Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas


Coleese our "recycled pup" sharing holiday cheer. 

CRI management and staff would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas &  blessed New Year filled with much love, many smiles and great success. It has been a pleasure working together with our staff to save our planet one customer at a time. We are thrilled at the growing environmental awareness and are honored to help play a role in positive, green changes made by local residents and businesses. Keep up the good work!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sometimes you just have to say.. Good Work!

I was honored to participate in an event with one of our clients that (with the help of CRI) utilized recycled milk jugs to produce picnic tables. These tables were than donated to non profits for use in their organizations. It was a great project all around, companies donated time, money and products. It involved volunteering, donation of recycled goods (for multiple great causes) and was all around a great use of resources. I don't claim to have completed in-depth research on the company(s) that we worked with and all the ins and outs of their business dealings throughout the last 5 years but I know that they did a great thing and it was an amazing event! I expected them to get a great deal of recognition, and they did, but not all in the form that I think they deserved. I understand that at times people (and companies) have hidden motives. I understand that sometimes people have more "extreme" views and want to see companies do more (understandable) but why criticize positive steps that companies make. I also understand you don't punish a good deed with extreme (unwarranted) criticism.

I've blogged before that no one is environmentally perfect (at least no person that I know). At one time in life I'd be willing to bet that someone has thrown away a plastic bottle, used a Styrofoam cup, or ripped through a roll of paper towels. The reality is that most of us have done a number of these things (and may still continue to do so). The goal of our company and those looking for positive change is to make little adjustments, one step at a time. After making one sound environmental choice the next one is easier and clearer. It's taken years for us to get to a point of having a "disposable" mindset it'll take even more to get back. It would be the best if everyone could just stop, but that's not realistic. Small changes everyday will lead to a huge impact in weeks, months and years. Positive changes and efforts need praise.

It's so easy to blame the faceless company and make "industry" the bad guy but just because a company makes a product in a (fully recyclable) plastic container doesn't mean they've done anything wrong. Yes, I understand that only a portion of all plastic bottles used are recycled; whose fault is that? The person who makes the choice to throw away that plastic container instead of recycling it is the one that everyone should be angry with.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Recycling fun.

It's been a little bit since I've added something fresh to our blog. I struggle with trying to provide new, educational content that people would like to read (hint: I'm always looking for reader suggestions/comments to point me in the right direction). I decided I'd ease back in with something fun to test your recycling knowledge. We are going to be "grading" some bales that are in our warehouse. Can you tell me what these are? They have been sorted at our facility and compacted (into bales) that are easier for storage and transport but what where they? Please, all guesses welcomed! 

      I used to be a :  ???? 


                           




this one isn't meant to stump you (there is some bleed from the item above - the brown ones) and a new product to the right. 





Friday, September 6, 2013

Farewell

We lost one of our valued team members at the end of August. Ken (our head dispatcher) retired. He had been with our company for over 8 years. Ken managed our drivers and helped get our customers serviced as quickly and efficiently as possible. We wish Ken the best retirement filled with lots of Red Sox Games, grandchildren, and all the other experiences that will take his breath away!


You will be missed.

"May the road rise up to meet you.
 May the wind be always at your back
 May the sun shine warm upon your face
 The rains fall soft upon your fields
 And until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand" 
-An Irish Blessing-

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We're all about recycling but..

A Recycled Basket (all items inside are made from recycled content) donated to a local customer for an employee event. 

