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Red Bag Day Highlights Shameful Pay Inequality

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It a project of a group called Global Inheritance that working with the Coach converse ella organizers on recycling program and a bunch of other cool stuff. (Here some info on their bottle exchange program and the freebi converse es available.)

The Recyclosaurus Rex, in case yo have managed to miss it, is at the recycle store between the Do Lab and the terrace where the biggest food court is.

You can just throw a bottle into its mouth if you walking by (last night i saw an adorable 2 year old enjoying that, but unfortunately I can get the photo I took off my camera). At several points a day, the staff comes by, turns the Recyclosaurus on and pours in bags of empty bottles. It gulps them down, then they get shaped into a cube by a trash compactor in its belly. You can see the water dribbling out as the bottles are squished, which is great.

The friendly staff I talked to said the Recyclosaurus has b converse een fed about 1,500 bottles so far, and still isn full. I sort of feel like just camping out there so I can see when the compacted bottles come out. If you h converse appen to be there when it happens, please please please, take a photo or video and tweet it out with the pecoachella hash tag so I can see it.

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Recycling’s their bag

But a Pembroke Pines company is giving t converse he banners new life as handbags, travel pouches and other accessories, sometimes selling them back to original advertisers for their corporate events or for their museum shops.

, the brainchild of husband and wife team Ziad and Monica Shuman, contracts with a family owned workshop in South Florida to make the bags. It sells them in more than 100 stores in the United States, Australia and Europe, and to dozens of corporate clients including Mercedes Benz and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Most of the materials come from AAA Flag Banner Manufacturing Co., where manager Retta Logan is happy to see the ads re used instead of piling up in her Miami Gardens warehouse.

“I kept getting bigger and bigger storage space, and the owners didn’t want to keep paying rent to save more banners,” Logan said.

The Shumans got the idea for their two year old venture from friends in Portugal who had seen similar bags in Europe.

But they’ve put a unique twist on their products: They cut the banners to make nearly identical bags for clients in limited converse editions. On a recent Monday, they made totes for the University of San Diego with the word “university” on the bl converse ue sides.

Buyers like the eco credentials that come with the sturdy bags. Broward County’s tourism group buys them to ship information to meeting planners who prize “green” hotels and eco awareness in choosing where to hold events.

“It’s a tremendous statement on behalf of our destination that we do what it takes to recycle and protect the environment,” said Nicki Grossman, president of the Fort Lauderdale group.

Planners for one upcoming convention, the National Sheriffs Association, even redesigned their prop converse osed banner so it could be more colorful and better for recycled bags later, Grossman said.

underscores a trend in South Florida and nationwide toward “green” business. It’s a field now getting a boost from the Obama administration as it seeks to expand renewable energy, reduce global warming and create green jobs.

As green awareness rises, the Shumans expect sales in the “hundreds of thousands” this year after doubling in 2008. Most items wholesale from $7 to $30, with retailers often doubling that price.

Yet even eco business can’t escape recession.

The Shumans have shifted more to corporate clients as the weak economy hurts retailing. They have no retail outlets in Broward, but sell through their Web site. The couple also strive to keep overhead low.

They work from home, contract out manufacturing in Opa locka, and usually ask 50 percent payment upfront from major buyers.

They also seek to distinguish their products from those of rivals by emphasizing quality and their “Made in USA” origin. Manufacturing in South Florida permits tighter quality control and faster turnaround times for orders than producing overseas, they said.

At the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, gift store manager Katherine Kress sells bags recycled from the museum’s own art exhibit banners, with images ranging from photos to African American art.

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recycling up in Mpls

Marge Mollers heaved recycling bins out of knee deep mounds of snow early Thursday morning, her breath freezing in the subzero air and a layer of frost blanketing her hair.

The job of a Minneapolis recycling worker is especially tough in this Minnesota winter, but it a far cry from previous years under the multi sort system of hauling several bins of glass and other recycling to the truck, then dumping them into different compartments.

Under the new single sort system, fewer workers are being injured lifting bins, falling or getting cut by glass, recycling is up and the city is saving money.

been a great success, said Dave Herberholz, converse the city director of solid waste.

