1) What goes in each bin?
2) Why do I have to empty my bottle or can?
3) Why can’t napkins go in the paper recycling bin?
4) How do I know if my plastic container is recyclable?
5) When will there be recycling in my area?
6) Why are we using biodegradable containers instead of Styrofoam in the cafeteria?
7) Are the cafeteria disposable plates, cups and to-go containers recyclable?
8) Where can I recycle batteries?
9) Where can I recycle my old cell phone?
10) How can I recycle paper from offices?
11) Where can I recycle the empty ink cartridge from my office?
12) Do the documents in the protected health information shredding boxes get recycled?
14) Do they recycle medical waste?
15) Is the recycling recycle bin separated from the trash even though the items are placed in the same bin?
16) Can I recycle cardboard ?
17) Do employees who drive energy-efficient cars to work receive any special advantages in the new parking garage?
18) How can I recycle floppy discs and computer accessories?
19) Can I recycle Styrofoam trays from meat?
What goes in each bin?
In most towns recycle bin is different in color than the trash bin. In our town the recycling bin is Garnet and the trash bin is grey. All recycling materials are put in the recycling bin and separated at the recycling sorting center. • Green bin or bin labeled Glass-Plastic-Aluminum: empty plastic bottles and other plastics [except plastic bags, #6 plastics and corn-based plastics (marked PE)]; empty aluminum and tin cans; clean aluminum foil; and glass •
Blue bin or bin labeled Mixed Paper: Colored paper, white paper, newspaper and magazines •
Grey bin or bin labeled Landfill: All other products such as food waste, napkins, coffee cups, plastic bags and non-recyclable plastic (#6 and containers marked PE).
*Note: Please make sure each bottle or can is empty (preferably rinsed) when placing in the recycling container.
Cardboard boxes can be placed by paper recycling bins and will be recycled as well.
2) Why do I have to empty my bottle or can?
In order to be able to recycle bottles and cans, the items have to be clean. The recycling company is less able to process recyclable materials when they are contaminated with food and/or drink waste. The recycled materials may become trash if they are not properly emptied and ideally rinsed out. In addition, we risk fruit flies colonizing our trash cans if food or drink waste provides a food source for them in the recycling bins. That will endanger our ability to continue this program.
Note take caps off of plastic 7 glass jars and bottles or they will be thrown in the land fill
3) Why can’t napkins go in the paper recycling bin? Paper napkins are typically contaminated with food waste. This would degrade the quality of any paper made from this source. The quality of paper in napkins is also below the grade that manufacturers of recycled paper products want, so paper napkins need to be put in the trash bin.
4) How do I know if my plastic container is recyclable? If you look on the bottom of the container there will be a triangle with a number in it. If the number is anything except six (Styrofoam) or contains a PE, it can be recycled . If the number is six (Styrofoam) or contains a PE, it cannot be recycled at Rush. If the number is not listed on the bottom of the bottle, check the sides or near the top. If there is no number, it cannot be recycled. We expect #1 and #2 plastics to be the most common types recycled at Rush.
#1: Soda bottles, water bottles, vinegar bottles, medicine containers, backing for photography film.
#2: Containers for milk, laundry/dish detergent, fabric softeners, bleach, shampoo, conditioner, and motor oil.
· Replacing disposable batteries with rechargeable ones.
· Holding company and community recycling drives for electronics.
· Using recycled paper with a high percentage of post-consumer waste whenever possible.
· Providing receptacles for glass and plastic recycling in our dining areas along with collection boxes in many stores for cell phones and ink jet cartridges.
Gimme 5 Program At Whole Foods
What is Whole Foods Market® doing? We’ve implemented Preserve’s Gimme 5 recycling infrastructure, a partnership with Stonyfield Farm, Tom’s of Maine, Brita and Preserve to promote upcycling of #5 plastics.
It works like this:
- Bring your #5 plastics to a drop-off bin at our participating stores. That means your Tom’s of Maine deodorant packaging, Stonyfield yogurt containers, used Brita water pitcher filters (see the Preserve website for details on recycling the Brita filters) and a number of other products made from #5 plastic, including dairy and take-out containers.
- We send the containers to Preserve, where the plastic is ground up and turned into clean plastic pellets.
- These pellets are then sent to Preserve’s manufacturing facilities to be transformed into stylish recycled household products like toothbrushes, razors, tableware, cutting boards, colanders and lots of other cool kitchenware – products that we sell.
- When you choose to purchase 100% recycled Preserve products, you close the loop on the whole recycling chain. (Pretty cool, right?)
What can you do? Since announcing the program in 2009, over 381,000 pounds of plastic have been recycled with the Gimme 5 program, and Preserve makes it easy to participate. The program is now available in more than 230 of US Whole Foods Market® stores.
