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!

Why Plant Native?

By The Team | September 24, 2013
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Fall is a great time of year to get outside when it isn’t so hot out there and get to planting all of those wonderful trees, shrubs and flowers that our native to your area.  Planting right now gives the roots enough time to start growing and get nice and warm and happy down in…

Recycle Your Electronics!

By The Team | September 17, 2013
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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 In the world we live in today it seems our electronics are outdated before we have even had time to finish setting up the one we just bought.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…

Compost! Everybody’s Doing It!

By The Team | September 5, 2013
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It seems every time you turn around these days some business or city has implemented a new plan for composting; I bet you even have a neighbor or two with a compost pile in their backyard.  It is something very simple to do and the benefits are countless!  Start one in your backyard today!  You…

Paper Recycling

By The Team | August 29, 2013
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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…

Stopping Junk Mail

By The Team | August 8, 2013
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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…

Household Hazardous Waste

By The Team | July 25, 2013
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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
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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…

Oyster Shell Recycling

By The Team | July 5, 2013
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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
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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.…

Recycling Centers in Maryland by County

By The Team | June 20, 2013
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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…