Category Archives: Recycling

Sustainable Bathroom Swaps

Scrub-a-dub-dub! The bathroom is a place where we spend a lot of time cleaning, prepping and grooming. Here are some of the small eco-friendly changes we can make in the bathroom that can make a BIG impact on our health and environment. Toilet Paper and Facial Tissue We all use it, so why not choose […]

Why Compost

The first full week in May is International Compost Awareness Week.  It is estimated that every year 125 to 160 billion pounds of food is wasted.  This equates to 238 pounds of food per person, per year.  Only 5% of food scraps make it to a compost pile, resulting in a lot of wasted valuable […]

History of Earth Day

The Beginning of Earth Day The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970, nearly 50 years ago!  Years before Earth Day’s inaugural year, discussions regarding the state of our planet had started.  The release of Rachel Carson’s book in 1962, Silent Spring, became a best seller.  In her award winning novel she “calls for humans to act […]

Household Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste? Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes unusable or unwanted chemical products such as pesticides, fertilizers, paint thinners and stains, etc.  On average, a household can accumulate 30 pounds of HHW in a single year, which equates to 1.6 million tons in the U.S. each year.  Chemicals haven’t been around for many […]

Virtual Recycling Facility Tour

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it’s collected?  Join us on a virtual tour of our sorting facility! When the City’s Refuse Division picks up your recycling and trash, it gets taken to a Transfer Station, where waste is transferred from the trash or recycling truck into separate semi-trucks.  Then they haul […]

Be Green, Shop Local

And just like that, 2018 has nearly come to an end!  In the last six weeks of the year, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, our household waste INCREASES 25%!  As you wrap up your year and presents for loved ones, you can choose to make the days less wasteful.  About 35% of Americans have an […]

Tips for a Low Waste Party

It’s Party Time:  Tips for a Low Waste Party! The holiday season is upon us, and so are the parties!  Whether you’re hosting a party or attending, we have some ways to help lower your waste generation this holiday season.  From food to kitchenware to leftovers to gifts, we have you covered!   Food Prep:   […]

Plastic Recycling 201: What’s Up With Plastic Recycling

Plastic Recycling 201 “Can we still recycle plastics?”  “What about #6?”  “What do the numbers mean?”  “Styrofoam is marked, doesn’t that make it recyclable?”  People have a lot of questions about plastics and recycling.  Here’s what you need to know. Recycling Simplified Don’t worry about the numbers.  That’s right!  The numbers don’t mean anything to […]

Take Recycling to the Next Level: Precycle!

You may be thinking, “I love to recycle, but I have never heard of ‘precycling’.”  Precycling takes your recycling game to the next level! Simply stated, precycling is when you consider the recyclability of a product before purchasing.  There are a lot of products out there that are packaged in non-recyclable materials.  By considering the […]