Long before I began my career in the waste industry, I was aware of the simplicity of and reasons for recycling. I was an Eagle Scout, and we were trained to always leave our campsite cleaner than we found it. It makes sense, then, that companies should have that same mantra toward our environment and natural resources. As a longtime resident and now business owner in the Upstate of South Carolina, I’ve always been thankful for the beauty of our region. Nowhere else in the world will you find the views and access to the Blue Ridge Mountains, lakes, our storied downtown, and low cost of living. It’s hard to imagine our mountains littered with waste, or our air full of smog and contaminants.

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Lake Jocassee, as appeared in USA Today Travel Tips

It might seem we take our beautiful area for granted. You don’t often hear stories in the local news about our air quality. Sure, in the warmer months of Summer our weather forecasters advise us of air quality alerts. Rarely do those alerts significantly alter our daily life or cause us much concern. However, as an attendee for the recent Ten at the Top Clean Air Upstate seminar, it was shocking to begin to understand the importance of air quality and how we can impact it in our daily lives.

Large cities like Los Angeles must monitor and manage their air quality relentlessly. Look out the window on a flight to LAX and you won’t need to watch the local news or conduct a google search to know the air isn’t the cleanest you’ve breathed. However, did you know it takes, and there has been for quite some time, a concerted effort to maintain the air quality we enjoy in the Upstate? Long gone are the days of ignoring ozone levels or blaming our neighbors Atlanta and Charlotte for drifting smog. We’re sharing the air in the Upstate with over 800,000 vehicles on the road per day, and it was shocking to learn the true impact of air quality on our individual health.

Studies now show that air pollution, and exposure to particulate matter (the tiny particles in the air that make up pollution levels) can cause an inflammatory response. It’s official. If we don’t take care of the environment, our health will suffer. It’s even been proven, based on the inflammatory response, that unhealthy air can cause diabetes. With statistics and knowledge like this, what can we do? What can the business and civic community do?

Simply put, businesses must include sustainability practices and waste reduction in their overall operating strategies. As the organizations employing and shaping our community, it’s up to us to ensure our community remains the desirable and healthy place to live, work and play that it is today. As I sat and listened and learned from the many leaders attending the Clean Air Upstate event, it became evident that we all shared a common goal for our companies. Yes, it feels good to do good. But, where sustainability is concerned, it quickly proves itself as a benefit for both the bottom line and the environment. Having an attitude of conservation and waste reduction is always beneficial to a company’s results, and the people and community it serves.

Recycling is a natural first step in a sustainability strategy, and it’s more impactful than many people realize. After learning the ways in which local companies are reducing their impact on the environment, I became curious exactly how recycling could impact the environment beyond the obvious waste reduction benefits.

Overall waste reduction, and limiting what we ultimately send to landfills, has a significant impact on the air quality in the Upstate. According to the EPA, landfills are the third largest source of human-related methane emissions in the US. As we are well aware, methane is a highly potent green-house gas, often times more than 30% more hazardous in its contribution to global warming than CO2.

Those are scary statistics. There is something we can all do. It may sound so simple, but it all starts with recycling.

I think we can all agree, waste reduction and sustainability are good for companies, good for our community, and good for the environment. Yet, the big question is how. Sustainability is a word many of us considered a buzz word not too long ago. As evidenced by the companies in attendance at the Clean Air Upstate event, it’s not difficult to take steps and implement programs that reduce our impact on the environment and improve our profitability. It can be as simple as a commitment to recycle office waste or reduce idle time of delivery trucks. We can all start small and see a big impact, resulting in our beautiful community of Greenville remaining the desirable and healthy place it is to live and work today.

In our little corner of the world, otherwise known as South Carolina, it’s hard to fathom the changes taking place globally due to population growth and our society’s demand for resources. If you’re brave enough to open the newspaper or listen in during your morning coffee you’ll learn some startling facts. Population estimates paint a grim picture. It’s possible we’ll see global population grow to over 9.6 billion people by the year 2050, which could require the equivalent of three of our planets to accommodate the estimated need for resources.Recycling In South Carolina

Wait, what? Most of us cannot even fathom almost ten billion people, much less the estimate of the resources required to support them. It’s easy to hear those numbers, dismiss them as too massive to comprehend, and resign ourselves to the fact that we’ll deal with it when it arrives. However, what if there were a way to save the world, from your desk in South Carolina. There is, and that’s where Evergreen Environmental comes in. We make it easy to implement and maintain a recycling program at your company.

