Recycling – So Easy It’s Child’s Play

fashion cans,recycling new yorkWhile we understand how relatively simple it is to contribute to the sustainability of Earth by recycling, many of us are guilty of forgoing the responsibility. Children who participated in the Trashin’ Fashion show in the Denali Borough of Alaska proved that recycling can be easy and huh? Fun? The event was hosted to raise money for the Denali Borough school district and to promote recycling awareness. All profits generated were put towards the district’s student activities funds. Thus, one can see that many good things can come from an effort to sustain the planet.

From soda cans to topographic maps to newspapers, the participants (the youngest of whom was just in preschool) shed light on how recycling, a proactive measure that is often considered tedious, can be the total opposite – a fun and engaging experience. Denali Borough Mayor Clay Walker makes a great impression on his constituents, as all three of his children participated in the fashion show and were named winners.

This begs the question “If a child can do it, why can’t you?”

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New York City Expands Recycling Program

All Green New York discusses New York City recyclingGood news, residents of New York City: you can now recycle even more items right in your home. All you need to do is place them in your curbside pickup bins.

Last Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference to announce the city’s recycling program expansion. He revealed that residents will be able to recycle rigid plastic now.

“Starting today, if it’s a rigid plastic – any rigid plastic – recycle it,” said Bloomberg. “There’s no more worrying about the confusing numbers on the bottom. It doesn’t matter it anymore. If it’s rigid plastic recycle it.”

The move to include rigid plastics in the city’s recycling program will keep 50,000 tons of material out of landfill and save taxpayers $600,000 annually.

There will be no waiting period for the program — it begins immediately. Residents can put their rigid plastics into their recycling bins at any time, though Bloomberg did ask that they be rinsed out first.

The expansion is yet another part of New York City’s recycling initiative to double the city’s recycling rate by 2017.

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Take A Peek At Mayor Bloomberg’s Recycling Habits

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made great strides in increasing the city’s recycling efforts. Not only does New York City recycle more, but its residents have also begun recycling in new ways.

But does Mayor Bloomberg practice what he preaches? Or is NYC’s mayor a bit of a recycling slacker?

Last week, during Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement that New York City would expand its recycling program to include all rigid plastics, a local reporter asked the Mayor about his own recycling. The reporter asked, ”Have you been frustrated by the fact that some items couldn’t be recycled in this city?”

The Mayor answered by saying: ”My biggest problem with recycling is I could never figure out the plastics — which goes in and which doesn’t. And I was always afraid of polluting all the other plastic in there, so if I had to make a mistake, I just didn’t recycle it. Now I won’t have any problems whatsoever in throwing it in.

“But at home we have a separate small waste basket for recycling. It tends to get water bottles and plastic cups, you know, [which] we get fruit in and that sort of thing. Those all go in.

“And I rinse them out. I assume you’re supposed to do that, but if you don’t, you have a problem if it sits there for a couple days. So we all, Diana and I both do.”

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New York’s First Apartment Compost Project Kicks Off

New York City is working hard to lower its waste diversion rate and increase its recycling efforts. The latest step in Mayor Bloomberg’s program, composting, recently kicked off in one of the city’s apartment buildings.

The NYC Department of Sanitation announced this week that the Helena apartment building on the city’s West Side will be home to New York’s first composting program.

As the first apartment building in the city to offer its residents organics collection, the Helena is something of a pilot program. If residents respond positively to the program, the Department of Sanitation will consider expanding it.

“Compostable organics makes up about a third of our residential waste stream,” said Ron Gonen, DSNY’s deputy commissioner for recycling and sustainability, in a statement. “With residential organics collection, we have the opportunity to keep these materials out of landfills and help lower our export costs. In addition, those materials will turn to compost to help nourish the trees and plants throughout the city. It’s a win-win proposition.”

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Ways You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

It’s Earth Week — and in celebration of the “greenest” week of the year, people throughout the U.S. have been sharing ideas on how we can all live eco-friendlier lives.

