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Residential Guide to Recycling

Residential Guide to Recycling

We all want to do our part to keep our world a beautiful and healthy place to be. Some of us try to cut back on gas usage; others shop for organic produce. Something that every one of us should be doing is recycling in our homes in order to reduce waste. However, how many of us actually know how to effectively recycle? Which materials are eligible and how do we prepare them? More Demand for Well-Sorted Recycling China is the world’s biggest buyer of recycled materials. However, in 2012, they started rejecting recycled materials for being dirty, shipping them clear back across the ocean to be put in American landfills instead. The truth is that mixing food waste with recyclable materials can sometimes make them ineligible for recycling. This is especially true for paper and cardboard, which can start to break down just from being exposed to grease and moisture. More hardy materials like plastic and aluminum don’t suffer as much with exposure to food materials. However, in single-stream recycling programs is helps to be aware of the best way to manage residential recycling. Additionally, with the time that sorting, storage, and shipping takes, it’s best to have recycling waste clean and free of food scraps so as to inhibit the growth of bacteria. That being said, rules for recycling varies from place to place. For example, in San Francisco, all recycled items must be rinsed. However, in Chicago, it’s unnecessary to rinse out anything before putting it in the bin. Your Basic Guide to Prepping Recycling Plastic: The first thing you need to know about plastic recycling...
How to Reduce Moving Waste

How to Reduce Moving Waste

If you’re getting ready for a big moving day, then you’ve probably got a good deal of stress on your hands. However, it’s important to note that moving usually creates a great deal of waste. Reducing the amount of waste that you create when you move is not only environmentally friendly, it’s also helps you save money on moving expenses. Here are some tips on how to cut down on the amount of waste generated by your move… Save your boxes when you move Cardboard boxes start to add up, in terms of materials and money spent, when you need to purchase them every time you move. For this reason, try saving your leftover boxes after a move so that you can use them later. When you break them down, they can easily be stored without taking up much space. If you don’t have any leftover boxes from your previous move, ask around to see if any friends or family have leftover boxes, or even check with some local business if you can use shipping packages they were planning on tossing. Use newspaper, instead of packing paper When packing your belongings, using packing paper helps keep things neatly tucked away and safe. However, purchasing paper specifically used for packing is a little bit overkill. Old newspapers will have the same effect as packing paper, but without costing you anything extra or wasting more paper. If you don’t have any newspaper around, you can also use t-shirts or towels to accomplish the same thing. Use linen bags that you have When you are moving, putting your clothes into boxes is...
Simple Steps to Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Simple Steps to Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Nowadays, more and more families are opting to become “greener” and reduce the impact that they have on their environment. Individually, each of us might only be able to do a little to make a difference, but together, we can add up to make a global impact. For this reason, it’s worth looking around at your home and seeing some different ways that you can reduce your waste and help preserve more of this lovely planet that we all live on! Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce your environmental impact… Recycle, obviously! The first, and most obvious, step that you can take is to recycle. Families have known this for decades, and most cities/counties have services that help families recycle materials like paper, aluminum, plastic, and glass. Even if your city doesn’t take a certain type of material, such as steel, there are plenty of facilities that will take pretty much anything to recycle it. Not only does recycling help save those specific materials, but it also helps reduce the gas and energy that is needed to produce those products. Use compost For the most part, people who recycle will recycle paper and plastic, but throw away organic materials. However, if you want to take your recycling habits to the next level, these organic items can be used for compost. Some cities/counties will have a separate receptacle that is used for organic materials, for this reason. You can even make your own compost pile to help with your own landscaping needs. Go paperless Paper is one of the biggest materials that take up resources on...
CARE Community Project

CARE Community Project

Western Elite was recently able to help with the CARE Complex Project. The CARE Complex Project is dedicated to the elimination of homelessness in Downtown Las Vegas. Through the devout efforts of CARE and the Las Vegas community, the Project strives for our clients to obtain self-reliance and full assimilation back into society. The CARE Complex utilizes donated funds to support those who have a desire to transition out of homelessness. They pride themselves in a referral system that promotes responsibility on the ends of the provider and also the client, and collaboration among providers. Services are obtained once the client is referred by a social worker, emergency shelter representative, probation officer, church official or any individual assisting the client in their transition out of homelessness. The referral must state the following: We love helping others and were proud to assist The Care Complex Project in this worthy...