You’ll find the complete list of Gimme 5 locations on their website or on-the-go with the Gimme 5 iPhone app. If you don’t live near one of the current collection sites or if your Whole Foods Market store doesn’t yet offer Gimme 5 recycling, you can mail your #5 plastics to Preserve.
Even better, you can “check in” your recycling via Preserve’s Gimme 5 app or on the website mygimme5.com, and you’ll be rewarded with Recyclebank Points that you can use for discounts on products and other cool deals.
Remember, when it comes to taking care of the planet, small steps – and small yogurt containers – can make a big difference. In fact, to celebrate Earth Day and all the little ways we can work together we’re giving away a year’s supply of Eco-Scale™ rated household cleaning products. Just click here and go to this blog post to share your Earth Day resolution and you’ll be entered to win.
Have you participated in the Gimme 5 recycling loop by turning in your #5 plastic containers, buying Preserve products or both? If so, we’d like to hear from you.
Help Put a Cork in Global Warming. Drop off your wine corks for recycling at Whole Foods Market in Carmel and Indianapolis! When you recycle your corks, you help to preserve this high quality, sustainable, natural resource. The goal for the collection and shipping of these corks is to do so with as close to a zero increase in CO2 as possible. Doing so ensures the greatest ecological benefit. They will be utilized by the wine industry and consumer products. With our help, we can have a significant impact in saving the cork forests and reusing this remarkable natural resource. More info at corkreharvest.org
- Cork is a natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable material that is obtained through an environmentally friendly harvesting process.
- Trees are not cut down to harvest cork, rather, the bark is stripped by hand every 9-12 years. Cork oak trees can live up to 300 years!
- Approximately 6.6 million acres extending across Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France, the cork oak forests support one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity, second only to the Amazon Rainforest.
- Opting for screw caps and plastic stoppers directly causes the loss of sustainable livelihoods as the cork forests are a vital source of income for thousands of families.
#5 Plastic & Brita Water Filters
Gimme 5 is a recycling collaboration between Whole Foods Market and Preserve. Products packaged in #5 plastic are sold widely, but #5 is not recycled in most communities. A Preserve Gimme 5 bin is in our Whole Foods Market Carmel Store for customers to recycle their #5s and used Brita cartridge filters. Please thoroughly clean all of your #5s before bringing them to the stores. By collecting #5 plastic in our communities and sending it to Preserve, you’re helping us limit the environmental footprint of this material and giving it a second life as new and useful products. For more information visit recycline.com/gimme5
Containers Stamped With #5
Cheese & sour cream
Preserve kitchen & Tableware
Take out containers
Brita Filters wrap dry pitcher and bottle filters in plastic bag
Burst’s bees Lip balm Lip shimmer and tinted lip balms
Margarine and butter containers
Preserve razo handle
5) When will there be recycling in my area? Check with your local Recycling Center to get the schedule for your street and what weeks they pick up the recycling. 6) Why are we using biodegradable containers instead of Styrofoam in the cafeteria? Currently all disposable cups, plates and to-go containers used in the cafeteria are biodegradable. These biodegradable items break down in the landfill within 30 days. They are more costly than Styrofoam (#6), so there is an extra charge when requesting a to-go container in the cafeteria to help cover this cost. 7) Are the cafeteria disposable plates, cups and to-go containers recyclable? All the cafeteria products are biodegradable, not recyclable, and need to be placed in trash bins or on the cafeteria tray return belt. These products are made from corn starch and will break down in a landfill within 30 days. The staff in the dish room retrieve all recyclable materials from the trays placed on the belt in the cafeteria. 8) What other things we can do to become more sustainable? Currently, can do become more sustainable and for ways to better conserve energy and water. We can become environmentally friendly. We are exploring options for reducing the amount of trash by use of more permanent ware such as reusable coffee mugs, water bottles, etc. Vendors that provides shredding services for the medical center reports that they recycle 98% of the paper that they receive. We are pleased that our vendor has been able to expand the types of plastics they can recycle — basically everything that is marked with a recycling code except #6 (styrofoam), corn-plastics (marked PE),??and plastic bags. Bags are technically recyclable Place them in the bins at the grocery store as you enter.. No bags with food or grease please. 