I find it absolutely amazing all the things that can be recycled and I love to point out items that are a product of recycling (I mean, it's pretty much my job to do that). Everyday new technology allows items previously destined to live decades in a landfill (or nearly forever) to become something new. I think that it's essential that people know what can be recycled and the actual impact that recycling has. To see that my water bottle, when thrown in the recycling bin (along with a few "friends") has now become a tee shirt encourages me to never take the easy road (and when required) walk a few extra steps to ensure that my items are recycled

Lately I've read that cigarette butts, diapers, mattresses, carpet, waxed drink containers can all be recycled. Part of me gets really excited, we all need to use less items that end up in the landfill, another part of me gets a bit worried. Most times when someone sees a quick blurb on their computer about carpet being recyclable the next time they have some they chuck it in the recycling bin. Yup, it's recyclable BUT only when it's collected by a handful of companies, located in a handful of states, used for a handful of products. I'm not criticizing the effort, I believe in recycling one bottle or can at at a time but I am worried for the amount of items that end up in the recycling bin that can't actually be recycled at the local materials recovery facility. If the recycling center that sorts the materiel cannot process or utilize the items they will not only get thrown away but sometimes contaminate the other clean items that are supposed to be in the bin.

Education. I can not say it enough,education is essential; know what your local center accepts. If you aren't sure ask questions. It's tough enough to get material in the bin we certainly don't want to cause items to be contaminated and unable to be recycled in the end.

Branch out. If you really want to recycle the items that your local center won't handle do some research and find out who will, and how to get it to them. If there are no close by solutions reach out to your local center (in a nice, concerned citizen sort of way.. not an upset, angry customer sort of way) and ask if they know where it can be recycled or if they could consider accepting more items. You might not get a direct answer or results but at least they'll be made aware of interest and if they get a lot of calls maybe they'll decide it's something worth taking. 

Happy Back to School Week!


Whether this week or in a few days to come .. wishing all little ones and big ones alike a great start to a new school year! Keep it green! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Insiders Glimpse

CRI Single Stream Operations.

Here are some shots of our single stream system chuggin' away. The material is pouring in and the recycling process has begun.




Single stream might seem like an easier recycling solution but just like when you were sorting it yourself, please keep out garbage! Nearly all items that were labeled trash in the past continue to be. While getting some quick shots to post here I saw a some obvious garbage that needed to be sorted out. As a general rule the following items are always considered non recyclable during standard curbside collection or drop off (really, they were out there)

Mattresses (although I've heard they can be recycled it has to be a special collection item and if mixed in with the recycled will be trashed)
Diapers (clean or especially dirty)
Food Waste (Again, we compost but it cannot be mixed in with your recycling it just makes garbage)
Doggie & Kitty "Bi-products" (I know that no one wants to hang on to the foul smelling baggie for long but prior to chucking please ensure that it's a garbage bin and not a recycling bin..you wouldn't want to be the poor soul who is on the sorting line pulling out trash.)

Those were some of the big offenders but there is plenty of items that get thrown in the bin merely because its closer than the garbage. Please remember the goal of recycling is collect and ensure that every possible item is reused. Mixing garbage in with the recyclables only increases contamination and can negatively effect the ability to reprocess items that were previously highly recyclable.

Why do I always feel the need to say that we haven't flip flopped on this topic? If you're familiar with past blog posts, we stand behind the idea that dual stream separated material continues to have less residual (trash downgrades) then comparable single stream sources. Maintaining the highest recyclability and product quality is a recyclers goal.  Market demand has required single stream collection and processing, we continue our goal of optimizing the recycled content and reducing waste however possible.

Friday, July 5, 2013

I try..

I recently read a blog post (which CRI shared on Facebook) about the "secret" confessions of someone who tries to be green but struggles with not so eco moments. The blog really spoke to me. I make a large effort to keep it green. I do really well most times but there are still areas that I could use some real improvement.

I have a paper towel addiction. I've tried to opt for sponges and reusable towels but nothing has quite done the trick for me as well as paper towels (especially in a pinch with many'o spills with small children). Reusable towels created more laundry and I could never get them to look clean again after cleaning up something like grape juice or strawberries. I'd pull them out in front of company and be convinced that they were judging us as someone who "forgot" to do the wash. I feel guilt as I pull a towel off the roll - the good news is that when you compost.. it's not so bad (yes, now I'm justifying).

