Sunday, October 18, 2015

How Long Does It Take Trash To Decompose?

Every product, package, and food item has a life cycle. Some are recyclable, but unfortunately, some are not and end up thrown away. Even when an item is discarded, this does not mark the end of its product life. 

Whether it ends up in a landfill or illegally dumped, it takes many years for it to decompose.

Friday, October 16, 2015

How Does Earth Day Benefit Us?

Every April 22nd since 1970, millions of people across the globe celebrate the Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems. 

Millions of Americans, including students from thousands of colleges and universities, participated in rallies, marches, and educational programs.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

What is Gasification?

“Gasification is a technology that has been widely used in commercial applications for more than 50 years. It’s a method to extract energy from materials by converting carbonaceous materials into synthesis gas (syngas). This syngas is itself a fuel or it can be used as a renewable-energy resource.”

“Gasifiers operate at 3,000-4,000°F, using a thermo-chemical conversion process that does not include enough oxygen for the materials to burn. Instead the materials are broken down at the molecular level and then reformed into reusable products.”

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Why Can’t I Put Shingles Into My Regular Trash?

Roofing materials are measured in squares, which is essentially 100 square feet of roof regardless of whether the 100 square feet is a 10’ X 10’, a 2’ X 50’, or a 4’ X 25’. The specific shape does not matter as much as pure measurements in order to correctly gauge how many bundles of shingles to buy.

Until the late 1970s, shingles were sold by weight. They are now marketed and sold by “year”, meaning how many year warranties they come with such as 20-year, 25-year, and 30-year.

Why Do I Have To Bag My Lawn Clippings?

The whirring of lawn mowers is an all-to-familiar sound in neighborhoods across the globe. It’s a welcomed sound to those who don’t favor the winter months and a not-so-welcomed sound for some who are actually doing the mowing. Regardless of which category you fall into, all share the dilemma of decomposing grass clippings.

Mulching mowers leave the chopped up grass on the lawn to decompose and, therefore, feed the lawn. Some choose to bag clippings so as to not leave excessive amounts of them on the lawn to turn into brown little rows of dead grass that sometimes sit on top of the lawn.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Are Blister Packs Recyclable?

“Blister pack is a term for several types of pre-formed plastic packaging used for small consumer goods, foods, and for pharmaceuticals.” Everything from toys to electronics have been known to come in blister packs.

According to, credit for the invention is given to Enock Ancker of Fort Bayard, New Mexico who invented the blister pack for pills on Feb 18, 1947.

Why Can’t I Put Dirt Into My Trash Cart or Dumpster?

Many household projects like cleaning up a garden and other yard work involve getting rid of a fair amount of dirt. But how should it be disposed of?

Most of us underestimate just how heavy dirt actually is. Depending on the amount of moisture in it, dirt can weigh anywhere from 76 to 110 pounds per cubic foot. Considering there are roughly 15 cubic feet of space in an average 96-gallon trash cart, filled with dirt, it could weigh at least 1140 pounds if the dirt is extremely dry. Any moisture at all and it could weigh over 1,600 pounds!