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Mobile Foundry Turns Aluminum Cans into Furniture

In some places, such as São Paulo, Brazil, a good portion of the recycling is done by independent waste collectors, or catadores (“pickers”), and a novel project aims to create a method for extending the livelihood of these waste pickers to go beyond just simply collecting trash and recyclables. The project, from Studio Swine, is […]

November 4th

Panel Discussion: Compatibility Between Recycling and Waste-to-Energy, July 17

Recycling is a growing sector with an estimated potential for the creation of 1.5 million new jobs in the United States alone. The second panel discussion from Waste Wise explores how recycling potential can be increased, and the compatibility between recycling efforts and waste-to-energy programs. Waste-to-Energy addresses the need for society to address its energy demands […]

July 15th

Top 5 Items You Didn’t Know Were Recyclable

Most people these days understand that the bin marked with a green triangle is meant for recycling glass, plastic, and aluminum products. And in the home and office, many of us recycled paper, as well. Plenty of people also give clothing and housewares a second life by donating them to charitable organizations. But there are all kinds of items that people simply toss in the trash because they don’t realize that recycling is an option. Here are just a few commonly discarded items you might not know you can recycle.

December 3rd

Books: Good for the Mind/Bad for the Environment? How Reusing Books Creates Value in Your Community

With over a million new books published in the U.S. each year1 one might think that getting your hands on a good book wouldn’t be too hard, despite the growing popularity of e-readers. But the truth, as they say, can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Organizations focused on building literacy in underserved areas, such as schools, libraries and non-profits can benefit greatly from books – even gently- used ones – but may have trouble obtaining them.

Discover Books (formerly Thrift Recycling Management), encourages people to consider repurposing their books for the benefit of others. Based in the Seattle, Washington area, we are a book collector, online reseller and a socially-minded organization dedicated to the ideal that where books are concerned, reuse is the best possible form of recycling. By reselling, recycling or charitably redistributing books, our company ensures that millions of otherwise good books are treasured, not trashed.

7 Free Tools to Green Your Business

7 Free Tools to Green Your Business (via sustainablog) Presenting as both a trend and a necessity, people around the world are working everyday to find new and innovative ways to limit the impact of their lives, both personal and professional, on the Earth. While there are obvious offenders all around us, we can all […]

March 13th

Benefits of Buying Recycled Printer Ink and Toner Cartridges For Your Business

In today’s world, keeping eco-friendly practices in mind, there are various ways to reduce the waste of many products; like purchasing items that are made from recycled materials. Remanufactured printer ink cartridges are a great example of a commonly expensive, but very necessary product, that has gone through a recycling process to be resold to consumers.

February 8th

Have Fun! Will Recycle: MIT Students Engage in Recycling Game

Would you call recycling fun and challenging? Are you motivated by your positive environmental impact? Probably not. A Boston company called Greenbean Recycle is trying to make the act of recycling a fun, competitive and engaging game for students at MIT. Greenbean’s Reverse Vending Machines is a convenient, ‘smart’ recycling receptacle that rewards you for your actions.

Greenbean recycling improves community recycling with modern technological solutions. We show you instant recycling impact. And in our greenbean challenges teams compete for recycling superiority.

Users can deposit their recycling earnings via PayPal or elect to give to a charitable organization of their choice.

November 11th

Mike Biddle's Plastic Separation Technology Can Transform the Supply Chain of the Plastics Industry

Mike Biddle calls himself the "Garbage Man" and thinks of garbage piles as ‘above ground mines’. Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals — because of the massively complicated waste management issues, the problem of finding and sorting the different kinds.

Frustrated by this waste management system, Mike has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic. In 1992, Mike Biddle, a plastics engineer, set out to find a solution. He set up a lab in his garage in Pittsburg, California, and began experimenting with complex-plastics recycling, borrowing ideas from such industries as mining and grain processing.

October 24th