Americans produce more and more garbage every year, when we need to be producing less.
In 2012, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.5 percent recycling rate. On average, we recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of our individual waste generation of 4.38 pounds per person per day. (EPA). Even the most waste-conscious among us can feel overwhelmed by the amount of household waste generated.
Below is a list of ideas how to recycle but keep in mind we do some of those for free or with our $15 membership, check our website for more information at www.trashbusters.org.
# Here at the Co-op with $15 membership or at our free events (Small appliances , working or not, without any hazardous inside)
# Good will accepts working appliances but has restrictions, www.Goodwill.org
2. Athletic shoes:
# NikeReuseAShoe.com turns them into athletic flooring.
#Souls4Souls.org and OneWorldRunning.com sends still-wearable shoes to runners in need in developing countries.
3. Batteries: Rechargeable and single-use:
# Here at the Co-op
# Battery Solutions, BatteryRecycling.com.
# Also contact your local Interstate All Battery Center (www.interstatebatteries.com)
# Wearable clothes can go to your local shelter or Goodwill drop off centers.
# Donate good women's dressing clothes to Dress for Success, they will give them to low-income women as they search for jobs, www.dressforsuccess.org
# Good linens & towels to local animal boarding and shelter facilities, which often use them as pet bedding.
# Consider holding a clothes swap with friends and colleagues, and save money on a new fall wardrobe and back-to-school clothes.
5. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs):
# Check your local box stores like Ikea, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Lowe's, some stores will take them back.
6. Computers and electronics:
# Here at the Environmental Co-op ( anytime with $15 membership or at our free events)
# Find the most responsible recyclers near you at e-stewards.org/find-a-recycler.
# Some local Best Buy stores may also accept many types of electronics, company charges a fee to recycle. www.BestBuy.com/recycling
# Here at the Environmental Co-op ( we donate to Lions Club)
# Your local Lions Club
8. Foam packing:
# Some local 'mama & pappa' pack-and-ship store will likely accept foam peanuts for reuse.
# Plastic Loose Fill Producers Council to find a drop-off site: 800/828-2214.
# For places to drop off foam blocks for recycling, contact the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers, www.epspackaging.org/info.html
9. Ink/toner cartridges:
# www.RecyclePlace.com pays $1 each and will recycle them.
# www.ProjectKOPEG.com Organizations and schools can earn money for recycling ink cartridges (watch for restrictions)
10. Cell Phones:
# Here at the Environmental Co-op (anytime with $15 membership or at our free events)
# Call to Protect www.donateaphone.com/calltoprotect refurbishes cell phones for domestic violence victims.
11. Sports equipment:
# Resell or trade it at your local Craigslist.com or your local Facebook trade pages.
# ReBounces restores old tennis balls that have lost their bounce. www.ReBounces.com/recycle.
Trash chart by EPA.
Solar Turbines Incorporated of
Mabank was recently recognized by the Environmental Co-op for their recycling
efforts during the previous year. In 2013, the employees of Solar Turbines
collected and recycled 34 tons of material. “Efforts of the great folks at
Solar Turbines were nothing short of a miracle,” commented Co-op Executive
Director Charles Whitaker upon hearing several of the company’s recycling
initiatives implemented over the past 10 years.
Recycling 20.6 tons of
plastic, paper and cardboard in 2012, the amount hit 34 tons a year later and
equates to saving 235,522 gallons of water and 572 trees. Representatives of
Solar Turbines recently met with the staff of Environmental Co-op and received
an award for their “Outstanding Recycling Efforts in 2013.” Solar Turbines led
all partnering companies in pounds of recyclable material collected for
2013. Reed Kelly, Environmental Health
& Safety Engineer for Solar Turbines, along with Dustin Hughey, James
Oxendine and Tim Schaefer, accepted the award for the Company.
Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar
company, is a world leader in the designing and manufacturing of gas turbine power
system solutions and power generation for the oil, natural gas and other industries.
The Environmental Co-op is the
recycling arm for Kaufman
County, but extends their
work well beyond County lines. The Co-op is
closing in on 2 million pounds of recycled material in 2014 after reaching 1.7
million pounds last year.
Left to Right - Charles Whitaker, ED Env. Co-op; Candice Boswell, Env. Co-op; Tim Schaefer, Solar Turbines; James Oxendine, Solar Turbines; Dustin Hughey, Solar Turbines;Marilyn May, Env. Co-op; Reed Kelly, Solar Turbines; and Nelida Spurrell, Env. Co-op.
Environmental Co-op June Recycling Numbers:
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