Reducing your carbon footprint is an important part of helping the Earth. Here are five tips from individuals who’ve made their businesses and personal lives a little greener:

Sharon Nelson, president of Sensei Enterprises:
“Spring is for technology cleaning — at home and at work. The old is recycled, and, if useable, we’ll rehab it for charity. We’ve given away hundreds of machines over the years to homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, and other charitable organizations.”

Christy Burke, president of Burke & Co.:
“At my office, I have a “no plastic bags” policy and make sure my staff does not obtain plastic bags when buying office supplies, lunch orders, and the like. We do the usual stuff — we’ve replaced most of our bulbs with CFLs or LEDs for less power consumption and less heat generation, we turn off lights we don’t need and we’ve converted where possible to more efficient appliances. We’ve configured our computers and printers to be more aggressive about going into power save mode when they’re idle and switched to SSD hard drives on several of them. We unplug charging devices (such as for mobile phones) when they’re not actively charging and we make greater use of natural light (turning off powered lights) when we can.”

Ben Schorr, CEO at Roland Schorr & Tower:
“Within the bounds of professional attire we try to wear more (or less) clothing to reduce our dependence upon climate control systems like heat or air conditioning — as well as opening the windows when we can for more natural ventilation. We’re installing a water catchment system to try and capture rainwater runoff for things like landscaping, and we are investigating if solar panels are feasible on our building.”

Daniel Coolidge, Coolidge & Graves:
“Hands down, my favorite green device is a Fujitsu Scan Snap scanner. Paper comes in, is converted to a searchable PDF; the paper goes into the recycle bin — everything except what must be physically preserved (and that goes into storage).”

Roger Williams, attorney and mediator: “Recently I installed an EnTouch Controls energy management system, and so far I am more than pleased with it. … The savings in electrical costs have been tremendous and the system will pay for itself in short order. …I’m not only significantly lowering my energy costs, but also listening to my tenants and doing all that I can to provide for a better, more acceptable working environment.”

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Stony Brook University Takes Top Recycling Prize

stony brook researchStony Brook University of New York has beaten out every other university in the U.S. to take the top prize in this year’s RecycleMania competition.

Stony Brook University recycled more than all other colleges and universities. They also recycled the most bottles, cans, cardboard, and paper among SUNY colleges and universities.

Over the last year, Stony Brook tripled its by more than 120,300 pounds of e-waste. The university beat out the second-place winner, Purdue University, by more than 5,000 pounds.

Stony Brook took the “Gorilla” category in addition to the overall RecycleMania championship. For the second year in a row, the university and its students recycled more than any other New York state school with a total of 526,733 pounds of recyclables.

“We are very proud of our University community, including our Department of Recycling & Resource Management and Division of Information Technology staff, who came together and highlighted our commitment to ‘live’ sustainability,” said James O’Connor, Director of Sustainability & Transportation Operations. “Through help from students, faculty and staff, we were able to continue our recycling success and minimize our impact.”

The university worked hard to promote over the past year by offering a new pickup service.

“This year was an exciting time to compete in RecycleMania, thanks in large part to the friendly, competitive nature of many members of our University community, who not only wanted to see our great University place well in national standings, but also to make a difference for the environment,” said Michael Youdelman, Manager of Recycling & Resource Management at Stony Brook. “We truly knocked it out of the park with this year’s recycling initiatives.”

All of the recycling accomplished by Stony Brook reduced greenhouse gases by 982 metric tons. Their efforts made a huge difference, saving the CO2 equivalent of taking 192 cars off the road.

Stony Brook University plans to increase its e-waste recycling numbers even more for next year’s RecycleMania competition.

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The World’s First Algae-Powered Apartment Building

1681728-slide-biq-c-012-mHow eco-friendly is your home? Whether you recycle, compost, or live in a building that relies on solar power, chances are your residence isn’t as “green” as the German apartment building BIK.

Hamburg, Germany recently became the home of the world’s first algae-powered residential building. With five stories of algae panels, the building uses algae to sustain itself.

To operate, the building pumps water, nutrients, and compressed CO2 into 129 bioreactors. These additives, combined with sunshine, help the algae multiply through photosynthesis. The building’s system collects the photosynthesis residue and converts its to biogas.