It may seem simplistic to quote scary population growth numbers and resource estimates and then follow it up with a very simple solution. However, it really is that simple. Many of the resource challenges we face today and in the future can be solved if we are simply strategic and accountable for the resources we currently have today. Modern recycling can turn most corporate waste into a renewed material or product that can be used again. Some materials and products can be recycled and renewed indefinitely. For those of us for whom recycling isn’t a daily practice or part of our normal routine, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn just how easy it is to recycle with Evergreen Environmental. We process all of your single stream recyclables and there is no sorting required. Single stream recycling means all the items that are normally recyclable, like paper, plastic, and aluminum, and no sorting means you just drop it all in one bin and we do the rest. Businesses in South Carolina will be even more pleased to learn we’ll handle your electronics recycling as well and keep you compliant with State laws.

Yes, our population is growing at a rate that is producing immense resource challenges.  Yes, you can do your part to save the world with one phone call. Call Evergreen Environmental and allow us to build a corporate recycling program that will allow your company to reduce its impact on the environment by reducing your office waste through recycling. We’ll design a program that works for your company and make it as easy as possible to maintain. We’ve been dedicated to helping businesses reduce their impact on the environment with corporate e-waste and single-stream recycling programs for over twenty-five years. We are family owned and proud to serve companies in Greenville, Columbia, and the Grand Strand areas of South Carolina.

Be a hero. Pick up the phone and contact the team at Evergreen Environmental to learn how we can help you save the world, one recycling bin at a time.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. This phrase has been repeated to us consistently since grade school. While it may be a familiar phrase that everyone knows and can repeat, is it truly something that everyone does? How about your own company? Are you reducing your own waste? Are you reusing items when possible? Are you recycling where you can? At Ever Green Environmental, we are your leading Greenville recycling company that wants to help you improve your recycling efforts starting right now! Here are three quick tips from our experts on improving your own recycling efforts within your place of work.

Make the commitment

If you want to see a change in your company, no matter if you are a large corporation or a small two person business, it’s important to make a noticeable commitment. A new recycling bin in the breakroom won’t advertise itself! If you are a large group, let the change start from the top. Get your upper management to commit to reducing their waste and recycling where they can. This can look different for lots of companies. Whether it is implementing simple recycling options in the area or starting a compost collection in a designated zone, your hope is that a positive commitment to change will continually create more positivity.

Take an Assessment of What You are Currently Doing

How do you know where you can improve if you haven’t ever really evaluated where you are doing things wrong? Perhaps it’s choosing a different vendor that carries recyclable materials or packaging. Maybe your problem area happens to be wasting large amounts of paper? Figure out those problem areas and then suggest some solutions. Solutions can be as big or little as switching to electronic records or using a 2-sided copier. As stated before, recycling efforts are meant to be something that can last a lifetime.

Choose Ever Green to Maximize Your Recycling Efforts

While we applaud any effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, sometimes it’s more beneficial to bring in fresh eyes that can turn your place of business into a much more environmentally friendly space. We are known for creating cost effective recycling programs that make it simple for your business and even provide proper tracking for recycled materials. We are so committed to helping you in your recycling efforts, we can even offer a free waste stream analysis which takes inventory of the waste you are generating, how you are handling it and how we can recommend removing it from the negative waste stream.
Utilizing your resources to make simple changes for your company can go a long way. For more tips on improving your recycling efforts, contact Ever Green Environmental today or give us a call at 864.230.9800.

As a business owner, your local community relies on you to provide a service in your particular area of expertise. So, it is only right for your company to do its part in partaking in better recycling habits so that you can help improve the local community. Everyone knows that paper and plastic should always be recycled, but there is definitely more to recycling than just those simple basics. That is where our team at Ever Green Environmental is here to help. Our crew helps companies in Upstate South Carolina, Western NC & Charlotte, NC with incorporating better recycling habits across their entire businesses.

