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Tires Made From Renewable Resources

Tires made from recyclable materials will help alleviate a serious environmental and health risk

Guest post by Trisha Miller –  On average only about 35 percent of used tires are actually recycled. The rest end up in large supply at landfills, burn spots, and water dump areas. One major problem with tire dumpage is the fact that tires do not decay at an organic rate. The average tire will not decay for 60-80 years. In an attempt to solve this problem, people often collect tires and burn them in order to both get rid of the waste and have a very long lasting fire. Although, tires contain quite a lot of materials and chemicals that are hazardous to humans and the environment and undoubtedly should not be inhaled via flame. Lastly, tires that accumulate inside …

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Is There a Time When Recycling is Not Worth the Time, Effort and Money?

What are the true costs of recycling and how does the extended producer liability initiative help?

Featured post by Richard Johnson You have probably heard how important recycling is for you, your family, and the planet. You might get annoyed hearing it over and over, but that thought is not exactly without merit because there are a few problems related to recycling that you may not know about. Who takes care of recyclables? You take your recycling materials to where it is accepted but what happens afterwards? The truth is small communities, townships, and municipalities become responsible for recycling all that waste. And, you might think that this is great since everyone is chipping in to help the planet. This might be true, but the problem is it might be putting unnecessary financial stress on your …

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5 Business Behaviors the Negatively Impact Our Planet

How business can become more environmentally sustainable

By Donald Parfew Being green has never been so important. With the planet in a state of decline we need to do all we can to help alleviate the problem. It isn’t just individuals needing to subscribe to this mentality either. Businesses need to get on board and contribute by operating in a greener fashion. Only with all of us pulling together will we make a difference. Waste According to DEFRA the average UK commercial and industrial waste total is in decline, which is good news. However, more still needs to be done. Many companies recycle and reuse a lot of what they generate from providing their products or services but it’s the little things that can make the difference. Implementing …

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Recycle, Reduce, Reuse — Driving Clean & Living Green

Reduce, reuse, and recycle: three steps to a cleaner and greener world

Guest post by Brad Long Three years ago, Americans tossed out 250 million tons of trash. One third of it was composted and recycled and the rest was left to rot in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Drastic changes need to be made and habits need to be broken for this problem to be solved, but as one person you can only do so much. Part of living a sustainable and green lifestyle is knowing what you can do and doing it. Here are five ways to incorporate planet-saving activities into your life: Green Gardening Growing a garden keeps you from having to pay extra for organic products at the grocery store. Plus, it’s fun. Avoid using chemicals …

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Food Waste Recycling: Why It Matters

Recycling food waste is an important step in green living

Guest post by Christina Appleworth Food waste recycling is an essential part of day-to-day sustainability efforts. Still not as widespread as recycling of  paper, plastic and glass, recycling food scrapes and waste is a major benefit to the environment, while also generating important fuels and fertilizers. With more and more city councils, municipalities, and other organizations scaling-up food waste recycling plans, it is necessary to consider the environmental damage food waste causes, and how easy it is to recycle and do your part to create a greener world. Food waste damage In terms of how a build-up of food waste affects the environment, refuse sacks dumped into landfills gradually release methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane is a more potent …

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Simple Composting For All: Tips for Easy Composting

Simple and easy steps to get started composting

Composting has become a cornerstone of green living. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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Stock Up on Eco-Fuel for Winter by Recycling Autumn Leaves

Recycle autumn leaves for eco-fuel

Guest post by Lewis Davies Stock up on eco-fuel for winter by recycling autumn leaves Autumn is a spectacular season heralding the end of summer with a cascade of red, brown and golden falling leaves. Most of us appreciate nature’s beauty at this time of year, but consider the task of raking up and bagging the leaves to be a painful chore with little benefit. However, the leaves that fall from the trees in this season are a great source of carbon-neutral fuel that we can stock up on to last us through the winter. Bagging up leaves (and other so-called “garden waste”) for the refuse collectors to take away, and pile on top of already heaving landfill sites, is …

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Are Your Computer Habits Bad for the Environment?

Minimize the impact of your electronics

Everybody has a computer today. They’re like wristwatches or televisions. But how much does your computer use contribute to greenhouse gasses and their global warming effect? You might be surprised! Conservative estimates rank computer usage right up there with the airline industry for its harmful effect on the atmosphere, making it responsible for up to 2% of the total problem. To put your mind at ease, that doesn’t mean your household PC is all that nasty. That figure includes all the industrial server farms, government supercomputers, and college networks. Unfortunately, there are a lot more of them than you might think. Even your average grocery store has a server room somewhere in it to run the “back office” (accounts receivable …

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Used Oil Booms Converted to Chevy Volt Parts

Now this is just plain cool.  When oil is spilled, like in the Gulf of Mexico in summer of 2010, various materials are used to help clean up the spill.  Specifically, a material is used that only absorbs oil, not water, making it an ideal tool for oil spills in oceans and lakes. Sometimes called “booms”, they come in long sausage-looking shapes tied together so they can be strung around an oil spill, creating a perimeter to absorb the spilled oil.  Typically, these booms are thrown away or even burned as fuel.  Chevy has come up with a new way to deal with the leftovers. They are being recycled and turned into the parts for Chevy Volts.  The booms are …

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Cool New Robot Sorts Garbage

Here in Vermont, the local waste management company hires day laborers to sort garbage for recyclable materials.  They work long hours and come home smelling like rotting trash.  A company named ZenRobotics has created a robot that uses an articulating arm to pick up construction waste and identify waste that can be recycled.  It picks up the material, scans it, and moves it aside. The robot uses tactile sensors, weight measurement, 3-D scanning and spectrometer analysis to determine material type.  It then pulls the material off a conveyor belt to be recycled.  Anything left on the conveyor belt is assumed to be waste. Currently, all construction materials are treated as waste.  However much of the material is metal or plastic, …

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