The nice thing about life in general is that despite some failures you have plenty of chances to shine. Our family has done really great in trying to eliminate on the go baggies specifically in packing lunches or on dinners on the fly. In the spring/summer sports season, we often need to eat on the move.  I've purchased some super cute containers that eliminate the need for baggies as well as recycling some lunch meat containers that work great for holding sandwiches and a side. There are lots of positives to these baggy alternatives because not only are they reusable ( I  tried to reuse baggies but sometimes day old mayo that sat out in the sun just isn't something I'm looking to clean out of the bag and put it back to work.. smell and all) they are also easier to hold, use, and pack (they actually don't smash your sandwich).




I've found that most times when I've changed our habits in an attempt to be more environmentally friendly, I've also saved our family some cash. Anyone have any great green ideas, we'd love to hear them!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Reader Question??

I see on sites like yours that you accept most plastics 1-7. Why is it that where I live they take only #'s 1&2?  I even know they bring it to you. Should I throw it in the bin anyway and let them figure it out.. since obviously they can be recycled?

Thanks!  Kaylee

You are not alone Kaylee, I have heard this question frequently. A local township or drop off center has the ability to decide how they'd like the recycling in their area handled. They can determine what type of program best fits their residents. Plastics #'s 1&2 are typically the most common and highly recyclable plastic, with a steady rebate (when kept separated, clean, and contaminant free). A lot of thought typically goes into the decision of what items they will allow for collection.

1. Cost: The number one factor is typically cost. We'd like to pretend that the environment is all that matters but in a time when budgets are being cut and programs dropped or suspended, money plays a very important factor in how the recycling will be handled. Officials cannot be faulted for needing to work within a budget (so this contains no negative implications).

2. Participation/Demand: Perhaps a township starts with a "complete"  plastics recycling program accepting  all numbers but the majority of the material that they received were 1's and 2's. On the other hand sometimes they take the cost and the advice of others in mind and test out the waters (if they don't get significant requests to take more types) they'll continue to keep it small and easily manageable.

3. Goals: Many times coordinating the recycling in a township or borough can be the "leftovers". Smaller areas do not usually have specified waste coordinators and the position gets piled on someone who already has a pretty full load. The worst part of someone having to take on the leftovers is that they may not have a whole lot of knowledge on how it could be best handled, or even how to find out. Based on what they are required to do may determine their goals and how the recycling in the area will be handled.

4. Knowledge: Knowledge goes quite well with goals because without proper knowledge of what could be available you can't set proper goals. Some officials tasked with recycling and waste collection have ensured that they are quite educated on the matter others may not know exactly how or what is done after the items leave, or how they could optimize their impact and potentially rebates (or decrease costs).

5. Staff: More aggressive recycling programs require better "policing" of the bins and materials accepted. When you open it up to most plastics you start to get everything with no filters. Just because they'll accept #7's does not mean that they'll accept toys or other items with metal.Metal contmination is one of the more common issues which results in the plastic item being thrown away (most processing facilities don't have the time, tools, or staff to remove the metal). In some smaller communities they just don't have the budget or staff to include any additional recycling related costs. They could not bare the burden of contiminated materail being rejected (due to garbage being throwing into the recycling bin by residents; even if it's with positive intentions).

I hope that helped shed a bit of light on what some areas list as recyclable in their community. With the above being said I wouldn't recommend going rouge and throwing material in the bins that they are asking to keep out. They may be rebated for the material and constant contamination could be source of trouble for their bottom line and possibly the recycling program as a whole. If you are really concerned about them providing more recycling options for other plastics in your area call your township and let them know. They would be able to give you the best insight on way they've chosen the current setup. If they aren't able to change you can always take your recyclables to a recycling center that allows residential drop offs. We are one of those facilities but we still will not allow you to drop off "junk" all plastic items must be free from metal and any other "non-plastic" contaminants, this allows the material to truly be recycled.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Recycling 101 Answers..

We only had one answer but he was right on. Way to go, you showed us your skills!

 
The above corrugated is coated with wax (used mostly for produce). The wax coating makes recycling it with other corrugated items not possible and recycling in general quite difficult. Some companies may be able to handle this item but at a minimum must be kept separate.


