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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…

The average American is responsible for generating 4.4 pounds of trash every single day, which adds up to 1,600 pounds of trash per person each year. This startling statistic is one of the reasons why recycling is crucial to sustain our environment’s future. Recycling preserves the planet, and it can save you money. It is a win-win, right? Learn how you can play your part in going green.

The first step in recycling is to locate your local recycling center. If you live in or near an urban area, there is most likely a recycling program available such as a curbside pickup service or a drop-off facility close by. To find a local recycling program in your community, visit Earth911.com. Familiarize yourself with the items they accept for recycling as this varies from facility to facility. Below you will find a list of common household items that your family can easily recycle:

  • Mail. Between the daily newspapers, monthly magazines and frequent junk mail, the mail is a hub for recycling. Once you have sorted through your mail, be sure to recycle the empty envelopes that remain as well. You can even go the extra mile and go paperless in your home. This can be easily achieved by paying your bills online. A majority of utilities companies, cable companies and phone companies allow customers to pay their bills digitally via their website.

  • Ink Cartridges. A majority of printer ink cartridges contain harmful, toxic materials that should not be tossed in the trash. Most major office supply stores, such as Staples, will accept your used ink cartridges and recycle them. Some supply stores even offer customers a discount on a new cartridge when they bring in their old cartridge.

  • Books. Do you have a stack of books collecting dust in your home? Don’t throw them away! You can give the books you no longer read a second life by donating them to your local library. Also, there are countless websites where you can swap your books with someone else to receive a new good read! The same goes with your collection of unwanted CDs and DVDs, as you can recycle their plastic cases.

  • Cardboard. Cereal boxes, pizza boxes, cracker boxes . . . Your kitchen is filled with cardboard items. Cardboard takes a long time to decompose, meaning it fills up landfills fast. Don’t throw these boxes in the trash. Recycle them!

  • Paper. A household classic, paper is everywhere and can easily be recycled and given a second life as products such as egg or berry cartons, paper plates, construction paper, a phone book or even kitty litter. If you have confidential papers, most recycling centers accept shredded paper.

As you can see, your family uses countless items daily that can be easily recycled rather than tossed in the trash. There is no better time to go green than today. Play your part, start recycling now. Did you know Ace Grease collects & recycles used cooking oil, as well as water? If your business is ready to go green, call us today at 800-473-2733!

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