Posts Tagged ‘Recycling’

Ron Gonen: RecycleBank

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Check out the transcript of RFC’s conversation with Ron Gonen.

RFC recently interviewed Ron Gonen, Co-Founder and CEO of RecylceBank, to discuss the success of his company and how he and business partner, Patrick Fitzgerald, came up with the idea of rewarding participants for recycling. RecycleBank was recently recognized by the UN for their current environmental efforts across different socio-economic lines.

Ron Gonen

“We feel very fortunate to have been recognized for the work that we’re doing regarding the environment,” stated Gonen

RecyleBank helps divert waste from the landfills, and we also reward people for their positive green actions. The way that works is we sign a long-term contract with a city, every home gets one of our large RecycleBank recycling containers, there’s a chip embedded in the container, we retrofit the city’s trucks with a mechanical arm that picks up the container, reads the chip, identifies the home recycled and how much it recycled. The amount they recycled is translated to a recycle bank point that they can then use to redeem and shop at over 2,000 local, regional and national businesses.


Recycling & Reducing: Toilet Paper

Friday, October 16th, 2009

One of the ever growing concerns with the environment is how to reduce the use of paper. Now we are all aware of that paper comes from trees and essentially is used just for about everything. Paper is recyclable and one of the more recycled items out there. However, there is one form of paper that no matter what finds itself ending up as waste. This type of paper being toilet paper, one of human’s most hygienic friends. With the “Green” movement knocking down doors and making its way into consumers home, it is only a matter of time before there are campaigns that fight against the overuse of toilet paper.

Everyone uses toilet paper though, right? These campaigns and efforts won’t be taken serious by people unless they have another viable and just as effective option. This is especially the case with something as important as toilet paper and the collective efforts to maintain a clean hygiene. I mean one can only imagine what a world would be like without toilet paper, but would they be correct? We might find out because whether you are aware of it or not there are campaigns that are heavily against the use of toilet paper. The idea of not using toilet paper is a shocking one, but people around the world are doing it and with newer technologies might not be such a eye opening notion.

A bidet is a cleaner and healthier option and at the same time will save a lot of water and paper. The production alone of a roll of toilet paper uses 1.5 pounds of wood, 37 gallons of water, and 1.3 KWh of electricity. One of the first downsides to perhaps using a bidet is the perception that these devices are designed and priced for a luxurious living. However, the Blue Bidet is around $70 dollars and can be attached to your toilet in under a half hour. There are different models depending on what you are looking for. One is designed as a cold water model that just streams water from the toilet line and one that uses both hot and cold water but may take a longer time to install.

It is hard to promote the total elimination of toilet paper. Instead Blue Bidet is trying to reduce the use by 75% and using the remained to dry yourself off. Although, there are drying systems that can come attached to the bidet that would totally eliminate the use of toilet paper.

The problem of toilet paper is what it is doing to the environment not only with the paper itself but the energy and water that it takes. In one day Americans use 34,000,000 rolls of toilet paper which equals the use of 221,000 trees, 255,000 gallons of water, 88,000,000 pounds of green house gases, and 161,000,000 KWH of electricity.

That right there alone is enough to understand why we have to figure out a way to reduce the use of toilet paper. Not only do we want to keep it from becoming waste and harming our environment like e-waste. We also have to consider what using so much toilet paper could potentially do to the environment.

Recycling For Free: Freecycling

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Out of convenience, many of us haul items down to the curb and send them off in a garbage truck never to be seen again.  It is one of those “out of sight, out of mind” scenarios.  Yet, instead of allowing items that are still in good condition to end up in the landfill, why not allow someone else to get a second use out of the item?

There is now a program that offers this exact service and it’s called Freecycling! It began as a grassroots effort to encourage people to recycle and reuse items and now people of different communities are getting involved in the efforts.

On the Freecycling website, you can join others from your community  in their reuse and recycling initiatives or you can start a group in your own community!  Then you can upload photos of your items and check out what others have to offer.  The best part about this program is it is entirely free; no money is ever exchanged!

If you are interested in participating in a program like this be sure to check out the Freecycling website and get started today!!

The Cell Phone Recycling Process

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Have you ever wondered what happened to your old cell phone when you chose to recycle it?  This video outlines the path of a cell phone as it is broken down and its hazardous components are prepared for usage in other devices.

Earth Day 2009: Recycle Cell Phones for Charity

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

    As cell phones, computers, and personal digital assistants (PDAs) become more prominent in our everyday lives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages consumers to recycle these products instead of adding them to our nation’s landfills. For Earth Day this April please consider donating and recycling your wireless products to Recycling for Charities and receive a tax deduction.

    Cell phones and accessories are made from valuable materials such as precious metals, copper, and plastics – all of which require energy to extract and manufacture. Recycling cell phones results in environmental savings.Recycling cell phones reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves natural resources. There is also a strong secondary market for used cell phones and for donation to charitable organizations. If cell phones cannot be reused, the components are nearly 100 percent recyclable. Currently, only about 10 percent of unwanted cell phones are recycled each year. Last year Plug-in partners collected 11 million cell phones for reuse and recycling.

    Recycling cell phones can save enough energy to power more than 2,035 U.S. households for a year. Recycling the 100 million cell phones that are no longer used annually would save enough energy to power more than 18,000 households for a year.

    EPA has teamed up with leading cell phone makers, service providers, and retailers to launch this national campaign to encourage Americans to recycle or donate their unwanted cell phones. Donte cell phones, PDAs, iPods or digital cameras and all accessories and cord to Recycling for Charities online, or with one of their 650+ participating charities throughout the USA.

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