The above corrugated is very recyclable and so is the plastic which is wrapping it but together they are garbage. If the plastic is removed both items can be thrown in (separate) recycling bins.



  The above items are box cutting, this material is commonly used for soda can packaging, cereal, boxed pasta, etc. They do not have the "honey combed" makeup that you'd find in corrugated boxes. They are fully recyclable but do not have the same value and reuse potential that corrugated does.  
 
Thanks so much for participating.. if you enjoyed Recycling 101 let me know and we'll do a few more of these!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Recycling 101

These items were sorted out of the corrugated and are considered contamination in that grade. Any idea why?
 
 
Why not participate? You can show off your recycling skills or maybe learn something new.
 
 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Come on people..

We've been hearing the chants recently.. single stream, single stream, single stream. It has become  the craze and it seems that nearly everyone thinks its the wave of the future (heck they have a song about it Toss It Baby). Many "environmentalists" push for the idea, they claim it'll get those people recycling that previously refused and greatly improve recycling numbers and participation. I consider myself to be environmentally conscious, so much so that I think dual stream is a better option (yeah, I know, no one cares). So okay, technology in the single stream arena has improved, separating the material has become more effective, and the residual rates have gone down (still noticeably higher then a dual stream facility).  We have agreed, that with everyone pushing, single stream seems to be a necessity brought on by market demand. CRI Hamburg is in the midst of installing a single stream sorting system, as I type.  We have done our research and have taken careful note of various systems that have had success and those who have not performed as well, we are ready. I have to admit, we have unanimously decided that this is the path we should take but some of us still can't help but pout a bit.. like a child that agrees to cooperate but still has some reservations about it.

Now a new chant is being whispered (thank God it's only a whisper at this point) .. dirty mrf, dirty mrf, dirty mrf. To this chant I respond "come on people how lazy can we be"? I guess before I continue on my tirade I should explain what a dirty mrf (materials recovery facility) is. A dirty mrf is a facility that accepts material that has been collected curbside that is both residual waste (garbage) and recycling (inclusive of paper, plastics, glass, metals, etc). There are reasons that we don't throw our trash around our house and we keep it separated in a bin by itself, sometimes with odor blocking bags. You can eliminate most of your "gross" trash by rinsing containers and composting although do you really think  that someone who couldn't be bothered to separate their trash from this recycling would take the time to rinse it out or compost it (typically)? I think, no. Recycling in and of itself is not a clean process, you still will receive material with contamination even when it is sorted. The implications of mixing trash with recycling will take a toll on the industry in a number of ways.

1. Staff - Sorting recyclables can be a dirty job adding garbage in to the equation will only make the position less appealing. In addition, injuries will be more likely to occur since many times people throw sharp items into the trash (light bulbs, broken ceramics, broken glasses, etc). Additional automation could help with this issue but that would mean the loss of "unskilled" labor positions.

2. Residual Rates - The more you mix trash in with the recycling the more recycling will be downgraded to trash. You can attempt to sort out material that is mixed but it will never again be as clean as single or dual stream material. Glass will break and paper will get wet, this will lead to intermingled contamination and the need for out throws.

3. True Recyclability- The entire goal and focus of recycling is to create a new product from an old used up one. The more "stuff" you mix with the recyclables the dirtier they become. White paper that is mixed with dirty and semi-wet drink containers will no longer be white and will no longer be able to make a new high quality white paper. The process produces lower quality raw materials that do not have the same flexibility for reuse as it's cleaner alternative.

4. Costs- There are entirely more capital and processing costs associated with processing recyclables and garbage mixed. The material is harder on the equipment and the equipment needed is more expensive. In addition, more material is downgraded (residual) that will need to be hauled away as trash. As mentioned above the labor will typically become more difficult to keep leading to the new for higher wages or automation (which is a costly equipment expense).

I understand that everyone looks for the easiest and simplest way to get things done but this is just removing sorting on a small scale from the hands of the consumer and putting large scale sorting on the processor. I am hopeful that despite this process seeming like the easy way out that people will continue to take in account our environment and revisit what the true goals of recycling.

