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Safety first, family second. Family owned and operated since day one #FloodBrothersDisposal
First Place in the Chili Cook Off! Way to go Operations Supervisor Kris Mobley (with the straw hat on!) on the winning recipe!
The WM Recycle Corps interns were thrilled to participate in Arlington’s annual Street Fair! This year, Waste Management’s booth taught Street Fair attendees about what happens to recyclables after they’re picked up from the curb. #Recycling101
And while the onus is on each of us to reduce our single-use plastic habits, global manufacturing giant Adidas has been working on a new clean-up approach.
From company headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, Mattias Amm has led the charge to develop a footwear range with recycled marine plastic.
“We’ve been on a long journey in partnership with Parley for the Oceans,” he said.
Environmental organisation Parley works to address major threats to the oceans, and it’s inspired Adidas to develop new manufacturing methods to make use of coastline plastic waste.
“Together we’ve made a process to replace virgin plastic yarn with ocean plastic yarn,” Mr Amm said.
“We discovered that most of our consumers had no clue about how bad the marine plastics problem is globally.”
From Parley’s waste collection stations, semi-compressed blocks of plastic bottles are shipped to a factory in Taiwan.
“Parley’s main collection point at the moment is in the Maldives and that’s where we’re sourcing the bottles from,” Mr Amm said.
“From there the bottles are shipped to Taiwan where they are shredded into small flakes.
“Those flakes are then cleaned and partially melted so they become small pellets, and then the pellets are extruded into a yarn.”
The yarn is then supplied to Adidas manufacturing bases around the world.
And while the process has undergone various stages of refinement, Mr Amm said it was a process that could be replicated by manufacturers all over the globe.
“The [marine waste] problem is so big and we can’t solve it alone, so if we can get more brands involved we can start fighting it,” he said.
“We started with just one [recycled plastic] shoe and now we want to make five million pairs.”
For each pair of the shoes, 11 recycled plastic bottles have been used — some more, some less, depending on the shoe size.
Mr Amm said the recycled plastic yarn had been used to make apparel as well as shoes.
“Once you get the yarn, it’s basically the same process from there as it would be when working with virgin plastic,” Mr Amm said.
“It’s not 100 per cent the same becasue it behaves slightly differently; the main difference is the stretch properties of the yarn.
“So we’ve re-engineered the knitting program to make sure there is the same experience with the product at the end.
“One of the range of Manchester United jerseys was made with Parley ocean plastics, similar to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich jerseys.
“They had one of their away jerseys made out of recycled plastics.”
Mr Amm said there was more than enough waste in the ocean to go around.
“We are just part of the fight to prevent marine plastic pollution.”
What would it be like to live without plastic? How much waste could we keep out of landfills, waterways and oceans if we all refused single-use plastic? This July, we invite you to find out by participating in Plastic Free July.
Plastic Free July was founded in Western Australia in 2011. Since then, it has grown to be an international event with millions of participants from over 150 countries accepting the challenge. And that challenge is harder than you might think.
Plastics are ingrained in our modern day life. That is why Plastic Free July is more than simply being recyclable savvy or not using single-use plastic straws (though we also appreciate the #SkipTheStraw movement). Plastic Free July is about becoming more aware of the prevalence of plastics and discovering ways we can reduce the amount of plastic we use and the plastic waste we generate on a daily basis.
There are a lot of ways you can go Plastic Free for July. You can:
We recommend starting by taking the Pesky Plastics quiz to assess your current plastic habits and help research the common plastics used in households. This will also help you gauge your progress and success throughout the month.
After completing the assessment, accept the Plastic Free July Challenge at PlasticFreeJuly.org. Throughout the month, you’ll get tips to reduce your plastic use and avoid hidden plastics that sneak into your home and routine.
Want to jump-start your plastic reduction? Check out the Action Picker for ideas on how you can reduce plastic use and see what impact those changes have on the oceans and landfills.
Sometimes efforts to recycle can do the opposite of helping the environment when people try to recycle the wrong things.
Staff at the Orange County’s MRF (Materials Recycling Facility) have seen everything from baby strollers to the entire front-end of a BMW in the recycling.
David Reed, who works for Waste Management, does a visual inspection of each load to determine if it’s fit to ship out to the recycling factory. So what became of the front-end of that BMW?
“Unfortunately, it rejected a load and we had to notify Orange County and they dealt with it from there,” Reed says.