“Algae will be cultivated for the generation of energy but also to control the light inflow and shading of the building. The facade will be constantly in motion and changing its color,” says exhibition spokesperson Anna Vietinghoff. “Production of regenerative energy will not take place in an invisible energy center but will be an explicit component of the architectural concept.”

But algae is not the only eco-friendly aspect of this residential building. The dwelling also features a heat recovery system and solar panels to keep residents completely energy independent.

BIK’s creators have yet to discuss how the building will hold up during the cold winters in Germany. There’s also no information on the cost of keeping the building running on algae. But with so many unique and innovative “green” technologies at work, the BIK building could signal a new energy source for the rest of the world to follow.

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Hotels Increase Recycling Efforts

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Ever wonder what happens to those free toiletries you leave behind in your hotel room?

Hotels are beginning to recycle those toiletries more frequently as of late.

A growing number of hotel chains are encouraging their individual hotels to recycle leftover toiletries. By donating these soaps, lotions, and shampoos to global nonprofit organizations, people in need can put them to use.

This week, Hyatt Hotels Corporation became the latest hotel chain to announce a toiletry recycling program. The company’s 475 properties will send its leftover toiletries to Clean the World, a 4-year-old nonproft started by two travelers who wondered what happened with their leftover soap each time they left a hotel.

Clean the World’s recycling program has doubled over the last year. Along with Hyatt, IHG, the parent company of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, has signed an agreement with the nonprofit. In just one year, IHG’s hotels have collected 99,000 pounds of soap for Clean the World. That number translates to 400,000 bars of soap for residents of developing countries.

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New Recycling Program To Kick Off In Times Square

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New York City is bringing another recycling program to the city’s streets.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city are partnering with BigBelly Solar, the Alcoa Foundation, and the Times Square Alliance to launch a big public space recycling program for Times Square.

Together, the group will place 30 new solar-powered waste and recycling stations in Times Square. The Alcoa Foundation donated $250,000 to the Times Square Alliance for the purchase of the recycling stations and their placement.

Each recycling bin will offer three sections: bottle and cans, garbage, and paper. Though visitors will have to sort their waste into the correct bin, the recycling stations will compact the waste using solar energy. This practice will require fewer pickups and keep the bins sanitary.

“We want to encourage visitors to Times Square to recycle so we are trying to make recycling easier,” Bloomberg said.

Times Square generates over 15,000 pounds of waste per day — more than any other New York neighborhood.

New York City expects to put 1,000 new recycling containers on the streets by the end of the year.

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Connecticut Cashes In On Recycling

imagesOne Connecticut city is about to begin getting its money’s worth when it comes to recyclables.

The city of Milford, Connecticut has signed a new recycling contract that will pay the local government for its recycled materials. According to Mayor Benjamin Blake, this is the first time Milford will be compensated for its collected recycling.

“I [am] very pleased to finalize this agreement on behalf of Milford,” Blake said in a statement. “Based upon last year’s tonnage, Milford will realize over $80,000 in new annual ‘green’ revenue.”

In addition to increasing its revenue, the city of Milford will also expand its recycling program. New items will be able to be recycled through residential curbside pickup. The list of acceptable curbside recyclables will include toys made of rigid plastic, beverage crates, laundry baskets, recycling bins, telephone directories, plastic storage containers, and hardcover books.

“With the addition of these new, eligible items and the support of Milford residents, we will easily surpass last year’s 4,000 tons of recyclables,” Blake said.

The new recycling contract will go into effect July 1.

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New York County Uses Recycled Plastic For Bridge Repairs

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One county in New York is taking plastics recycling to a new height.

St. Lawrence County recently began repairing one of its bridges with recycled plastic.

Dean Road Bridge is being rebuilt using boards that have been made from plastic bottles, packaging, and containers. The boards, called Struxure, are produced by eco-friendly building material manufacturer Axion International Holdings.

The boards used in the bridge repairs removed a total of 30,000 pounds of plastic from landfills, according to Axion.

