To Recycle or Not to Recycle, That is the Question

The average American generates about four pounds of trash per day, and it might astonish you what items are truly recyclable and which ones are not.

For example, light bulbs and  tissue paper are considered non-recyclable. As are "hazardous materials" like cell phones and fire extinguishers (these need to be taken to a hazardeous waste disposal facility).

"When in doubt, recycle it," advises Michael Speck with Waste Management.

Waste Management started the Green Squad in order to advance sustainability by helping companies of all size “go green.” The squad provides methods, technologies and tools to help companies help the environment, as well as themselves, by becoming more efficient and cut costs.

For example, General Motors enlisted the help of the Green Squad to improve the way their pressed cardboard boxes were managed. The boxes are now recovered and reused as an absorbent in the 2010 Buick Lacrosse luxury sedan, thus reducing GM’s carbon footprint and creating raw materials from previously wasted boxes. 

To get started, send your information to The Green Squad and they will begin an assessment of your company and begin implementing a system to send you on your way to sustainability.

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