9) Where can I recycle batteries? Batteries Plus Visit one of our convenient stores serving the greater New Haven area for the widest selection of batteries, battery chargers and light bulbs for your home or business. Each store has access to over 40,000 unique battery and light bulb products. Come to Batteries Plus to get what you need. We have batteries in stock for your car, golf cart, marine use, motorcycle, ATV, laptop, camcorder, digital camera, cell phone and more. We provide battery testing, delivery, recycling and maintenance programs performed by trained associates. We offer free car and truck battery testing, battery assembly and installation services – no appointment needed. Check out our enormous selection of light bulbs and commercial lamps including energy saving LED, CFL and Halogen along with automotive, metal halide, fluorescent tube, high pressure sodium and much more. Business accounts are welcome. for a FREE battery or lamp needs analysis for your business. Save time & money for your business with a single source for all your power needs with individual piece and bulk packaging options and extended payment terms to qualifying businesses. http://www.batteriesplus.com/ Look for one near you. Batteries Plus In Connecticut Hamden CT 2460 Dixwell Avenue 203.823.9481 Orange CT 481 Boston Post Road 203.298.9865 Many of you have service contracts with vendors for equipment that either runs on batteries or has battery backup. Always keep in mind when discussing a service contract with a vendor to inquire whether they have a battery-recycling program as part of their service. For those of you interested in recycling batteries from your homes you can participate in the City’s household battery recycling program at all Chicago Public Libraries and Walgreen’s stores. All common dry-cell batteries can be recycled, including alkaline, rechargeable, and other common types with the exception of wet-cell batteries, like car batteries. These long-term facilities are available for disposal of Household Hazardous Waste, including batteries. Please phone ahead to determine availability and hours of operation. A few locations are listed below. a) City of Chicago: The Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility is located at 1150 N. North Branch on Goose Island. For more info contact the City of Chicago by dialing 311, or for general info, 312-744-7672. b) Lake County: The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) currently operates a long-term household chemical waste collection program. Information and a collection schedule can be found on the SWALCO Web site, or by calling 847-336-9340. c) Naperville: Fire Station #4 is located at 1971 Brookdale Rd. For information call 630-420-4190. d) Rockford: The Rock River Reclamation District is located at 3333 Kishwaukee. For information call 815-987-5570.) 10) Where can I recycle my old cell phone? In Connecticut It is easy to recycle your cell phone at Rush. Raquel Carrasco and Sandy Hasson, nurses in the ambulatory surgery unit, Atrium Building, fourth floor, collect cell phones (in any condition) and donate them to Shalva, a local agency for battered women. Shalva upgrades the phones, with direct 9-1-1 access and distributes them free to women in potentially threatening situations. The agency may also send extra cell phones to the Shelter Alliance Co. of Florida, which pays between $1 and $20 per phone, depending on the model. The agency uses these proceeds to support its clients. For more information, please contact the nurses at ext. 2-8714. Cell Phones Recycle those old cell phones – don’t put them out with the trash! Whole Foods Market Carmel is pleased to be participating with “Secure the Call” and organization that takes old cell phones, refurbishes them by wiping out any information stored on them and then reprograms them to make 911 emergency calls. All phones are redistributed to community partners (women’s shelters, senior centers, school systems, and police and fire departments). You’ll find the collection bin located by the registers. Recycle Cell Phones, iPads and iPods to Benefit Our Military Help Operation Gratitude in their mission to send care packages to U.S. troops overseas. GRC Wireless will contribute up to $30 (or more) to Operation Gratitude for each donated phone. We now also accept iPads and iPods! Raise Money Through Cell Phone & Smartphone Recycling Thousands of GRC Wireless participants have raised over $10 million through the collection and recycling of cell phones and smartphones. Our recycling programs feature industry best pricing, payment for all phones, free shipping and zero landfill recycling. Fundraise Through Cell Phone Recycling Go Green. Earn Green. As the largest grassroots cell phone recycler in North America, GRC Wireless has responsibly recycled millions of cell phones, smartphones, iPads, and iPods. We are the trusted recycling partner to thousands of organizations and businesses nationwide. Our recycling opportunities include fundraising, selling and donation programs, and we offer a responsible, zero landfill cell phone recycling process. Recycle Cell Phones to Benefit Our Soldiers Sell Your Smartphones, iPads & iPods for Cash 11) How can I recycle paper from office shredder? As this time, we do not have a program specifically for each individual office. You can, however, take paper to the nearest recycling container in hallways of the Medical Center for recycling. Cardboard boxes can be broken down (flattened) and left behind or next to the recycling bins for pickup by Environmental Services staff. Paper put in containers for shredding is also recycled. 12) Where can I recycle the empty ink cartridge from my office? Office Max, the supplier of the laser ink cartridges throughout the Medical Center, will recycle the used cartridge and either reuse it or send it off to be recycled. If you have an empty cartridge, return it to the Office Max representative who delivers your supplies or place it in the shipping container that is given to you when you receive your cartridge the first time. Staples gives you a discount when you bring in the empty cartridges when you purchase new ones. Walgreens has a program to refill you empty cartridges you pay when you bring them in and pick up the refilled cartridges 4 or 5 days latter 13) Do the documents in the protected health information shredding boxes get recycled? Yes. All the paper shredded in the protected health information collection bins is recycled after it has been shredded.FERPA-protected and material which should be considered confidential for business reasons should also be put in the shredding boxes for recycling. 