Seven Reasons to Compost
2. A higher yield of crops is produced when using compost.
3. Contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils can be amended by using compost to restore wetlands and forests.
4. Composting is cost-effective.
5. Compost can capture almost all industrial volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in contaminated air.
6. Compost can remove solids, oils, and grease from storm water runoff.
7. A savings of 50% can be provided when using compost opposed to soil.
Craft Idea with Recycled Paper
Old newspaper isn’t just for wrapping presents and paper mache isn’t just for grade school kids! Check out these cool crafty ideas for ways to use old newspaper, junk mail, magazines, or cereal boxes!
If you’re looking for unique ways to recycle check out our blog at RecycleYourCity.com. You can also find your local recycling center, information on hazardous recycling, and information electronic recycling.
Women’s Day Magazine shared an article with some great ways to get kids started recycling with unique ideas. Teaching kids to recycle can start early with these ideas:
Swap Stuff: Instead of buying new things teach kids to sort through their stuff and pick out some things they don’t use anymore and then trade with friends and neighbors. Everyone likes to get new things and someone else’s things are just as good as new things!
One Napkin a Week: Rather than use paper napkins have each member of the family use a cloth napkin. Wash as necessary and one week may turn into a permanent habit.
Create less Waste: Use reusable sandwich containers, water bottles, and lunch bags. Using less plastic bags and water bottles will greatly reduce the amount of waste produced each week.
Green Birthday: Ask your kids to commit to a green birthday party and let them help with sending invitations via email. The kids can help with washable plates rather than disposable. Maybe they can even help bake an organic cake!
Visit RecycleYourCity.com to find your local recycling center and other recycling ideas!
Guess how many aluminum cans are used each year…
1. Recycling aluminum cans uses less than 5% of the energy it takes to create a new can.
2. The energy saved by recycle an aluminum can could run a TV for three hours.
3. Every minute 350,000 aluminum cans are made and only 113,204 cans are recycled.
4. It takes 80-100 years for an aluminum can to decompose.
Facts found at RecyclingFacts.org.
Tires and Oil – Please Dispose Properly
Did you know that tires in stockpiles can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and a habitat for rodents? Rubber tires retain heat, these piles easily ignite, creating toxin-emitting, hard-to-extinguish fires that can burn for months. In 2004, the Rubber Manufacturers Association estimated that 275 million tires were in stockpiles.
Did you know the oil from just one oil change is enough to contaminate one million gallons of fresh water. Americans who change their own oil throw away 120 million gallons of reusable oil every year.
We read this information on cleanair.org and want to be sure everyone is conscious of how they dispose of rubber tires and oil.
2012 Recycling AWARDS by American Forest and Paper Association
The American Forest & Paper Association is accepting entries for the 2012 recycling awards. Businesses, schools, and communities will be recognized for new and innovative recycling programs. Winners in each category (business, school, community) received $2,000, a piece of original framed artwork, and promotion in local and national media outlets. For more information visit PaperRecyclingAwards.com.
Recycling Los Angeles
RecycleYourCity.com is a resource to find your local recycling center. Whether you are in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, or Riverside counties you can use RecycleYourCity.com to find your local recycling center. Do you need information on where to drop off your electronic recyclables? Do you kno what types of waste are considered hazardous? Visit RecycleYourCity.com to find your local recycling center and to learn more about proper recycling practices.
Living Without a Fridge
Do you ever think about how people lived without refrigerators before they were invented? How much energy would you save if you didn’t use a fridge? Would you eat differently? Check out this cool article about how to keep foods without a fridge. Apples, tomatoes, and even eggs. Maybe you could live with a smaller fridge…
For more information on how to live green and make our Earth a better place to live visit RecycleYourCity.com.
Recycling of Plastic Bags are Up – Use Reusable Bags
Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States released a report through the EPA and the recycling of PE (bags, sacks, and wraps) up to 15% in 2010. Recycling of PE has increased 9 out of the last 10 years.
We can still USE LESS plastic bags by bringing reusable bags with us when we are shopping. Reusable bags can be used on our runs to Target or the pharmacy as well as grocery shopping.
Remember your reusable bags on your next shopping trip!
Lease Equipment Buy-Back Program
RecycleYourCity.com will collect and remove your clients’ off-lease IT equipment from their facilities anywhere in the Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Diego Counties at no cost to them or to you. We will go to your client’s location, and if necessary, facilitate or assist in the breakdown and removal of their off-lease equipment for resale. Once an item is sold, RecycleYourCity.com pays you 50% of the net revenue.