So now you know how I feel how about you?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Brrr..

A little lady thinking green.

I know I'm not alone here, I've heard plenty of people saying the same thing this year. I am so ready for spring!The snow and ice melted, the birds starting singing, little bulbs started blooming and then.. it snowed ,ice (re)formed, and the heating oil is still pouring through our burner like coins in a slot machine. I think the biggest hurtle is the mental aspect of things. Had mother nature not let us taste the warmth we wouldn't be craving it quite as badly right now, but we did.. and we want more!

This correlates with my last post talking about how to get employees to participate in the recycling efforts of a company. In most instances once staff and management "taste" the benefits of recycling or see the impact one company can have in our environment it's tough not to crave more. It becomes easy, almost second nature, to look for more ways to save or more things to pull out of trash.

It is always harder to retrain a person who isn't programed to think about recycling and conservation but when following our prior tips and showing results you can usually change the way people think (at least a little).  Without doubt, it is always easier to train from the beginning and ingrain the ideas in to a little mind, making it true second nature. It's easy as a parent to explain the importance of our planet and taking care of it, providing examples of what is healthy for our planet and what's not (just like what is healthy for a  body and what is not). The concepts are easy to understand and laying down that foundation keeps it fresh in their minds as they grow.

I have said it before;  there is really nothing more important for our childrens future than our planet, it's essential.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Reader Question: How to kickstart an office recycling program?

Kim A emailed me a question:

 I have been tasked with getting our office recycling program running. The actual process of recycling collection has started but the staff isn't really jumping on board like I thought they would. I fought for our company to recycle but it's not going as planned. Please help!!

Kim, thanks for writing. You are not alone, many times it is tough to get staff to jump on board with anything new let alone a new recycling program. So often people are scared of change and accustomed to doing things the way "they've always done it". I do have a few key suggestions that have provided the needed motivation in the past.

1. Keep it simple. Any extra steps needed to recycle will often be steps not taken. Place recycling bins right next to garbage bins, typically in high traffic areas.


2. Label clearly. When not sure what to do you resort to what you know. If not properly and completely labeled the employees will go back to what they know and trash it. Be sure to label what is supposed to go in the bin and what needs to be kept out. Lack of participation isn't the only thing that can kill a budding program so can contamination. Contamination of recyclables can result in unusable material which leads to downgrades and charges.

3. Provide (brief) instruction. Instruction is important but so is the keyword brief. It's goes back to point number one, if you make it sound too complex people will be scared away. Explain very briefly why you've decided to recycle (inclusive of environmental and economic benefits), explain what you'll be recycling and how/when/where.

4. Appoint a recycling "cheerleader" or green team. It seems like your company has already done this.. so one step down! It doesn't need to be a full time job or even result in lots of extra hours, or tasks (especially as you are just starting out) but keeping someone invested and reviewing recycling numbers and goals will keep the recycling movement going in the right direction.

5. Keep employees engaged and updated. Provide monthly or at a minimum quarterly recycling numbers to reflect the recycling efforts. Inform staff of and program movements (growth or downtrends). Provide information about the financial benefit of recycling (if applicable) and what waste removal costs may have been eliminated. Smaller scale recycling programs will not see the immediate payoff of a larger scale office recycling program but that doesn't mean that the benefits aren't there. Seek out sites that contain statistics which equate the commodities that you've kept out of a landfill to your environmental impact. One such site is Recycling Benefits (but there are a ton out there!)

6. Get help from professionals. You may be interested and engaged in recycling but may not have the knowledge or experience to spot things that you are throwing away which could be recycled. Waste management companies who are committed to recycling will help. They have the tools necessary to help you completely remove recyclable items from your trash and provide the best container and logistic options to make it as cost effective as possible (most times, when producing significant quantities, rebates for the material will occur). The professionals can help you start a program and can also provide future goals to keep the recycling program growing to include new items and initiatives.

