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Exploring the Importance of Recycling

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The United States is lagging significantly behind many other countries when it comes to its level of recycling. According to Recycle Across America, this is at least partially due to the fact that many Americans are still unsure about what can be recycled and how to go about effectively collecting their recyclable materials. As a result, many continue to make mistakes when they approach a recycling bin or they simply become apathetic or even skeptical about recycling. To help gain a better understanding of recycling, what materials can be recycled and how recycling those materials has an impact on the economy and the environment, it is helpful to look more closely at each type of recyclable material. Plastics Approximately 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away in the United States every hour. Yet, recycling just five plastic bottles can provide enough fiber to create one square foot of carpet or enough fiber to fill one ski jacket. Recycling plastic also...

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E-Waste: An Ever-Growing Environmental Concern

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Despite a lack of a clearly-defined definition, e-waste is a growing problem with some potentially very serious side effects on the environment. This type of waste includes VCRs, computers, televisions, copiers, stereos, fax machines and other common electronic products that are nearing the end of their useful lifespan. If these items are simply dumped into landfills, the space will fill up rather quickly. In addition, throwing these items away prevents them from being refurbished, reused and recycled. As such, it is important to find a way to successfully and efficiently collect this waste so it can be used in a less wasteful way. The E-Waste Issue According to a 1998 study by the National Safety Council, approximately 20 million computers became obsolete within one year. By 2007, this figure doubled to 40 million. In that same year, 82 percent of this waste ended up in the landfills. This amounted to 1.8 million tons of e-waste in the form of cell...

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7 Tips for Better Handling Waste

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When it comes to dealing with trash at your home or place of business, you clearly want to take whatever steps are necessary to keep the waste from becoming an eyesore or leaving behind a foul stench. At the same time, you want to be sure your waste is as easy to remove as possible and does not cause unnecessary physical strain or other issues. By keeping a few simple trash tips in mind, your waste will be easy to manage while also keeping those involved with its removal safe and healthy. Trash Tip #1: Use Labels Using labels on your trash cans can help you to keep them organized and orderly. It will also help to ensure you are using the right receptacle for the right purpose. If you have receptacles with lids that are separate from the trash can, for example, you might want to use a permanent marker or paint to mark which lid goes to which...

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Create an Efficient Food Court with Food Court Receptacles from Securr

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Whether setting up a food court at a school, a hospital, a mall or anywhere else where large numbers of people are likely to need to eat, including the right features is the key to creating an effective space that can meet all of the needs of those who will be using the space. At Securr, we are pleased to be able to help make this process go as smoothly as possible with our food court waste receptacles designed specifically for this purpose.  Creating the Right Space When choosing a space for a food court, location is key. Ideally, your food court should be centrally located in an area where all people will be able to easily access the area. At the same time, you may want to place the food court in an area that will help to draw traffic to your space. In the mall, for example, placing the food court in the center or on the second...

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Securr Works with the City of Portland to Provide Modern Waste Receptacles

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This past May, the city of Portland, Oregon approved the purchase of 100 garbage can units from Securr to be used throughout the city. The decision was part of the Public Place Trash Can program, which strives to add receptacles in areas of high use. The program, which is backed by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), hopes to further encourage residents and visitors to keep the city clean by providing modern trash cans with engaging designs. Expressing the City’s Personality In an effort to reflect the personality of the city, the program initially planned to reach out to the youth of the area to help create artwork to be displayed on the garbage cans. As the program direction evolved, local artist Dan Stiles was selected instead to create artwork that would create “instagrammable moments for millennials”. The artist, who has years of experience working on projects with a consumer marketing focus, worked diligently to create...

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