The EPA estimates that 11 millions tons of asphalt shingle waste are generated each year in the United States. The majority of the waste is from old roof tear-offs, which are then replaced with new asphalt shingles. This generates an incredible amount of waste potentially headed to landfills; however, recycling the asphalt content of the shingles greatly reduces this waste and provides a cheaper source of asphalt for shingle and hot mix asphalt (HMA) manufacturers. United Companies is one of many paving companies using recycled asphalt content in their hot mix pavement; check their site for an article about a recent paving project in Mesa County, Colorado that used HMA containing both recycled asphalt shingle and recycled asphalt pavement content.
Refuse and Recycling Blog
Large bulk items are more difficult to efficiently dispose of compared to other types of refuse because lifting large and heavy objects can be very difficult. Large bulk items can include doors, copiers and equipment.
Like any environmentally conscious person, you dutifully separate your papers and your plastics, and leave your recycling at the curb for garbage pickup every week, and you just assume that the environmental waste makes its way to the recycling facility, where everything is green, birds are singing, and the wheels of the recycling machine spin diligently, making your newspaper into a piece of writing paper, destined for the classroom.
In Johns' new eBook, we provide you with the latest and most effective ways to make your business more environmentally friendly. These practices are free of cost and will actually save you money!
Have you considered changing your company into a Zero Waste Company, but haven’t thought in depth about what it could actually do for you and your company? Now’s the time to switch because of the immediate benefits it will do not only for you and your company, but especially the environment.
If your company is having difficulty deciding what is and what isn't hazardous waste, there are ways to determine this. Even homeowner's with their own private environmental waste will need to know if what they are disposing of is hazardous or not. The RCRA, or Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, determines first if it is solid waste. Solid waste doesn't have to be "solid" but it must be no longer in use for its intended purpose or a material item that needs to be reclaimed before it is reused. Hazardous waste must first be solid waste before it can be deemed hazardous.
Plastics are cost-effective, convenient, lightweight and relatively unbreakable, and they are used to manufacture many common products these days, from disposable and reusable food containers to toys. However, all plastics are not equal, and there are health and environmental concerns related to the widespread use of them. Environmental problems include the facts that the majority of plastics are made from petroleum, a predominantly imported and non-renewable resource and that plastic packaging creates significant waste, which is bulky and takes up a large volume of the space at landfill sites. Health issues are related to its use in food storage and cooking, when chemicals can leach into foods and drinks, and to plastics manufacturing and incineration which creates pollution and exposes employees of these facilities to toxic chemicals.
The green movement is a planet wide initiative to change the way we behave and make sure that our children are left with a better environment than we inherited from our parents.
Going green isn't only good for the environment, it can be good for your business' bottom line. Trendy companies today are finding that they can add income to their company by sticking to the old adage, "Reduce, reuse, recycle." Whether you're running a restaurant or managing a factory, put green policies into effect throughout the company to save money and increase your net profits every month.