Easy to Understand Labels

This recycling habit is pretty obvious, but the signage around your recycling containers should be simple and easy to read. Your employees don’t want to spend time trying to determine which container to use when recycling. Our team will provide you with a variety of container sizes for your office. From there, the labels will help differentiate between different types of plastics and will provide important instructions such as taking off lids. To make the recycling process even easier for your employees, we offer Ever Green Environmental Training. During this training, our staff will provide useful training around recycling so that your employees will know what to recycle, and how to go about doing it.

Go Green Electronically

Don’t forget about all of those old electronics that you have around your office. Electronic waste is continuing to grow year after year, so it is important for you to dispose of your electronics appropriately and understand the importance of electronics recycling. This will help reduce the amount of waste building up at your local community landfill. By partnering with our team at Ever Green Environmental, we can recycle electronic items around your office such as televisions, computers, laptops, tablets, VCR’s, phones, etc. From there, we’ll reuse or resell any functioning electronics and will recycle the rest.

Get a Waste Stream Analysis from Ever Green Environmental

If you are not sure how much recycled material your business utilizes and generates, it is time to let our recycling experts at Ever Green Environmental provide a free waste stream analysis. This will determine what is recyclable and how you are currently handling these items. We will provide you with better recycling habits that aim to reduce the amount of items left in the waste stream.
It is important for your business to do its part in improving your local community. One great way to do so is to commit to better recycling habits around the office. All you need to do is pick up the phone and contact our dedicated staff at Ever Green Environmental and we’ll help you implement and manage your company’s recycling efforts. Give us a call today at (864) 230-9800.

If you own a business, it’s likely that many people ask you about your business endeavors and how your business works. We’ve been told by several business owners that more and more customers and clients want to know how their business is making a positive impact on the environment and how companies can save real money with recycling. This is even when their business has nothing to do with the environment or its impacts. The fact of the matter is, more and more people are caring about how they invest their money and if a business is being environmentally mindful. For this reason, the team at Ever Green Environmental are giving all of our business owner friends three recycling terms that everyone should understand!

Carbon Footprint

This term is something that many people know about already. If you watch any type of news, it’s easy to catch businesses being scrutinized for the carbon footprint they leave. A carbon footprint is left by everyone. It’s what we wear, the food we eat, etc. The best thing that you can do for your business is to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible. When someone asks, be ready to tell them the steps that your business is consistently taking to reduce your carbon footprint. This is primarily done through recycling and other eco-friendly solutions.

Zero Waste to Landfill

Have you ever seen those videos of families and individuals who literally consume zero trash. They keep a mason jar of the trash they’ve utilized over a course of 3 years. A small, little mason jar! Having sustainability and recycling goals helps to prove that you are working to eliminate waste that goes into the landfill. Zero waste to landfill is always a great goal to achieve but so many business owners find themselves stumped on how to achieve this. If you generate material within your company that just can’t be recycled, consider the option of waste-to-energy disposal. These specific facilities taking it in gather enough trash that it creates energy through combustion.

Sustainability

Finally, a word that every business owner should already know is sustainability. Business owners need to understand the need for sustainability within their own environment. Doing things that minimally impact the environment shows that you are aware of the need for sustainability and you are doing everything possible to address it. Eliminating waste to landfill, decreasing your carbon footprint, etc. These are all perfect ways to help your business prove its awareness towards sustainability.
All of these recycling terms are attainable goals that you can start doing today, right this second! For more information on commercial recycling services in Greenville as well as tips that every business owner should understand within the recycling world, contact Ever Green Environmental today. Call us at 864.230.9800.

Greenville, SC is an absolutely phenomenal place to own a commercial business. It has all of the necessary resources that help to make your company thrive. Whether you are a smaller commercial company or a large corporation, commercial recycling services are something that every business should take advantage of. Ever Green Environmental is Greenville’s premier recycling company offering a variety of recycling solutions for any size business. No matter what your recycling volume may be, Ever Green Environmental is here to help and help you save real money with recycling.

Meeting Your Needs

In the Upstate of South Carolina, there are a large range of commercial businesses. From small startups to large industrial corporations, Ever Green Environmental has had experience in working with all sizes. It is, for this reason, that we offer a variety of options and solutions to meet your company’s recycling needs. We recognize that all companies have different needs. We offer services that include pick up anywhere from one to five times a week. If you are unsure of your process, we have the capability of custom designing a recycling process that meets both your sustainability and financial goals.