David Gregory, Orange County’s solid waste manager, identifies “which loads come in that are suitable for further processing and which ones we’re simply not able to process.”
The biggest offenders are plastic bags, which gum up the machines that sort out different materials.
“There are only five things that should go into that recycling bin: plastic bottles and containers, steel and aluminum cans, glass jars and bottles, clean cardboard and clean paper,” Gregory says.
With recycling costs rising, Orange County is making an effort to educate residents through a six-week pilot program called “Think Five” on what is and isn’t recyclable by tagging bins with blue tags of approval or red tags to alert residents to try again.
Dawn McCormick, director of communications for Waste Management, says “there’s tremendous challenges in the global market place for recyclables right now.”
“China used to be the world’s largest inbound recipient of recyclable material. They took 25 percent of the world’s material including over 50 percent of the paper and plastics that we were recycling here in the United States as with Western Europe,” McCormick says. “China is trying to clean up its environment and it’s put very severe restrictions.”
Professor Fazal T. Najafi, engineering professor at UF, says “the issue of plastic is a very big one.” He says California “has really been doing great” in relation to the plastic problem.
“Like the oil spill contingency plan, they also have a plastic contingency plan around the area and they are doing cleaning. I think that’s sort of phenomenal from California’s point of view,” Najafi says.
McCormick says “these are challenging times” when it comes to recycling.
“We really need our residents in Florida and elsewhere to do the right thing and get back to the basics of recycling,” McCormick says.
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Recycling in DeKalb County
How to Recycle
The DeKalb County Sanitation Division offers a free, subscription-based, curbside residential single-stream recycling program. The single-stream feature allows for recyclable items to be commingled and loosely placed in a county-issued 40-gallon recycling bag, 18-gallon recycling bin, or 35- or 65-gallon recycling roll cart.
The County no longer accepts glass in curbside single-stream recycling. Recycled glass will only be accepted at county-operated glass recycling drop-off locations. Please click here for more information.
Acceptable Recyclable Items
-Newspapers, magazines, phone books and catalogs
-Small and large cardboard boxes (flattened); not packaging materials
-Cereal and pantry item paper boxes
-All types of paper, including copy and wrapping paper
-Frozen food containers (remove food liners and foil)
-Tissue and paper towel cylinder cores (no tissue or paper towels)
-Coated paper inserts
-Books, circulars, brochures, manila folders
-Envelopes, junk mail, shredded paper (must be bagged and tied prior to placing at curb)
-Plastics 1-7 that held food or beverage
Unacceptable Recyclable Items
-Paper towels, tissue, paper plates and cups
-Waxed paper, cellophane paper and plastic wrap
-Aluminum and tin foil
-Foam rubber material and packing material
-Plastic grocery and department store bags
-Dry cleaning bags; paper slips
-Cereal box liners, frozen food liners and foil
-Ceramic and aerosol containers
-Pane glass windows and mirrors
-Pesticides and herbicides
-Plastic and metal containers
-Petroleum and oil
-String, twine and strapping material
-All kinds of glass (while glass is not acceptable in curbside single-stream recycling, it can be recycled through the County’s official glass recycling drop-off program.) Please click here for more information.
It’s not just consumers who have yet to get on the cosmetics-recycling bandwagon. The beauty industry as a whole is just now starting to think about sustainable packaging in a meaningful way. It used to be that the only products wrapped in post-consumer recycled plastic were at Whole Foods. Now, you can go to any beauty store and find brands like Love Beauty Planet, Seed Phytonutrients, and Aveda that care about their carbon footprint and are making a concerted effort to use recycled and recyclable materials. It’s not easy, says Josh Wadinski, CEO and founder of luxury beauty brand Plantioxidants, which has sustainable packaging made from 100 percent recycled materials and that can be recycled again (that’s called closed loop).
Traditionally, companies buy so-called “virgin” (unused) glass or nonrecycled plastic to create their bottles and jars. It’s harder and more expensive to use recycled materials, especially since the makeup of the package can affect the efficacy and shelf life of the product inside it. “There is no standard” for it, says Wedinski. “It takes a company with values to say, ‘We’re going to invest our time in making a positive impact.’”
Until we can take it for granted that all product packaging is as sustainable as possible and can be recycled easily, we’ll have to do the legwork to put our eco-mindedness to work in the powder room. Here are 10 important pieces of information to help you recycle your beauty products.
