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Plastic Bottles: New York Encourages Green Efforts

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Give another win for the green movement as it continues its push for a more environmental friendly culture. New York has joined Connecticut, Oregon, California, Maine, and Hawaii in a plastic bottled water deposit policy. This is a major blow to the bottled water industry that has become one of the green movement’s major adversaries. The law was originally suppose to be passed back in June, 2009 but instead was delayed by a coalition of bottled water companies that deemed the bill unconstitutional. This move push things back until April 2010, until recently in August, a federal state judge ruled that the key elements of the bill could still take place prior to next year.

As of October 31st New York has expanded its deposit laws to now include plastic water bottles. For every plastic bottle of water a five-cent deposit will be included with the purchase, which consumers can then return to the stores for their refund. It works much like the deposit with aluminum cans you see in all of the convenience stores. About 80 percent of unclaimed deposits will go to state funding which could result upwards to $115 million annually.

Nationally on average Americans buy an estimated 28 billions plastic water bottles annually. It is estimated 8 out of every 10 of these plastic water bottles will end up consuming space in a landfill. By placing a monetary value on these bottles there will be an incentive to recycle them for a value rather that throwing them away and sending them to the landfill. This means the plastic bottles scattered through out the city will now have a value and give people an incentive to pick them up.

This will also help the states that have passed this bill by adding dollars to their decreasing revenues. At the same time by expanding the deposit laws this will also bring much needed revenue to individuals. It is easy to ask someone to recycle their plastic bottles, but that doesn’t mean they are going to. With a deposit placed on these bottles individuals will actually lose money if they decide to just trash, which in this day and age losing money isn’t considered a good idea.

It seems as it would only make sense for other states to take a look at the expansion of deposit on plastic water bottles. Although, the plastic bottled water industry continues to be a thorn in the side of the green movement, the expansion of deposit on plastic bottled water is a major win for green movement and their environmental efforts.

Poker Tournment Attendee to Benefit Recycling for Charities

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

On an odd environmental note, our founder Dwight Zahringer will be attending a Poker Tournament in Las Vegas next week playing to raise money for Recycling for Charities. Hopefully he will be able to make it to the final table where the winnings could top $4,000. Recycling for Charities will be cheering him on.

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Live Green; Reduce Waste by Reusing Recycled Materials

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

With more and more waste being produced landfill space is decreasing by the minute in the United States. Construction and demolition waste currently takes 25 percent to 30 percent of area landfill space. The thing here is that the majority of construction and demolition waste contains materials that can be recycled and reused.

Instead of sending these usable materials to the landfill it would make more sense to recycle and reuses such materials for future buildings. That is exactly what ReSource, a Colorado based company has come up with. Working like a thrift store for construction products ReSource accepts donations of reusable building materials, Resource is one way to decrease this throw away factor construction and demolition waste. The accepted materials are then sold for home projects at 50 percent to 90 percent below retail cost.


Post Halloween Recycling

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

When Halloween is over and it’s time to put away the pumpkin decorations and moveĀ onto the next holiday, try to think of green ways to move on from Halloween.

Finding out what to do with your pumpkin is the easy part and reusing your decorations year to year is a no-brainer. Save money and resources by not being one of the Americans that collectively buy nearly $1.58 billion worth of Halloween decorations each year. Here is an interesting fact about reusing decoration:


2010 Olympics Will Use Recycle E-Waste for Medals

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver will feature an Olympic medal first. Not only will every single medal handed out at the Olympics be different, but they also will be made of recycled electronic waste or e-waste. The 2010 Winter Olympics will be one of the first to take on a sustainability and conservation initiatives philosophy and correlate it with the games. In part of doing this Vancouver’s metal industry leader, Teck Resources is manufacturing all of the Olympic medals out of recycled metals recovered from old electronics. This is a great for our mother earth, as e-waste continues to be a growing concern for our environment.

Teck Resources is acquiring the metal materials from the smelting of various old electronics. Whether it be from cathode raytube glass, computer parts, or circuit boards each medal will be made up from electrical parts. The process involves the shredding, separating, and heating the electrical parts, then combining the byproducts with metals from other sources. As of now Teck resources is producing more than 1,000 medals for the 2010 games.


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