“When we installed Struxure boards on a culvert project as an alternative to stay-in-place concrete forms last year, they were easy to install and they have shown to be very durable through the harsh weather conditions we have here in upstate New York,” said Toby Bogart, the St. Lawrence County superintendent of highways. “It’s a good investment for us because Struxure is impervious to water and salt, so it doesn’t go through the wear and tear that traditional materials do over time.”

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New Coca-Cola Recycling Program Recycles 250 Million Bottles

Coke_continuum_main_300Last year, Coca-Cola announced it would begin a new plastics recycling program. Now, just a few months into the initiative, the soda maker has recycled hundreds of millions of bottles.

In its partnership with plastics recycler ECO Plastics, Coca-Cola has sorted 250 million bottles since that start of its program nine months ago.

The recycling plant at ECO Plastics is currently running at full capacity. This successful recycling program has helped Coca-Cola meet its goal of using 25 percent recyclable PET plastics in all of its bottles by 2012.

During the Olympics and Paralympics alone, Coca-Cola recycled 15 million bottles into 63 million new bottles. That turnaround took just six weeks.

Coca-Cola and ECO Plastics estimate that their recycling efforts will save 33,500 tons of carbon dioxide each year – the equivalent of taking 15,715 cars off the road.

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New York’s Styrofoam Ban Could Be More Costly Than Eco-Friendly

Diving_souvenirs_--_before_dive_SXC_280Recently, New York City Mayor Bloomberg proposed that the city set a new recycling precedent: ban all polystyrene foam containers.

The call for a styrofoam ban is one of Mayor Bloomberg’s many recycling initiatives created to reduce NYC’s recycling rate over the next few years. The proposed polystyrene ban is claimed to affect primarily restaurants, but a new study proves otherwise.

The Fiscal & Economic Impacts of a Ban on Plastic Foam Foodservice and Drink Containers study examined what effects a styrofoam ban would have on the city’s population. In his 2013 State of the City address, Mayor Bloomberg stated that non-recycled styrofoam costs the city as much as $20 per ton. Yet the new study found that the ban would do nothing to help that added cost.

Businesses, consumers, and tax payers would have to pay an additional $100 million per year if the NYC polystyrene ban went into effect. The ban would double food service product costs and do little to reduce waste. According to the study, the costs to replace styrofoam food containers are approximately $91.3 million per year.

Researchers discovered that the city would face a 94 percent cost increase under the ban. For every $1 currently spent on styrofoam, NYC consumers and businesses would have to spend $1.94 if they switched to a new material.

It’s unclear if the ban will pass the New York City government, as it is still only just a proposal.

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New York City Gets Solar-Powered Recycling Bins

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Recycling is getting even “greener” in New York City.

Today, NYC Mayor Michael Blooming announced that the city will begin testing a pilot program that combines solar power with recycling. The program will place 30 recycling stations in Times Square – all of which will be powered by the sun.

City officials hope the “green” recycling options will encourage the public to recycle more, particularly when they’re out and about. With approximately 500,000 visitors stopping by and creating 15,300 pounds of waste in Times Square each day, the stations will receive a lot of traffic and visibility.

The pilot program is part of a larger effort by Bloomberg to double New York City’s recycling rate. The mayor hopes to achieve a 30 percent recycling rate by 2017. By the end of 2013, 1,000 new recycling containers will have been put on streets throughout all five boroughs.

“We want to encourage visitors to Times Square to recycle so we are trying to make recycling easier,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “Making recycling easier for New Yorkers will build on our work to make our entire system of solid waste management less polluting, more energy-efficient, and more sustainable, both economically and environmentally.”

The city’s new solar-powered recycling stations will allow passers-by to recycle their cans, bottles, and paper. Solar energy will compact the trash to cut down on the number of pickups needed to empty the bins.

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E-Waste Recycling Increases In Latin America

UnknownMost news about international focuses on how old electronics end up around the world. But in Latin America, the effort to recycle and reduce is increasing.

A California recycling firm will collaborate with Chilean company Chilerecicla to improve the country’s electronic waste recycling. The industry has been growing immensely in Latin America over the past few years.