7. Ask for input. This would work very well with numbers four and five. If you have a green team it's ideal to get members from different areas in the facility. If you are providing feedback it's also good to ask for feedback. Many times just a little tweaking to a program based on employee suggestions results in a large increase in participation, they want to feel like they are part of the movement. Ask the right questions;  what about the program is working & what isn't, ask what would make it easier, ask what items they see being thrown away frequently. You will most likely encounter at least one "Debbie Downer" (see my below post) but sometimes with a little work they'll become one your biggest supporters.

8. Create incentives. We've found this to be one of the most effective motivators (with companies with large waste & recycling streams) but can be difficult if you don't have full support of management. Keep track of areas in the facility and what their recycling contribution is, create competition within the building and determine what area/department can recycle more. Sometimes mere competition isn't quite enough and you get the biggest results when providing rewards or incentives. Some companies have opted to keep all or a  portion of their recycling rebates in a separate fund and utilize them for improvements in employee conveniences (for example a new outdoor seating area), others have provided reward in the form of pizza parties, etc. Unfortunately some people need a reason to participate and direct benefit to them is the thing that provides the motivation they need.

The best part about kick starting a recycling program is that once you have the staff trained and excited about the program will take on a life of it's own. The start is always the toughest and as you make it second nature you can sit back and watch it grow and expand (with just a little continued guidance).

Kim, I hope this helps. These are suggestions that have helped to inspire staff of current client. Please remember a good waste management/recycling company can also make all the difference. They should be able to provide the communication and information needed (inclusive of signage and training).  If you are located in Pennsylvania (within the Lehigh, Berks, Northampton or Schuylkill counties) we would love to weigh in with our recycling knowledge so give us a call!



Monday, March 11, 2013

Debbie Downer

We all know or have known  a "Debbie Downer". The person in the crowd that seems to suck the light out of room, who can turn a good situation into a problem and a problem into a crisis of epic proportions. So often in all the environmental talk there are extremists (Debbie Downers if you will).

We definitely need to continue to make progress in our environment to right some wrongs of the past but I take the optimist approach that we are working on it. I've witnessed a lot of positive change. Most people have recognized that we need this planet and are paying attention to our environment and things are looking up. People are asking for environmentally friendlier solutions (or demanding them) and companies are taking notice and responding.

I do have to admit that when I read this article: Pennsylvania County Dumps Solid Waste Department & Recycling Program, I was a bit upset. At risk of sounding like a Debbie Downer I feel like this is a move in the complete wrong direction. It has taken us so long to begin to understand our true impact on the environment and how the decisions that we make today effect the futures of generations to come. I can understand that townships don't want to get experimental and try new programs but I feel as though it's the obligation of government officials to at least encourage recycling as a bare minimum. Granted, I live in an area that doesn't do curbside collection (although we do have a drop off center that is opened two times a week). This puts the ball more in the court of residents. I need to have the motivation to collect my recycling and drive it to the collection center. I'm an adult and it's a task I am up to, they've made it easy by also accepting garbage on those days.

I fully understand that if recycling is costing the county money (especially in the tune of $100,000 per year) adjustments need to occur. I don't feel confident that all options were explored and I don't agree that allowing residents to trash recyclables results in positive benefits for anyone. In the long run, as I've stated so many times before, each person is responsible for their own decisions and that includes their personal environmental impact. I am hopeful that people will take note that their personal choices when it comes to our environment has consequences far larger then they can physically see. I guess all we can do is give our opinion, express the importance of taking care of our planet and hope they everyone is listening; setbacks will happen but our goals need to remain clear.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Yard Sale!



When I hear "yard sale" this time of year (as a skier) I think of a total wipe out. Not just a fall but a wipe out so severe that it looks like a yard sale because you have lost all your gear at various spots on the hill. At the first sign of trouble you dropped a pole the second falling shortly thereafter. The next item to go was the gloves; how?, not even sure. You lose a ski, then two and before you know it the goggles and hat are also no longer on your person (most times the yard sale happens so quickly and unexpectedly that you don't even know what you're missing until you have found yourself face down in the snow). You stand up (if you can) and survey the damage. Yeah, I'm not talking about that kind of yard sale (what I'm talking about is much more fun for the person participating versus those lucky enough to have caught a glimpse from on the lift). 