1. First, find out what can and can’t be recycled in your area.
Every city has its own rules when it comes to what is recyclable. Check your local government website to see the restrictions for your community. “Different communities accept different materials. It has to do with the materials recovery system that serves the community and the agreement that center has with that recycling collection program,” says Dorn. “It also has to do with the market that community sells those materials to and what those markets are able to accept.”
Generally, once your recyclables get picked up from the curb, they’re sorted and sold to companies that do the actual recycling. A lot of America’s plastics have historically gone to China, which has handled the recycling of about 45 percent of the world’s plastic since 1992, according to NPR. But since China stopped importing plastic from other countries in January, recycling in America is facing greater challenges.
2. Examine the labels on your products to see what’s recyclable.
There are a few context clues on the package that tell you if it’s recyclable or not. The paper and cardboard boxes that products come in are pretty much a sure bet, but look for the classic triangle with arrows symbol (which is called a Mobius loop) to be 100 percent sure.
But not every package with a Mobius loop is necessarily recyclable where you live. On plastic bottles, you’ll see a similar symbol that has a number inside: These numbers (one through seven) identify what type of plastic the package is made of. “If you look on the bottom of the container, the most recyclable plastics have a number one or two,” says Dorn. A number three denotes PVC, which Dorn describes as a particularly a problematic material to recycle. It belongs in the trash. As far as numbers four through seven, it depends on your local community rules. While some are accepted in curbside programs, others might have to be taken to a local recycling pickup point (like a grocery store).
Another symbol you might see is a dot that sort of looks like a yin-yang with arrows. That is an indication that the product is made of recycled materials. There also might be a Mobius loop with a circle around it, which also indicates that it’s made from some recycled materials. However, just because it’s made from recycled material doesn’t mean it can necessarily be recycled again, says Dorn. That’s why it’s important to know your numbers.
3. Often, small items can’t be recycled.
“A small-format container doesn’t flow well through curbside recycling program,” says Dorn. “Anything small like a lipstick case or under a 6-ounce package size will get screened out or caught in the disposal stream for that facility.” Most of the facilities that sort recycling are automated with optical and physical sorter machines. Little containers like lipstick tubes can get missed by sorting machines and thrown into the trash—and back into a landfill.
4. The color of the container matters.
“With respect to glass, clear, brown, and green are preferred for recycling programs,” says Dorn. “The odd-colored glass is more problematic to recycle, but it depends on what they are doing with that glass.” If it’s going to be crushed up for use in sandblasting machines (which use the glass to strip away rust on metal or to creative decorative finishes on glass), it doesn’t matter. But if it’s going to be sold back to a bottle manufacturer then only those three common colors are going to be in demand. Black plastic—think men’s body wash—is another tough material for material recovery facilities to handle because the optical sorters don’t recognize that color.
5. Pouches and squeezable tubes usually can’t be recycled.
Anything that is multilayer or multimaterial in format is challenging to recycle. That just means that there is a coating or film in the inside the package or the object is made up of different types of plastic. Certain flexible pouches (like resealable pouches with face masks) and toothpaste tubes are considered multilayer and should be thrown in the trash unless the package explicitly states that you can recycle it.
6. Pumps and droppers are also problematic.
Another recycling red flag is the pumps and droppers on top of bottles, which are often multimaterial. It’s good practice to remove the pumps from any bottle before recycling because they often have metal springs inside that you can’t see. Caps and screwtops, however, are usually fine—even if they aren’t the same material as the bottle or jar itself. (Just remember to put them back on before binning: A solo cap is too small to go through the sorting system and will end up in the trash.)
7. Don’t forget about the cans of dry shampoo and hairspray.
Most dry shampoo and hairspray cans are made of steel and aluminum, which are both recyclable. Of course, check with your local rules first to see if aerosol is accepted.
8. Yes, you do have to rinse out the bottles first.
I would be lying if I said that having to wash out a container before putting it in recycling wasn’t a significant deterrent. But it actually matters. Containers with product residue can attract bugs once they are at the facility, and dirty containers also lower the value of the finished recycled product (more on that later). You should also try to remove any labels on the bottle. “Labels can be a big deal in terms of what type of adhesive is used or whether a label is full wrap,” says Dorn. “If you can easily take the label off, do, but it’s not always an issue.”