Chilerecicla first opened in 2009. They became the first e-waste recycling plant in southern Chile. The company specializes in the direct removal of electronic waste from business offices. Workers handle all kinds of e-waste, from household and consumer electronics to aerospace technology.

The new recycling partnership forged by Chilerecicla has already received support from Chile’s president, Sebastian Pinera. Limited credit access has prevented most companies from expanding in the country’s e-waste industry, and Chilerecicla is now poised to become the dominant force.

Recycling experts believe Latin America has the power to become one of the biggest e-waste recyclers in the world. With access to cheap waste like discarded phones and old electronics from countries like Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, the area also has the advantage of fewer regulations on e-waste management.

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An Interview With New York City’s “Recycling Czar”

AR-130309950.jpg&q=100&maxw=620Ron Gonen, New York City’s Department of Sanitation Commissioner, has made headlines since taking the position in May 2012.

Gonen came into the department in a newly created position. He’s not just a sanitation commissioner – Gonen is the deputy commissioner for the city’s recycling and sustainability.

One of his primary tasks is doubling NYC’s recycling rate by 2017. With the city’s current recycling rate at 15 percent, Gonen has quite the challenge ahead of him. As the co-founder and former CEO of RecycleBank, Gonen is already tackling big recycling problems.

First on his list: a city-wide styrofoam ban. When the potential ban was announced at Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City Address last month, Gonen became the focus of recycling advocates and opponents alike.

Recently, Waste Recycling News sat down with Gonen for a Q and A session. To find out what Gonen has to say about NYC’s recycling, and hear his plans for the city, keep reading here.

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Mayor Bloomberg Gives Composting A Thumbs-Up

AR-130229984.jpg&q=100&maxw=620Big changes in recycling and waste collection may be coming to New York City.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed plans for a pilot food waste collection program and a possible ban on polystyrene foam in his State of the City address late last month.

During his speech, Bloomberg called food waste New York City’s “final recycling frontier.” He announced that the city will begin curbside food waste collection this spring. The program will first be tested with single-family homes in Stanton Island before it spreads to other locales. If it’s successful, Bloomberg will take the program citywide.

Each year, New York City sends over one million tons of compostable food waste to landfills. As Bloomberg reported during his speech, that waste costs $80 per ton – a significant amount of money that could be used elsewhere within the city.

In addition to the pilot food waste program in Stanton Island, schools throughout New York City will begin collecting their own food waste as well. ”There is no better way to teach the next generation about the importance of recycling than to make it a part of their school day routine,” Bloomberg remarked.

Turning from food waste, Bloomberg also spoke out against polystyrene. The mayor called for a ban on foam take-out containers, stating they are a drag on the environment and the city will live without them. Currently, there is no polystyrene ban up for vote in the City Council. Any potential ban on the material would ultimately have to be passed by the Council.

Bloomberg wrapped up his recycling remarks by setting a new goal for the city. The mayor said he’d like to see New York City raise its recycling rate to 30 percent by 2017. He is already taking steps to meet this goal, as the city is placing 1,000 new recycling containers throughout public places such as parks and bus stops.

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Fort Drum Begins Battery Recycling Project

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U.S. soldiers do a lot for the people, and now they’re taking steps to protect the environment as well.

The Fort Drum Army post in New York recently began a battery recycling program. Designed to make it easier for soldiers to recycle, the program will collect single-use household batteries.

Called the Alkaline Battery Recycling Program, this soldier-targeted initiative is one of the first of its kind in the army. According to Dean Clark, creator of the program and employee of the Fort Drum Public Works Environmental Division, soldiers are interested in reducing their waste.

“They want to see these batteries out of the landfills,” he said in a statement. “We take these items out of landfills, it saves us money, and you are not polluting the ground.”

Throughout the Fort Drum post, battery collection containers will be mounted onto recycling sorters that are already in use. To make the program more affordable for the post, Clark made a deal with a scrap metal purchaser. Fort Drum will begin purchasing that company’s alkaline batteries for recycling, an effort that will reduce solid waste disposal fees for the base.

