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15 Steps to Renew Your Commitment to Recycling

Recycling can be easy – and fun – for everyone in the family. With Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and at work, there’s no better time for the family to get involved and become better environmental stewards.

Here are 15 small actions you and your family can take to renew your commitment to recycling.


A Brief History of Computer Recycling

Fifteen years ago hardly anyone thought about how to recycle computers or other electronics. Those who did may not have even known about the importance of keeping toxic heavy metals out of our landfills, or the fact that 98 percent of the materials in computers can be recovered and reused for a sustainable economy. 


Recycle Your Plastic Bags in Georgia

Georgia Recycling Coalition started a bag recycling campaign in the winter of 2012. Here's a list of all the things you can recycle. Click here for locations finder.

The Bag Family

I've got a pretty big family and we all want to be recycled when you go to the store. Below you'll find my relatives who also don't want to be treated like trash!

Newspaper Bags

  • They protect millions of newspapers from damage every day and you can do right by them by getting them into the recycling stream.


ShoeBox Recycling

ShoeBox Recycling has been doing textile and shoe recycling for over 12 years and we are working hard to ensure that everyone finds a way to recycle their old shoes. Our program is simple. We provide boxes, pay for shipping and provide funding to you from the collection of shoes at your venues. We also seek to connect the givers and recipients of the shoes via our 'Recycle Your Shoes, Find Your SoleMate' concept.

Our goal is to put an end to shoes going to landfills through increasing education that worn is not worn out. All of our shoes can typically have another life on someone else's feet throughout the globe. We also aspire to connect givers and receivers of these recycled shoes though our "Recycle Your Shoes Find Your SoleMate program." (slip a note with a unique code in your shoe, and connect with the end user. Making the process transparent and engaging is crucial to promote the continued action / inspiration of shoe recyclers. The note will be made available in the coming weeks.)


Atlanta Community Recycling Centers

Empowering Atlanta’s Communities to Sustain Cleaner and Greener Neighborhoods

Keep Atlanta Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., serves Atlanta by developing and implementing public education and community improvement programs that make a cleaner and greener Atlanta. These initiatives enhance the quality of life and economic development in the community by instilling pride in community ownership and a behavior change that seeks improvements in littering, recycling, beautification, and natural resource conservation.


CVS/pharmacy Offers Customers Safe Disposal Program for Medications

- TakeAway Environmental Return System(TM) now available in 7,200 CVS/pharmacy locations -
- Convenient, affordable solution for customers to safely dispose their unwanted drugs -
- U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse applauds availability of program at CVS/pharmacy -

CVS/pharmacy announced today that all 7,200 of its locations now offer the Sharps Compliance Corp.'s Environmental Return System, which provides customers with the ability to safely dispose of their unused, expired or unwanted drugs using affordable medication disposal envelopes.


Wastewater 101 for Gwinnett County

When water leaves your home, apartment, or workplace, it goes to one of two locations: the sanitary sewer system or a septic tank. If the wastewater goes to the sanitary sewer system, it will pass from the source to a wastewater treatment facility. The wastewater treatment facility will clean the water and release the treated water (or effluent) into a nearby stream, river, or lake. Water that does not flow into the sanitary sewer system is treated by an onsite waste water management system, commonly called a septic system.


Bubble Wrap: Biodegradable, Creative Re-Use

Does anyone not like to pop bubble wrap?  Introduced in 1960 by the Sealed Air Corporation, bubble wrap – that is, the popping thereof – has been used as a stress reliever, a toddler-distracter, an annoyer.  But most of us just use bubble wrap to cushion our fragile items for moving or shipping.  Popping the bubbles is a bonus (if an addictive one). The problem with bubble wrap is that approximately 95% of it ends up in landfills.   Now, some forms of bubble wrap are biodegradable.  U-Haul sells one called “EnviroBubble” which will degrade over time when exposed to sun and/or moisture.  Clearly, sending biodegradable plastic to landfills is preferable to non-biodegradable.


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