Flood Brothers Disposal & Recyclingand the Wolves have teamed up this season to provide fun, and easy recycling tips to help make Chicago a “greener” city. Here are 10 “Recycling Tips from the Pros":
Buy recycled paper and print on both sides. By recycling one ton of paper, we save 17 trees and almost 7,000 gallons of water.
Recycle your outdated technology. Americans throw out more than 2 million tons of electronic waste each year. Avoid adding to that waste by recycling your old technology.
Ensure recycling bins are readily available. Convenience is a large factor when it comes to recycling, so equip your home and office with labeled bins.
Recycle your empty ink and toner cartridges. Americans discard nearly 700,000 cartridges per day when many supply stores offer convenient (and cheap) ink replacement.
Reuse your morning coffee cup. Or, better yet, bring your favorite travel mug on your daily Dunkin’ Donuts coffee run to avoid the waste caused by Styrofoam.
Start using reusable grocery bags, if possible. And, if you do use plastic bags, take your leftovers back to grocery stores (i.e. your local Jewel-Osco) where they are collected and reused to make plastic lumber.
Recycle junk mail or reuse it as scratch paper. Or, even better, you can opt out of many mailing lists by visiting http://opt-out.cdt.org/
Recharge your batteries. It takes 1,000 regular batteries to equal the lifespan of one rechargeable battery. And if you do discard your alkaline batteries, be sure to take them to a recycling center.
Divide and conquer. Divvy up recycling duties among family members so that each person plays a part in your family’s recycling effort.
Cloth > paper. Use cloth napkins and rags for everyday household messes instead of paper towels and napkins.