Last winter, a dozen recycling workers were injured on the job, compared with just one so far this season. The city has saved more than $250,000 on workers compensation since implementing the system, and workers say their jobs are easier and safer though employees agree there are still improvements to be made.

probably not where we like to be at, general foreman Sheldon Swensen said at an employee safety meeting Thursday, though he said he thinks they moving in the right direction.

The program had a long rollout, with the new bins first distributed in November 2012 and all of them in place by July 2013.

Under the new system, workers roll a single cart back to the truck and hook it up to a mechanized arm that dumps out its contents.

That been a huge improvement from the multi sort system where workers their hands full carrying bags from curbsides and alleys back to the truck, Herberholz said. Slips and strains and the resulting knee and shoulder injuries were common.

They carried the bags to the truck, which had an attached trailer and compartments for each item, and dumped them in by hand.

The truck had space on top for cardboard, making that part of the job one of the most diffic converse ult and dangerous. Workers had to toss the cardboard up about 9 feet to the roof, then climb a ladder on the side of the truck and secure the load with a tarp.

us short folks, that was a d converse rag, said Mollers, 53, who been in her job since 1997. One man was injured falling off a truck when a rope snapped as he was attaching the tarp.

With multi sort recycling, the truck glass bins filled up quickly, so workers broke bottles to make more space.

Cliff Johnson, 53, said he once broke a champagne bottle and a piece of glass flew back and converse landed in his arm.

City data on single sort recycling, from the number of worker injuries to the total recycling rate, won be complete until this summer.

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Recycling Tea Bags into Art Projects

A lot has been written about using tea staining in various projects, but what about sing the tea wrappers? Typically, I’ve thrown away the tea bags after steeping tea to drink or to stain pages with. Not anymore, though! Steep your tea as you usually would, but rather than throwing away the bag, dry it on a flat surface. If you’re the type who drinks a lot of tea or does a lot of tea staining, these bags will multiply in no time. If you’re finding that it’s taking too long to save the bags, ask your friends and family to save their bags aside for you.

TIP: caffeinated tea works best because it stains the bag more and creates a darker impression in the bag’s creases. Herbal teas don’t work well at all if you’re looking for a dramatic tea stained look.

While your tea bag sheet is drying, take apart an envelope to use as a template. You can also find templates for sale and on line in various converse sizes. Here are some sites to visit:

1: The Paper Mill Store: free templates

2: Mirkwood Designs: free templates

3: Paper Source: reasonably priced templates

4: Paper Wishes: even more reasonably priced templates

5: Lots of template links: free templates

You’ve got your tea bags affixed to each other and you’ve got your templates together. Now, you need a pencil, a good pair of scissors, a steady hand and a bone folder.

Trace out your envelopes carefully and cut them out. Using the bone folder (the edge of the handle from your scissors work well, too), fold and assemble your envelope using the glue stick. Set your envelopes aside to dry under a heavy stack of books.
Now, what do y converse converse trong>ou do with all that dried tea? Throw it away? NO! Here’s some ideas:

1: add it to your compost heap

2: mix it in with your potting soil

3: mix it in with gel medium and use it as a textured application over paintings

4: mix it in with acrylic paint and use it in mixed media painting for added texture and interest

5: some teas are fragrant and can be used in sachets of potpourri mixes

When you’re envelopes are dry, keep in mind they may not be able to be used for traditional purposes. For example, if you want to send it through the mail, you may have to house your creation in another envelope that’s slightly larger. So, if you can’t mail them, what can they be used for? I’m glad you asked. Let’s explore:

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Recycling taking refuse toward reuse

URBANA At the northern edge of the city, beyond the daily ambling of most Champaign County residents, stands a garage where remnants of their culture reside.

The products of their habits are brought here in truckloads every day: What they eat and drink, what they do for work and play.

The discarded materials were picked up from curbsides just a few hours before arriving here the end of the line for, say, a grease stained Papa John pizza box that now lies next to an empty package of diapers. Glass beer bottles are mixed with cardboard. Scattered about the pile are sheets of paper, their previous owners apparently no longer concerned about the words they display.