Reducing Landfill Dependency and Saving You Energy

No matter how big or small, your company can make a large impact on the amount of trash that is sent to our Greenville landfill. We want to make it as easy as possible for you and your employees to recycle. We offer single stream recycling which allows you to place all of your recycling items into one bin. We will pick it up and sort it out, making the process tremendously easy for your customers and employees. Additionally, partnering with us means that you can ensure your liability on dumping electronics and the dangers of improperly handling your e-waste recycling needs. We provide a certificate of recycling documentation for your electronics that you have decided to recycle. This means that we can track all of your assets from start to finish, providing a secure paper trail.

Ultimately, our goal is to make the Upstate of South Carolina a better place to live. By reducing landfill waste and encouraging commercial recycling, we hope to sustain our environment for future generations. Commercial recycling services in Greenville, SC have never been more affordable. With easy to implement solutions, why wouldn’t you want to improve your surroundings?

For more information about commercial recycling services in the Upstate of South Carolina, email or call Ever Green Environmental today at 864.230.9800. We look forward to working with you in the future!

Many companies, big and small, have often said that recycling costs too much money and would not be a sound investment financially for their company overall. At Ever Green Environmental, we hear this myth all the time and we are here to prove it wrong. We can show you how your company can save real money, just by recycling with Business Recycling Programs.

Environmental Compliance

This point is especially true for larger companies that are looking for a break in regulatory fees and penalties. Recently, our United States government has made new regulations and have started buckling down on issuing and enforcing waste regulations. For this reason, companies are having to keep track of everything they waste and the amount of weight it entails. Getting these types of figures wrong could equal astronomical fees for the company so they knowingly overpay by just collecting the base weight. Choosing to recycle with Ever Green Environmental can have a major impact on the reduction of resources needed, sometimes by as much 50 percent. Who doesn’t want to cut costs and have a positive effect on the environment?

Using Recycled Materials

If you think of recycling as its infamous circle of arrows, this will make a lot of sense. When we, as consumers, continue to recycle all of our cans, plastic containers, glass, and paper products, we are giving companies the opportunity to use recyclable items. If you are a company that uses raw material, this is perfect for you. By using recyclable material, your company will save money and energy and can reduce costs by up to 30 percent. This, in turn, will allow you to drop the cost of manufacturing and save both consumers and employers tons of money.

Upcycling Your Products

No matter what type of company you own or manage, you are going to have products that just aren’t needed after a while. Instead of throwing these products out, follow the upcycling trend.
So many people are repurposing items into something that would never otherwise be done. Whether you are throwing out an old office chair or a large storage container, someone else out there may find a use for things that you consider old, or outdated. Not only do you save money on the cost of wasting the product, but you can make a little money selling something that you no longer need.
There are so many different ways that companies can save real money by recycling. For more information or to learn more about How to Start an Office Recycling Program, give Ever Green Environmental a call today at 864.230.9800 or shoot us an email.

Commercial Business Recycling Programs

We already know what you are thinking. We know what you are going to say before you are going to say it. “Arenas are big and no one has time to sort out the recycling of a big crowd. Additionally, doing that is costly!” If this is what you think, it’s time to learn about the benefits of single stream recycling within a commercial arena. At Ever Green Environmental, we want to focus on the positive impacts that you can have on both your company and your surrounding environment. Learning about the benefits of single stream recycling in a commercial arena is essential to the growth of your community and your business!

Benefit #1: Save Money on Waste Charges

If you own any type of large commercial property, specifically an arena, you’ve come to understand that trash is not cheap. The hauling fee alone is pretty hefty already. Once you’ve hauled it away, the tipping fee at the landfill will take that number and, depending on where you live, the price can multiply exponentially. The national average for tipping fees in the U.S. is currently $45/ton. How many tons does that mean for your arena? With single stream recycling, there is no tipping fee charge. The only fee you will pay is a haul away fee. This means that you can save $45/ton on your trash. Why wouldn’t you try it simply on this benefit alone?

Benefit #2: The Ease of Single Stream

Recycling has never been easier at Ever Green Environmental. Single stream recycling means that everything goes into the same bin. There’s no need to separate the plastics, paper, metals, etc. With everything in one bin, Ever Green Environmental makes single stream recycling easy to do and very public friendly in any arena.

