• Big Changes Coming to Plastic Bottles in California

    November 10, 2020

    In August, California became the first state in the U.S. to require any company making plastic bottles to use recycled plastic. Governor Newsom signed AB 793 into law on September 24th. Starting in 2022, big changes are coming to plastic bottles in the products available to consumers.Many food and beverage manufacturers use virgin plastic to […]

  • Dayton Residents Risk Losing Curbside Recycling Service For Incorrect Recycling Habits

    November 3, 2020

    Take a trip back to the 1980s when recycling started gaining steam. School kids were informed to put their unneeded papers into boxes in the classroom. Those papers would get recycled. Bottles and glass became the next items being recycled. At the time, the focus was on keeping reusable materials out of overflowing landfills.Fast forward […]

  • Could Bacteria Be the Key to Solving Plastic Recycling Headaches?

    October 26, 2020

    Think about the plastics in your home. You likely have several different kinds of the seven most common plastics in your cupboards and closets. From plastic juice bottles to detergent containers, your home has a lot of plastic in some stage of use. Once it’s empty, what happens? It’s just as likely that your waste […]

  • 5 Tips For More Sustainable Home Lighting

    October 21, 2020

    In an older home, lighting fixtures are a leading cause of poor lighting, high electricity bills, and household waste. Whether it’s a stormy day and too dark to keep the lights off or it’s late at night and the sun set hours ago, you need the lights on, but it also drives up your electricity […]

  • Futuristic Recycling Ideas That Could Be Reality By 2050

    October 14, 2020

    The recycling industry has seen so many changes over the decades. As early as the late-1800s, men were going from one home to the next looking for worn-out clothing. Why? Companies bought the “rags” to turn them into paper and hired men to collect those rags. This was just the beginning. Every decade, recycling advances. […]

  • The Importance of Battery Recycling For Our Future

    September 21, 2020

    What do you do when your batteries are dead? How do you get rid of rechargeable electronics when they no longer hold a charge? Battery recycling is mandated in many areas, but consumers don’t always understand the process. If your hauler tells you not to put batteries in your recycling bin, you probably think they […]

  • Changing Fashions Cause Problems When It Comes to Recycling But There’s a Better Way

    September 16, 2020

    Do you wear clothing until it’s threadbare and falling apart? Or, are you the type of person who wears an outfit until it is out of style? There’s nothing wrong with being fashionable, but it can lead to a lot of trash if you don’t recycle clothing properly. That’s where the problem lies. Few districts […]

  • What Is Closed-Loop/Circular Economy Recycling?

    September 10, 2020

    What are the differences between circular and linear economies? With linear economics, items are used once. Everything in a linear economy is single-use. Circular economics improves upon that by taking items and using them as many times as possible. Closed-loop recycling goes hand in hand with a circular economy by reusing items instead of using […]

  • 5 Common Household Items You Should Be Reusing

    September 3, 2020

    We’re all recycling as much as possible. We’re also generating trash every day. Per the EPA, Americans compost and recycle over 1.5 pounds of materials each day and trash almost 4.5 pounds of materials per day. People have made great changes that reduce the stream of waste going into landfills. People are composting food scraps. […]

  • Surprising Facts – Tarps and Other Plastics Take Longer to Decompose Than You Might Imagine

    August 31, 2020

    How far back does plastics recycling go? The first recycling center to accept household plastics goes back to the early 1970s. Pennsylvania started plastics recycling, and there have been advancements over the years. Curbside pick-up started in the 1980s. Rhode Island made plastics recycling mandatory in 1986. By 1990, Coca-Cola was using some recycled plastic […]