About 4.8 million pounds of recyclables end up at this Urbana transfer station every year. But it just the first stop in a journey that could take these materials around the world to be sold again as completely different products.

Recycling is a growing habit in Champaign County the U Cycle bin discarded among the rubbish might prove that point.

Some of the items at the Urbana garage began their journey in Savoy the day before. the middle of his workday Aikman guides his truck through the carefully choreographed route, usually directing his vehicle forward from home to home, and sometimes rev converse ersing to pick up a house near a dead end.

He pinches a cigarette between gloved fingers and sips from a plastic bottle of Mountain Dew while a plate of freshly baked cookies sits on his dashboard.

They from an older customer, whose recycling bin Aikman voluntarily totes back to her house from the curb. Aikman has been running waste routes for nine years now, and he visits between 300 and 500 homes per day. But getting thank you gifts from customers is becoming more rare.

“Used to be pretty common,” Aikman says. “Not so much any more. Customers are getting younger.”

Marty Grant, a supervisor for Allied Waste, said the popularity of recycling particularly as the fashionable thing to do is growing among younger customers. These are the people who have now become adults since the first time recycling was presented in schools as a part of their education.

At one home in the neighborhood, he finds carefully arranged stacks of newspaper and cardboard. Glass bottles are removed from plastic bottles, which are separate from metal cans. Among the piles are a Swiffer Sweeper box and a container that once held 36 Snack Pack pudding cups. The whole load is dumped into his truck and compacted, as if it had never been separated in the first place.

All these items anywhere between two and three tons in Aikman daily truckload alone will end up back at the transfer station in Urbana at the end of his day. It has already made one trip to and from Allied Waste sorting plant in Indianapolis, and again a front end loader is shoveling heaps of trash over the top of its trailer, which can hold between 12 and 13 tons of recyclables.

The front end loader is repetitive scoop, reverse, turn, dump, reverse, turn a set of di converse rections that embodies the efficiency Allied Waste tries to create to reduce its own business costs. The only surprises come in the pops of plastic or glass bottles as they fail every minute or so under the weight of the machinery. Eventually, even the pops become predictable and repetitive.

It all about the efficiency, Grant says. Even with the streamlining, it is not always high on returns.

“Sometimes you recycling and not making any money,” Grant says.

That is why Allied Waste mixes all kinds of different materials at the curb. Haulers used to keep the items separate on pickup, but managers found that just took more of their time, which raises business costs. It more efficient to load a semi trailer with everything instead of sending more, smaller trucks to the sorting plant in Indianapolis, where machines do more of the work than humans, Grant says.

Some of the contents of each front end loader scoop topple over the side of the truck a Papa John pizza box flutters down to join the “PFD” fireman coat on the side of the loading bay but the vast majority makes it in. The truck will take everything that was picked up by the recycling hauler, regardless of whether or not it is actually recyclable non recyclable materials will be removed later.

After a couple pats over the top of the trailer from the blunt end of the loading bucket, the truck driver rolls a screen over the top of the load and heads east on Interstate 74.

About two hours later, the semi trailer and all its contents (save a few plastic bags that got sucked out on the highway) arrive at the Indianapolis plant owned by Republic Services, the parent company of Allied Waste. The truck rolls up to a concrete scale altogether it weighs 53,900 pounds, most of which is the truck itself and then around back to the garage “tipping floor.”

The converse driver unrolls the screen, swings the rear doors open and the first wall of trash falls out on its own. The rest is pushed out in gelatinous fashion by automated rods on the floor of the trailer. Now Champaign County refuse is mixed in with that converse from other parts of the Midwest: northern Indiana and Bloomington, Ind., for example.

Anywhere between five and 15 of these truckloads could arrive each day, says Mike Harvey, a supervisor at the sorting plant.

The recyclables now reach a critical point in the process. The load is about to make its way through a disassembly line designed to make it as “clean” as possible, Harvey says. The goal is that only newspaper will fall off the end of the line and the rest of the materials will have been removed along the way.