The Alkaline Battery Recycling Program officially launched in December. It does not accept lead-acid batteries or rechargeable batteries like nickel-cadmium, lithium ion, nickel metal hydride or any other batteries that are considered hazardous waste, according to an Army press release.

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“Green” Brewery Runs On Beer

beermugThere are a lot of ways to go green – but who knew using beer power was one of them?

The Alaskan Brewing Company has become one of the most sustainable breweries in the world. Recently, the craft brewery implemented a unique power system: beer power. The company’s Juneau facilities will now run on a resource that’s both free and abundant in a brewery: old grain.

Many natural components are an integral part of the beer brewing process. The Alaskan Brewing Company is putting the malt and barley leftover from the brewing process into its new steam boiler. There, the material will get a second life as fuel. This “green” process has made the company the world’s first “beer-powered” craft brewery.

Company co-founder Geoff Larson said in a statement, “We have the unique honor of brewing craft beer in this stunning and remote place. But in order to grow as a small business here in Alaska and continue having a positive effect on our community, we have to take special efforts to look beyond the traditional to more innovative ways of brewing. Reducing our energy use makes good business sense, and good sense for this beautiful place where we live and play.”

Unlike most breweries, which send their grain to farms (where the material is used as cattle feed). But due to Alaska’s cold temperatures, there aren’t many farms around who are interested in taking the grain. For years, the brewery shipped its spent grain to the continental U.S. That practice, however, was costly and not very energy efficient.

The beer-powered boiler will save the brewery approximately $450,000 a year in energy bills. All that used grain will provide 70% of the building’s power.

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Tech Savvy Recycling Bins Headed To NYC

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Recycling is about to get a lot fancier in New York City.

London-based company Renew has created a hi-tech recycling bin that’s much more than a receptacle for waste. Made of damage-resistent fiberglass, the “techno-pods” double as recycling bins and an information source.

The techno-pods feature screens on either side that display everything from news, advertisements, and even traffic updates. A team of Renew journalists update the news feed constantly, keeping passers-by informed of headlines from sources such as The Economist and Wall Street Journal.

Last year, London was the first city to receive Renew’s tech savvy bins. The company rolled them out while the Olympics were taking place, allowing visitors from around the world to experience this new kind of recycling. Now, over 100 pods are placed throughout the city, and Renew has a contract to keep their bins on London streets for 21 years.

Currently, only one pod exists in New York City. The trial bin is located near Wall Street. Yet Renew has seen great response to that bin and the many throughout London – so the company plans to increase its NYC presence in the coming year.

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NYC Considers Banning Styrofoam

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New York City has made headlines with its unprecedented legislative measures over the past year. In 2012, the city banned certain sizes of sugary drinks, increased its recycling efforts, and even began office composting programs to encourage green rooftops.

Now, New York City is in the news again for another environmentally friendly law. Earlier this month, a bill dedicated to banning styrofoam was introduced by the city’s sanitation department.

The bill proposes a city-wide ban on polystyrene foam food containers. It would target the city’s restaurants and coffee shops, forbidding them from offering the containers consumers.

City sustainability director Ron Gonen insists that he wants to keep the ban focused on restaurant proprietors rather than customers. “The onus would not be on the consumer,” he said in a statement. “This would not be something that the consumer would have to deal with.”

Nicknamed the recycling czar by many, Gonen has focused his tenure as director on increasing the city’s recycling rate. Styrofoam is the next non-biodegradale material that Gonen plans to tackle. “From a pure dollars-and-cents standpoint, it costs us money to dispose of Styrofoam in a landfill,” Gonen said. “It’s also unhealthy for the environment. It doesn’t break down properly.”

The styrofoam ban is still under review and will not go before a voting committee until it has seen further discussion. Other cities throughout the country such as Portland and Seattle have already instituted similar bans.

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North America Sets Battery Recycling Record

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Though some states are still struggling to implement measures in their cities, North America as a whole has increased its efforts to recycle .

In 2012, a record-setting 10 million pounds of batteries were recycled. The electronics recycling industry saw a 16 percent increase since 2011 in the number of batteries turned in by consumers.