9. Consider returning it to the brand.
As the beauty industry seeks to become more sustainable, many brands are starting internal recycling programs that offer rewards and discounts. For example, for every 10 full-sized Kiehl’s products you bring back, you get a free sample. MAC also accepts those lipstick tubes that are too small for the curbside program. Return six packages and get one lipstick free as a part of the Back to MAC program. Remember that thing about toothpaste tubes being a no-go? Well, both Colgate and Tom’s of Maine have recycling programs through TerraCyle, a company that specializes in hard-to-recycle waste. Garnier has also set up a program that allows you to return just about any packaging in your bathroom through TerraCycle. All you have to do is mail in your empties.
Plantioxidants also has a mail-back program, which Wadinski hopes will help fuel innovation to make recycling cosmetics containers easier in the long run. “Right now, there is no 100 percent post-consumer recycled pump,” he says. “What I’m hoping to do is recycle bottles into pumps for the future. It’s not difficult to melt plastic, use 3-D printing, and make recyclable pumps, but it’s going to take time on our end and investment to get the equipment ready.”
10. When in doubt, throw it in the trash.
“Wishful recyclers say, ‘When in doubt, put it in your container and hope for the best,’” says Dorn. But if something that is not accepted ends up at the facility, it can clog up the entire system. This human error is causing big problems in the recycling industry. Because consumers don’t know exactly what to do with some products (a problem I definitely identify with), sometimes things get mixed in that shouldn’t be there. Municipal recycling facilities often sell the materials they collect to other countries (like China) that do the actual recycling, turning your old bottle into post-consumer raw materials for manufacturers to make new stuff out of. When the facility’s bales of plastic are contaminated with non-recyclable materials or dirty bottles (see #8), it’s harder to sell and has less value. Or, the people at the plant have to physically remove these contaminants and the facility has to pay to get that material disposed of. “You’ve gone through the trouble of putting it in the recycling bin, but it ends up in the waste stream anyway,” says Dorn. “So, it’s best not to put it in there.”
“There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of truth’s protective layers. There are places to go beyond belief.” – Neil Armstrong
Arguable the greatest milestone in space history. Nearly 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. It was a moment that captured our hearts and provided a positive end to a turbulent decade.
From man’s first footprints on the moon to the end of an era, July reminds us of some big moments in space exploration. July also brings a huge milestone in unmanned space exploration.
Launched on December 4, 1996, the Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars on July 4, 1997, becoming the first operational rover outside the Earth–Moon system. The Mars Pathfinder carried instruments to analyze the atmosphere, climate and geology, including the composition of its rocks and soil.
The Mars Pathfinder was the second project from NASA’s Discovery Program and a “proof-of-concept” for airbag-mediated touchdown and automated obstacle avoidance. It was also extremely low cost in comparison to other robotic space missions to Mars.
On July 15, two flights launched within seven and a half hours or each other. Two days later, on July 17, the Soyuz 19 and the unnumbered Apollo Command/Service Module docked together for the first multinational manned mission. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project ceremoniously marked the end of the Space Race that had begun in 1957 with the Sputnik launch.
U.S. astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts docked together in space for two days. This was also the last time an Apollo vehicle would fly to space.
On July 16, 1969, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. boarded Apollo 11 and prepared for launch. Four days later on July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module separated from the Command Module and descended to the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first moonwalk fulfilled President Kennedy’s mandate to land a man on the Moon and marked “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent over 21 hours on the moon, two and a half of which were outside the capsule. In a show of mutual respect for space race rivals, the Apollo 11 mission left medals dedicated to Yuri Gagarin and cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov on the surface of the moon.
In a press conference, Neil Armstrong reflected on the motivation for landing on the moon. He said “I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul … we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.”
At 5:57 a.m. EDT, space shuttle Atlantis landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The touchdown marked the end of the 33rd voyage for Atlantis as well as the end of the space shuttle era. At it’s retirement, the space shuttle had completed 4,848 times orbits around Earth, traveling nearly 126,000,000 miles.
Atlantis had launched on July 8 for a 13 day trip to the International Space Station. Atlantis is currently displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
It’s easy to get caught up when you discover a great item, but what happens when you take it home? If it’s a duplicate item, takes up too much space, has little or no resale value and never gets used, it may not be treasure after all. Yes, it can be gratifying to liberate found […]