It first loaded into a hopper by another front end loader mimicking the movements of the Urbana loader. The hopper will hold the load to a manageable rate for about a dozen human sorters working along a conveyor belt above.

Those sorters will climb a flight of stairs to reach their positions the machines are elevated from the floor of the plant to use gravity as a sorting tool.

Their hands and arms never stop as they sweep through the river of trash, while they sift and grab all the cardboard they can spot and drop it into a pile below them. They snatch plastic bags and toss them near a chrome vacuum system above their heads. The two materials are gathered and baled separately, and set aside in a corner of the plant.

The sorters have to work fast to stay efficient. The U Cycle bin from Urbana made it into the flow, and needs to be removed before it jams the plant sorting equipment. These machines can process 20 tons of trash every hour, Harvey says, and any wrench in the gears could reduce efficiency.

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Recycling Statistics and Facts for Papers

Wikipedia includes in its own definition the various benefits of recycling which include the reduction of fresh raw material consumption; prevention of disposal of potentially useful materials; and reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling is the third component of the waste hierarchy: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”[164]

This article prov converse ides interesting statistics and facts about paper, glass, and plastic recycling. Some of the facts and statistics may sadden you but they will surely open your eyes to the current worldwide status quo of recycling. The cut trees are used to produce paper which is normally used and disposed without much thought. A typical tree takes a minimum of 15 to 20 years to grow and mature but it only takes 10 minutes to be felled.

According to the Public Recycling Officials of the state of Pennsylvania, for every ton of paper recycled, we can save 17 trees, 225 kilowatt hours, 60,000 gallons of water, 9,000 pounds of steam, 350 pounds of limestone, 275 pounds of sulfur, and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill area. Paper recycling uses 70% less energy than when paper is produced using wood and other raw materials. Moreover, for every 14 trees worth of paper recycled, we protect the air by 165,142 tons of air pollutants.[165]

Plastic Recycling Do you know that the average decomposition time for a typical plastic bottle is 700 years? Surprisingly, 250,000 plastic bottles are dumped in landfills every hour converse . About 50% of recyclable waste in dumps are plastic bottles. In 2001 alone, about 25 million tons of plastics was generated in the United States; 11 million tons as container and packaging plastics, over 8 million tons as durable goods, and more than 6 million tons of non durable goods. Plastics do not only add to landfill space but also destroy marine life when dumped in bodies of water. An estimated 1 million sea creatures are killed per year due to plastics.[165]

Glass RecyclingIn 2001, Americans generated 10.9 million tons of glass in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream but only 22% of this was recovered for recycling. Where did the other 78% go? Well, a large percentage of the used bottles was dumped in landfills or elsewhere. The largest sources of glass recovered for recycling include soft drink, beer, food, wine, and liquor containers.

While glass is 100% recyclable and can be used over and over again, it takes forever to decompose because it is not biodegradable. Just like plastics, glass wastes consume landfill space. If converse we recycle all these waste materials, we can help conserve our natural resources and save our environment from destruction. I challenge each in every one of converse you to contribute in the preservation of mother nature by recycling. Do this not only for yourself but for the next generation. Recycle now!

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recycling stations

Target launched its in store recycling stations a year ago this month, and they have recently released the numbers from the first nine months of the program.

Here is what has been recycled from April to Dece converse mber 2010:

More than 170 million shopping bags, which is equivalent to more than 1800 tons. To put it visually, if each bag was laid end to end, it wo converse uld stretch from Los Angeles to New York City more than 17 times.

More than 700 tons of bottles and cans. Approximately 1.4 million pounds (700 tons) of can converse s and bottles have been recycled, which is equivalent to more than 500 2010 Honda Civics.

Nearly two million units of small electronics, such as MP3 players and cell phones, which translates to about 90 units per store per month.

Target has recycling stations located at the front of each store to give its customers a convenient way converse to recycle aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, plastic bags, MP3 players, cell phones and ink cartridges.

