Category Archives: Recycling

Cargo Ships on Beaches…Really?

Like most other things, ships don’t last forever. After 25-30 years they are no longer commercially usable and therefore taken out of service to be dismantled. The materials are recycled to a lesser or greater extent – since a large cargo vessel may consist of 20-40,000 tons of steel, they clearly have a market value as steel scrap.

The vast majority of ships are taken to India, Pakistan or Bangladesh to be scrapped on the beach. There is something quite wrong with that.  People in flip flops on beaches are OK. But people on beaches wearing flip flops and no safety gear while taking apart massive cargo ships with hand tools is simply wrong. Continue reading

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City of Bridgeport Recycling Rate up 67 Percent with Recyclebank Partnership, Single-Stream Recycling

BRIDGEPORT, CONN., August 28, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Mayor Bill Finch announced that the City of Bridgeport increased its recycling participation rate by 67 percent as compared to the previous two-year period. The increase follows the City’s switch to single-stream recycling and the expansion of the Recyclebank® rewards program citywide. A recognized leader in behavior change, Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions, like recycling, with discounts and deals from locally-based businesses and national brands. Bridgeport has dramatically increased its recycling participation rate since it launched the enhanced recycling program in September 2011.

“Increasing recycling rates is one of the highest priorities of our BGreen2020 initiative. We know that increasing recycling rates means a cleaner community for the residents of Bridgeport, a lower carbon footprint and money saved for the City,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “During my tenure as Mayor, we have launched several initiatives to help improve our recycling efforts, including switching to single-stream recycling, increasing outreach efforts thanks to the Mayor’s Conservation Corps and rewarding residents for recycling thanks to Recyclebank, who has been instrumental in our success and has been a great partner.” Continue reading

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Keep America Beautiful, Alcoa Foundation Team Up with State and County Fairs to Launch Major Recycling Initiative

STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 1, 2013 /3BL Media/ – When the 2013 Indiana State Fair and county fairs in Virginia and Washington open in August, fairgoers and vendors will be introduced to a brand new recycling initiative. The Indiana State Fair Commission (Aug. 2-18), the Arlington County Fair (Aug. 7-11) in Virginia and the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede (Aug. 21 -25) in Washington has partnered with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Alcoa Foundation to increase waste reduction, recycling and composting through the strategic placement of recycling bins across their respective fairgrounds.

The three fairs have been selected to receive grant funding from Alcoa Foundation to fund additional recycling bins, technical and communications tools, support and training, and the identification of cost-effective practices, all managed by national nonprofit KAB. Keep America Beautiful is also partnering with local groups at each fair to provide an accompanying educational booth, designed to raise awareness about the environmental and economic impact of recycling. Continue reading

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The Green Can – Recycling for the Benefit of Mankind

the_green_canRecycling + Advertising + Donating = R.A.D. The Green Can

The Green Can Inc. is a recycling initiative to allow the easy and convenient recycling of aluminum cans.

The thought here is that people when given a readily available choice to recycle they will indeed do the right thing. The obvious first choice for placement is any high density residential community.There is no form of recycling offered at 95% of apartment communities. The very few who do offer it do so at a huge expense to the property. Currently only homeowners are provided easy access to recycling. Continue reading

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Regulations and Certifications Cause Increases in Recycling and Reuse of Scrap Electronics

Discarded electronic equipment that is not recycled, reused, or stored becomes e-waste and is buried, incinerated, or dumped, representing a significant environmental hazard.  Today, most unwanted e-waste is still disposed of in landfills rather than being directed toward reuse or recycling, and the total volume of discarded electronics and e-waste in landfills will continue increasing over the next several years.  New laws and regulations, along with advances in industry certification of processors of electronic scrap, however, will slow the dumping of e-waste in coming years.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, these developments will combine to produce strong progress in the electronics recycling movement through 2025.

Between 2010 and 2025, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts, the percentage of total e-scrap that is recycled will grow from 18% in 2010 to 54% in 2025.  Electronics recycling and reuse will rise from 122 million cubic feet (and 1.1 million tons) per year in 2010 to 789 million cubic feet (and 7.9 million tons) annually by 2025. Continue reading

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GE Surpasses $1 Billion in Infrastructure Sales from Olympic Games

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE, a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games, today announced it has exceeded $1 billion in infrastructure sales over the past four Olympic Games. Since 2006, GE has worked closely with host countries, cities and organizing committees to provide infrastructure solutions for Olympic Games venues, health centers and surrounding commercial buildings. The technology provided aims to support the organizing committees’ goals of building sustainable Olympic Games that improve the host city and provide state-of-the-art healthcare for Olympic athletes.

“GE partners closely with host cities to deliver a variety of critical healthcare, energy, power, water, lighting and transportation solutions for the Olympic Games,” said Jeff Immelt, chairman & CEO, GE. “Hosting the Games is a transformational opportunity for every city and we are committed to work with the IOC and local Organizing Committees in Russia, Brazil and Korea to deliver advanced infrastructure solutions to help create a sustainable Olympic legacy for future generations.” Continue reading

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U.S. Market Contains More Than 1.5 Million Ways to Recycle

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Earth911 Recycling Directory surpassed 1.5 million ways to recycle in June after ramping up to respond to the rapidly changing environment of recycling and reuse.

Earth911 is the go-to source for recycling and proper disposal information, tracking recycling availability across 43,000 ZIP codes, as well as writing and sharing zero-waste lifestyle content. Consumers can search on over 300 different materials using the directory, which can be accessed using web sites, mobile devices and apps, and the bilingual 1-800-CLEANUP environmental hotline.

The 1.5 million mark represents growth of 50 percent in less than a year and is quickly tracking toward Earth911’s next milestone of 2 million. According to Trey Granger, Director of Recycling Program Services (RPS) and Senior Waste Stream Analyst for Earth911, the surge in growth is due to a number of initiatives to increase the size and scope of Earth911’s Recycling Directory, the nation’s largest and most accurate recycling and proper disposal resource.

Earth911’s RPS Team added nearly 100 new materials and expanded the definitions of existing materials, such as those in the plastics family. They identified new products entering the waste stream, like tablets and GPS systems, to provide directory users with more targeted results. The RPS team also added more retail programs and unstaffed bins in high-traffic areas, such as clothing and book drop-offs in parking lots. Continue reading

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ShoeBox Recycling and Recyclebank Partner to Recycle Shoes

(3BL Media) Philadelphia – April 17, 2012 – ShoeBox Recycling and Recyclebank®, the company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses, today announced a partnership to reward people for pledging to recycle their shoes. This program broadens the scope of traditional curbside recycling and opens up opportunities for people to learn and participate in shoe recycling and reuse in a convenient and rewarding way. The goal is to motivate people to understand that ‘worn doesn’t mean worn out’ and that shoes can live on and help many people throughout the globe.

ShoeBox Recycling is a for-profit recycler of shoes headquartered in Fairless Hills, Pa. It has flipped the recycling triangle upside down and have mastered the most powerful ‘R’—REUSE. With over 300 million pairs of perfectly reusable shoes hitting landfills each year, they are looking to change the way people think about their shoes. Along these lines, it is rewarding Recyclebank members who pledge to recycle their shoes and are also providing them with the UPS label to actually do so. In order to promote the cause, ShoeBox Recycling has developed a short film that will be shown on Recyclebank.com for people to learn about shoe recycling, reuse and the ability to seek out and find their SoleMate. Continue reading

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