Benefit #3: Reducing Landfill Waste

Ultimately, being a commercial property that is actively recycling and making a difference in the community speaks volumes within your community. This easy, less expensive alternative is the perfect way to reduce your waste bill and reduce the landfill waste. Not only will your community thank you, but also your tax break will be good.

Ever Green Environmental is here to help you dispose of your waste in the most efficient way possible, while also helping in an environmentally friendly way. We are ready to help your commercial arena transition to a single stream recycling program that gives you all the benefits. For more information, Act Now or contact us today at 864.230.9800.

How Does Ever Green Make Recycling Simple?

One of the biggest hassles with recycling is knowing where to put the various items. Can I put cans and bottles together? Do I have to separate paper from cardboard? Can I mix everything together, or does it just become trash at that point? Ever Green solves those problems with single stream recycling. Our service allows customers of all sizes to start or expand their recycling program by capturing paper, plastics, aluminum, and cardboard all in the same container. No more worrying about what item needs to go where. If it’s paper, plastics, aluminum, or cardboard, throw it in Ever Green’s container, and we’ll make sure it is properly sorted, recycled, and reused!

Does Ever Green Recycle Electronics?

Of course! We help our customers properly recycle electronics, like computers, printers, and monitors, but also florescent lightbulbs, ballasts, and batteries. We can take multiple items in one load, so you don’t need to wait until you have multiple pallets of a single item. Once we pick up the items, we weigh or count them, sort them, and then send them to our partners who disassemble them, and recycle the individual commodities in each item. Finally, we send you a Certificate of Recycling that shows you’ve disposed of your electronics properly.

What Size Business Can Recycle?

All sizes! We help businesses start or expand their recycling program. Some businesses want to become “Ever Green” but don’t know where to start. Other businesses have very limited recycling programs, and don’t know how to expand them. Ever Green helps with both. We’ll come in, survey your waste streams, and come up with a comprehensive plan to help you recycle more than you’re recycling today. From single person offices to manufacturing facilities, we can help you become “Ever Green”!

Are there Federal or State Requirements?

Yes, South Carolina passed an electronics recycling bill on July 1, 2011 that banned the disposal of electronics in landfills. Ever Green provides proper disposal of electronics, and issues our customers Certificates of Recycling to confirm that the items have been recycled properly.

What are the First Steps to Start Recycling?

Give Ever Green a call! We’ll discuss briefly what you’re doing now, and how you’d like to improve that. Once we discuss that, we’ll do a site survey and come up with a plan to help your business start or expand your current recycling efforts. Our goal is to help every business become “Ever Green”!

Taking care of our world environmentally has never been more important. We have all heard the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” When many see that phrase, they only think about the last piece, recycling. While recycling is extremely important, reducing waste may be just as impactful! At Ever Green Environmental, we have a passion for helping businesses in Upstate South Carolina find better ways to reduce, reuse and recycle!

Reduce Use of a Landfill

By partnering with Ever Green Environmental, we make taking better care of our plant easy! Let us create a detailed plan focused on how your business can have a big impact with a business recycling program and reduce your use of the landfill once and for all. Our programs centered around recycling will limit and properly dispose of your company’s waste. In turn, you’ll be able to feel proud that your business is taking the extra steps to ensure that you are doing your part to protect the environment. Our expert team can help your business by placing recycling containers on site, servicing those containers as frequently as needed, as well as sorting and delivering the recycled items.

Reasons to Reuse

Since recycling gets to much attention globally, our team at Ever Green Environmental feel obligated to explain the importance of reusing items in the workplace. In the business world, the term reuse is a process where you extend the life of an item. Whether it is buying or selling used goods, renting items, or making use that your business equipment is property maintained, the reuse process can help keep items out of the waste stream. Just think about how much less pollution occurs when reusing an item. Rather than making a new item and causing pollution, you can utilize a used item and minimize the potential pollutants. Additionally, reusing in the business world helps reduce hazardous waste and protects valuable resources such as fuel, water and trees. Reusing can also help your business save money. Just because something is used doesn’t mean that it’s not in great shape!
If you are ready to develop a partnership with Ever Green Environmental and enhance the way that your Upstate South Carolina business reduces waste, reuses items and recycles, don’t delay this process any longer! With just a few simple changes around your office, your business can quickly become much more environmentally friendly.
Give us a call today at 864-230-9800 or email to learn more about the services we offer local businesses.