Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Circle J Roll-Offs Inc. Recycling Page

This page is meant to be general information for the public on the need for recycling in United States. For business and industrial customers with recycling needs, please contact sales@circlejroll-offs inc.com or call 1-800-522-2424.

 What does recycling actually mean?

Recycling is process through which materials that would otherwise become just another pound of trash in the landfill are reused to produce new products.

So...what does all that have to do with me?

Recycling conserves valuable natural resources to help ensure that we have a viable life-supporting planet to pass on to future generations. Recycling saves energy, reducing acid rain, global warming and air pollution. But, is everyone recycling? Take a look at the way things are right now.

 

Our Waste Habits

A family of four produces about 100 pounds of trash every week. That means that each year, Americans generate about 1,200 pounds of solid waste. In your lifetime you will produce about 600 times your adult weight in garbage.

The Solid Waste Stream and its Path to the Landfill

Each fall as Americans rake their leaves, this can account for 75% of the solid waste stream.

Americans throw away enough plastic that each year it adds up to around 10 pounds of plastic for every person on Earth.

Glass that becomes part of the waste stream can take as long as a thousand years to decompose. So, the bottles you throw away today may still be part of the landfill in the next millennium!

Paper and packaging materials compose one of the largest categories in the waste stream. An average American uses about 580 pounds of all types of paper per year. The largest part of this is corrugated boxes One third of your garbage is made up of the packaging from products and mailings you toss out immediately each day.

If this continues, we will need 500 new landfills every year.

In Terms of Energy

Throw away just 2 aluminum cans, and you've wasted more energy than is used in a day by each of a billion human beings in poorer countries. In just 3 months this trashed aluminum adds up to enough to rebuild an entire commercial air fleet. On the other hand, each of these cans that was recycled will operate a television set for 3 hours. It takes 95% less energy to make aluminum from scrap than from virgin materials.

Recycling one glass bottle will light a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours.

Making products from recycled paper reduces air pollution by 95% and uses 30-50% less energy than making paper from trees. Every ton of waste paper that is recycled saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. Each ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil. One third of the paper mills in the U.S. are now using waste paper exclusively. Paper towels and toilet paper are just 2 examples of what can be made from this recycled paper.

Now that I've learned all that...how do I start recycling?

The first thing to do is check your local city ordinances for their specific recycling program. This will tell you how recycles are picked up and when. It will also tell you what kinds of recyclables are accepted for general pick up. In general, there are certain substances that always make good recycling materials whether they are picked up by your local trash collection, or you take them to a recycling center or special product drop off. The following is a general list.

Paper

Newspaper, junk mail, magazines, photocopies, computer

Printouts, cereal/shoe boxes, etc.

All paper must be clean and dry. Do not place paper in plastic bags. Tie newspapers and magazines with a cord and flatten all cardboard. Remove wax inserts from cereal boxes and discard.

Some communities have special instructions for corrugated cardboard and phone books.

Some schools will take donations of magazines such as Time and National Geographic for classroom use. They may also accept "old letterhead" paper that you can not use for scrap paper for art projects.

Metal

Cans, caps, lids, bands, foil, and scrap aluminum such as

lawn chairs, window frames and pots.

There is no need to remove labels, but rinse all food residue before recycling.

Plastic

Only containers stamped #1 or #2 on the bottom, or

plastic bags marked #2 or #4.

Glass

Unbroken glass containers with the lids removed.

Rinse out all residue.

Only clear glass is accepted in some areas, and no ceramics should be mixed in with the glass.

Special Items

Motor oil

Keep motor oil out of the drainage system.

Call your local automotive center for recycling drop off points.

Electronics

Cordless phones, camcorders, shavers, appliances,

computers.

These present problems at the landfill because they may contain toxic materials and potentially dangerous trace elements. If your items are not working and can't be donated to charity, contact your local recycling program for a safe method of disposal.

Batteries

Throw alkaline and heavy duty batteries in the regular

trash unless otherwise directed.

Nickel-Cadmium batteries and rechargeable batteries contain toxins, recycle them.

Car batteries should be brought back to the automotive store to recycle or trade in.

Household Products

Paints, oils, cleaning solvents, pesticides, and other toxic

household products.

Do not empty these into drainage systems. Consult your local recycling program for instructions.

Most communities will allow water-based paint containers to go on the recyclables if the lid has been removes and all the paint dried out.

Other Ideas

In today's "disposable society" many companies have been trying to make their products more attractive to the consumer by offering rebates or low cost refills on certain items. Check disposable cameras, printer cartridges and other products of this type for recycle and reuse offers.

 

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