Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Reasons People Give For Not Recycling

We all have times where we recycle more or less than other times. Situations present themselves which speak to the ease and convenience of recycling, the conscientious feeling of doing a good thing for the environment and leaving the world a great place for future generations.

On the other hand, however, we tend to let good habits slide if ease and convenience subside or in the cases below, if we don’t truly understand what it really means to recycle like we can or should. 


Monday, June 4, 2018

Borden Driver Goes Above and Beyond

Jerry Maholmes, a driver with Borden Waste-Away Service, LLC for more than 15 years, was recently featured on WSBT television for going above and beyond.

Although Jerry has good attendance, a commendable safety record and goes out of his way to make sure his routes are completed and customers are satisfied, this “way-to-go” doesn’t have anything to do with his job. 


Friday, May 25, 2018

Paper vs Digital Storage

In the days of digital pictures & information and storing everything in the cloud, is it really necessary to ask if people still record information on paper, print it off and file it away? Is it even possible that people still like to hold a newspaper or an actual book rather than read from a table or computer?

Several studies still show that the majority of people, even young kids, prefer printed books to reading from screens.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Commodities In the Landfill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 75 percent of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is recyclable, but only about 30 percent is actually recycled.

The reason people don't recycle as much as they could is chalked up to poor recycling habits, lack of education and awareness, and limited collection opportunities. These are the greatest challenges in improving the amount of recovered recyclables. Recyclables like paper.

Monday, April 23, 2018

How Do I Dispose of Hazardous Chemicals?

The handling and disposal of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) has become quite a problem over the past couple decades. Items that used to be thrown into the trash, poured down the drain, or dumped in the grass have been proven to pose a health threat when disposed of improperly.

Products that are considered HHW are safe when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, but become hazardous when they are thrown away in a manner that may leach chemicals into the soil or groundwater. Some examples of common HHW include oil-based paints, cleaners, used oils, batteries, household cleaners, fuel, pesticides or other items that contain potentially hazardous ingredients.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Are Wood Products Recyclable?


The term “recycling” conjures up thoughts of aluminum, plastic, glass, and paper. A recyclable commodity that may get overlooked is wood.

Wood recycling, consisting both of raw wood and used wood products, as well as paper, and has become more of a focus in the past decade. We don’t normally think of recycling a natural, renewable resource, but considering the staggering statistics, it is more than necessary.
 
The downside of wood recycling is that some curbside recycling programs don’t yet accept wood, but by not recycling wood, we are depleting an extremely important natural resource.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Are Drink Pouches Recyclable or Trash?

“Food and beverage packaging and containers are among the top 5 most littered items found on beaches and coastlines.”

Some of these packages and containers can be recycled but are not. Others are made of materials that are not widely accepted by recycling facilities. One such product is Capri Sun and similar drink pouches.