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Garbage Glows Green in Placer County Spotlight

recycling

Going green has never been more popular. Look around, and it seems that just about every businesses is tripping over itself to showcase their efforts at embracing sustainability. There are many businesses around the country that have been engaged in sustainability practices for many years, and even they are incorporating the greenness of their efforts as they make over their images. As an example, consider Placer County, California’s Auburn Placer Disposal Service, also known as Placer County’s garbage company.

For decades the business name has been Auburn Placer Disposal Service, but then just in the last couple of years the company has repainted its corporate identity, and now it is known as Recology Auburn Placer. It is the exact same company, doing the exact same thing; however, as it is reinventing its image, it is showcasing its recycling efforts. The company processes more than 100,000 tons of garbage annually, and it has been actively recycling for decades. The company constantly creates new methods for both residential and business customers to participate in recycling programs. With events like residential spring cleanup day, recycling buyback centers and commercial cardboard recycling, Recoloby has very effectively contributed to environmental cleanup efforts. As it continues to help keep the neighborhood clean and the environment healthy, Recology is also taking its bows in the green spotlight. [Read the rest of this entry...]

Renting as a Green Concept

RENT @ KONEX

Author: Lisa Whitaker

So everyone is talking about going green.  Sure, you’re not tooling a round the suburbs in an armored tank, but are you doing what you can to lower your impact on the environment?

There are lots of industries built around using your guilt over the state of the environment as a catalyst for their profit.  With all the things you can buy, there is almost always a green alternative.  But here’s another alternative – how about if you don’t BUY at all?

Any environmentalist worth their snuff will tell you that reducing your consumption is the best way to reduce your negative effect on our globe.  The less you buy, the less you waste; it’s that simple.

But sometimes, there are things you really need, or that you really want, whether you need them or not.  Here’s a novel idea – Rent!

Do you like spending a few weekends each summer on the lake?  Instead of buying a boat that you have to pay to store during all the times you’re not able to make it to the water, why not rent a boat when you want to get away?  Maybe you’re taking the kids and you need a pontoon boat, or you’re heading out for a waterskiing weekend and you need a high powered ski boat.  If you’ve got enough friends or family, renting a houseboat, might be a great weekend trip, too.  If you’re renting, you can tailor what you’re using to what you need in any given situation.  And, you can feel good about taking steps toward a greener world. [Read the rest of this entry...]

E-Waste Surging in Developing Countries

Document Shredding/E-Waste Roundup
Author: Moli Sk

Escalating demands of used as well as new electronic gadgets in developed as well as developing countries such as the U.S.A, Canada, Australia, Japan, Australia, India, China, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc. will be alarming for global environment in near future.

According to the news of sciencedaily.com, by the year of 2020 electronic waste from old computers will be doubled from 200 to 400 percent in South Africa and China and will increase by 500 percent in India. The most concerning part is that these countries don’t have any concrete plan or system to tackle hazardous e-waste and most of them are improperly handled or discarded.

Recent report exposes that china generates about 300,000 tonnes of electronic waste from personal computers, India generates 56,300 tonnes from personal computers and 4,700 tones from printers, Colombia produces 6,500 tonnes from personal computers, 1,300 tonnes from printers, and Kenya generates 2,500 tonnes from personal computers, 500 tonnes from printers. In comparison to producing electronic waste, recycling sector is relatively small. Countries such as China and India lack comprehensive e-waste collection and management network. [Read the rest of this entry...]