One state in particular stood out in 2012, though. California became the first state to recycle more than one million pounds of batteries. No other state has reached that milestone in the program’s history.

Industry executives are hoping this milestone is a sign of even bigger things to come. With so many batteries recycled in the United States and Canada in just one year, leaders hope that individuals throughout both countries will recycle even more forms of e-waste.

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Samsung Introduces Environmentally Friendly TV Upgrade Kits

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With innovative TVs appearing in stores around the world, consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to purchasing one. From 3D to plasma, television manufacturers are introducing a host of new TVs with increasingly unique features.

As one of the biggest television manufacturers in the world, Samsung recognizes that consumers love to upgrade their electronics frequently. But the company also acknowledges that this new habit is hurting the environment.

Many households in the U.S. choose to update their electronics every couple years in order to keep up with technological advances. As a result, more electronics – particularly TVs – are ending up in landfills instead of recycling centers.

Samsung recently introduced its plan to combat . At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show the company announced the Evolution Kit, which is designed to encourage consumers to keep their TVs longer.

The Evolution Kit is a small box that plugs into the back of any Samsung 7000, 8000, and 9000 Smart TV models. These models were released in 2012 – but with the Evolution Kit, owners can update these TVs to get this year’s new features. Rather than tossing their old model in favor of different features, households can now have the latest technology and apps with one little plug-in.

Samsung plans to keep its Evolution Kits updating over the years so that TV owners can hang onto their 2012 models yet still have the technology of say, 2015. The company has yet to finalize a price for the kits, but analysts are projecting costs in the $200-$500 range.

These kits are a smart first step in combating consumers’ not-so-green habits. But once the Evolution Kits are in need of updating, they too will need to be recycled like any other electronics.

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Netherlands Makes Waste Scavenging Easier

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Ever stepped outside and found a stranger rummaging through your recycling bins? For most U.S. citizens, recycling scavengers are simply a minor and occasional annoyance. In the Netherlands, however, scavenging is becoming a positive thing.

Cities in the Netherlands are beginning a new kind of curbside recycling. The pilot program gives residents clear plastic bags with a bright yellow stripe. But rather than placing plastics or electronics inside for recycling, households can fill the bags with items they no longer want.

The goal of the program is to encourage recycling – and scavenging. Rather than banning the practice or penalizing individuals who search through the cities’ trashcans, members of the Netherlands legislature want to make it easier for scavengers to find what they want. The program also encourages citizens to offer their unwanted goods like old books and dinnerware to strangers in need.

These unique bags also assist scavengers in another way. They will no longer have to dig through various types of waste to find items of value. All items that remain in the clear bags on curbside pickup day will be taken to charity shops throughout the country.

The Netherlands’ new upcycling program will breathe new life into items others no longer want. Government officials hope it will also encourage residents to recycle all forms of waste.

If you’d like to recycle more, contact All Green . We can help you and your business dispose of your without any hassle.

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All Green Electronics Recycling Featured On Las Vegas News

All Green founder Arman Sadeghi recently sat down with CBS News Las Vegas and shared some interesting insights on the industry.

Watch below as Arman discusses new trends and challenges in IT waste disposition.

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NYC To Start Growing Green Rooftops

1Composting is becoming the latest way for households to go green. Now, businesses in New York City have started their own composting program and are taking their office buildings green – literally!

11 different buildings throughout Manhattan began composting nearly a year ago. The food waste is being used to fertilize gardens on the roofs.

The effort is led by The Durst Organization, a real estate company with offices in central locations such as Bryant Park, Times Square, and the new World Trade Center. The project began when the organization announced plans to create an acre of green space on each of its buildings.

There are a number of benefits to these green rooftops. Not only do they add some nature to a building-centric city, but they also help motivate employees. These rooftop “gardens” are environmentally friendly as well. They collect rainwater and offer insulation from harsh sunlight and cold winters, allowing businesses inside to keep their air conditioning and heat low.

Could green rooftops become a common sight along the New York skyline in the future? It seems these composting businesses are already saving money and reducing their environmental footprint.