14) 15) Do they recycle medical waste? No. Technically after the waste is treated, you could probably recycle the plastics, which our waste vendor has attempted. There currently is not a market for the plastics, however, as people are concerned about product liabilities and using medical waste to manufacture new goods. 15) Is the recycling separated ?Yes. Recycling is separated when it is taken to the reclamation facility. The vast majority of the trash created in the is paper and therefore creates a greater amount of recyclable material. 16) Can I recycle cardboard? Yes. Corrugated cardboard at the Medical Center is recyclable as long as it does not have a waxed coating. Cardboard boxes should be broken down (flattened) and placed in or next to one of the blue or mixed-paper containers. Other cardboard such as cereal boxes etc can also be recycled Put all clean cardboard in your recycling bin. Break down the boxes to get them more compact. 17) Do employees who drive energy-efficient cars to work receive any special advantages in the new parking garage? Employees who drive hybrid or energy-efficient cars will have the opportunity to take advantage of preferred parking in the new staff and student garage. Twenty-five parking spots have been reserved for energy-efficient vehicles on a first-come, first-serve basis next to the elevator on the second floor. All hybrid cars are eligible to park in this section, as well as other energy-efficient cars recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy as LEED-certified. You can view a list of these LEED-certified cars on the Rush intranet. So check where you works and see if they are LEED –certified. Even if they are not ask if they give any discount on Hybrids or electric cars Get the LEED certified sticker for your car. Additionally, a placard for your dashboard is required to park a LEED-certified car in one of these spaces, and the spaces will be monitored. A printable copy also is available on the intranet. You can also stop by the parking office on the ground floor of the main parking garage, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for a free copy. 18) Can biking to Work or School save me money? Add up how much you now have to pay in gas, tolls, parking fees and vehicle maintenance. Clearly, you can save a substantial amount by riding your bike to work or school. Visit Kiplinger.com to use their “How Much Can I Save Bicycling to Work?” calculator. 19) If I do cycle to Work, where can I safely park my bicycle? Check for what bike storage options are available employees and students who cycle to campus. Buy a good quality bicycle lock if only racks are available. Covered Racks: The main parking garage offers free access to covered bicycle racks near the employee entrance. This highly visible, covered area includes security cameras and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sidewalk Racks: There are several locations around the campus equipped with bike racks, including the Woman’s Board Center for Radiation Therapy, just west of the Atrium Building, and free-standing racks on Paulina Street. At the time this was written, the covered racks south of the Professional Office Buildings were temporarily unavailable while work was being done to the ceiling. 20) How can I recycle floppy discs and computer accessories? Most desktop and many laptop computers at Rush can no longer read microfloppy (3.5″) discs. Perhaps you have a cache of them in your office or at home and want to recycle them. First, if there is sensitive data about Rush or personal information that should not be circulated on these discs, they should be erased here before recycling. Floppydisc.com’s recycling program has been extended to run through December 31, 2011. Send them your old diskettes and they recycle them for use. It is not necessary to erase or reformat the disks. They will erase the data and reformat the diskettes on their end. Just ship your discs to: Floppydisk Recycle Program 2620 Walnut Ave Unit D Tustin, CA 92780-7028 If you have 500 or more disks to recycle, they will pay 2 cents each for discs (which may cover the shipping cost to get them to California). If you send fewer than 500 discs, there is no payment made. They also buy new unused floppy disks. For more information, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The GreenDisk Technotrash Pack-IT Service is designed to address the problem of how to recycle small amounts of technotrash. Concerns about data security and environmental responsibility are met by their well-defined recycling procedures and comprehensive audit trail. You can have them process 20 pounds of waste for $6.95 (and $0.30 more for each additional pound). You can dispose of most computer-related waste that fits into your box. That includes anything from a floppy disc, zip disc, and CD to cords, printer cartridges, mice, as well as broken digital cameras, MP3 players, or cell phones. You can also send them rechargeable batteries. Simply put your techno trash into a box, estimate the weight of your box, order the Pack-IT Service off their website, print out the shipping label, and send the box off to GreenDisk using your preferred shipper at your convenience. All content on media is destroyed and all of the physical materials are disposed of in an environmentally-responsible manner. 21.Can I recycle Styrofoam Trays from meat? Yes wash them and put them in your recycling bin. The one exception is no black ones.
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