the country.

“The expansions in New York, Connecticut and Oregon added nearly four and a half billion containers to deposit programs, and have the potential to increase the nation´s overall beverage container recycling rate by two percentage points,” Collins said. “PET reclaimers in the U.S. are hungry for this material. They are busy building new plants in the U.S., and can staff them with new employees as long as the materials are available to them.”

What beverages are covered by NY’s Bottle Bill?

  • Carbonated Soft Drinks, including Sparkling Water, Carbonated Energy Drinks, Carbonated Juice (anything less than 100% juice, containing added sugar or water)
  • Soda Water
  • Beer and Other Malt Beverages
  • Mineral Water – Both carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water
  • Wine Products
  • Water

What beverages are NOT covered by NY’s Bottle Bill?

  • Milk Products
  • Wine and Liquors
  • Tea
  • Sports Drinks
  • Juice
  • Drink Boxes
  • Waters Containing Sugar

With the success of New York’s Bottle Bill, we hope to see more states following suit. Here are a few more reasons to support your state’s bottle bill: http://blog.ecycler.com/2010/04/27/reasons-to-support-your-state-bottle-bill/