If your business would like to join the green effort, All Green can help. Give us a call and we’ll help you recycle old hard drives, computers, and other electronic devices.

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Man Throws Away One Bag Of Trash In 3 Years

black-trash-bag-280x280-1Think you could go a whole year without throwing away more than one bag of trash? John Newson of England did exactly that.

If you think Newson’s feat is impressive, Shawn Williamson will amaze you even more. Williamson beat Newson’s sustainable lifestyle and took recycling even further.

Williamson hasn’t thrown any trash away since 2011. And the Ontario, Canada resident isn’t planning on putting any bags by the curb until at least 2014.

How exactly does Williamson manage to produce so little waste? He’s created an almost entirely sustainable existence. Rather than hitting the grocery store each week like most consumers, Williamson buys his necessities in bulk. From 50-pound bags of rice to hundreds of rolls of toilet paper, nothing comes individually packaged or wrapped.

And Williamson isn’t working alone. His wife and daughter also participate in his eco-friendly lifestyle. The family composts over 70 percent of their food waste, and their house is organized with very specific composting and recycling bins. Unused or outdated items are donated rather than trashed, allowing them to give back to the community as well.

Williamson claims anyone can achieve the same level of “green” living. But for some, reaching a 99.6 percent sustainable lifestyle requires a lot of change.

Do you think you could produce less than half a bag of trash each year? All Green can help you get started by recycling your old computers and electronics.

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Rural New York Benefits From Electronics Recycling

UnknownBack in early 2011, New York passed a recycling law that many expected to hurt small towns throughout the state. Rather than allowing residents to leave their electronic waste at the curb, state officials mandated all computer-related waste must be taken to a recycling center.

Unfortunately for those living in rural areas, recycling centers are few and far between. The new law required counties to have only one recycling drop-off spot per 10,000 citizens – a population number many small towns in New York don’t have.

Now, it’s been a whole year since the law went into effect. And it seems that, instead of struggling to dispose of their unused electronics, rural residents are actually making money off the new recycling practices.

There are more recycling centers throughout the state, meaning access to drop-off sites has increased. Residents have also begun opening their own centers, allowing them greater income and purchasing ability. It’s even becoming cheaper to recycle throughout the state, thanks to citizens offering competitive recycling prices.

Overall, the New York recycling law has benefitted residents greatly – whether through income or more sustainable living. If you’re interested in learning more about , contact All Green at 800.780.0347

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New York County Passes New Recycling Law

UnknownUlster County in northern New York passed a new flow control law last week.

Beginning next year, garbage haulers won’t be allowed to take county waste directly to landfills. Instead, the waste must first go through a recycling facility. A considerable amount of Ulster County waste was also being trucked to other counties throughout the state – something that the new law aims to stop.

Under this law, county-run Resource Recovery Agencies will sort through the waste to aid the state recycling process.

Unfortunately for Ulster residents, this new plan will result in increased waste disposal costs. County officials expect costs to rise over 30 percent.

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Ink Cartridge For Vets: How A Nonprofit Is Giving Back

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American households go through a lot of ink cartridges every year – and many people simply toss them into the trash once they’re empty.

Annually, 375 million ink cartridges are discarded. Unfortunately, over 350 million of those cartridges end up in landfills throughout the country. Many people assume that, once empty, cartridges don’t qualify as electronic waste. Yet these little plastic containers aren’t like everyday trash.

If you’re looking for a way to dispose of your cartridges without harming the environment, Recycle4Vets can take them off your hands. The newly-formed, online-based nonprofit organization collects empty ink cartridges to help homeless and underemployed veterans. Once you hand over your empty cartridge, Recycle4Vets then refills it with new ink and resells it. 100 percent of the profit is given to veterans in need.

No matter the state of your ink cartridge – broken, cracked, smashed, or even in pieces – Recycle4Vets will take it. The company will recycle all the unusable plastic, then create new products out of that material.

The service also saves consumers some money, too. The company’s refilled cartridges are priced anywhere for 30 to 80 percent less than brand new cartridges from big retailers.

If you have a lot of computer-related waste in need of recycling, contact All Green at 646.560.2999

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