I am talking about a good old fashioned yard sale.The idea of selling at a yard sale; where you get rid of the things that you no longer use but continue to clutter your space. Your trash that is likely to be just the thing that someone else has been (or never knew they were) looking for. I haven't often participated in selling (although I have even been giving that a try these days) but I have been a full participator in buying. I take pure pride in getting great deals. I also think it's great to reuse items instead of trashing them. It's great to know that even if money is tight that you don't necessarily have to give up the great styles or brands you just have to know where to look. I have gotten some amazing finds at yard sales; some of my children's favorite things.

 
 I love yard sales. I am a fully committed upcycler.. when the right items come along (maybe you should give it a try). I do warn.. bargain shopping can become a compulsion .. only buy what you actually "need" otherwise you find yourself featured on a show called Hoarders (also.. reduction of stuff is the first step in the cycle.. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE).

Monday, February 25, 2013

Whatever you do..

Don't eat the yellow snow!



I just read an article in Waste and Recycling News about a ski resort in Arizona using sewage effluent as their primary water source to make snow. I am obviously all about recycling, reusing, compost, natural fertilization (I guess) and skiing. I'm just not sure that I want to take a big spill on this mountain, especially the kind of spill that involves snow going everywhere (inclusive of your mouth).

When the resort first fired up it's new "recycled water" machines the snow came out yellow. The representative from the resort stated the source of the yellow snow was really from some residual rust in the pipes and not the recycled water. I just wanted to throw a blanket warning out there .. no matter where you are.. no matter what you are doing.. don't eat the yellow snow!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Come On.. You'll love it!

We have gotten a few pictures and they are great but we'd love to see more. Almost everyone has some great pictures that capture breathtaking scenes that you can't help but admire. We want to provide some motivation in the form of a picture. Sometimes we get too wrapped up in our day to day lives to take a moment and realize all that we have! We all know what they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words.

We have great prizes that will be worth your while, plus you'll be motivating others to take care of our fine planet (which could be motivation enough .. ) .

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

This is worth saving!


Do you have any great nature pictures that you'd like to share that sums up the phrase "this is worth saving?" Please share them (we'll give you all the credit)! You can email them to me at t.macaulay@couglesrecycling.com . Can't wait to see them!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What's in it for me?

So often motivation is based on a reward, or the potential for one. My dog will sit when asked because generally treats are given. People comment on a blog or face book post because they are told a winner will be selected.

Unfortunately sometimes life's rewards aren't immediate, you don't always get your treat for doing the deed. In the long run I'm convinced they'll usually pay off; but we aren't always wise enough to link the deed and the "pay off", we tend to be to short sited and forget.

The nice thing about recycling is that there is always a positive result. Our goal (which is often met and exceeded) is to make the payoff as immediate as possible. You recycle a ton of corrugated boxes and you are paid and you saved 17 trees. The monetary payment is a great reward for the company but doesn't typically motivate the staff to participate.  Some companies incentivize their staff by making a reward for them; they publish their recycling results and impact, recognize the stand out recyclers, develop green teams, and some great programs even use prizes as motivation to keep the trend growing. They motivate their staff because the more participation the more positive results they see.

The big payoff that everyone receives is often not linked; the future of our planet and our children and their children. We should recycle because this planet isn't ours. It doesn't belong to us we are just tasked with taking care of it for OUR future generations. I've heard before and I'm not looking to misquote (or take credit) but I sure don't want to be the one to have to explain what happened to all the pretty trees on my watch. I would like to be able to show the positive changes my generation made not the deterioration. There is so much to be thankful for on our beautiful planet, take a minute to recognize it's beauty and decide what role you're going to take in keeping it that way. So, I guess there is a whole lot in it for all of us.