DC Looks to Improve their 16% Recycling Rate

On July 14th of 2014, DC passed two pieces of legislation, setting the stage for progression towards a more sustainable waste management system. The District currently only recycles 16%… that’s barely a third of MD’s recycling rate. Here are a few key accomplishments of the two Acts. Solid Waste Hierarchy Establishing a hierarchy will now…

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How the Way We Think Influences the Way We Recycle

It seems there exists a certain recycling bias in our collective psyche in regards to what we “think” is recyclable versus what actually is recyclable.  A marketing professor from Boston University, Remi Trudel, has discovered that we make unconscious decisions when it comes to recycling based upon our “perception of usefulness”.  You can read the…

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Recycle Your Electronics!

Why is recycling old electronics important? In the world we live in today it seems our electronics are outdated before we have even had time to finish setting up the one we just bought.  Electronics consumption is a vicious cycle.  We are constantly bombarded with the newest, flashiest pieces of tech on the market driving…

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Paper Recycling

Paper, specifically newspaper, can be credited with kick starting the curbside recycling industry. Forty (40) years ago when curbside recycling was just beginning to take shape it all centered around newspapers because back then newspaper was everywhere.  There wasn’t social media, 24-hour coverage or news apps on cell phones. For everyone to keep up-to-date with…

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Stopping Junk Mail

Are you as tired as we are of seeing our mailboxes overflowing with nothing but useless and unwanted junk?  Credit card offers, catalogs, advertisements, the endless stream of junk mail that fills our mailboxes on daily basis is not only ridiculous, but it is also slowly depleting our natural resources.  From the trees it takes…

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Raising Recycling Awareness

Waste program managers are often tasked with raising recycling awareness at their organization because success relies on the daily actions of everyone. Increasing recycling awareness can increase the quality and quantity of recycled materials, but even the best campaign for recycling awareness won’t overcome a poorly designed recycling program. For 70+ years, Keep America Beautiful…

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Why Isn’t All Plastic Recyclable?

Recycling sure can be confusing.  Why is it that some plastics can go into your recycling bin but not others?  In order to fully answer this question, we must first explain the recycling process. As represented by the three arrows in the recycling symbol, recycling involves three elements: collection, manufacturing and reuse. The three elements…

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Oyster Shell Recycling

Did you know you can recycle oyster shells? We all know that the health of the Chesapeake Bay has been suffering in recent decades and that includes its oyster population. Here is a sobering fact: The Chesapeake Bay has lost more than 99% of its native oyster population and each year continues to lose more…

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All About Styrofoam Recycling

According to the EPA, each year Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups. Even 500 years from now, the foam coffee cup you used for your coffee this morning will still be sitting in a landfill. Styrofoam products are easily identifiable by their numbered recycling symbol. All Styrofoam cups and containers must be rinsed and cleaned.…

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Recycling Centers in Maryland by County

Recycling centers in Maryland offer opportunities to recycle certain items that are not accepted in curbside, single-stream recycling. In fact, in some areas, these recycling centers in Maryland are the only way to recycle! Each MD County Recycling Center offers drop-off sites for various types of waste and recycling that can’t be collected in your…

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