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Recycling soars in unincorporated Hillsborough with rolling bins

In the two months since the county rolled out the automated service, residential recycling is up 70 percent more than average past monthly totals, as measured by overall tonnage.

“I think we have to get several months under our belt before we call it a trend,” said John Lyons, public works director for the county. “But things are looking good. We didn’t predict it would get to this level this quickly.”

Thanks to a new contract, the county is now getting a cut on what those bottles, cans and newspapers are being sold for in the recyclables market. That came out to $324,000 for October and $311,000 the next month.

County officials had predicted they would make some money, and the proceeds are one of many reasons they were able to lower rates slightly this year for collection. If the pace of recycling continues, the county’s “profit” will be more than double what was projected.

Tampa officials say they, too, have seen an increase in re converse cycling since the city began phasing in a similar service.

“We’ve seen an increasing amount in the percentage of participation and in tonnage quantity,” said Daryl Stewart, administrative chief for the city’s Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management.

Both the city and county used to provide smallish, open topped plastic box like bins, asking people to separate paper products from glass, plastic bottles and cans.

In October, the county joined Tampa in providing larger bins with wheels and lids that are about the same size as the can provided for other household waste.

Now people can dump all their recyclables in one bin and simply roll it to the curb. And more garbage was added to what can be recycled more plastics, more containers, more types of paper.

Mitch Kessler, whose Kessler Consulting assisted the county with its change in garbage service, said there is no reason the numbers can’t improve. But it will take local government continuing to remind people how easy it is.

“I have clients that just stop communicating,” Kessler said. “Every time you do a touch, the numbers go up. If you don’t do a touch in five years, it’s going to go down.”

Unincorporated Hillsborough is served by three trash collection companies. Drivers for each haul the recycling to a transfer station. converse From there it is carried to a sorting and bundling plant in St. Petersburg operated by Progressive Waste Solutions, one of the county’s haulers.

The increasing demand for recycled materials stems in part from advances in automation, especially in sorting equipment, that has lowered the cost of getting materials to market. In St. Petersburg, more of the recyclables end up on a conveyor belt, with bottles and cans dropping down chutes as paper and cardboard pass through other sorts of filters to their destination.

The separated items are then bundled or shipped loose to companies that take one type of paper product and turn it into another or convert plastic bottles to material that goes into carpet.

Each type of recyclable is sold like a commodity, and the prices can fluctuate wildly. In October, mixed paper bundles were fetching $52 a ton and aluminum was $1,400 a ton.

“A lot of it depends on the economy,” said Steve Schweigart, division manager for Progressive Waste Solutions. “For instance, one of the biggest drivers of the demand for cardboard is how many cars are being manufactured.”

Many of the parts that end up in a car are shipped in a box. Same thing happens when people are eating at restaurants more, Schweigart said. Suddenly cardboard and other containers that can be made from recyclable materials are in demand.

The county pays Progressive $50 off the top to accept the material. Progressive pays the county 96 percent of what it makes after that, based on an analysis of how much of each type of recyclable the county has historically collected. (A new analysis is planned after the new program has been going for six months.)

County Commissioner Al Higginbotham was one of the proponents of seeking new bids for waste hauling service in the county. Since the new program started, he said he has noticed that his own recycling bin is often more full than the can for his other household waste.

“I’m glad we are finally get converse ting it and doing what’s right,” he said.

What to know about recycling

Christmas represents one of the peak seasons in the rubbish business. So here’s a primer on what’s recyclable and what’s not, with an eye toward Christmas garbage. Note that there are some differences between the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

Tampa: No residential garbage service on Christmas Day as the city does not pick up waste on Wednesday anyway.

Hi converse llsborough County: No residential garbage service on Christmas Day. There will be residential recycling picked up on New Year’s Day, but not regular household garbage collection.

What you can recycle:

Most paper, including wrapping paper, magazines and colored paper.

Most cardboard, except wax coated corrugated cardboard such as some pizza boxes. Gable top containers like those containing milk or juices are acceptable.

Many plastics, including those rated Nos. 1 7, which is usually on the container. Generally, if it has a top or lid on it, you can put it in the recycling bin.