Refuse and Recycling Blog

Three Ways to Measure Your Environmental Impact at Work

Posted on Tue, May 06, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Measuring our own environmental impact, also commonly referred to as environmental footprint, is one of the first steps towards limiting the damage and pollution we’re all responsible for. It's incredibly important that we have some way to accurately quantify our effects because it is difficult to see the full of extent of our damaging behavior from work and our lifestyles.

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Waste Management in Connecticut: Are You Throwing Away Money?

Posted on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

The amount of money Americans waste each year is staggering, but even worse is the fact that a huge portion of that money is basically being thrown straight in the trash along with all of the other waste and garbage we produce. In fact, by taking a few easy steps, Americans could save billions of dollars each year with very little effort.

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The Top 4 Challenges Associated with Managing Your Construction Waste

Posted on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

For anyone who’s in construction, or has ever done any remodeling or landscaping for that matter, you already know just how quickly the waste materials can start to pile up, especially during demolition projects.

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Benefits of Hiring a Private Waste Management Company in Connecticut

Posted on Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

It's a simple fact that the sheer volume of waste we produce is one of the biggest problems humanity is currently facing. Despite the fact that Americans currently recycle around one-third of our waste, our landfills are still filling up at alarming rates and we're quickly running out of places to store all that we throw away—not to mention the ground and water pollution that results from these landfills.

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Why You Should Take Advantage of Our Free Month of Service

Posted on Tue, Apr 01, 2014 @ 10:00 AM
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Do You Know What You’re Throwing into Your Waste Container?

Posted on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

We are experts at producing waste, which in turn causes a variety of environmental problems. For example, the food we throw away is responsible for the majority of methane emissions. Methane is one of the worst greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

The United States, as a whole, sends more than 250 million tons of waste to landfills each year, and another 90 million tons to recycling and composting plants. These staggering numbers account for both household and commercial waste. Businesses are beginning to take major steps to help reduce this amount, but most individuals have yet to catch on and take action.

Steps to Reduce Household Waste 

The ultimate goal should be zero waste for companies and individuals alike, however this may not be completely feasible. We can however, take basic steps to begin to reduce our waste. The most important step is to examine what you’re throwing away—you’ll soon realize just how much waste you are throwing out that you could be instead recycling, composting, or repurposing. 

Most experts suggest that up to fifty percent of the waste we send to landfills each year is only there because we're too lazy to take the extra steps necessary to sort and recycle it. Performing a simple waste audit can help people to realize the extent of their waste (per household) and show how easy it can be to help reduce it.

Performing a Waste Audit 

The first step to reducing household waste is to perform what is known as a waste audit. Basically, this means saving up all of your trash for a week, then sorting it out into different piles based on the type of waste.

Of course, you're going to want to wear gloves and do this in an area that you don't mind getting a little dirty, as sorting your waste can get a bit messy (especially the stuff from earlier in the week).

Once you're set up and ready to go, separate the waste into the following piles—

  • Paper/Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Food and food packaging
  • Unsanitary waste (diapers, bathroom items, tissues, etc.)
  • Yard waste
  • Electronics and other potentially hazardous waste

Recyclable vs. Non-recyclable 

After sorting your waste into piles, you'll then want to weigh each one to get a better idea of what portion of your trash each one makes up and how much total waste you're producing on a weekly basis.

Now it's time to think about recycling, as nearly all of the piles can be either recycled or disposed of in ways other than by sending them to a landfill, (although unsanitary items such as bathroom waste should always be thrown away). In addition, items like electronics, batteries and the like should never be thrown away, and instead disposed of in the manner recommended by your local waste management company.

Regardless of where you live, your community most likely offers recycling for paper, cardboard, some plastics, and yard waste at the very least, the odds that these recyclable items make up quite a large percentage of your weekly trash. Consequently, by sorting out these items before they get thrown away, you’ll see an immediate and huge reduction in your trash.

As far as food waste goes, there are a few things you can do. One idea is to start a compost pile for some food items, such as eggshells, coffee grounds, spoiled fruit and vegetables, etc. Still, the easiest way to reduce food waste is to simply buy less food. A huge portion of our food waste comes directly from buying more food than we actually need and can consume, then throwing the extra food out when it spoils.

Generally, we all need to do our part in reducing waste to help protect the environment. The easiest way to start is the simple act of examining the waste we throw out. We should take the extra time and effort to—

  • Collect our waste
  • Sort and weigh it (quantifying the amount of waste we are actually throwing out)
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle

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Going Green: Tips for Saving Money on Your Energy Bill

Posted on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

The importance of saving money is one thing we can all agree on, but unfortunately most of us are unaware that it's possible to combine saving money with helping to protect the environment. 

There are actually a number of different ways that you can not only help to save money on your energy bills, but also reduce your impact on the environment at the same time. 

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Are You Consistently Cleaning Out Your Recycling and Waste Container?

Posted on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

It is very important to recycle and responsibly dispose of waste to help protect our environment. This is much easier if your waste container and bins are nice and clean.

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Do You Know What Dumpster You Need For Your Waste Management Job?

Posted on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

If you’re working on a big project at home, or at a commercial facility, you may be a bit overwhelmed by waste. After all, your regular waste pickup service probably can’t handle the amount of refuse you have to dispose of. Luckily, at John’s Refuse, you can rent a number of different dumpsters in a variety of sizes—one of which is sure to meet your needs.

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How to Reduce the Amount of Waste You Produce Each Week

Posted on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Until you start monitoring it closely, it may surprise you how much waste you generate each week, both at home and at work. However, this is something that you can easily change by making a few adjustments.

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