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Thoughts on Waste Reduction, Zero Waste, Sustanability and Such

In our trash talking blog, we write about trends, tips, and issues in the waste and environmental sustainability world. We hope you'll find something useful to help your company be more sustainable. If you want us to explore something or ask a question, contact us!

Stopping Junk Mail

By The Team | August 8, 2013

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…

Reuse It!

By The Team | August 1, 2013

The 3 ‘R’s are synonymous with being “green”.  More and more people are recycling, but reducing and reusing are just as important, if not more so, than recycling.  It’s great to recycle, but it’s not as great if we’re recycling things we didn’t need in the first place. The recycling economy has consistently been growing over…

Household Hazardous Waste

By The Team | July 25, 2013

What makes waste hazardous?  Not all hazardous waste is generated at an industrial plant.  In fact, many of us generate household hazardous waste on a regular basis.  According to the EPA “leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils,…

Raising Recycling Awareness

By The Team | July 18, 2013

“Imagine a water bottle that dreams of becoming a pair of jeans, a steel can that hopes to someday be transformed into a bicycle, or a plastic bottle that believes that, one day, it could become a park bench. These are some of the many destinies that could be fulfilled if more Americans took the…

Why Isn’t All Plastic Recyclable?

By The Team | July 11, 2013

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…

Oyster Shell Recycling

By The Team | July 5, 2013

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…

All About Styrofoam Recycling

By The Team | June 27, 2013

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.…

Understanding Recycling Drop-Off Sites

By The Team | June 20, 2013

Single-stream recycling makes curbside recycling at home much easier, but not everything that can be recycled can be put into these bins, as shown in last week’s blog. Each MD County Recycling Center offers drop-off sites for various types of waste and recycling that can’t be collected in your curbside bin. Whether you’ve got electronics, yard…