So you are aware as a business that you are generating lots of trash, but you are not sure what to do about it.  One of the first steps that you can take is conducting a waste audit.
What Exactly is a Waste Audit?   waste_audit
A waste audit is a methodically thought out process which can be used to determine the amount and types of waste that are generated by your organization.  Information from these audits can help you and your organization to determine how you can reduce the amount of waste that your company generates.
What are the Objectives of a Waste Audit?
The objective of a waste audit is often to determine the types of waste and the locations that will be audited.  Some other examples of objectives can be:

  • To identify areas where waste management reduction can be improved.
  • To determine the effectiveness of any current waste management strategies.
  • To determine the types of waste and amounts that is being generated at your company.

Steps To Complete a Waste Audit
Before completing a waste audit, it is important that you find help and properly train everyone.  Safety equipment and tetanus shots should be mandatory when handling waste material.  Once the necessary safety precautions have been taken into consideration, you and your team can begin the actual audit.  Use the steps below to get started.

  1. Plan the waste audit and determine the study area – Properly planning your audit will prevent a large number of issues during your audit.  If everyone that is participating knows all of the objectives of the waste audit, problems should be minimal.
  2. Collect the waste to be examined – Collecting the waste from the designated study area should be done with care.  If you have a cleaning staff, you can have them collect the waste, but you must give them specific instructions on the type of waste to collect for the audit.  A practice audit can be very beneficial to ensure that everyone understands the objectives.
  3. Sort the waste by category – After the waste has been collected you and your team can sort the waste to begin to create an analysis of the types and quantities of waste that your organization is generating.
  4. Analyze the waste data – Once the audit has been completed it is important to take detailed notes to learn about any trends in your company’s waste habits.

Still Have Questions About Conducting a Waste Audit?
Do not fear, if you are a bit lost when it comes to conducting a waste audit for your company, Ever-Green Recycling can help.  We would be happy to sit down with you to discuss conducting a waste audit and helping you and your team reduce the amount of waste that you are creating each and every day.  Call us directly today at 864-230-9800.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken some time to showcase some of our top customers to give you a glimpse into what it means to be an Ever Green Recycling customer.  Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we forget to stand back and thank some of our most loyal customers.
Fairway Ford has been a longtime customer of ours and this week we had a chance to talk with Kathryn McKissick.  We thank her for taking the time to answer our questions and for her kind words in regards to Ever Green Recycling.
Businesses in Greenville that recycle
What types of materials are you recycling at Fairway Ford?
“Fairway Ford Lincoln Subaru recycles cardboard, non-sensitive paper, newspaper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans.”
How long have you been using the services of Ever Green Recycling?
“We’ve been using Ever Green since 2011.”
What sort of positives have you experienced since you started using Ever Green?
“Recycling has always been important to me personally, and to us as a business.  Before Ever Green, we had a very DIY recycling program – I was hauling cardboard boxes & garbage bags full of cans & bottles in the back of my Explorer down to Stone Avenue- it was not ideal!  Ever Green makes it so easy & worry free.  Jimmy comes to pick up every Tuesday like clockwork, always with a smile on his face.  As an added bonus, we’ve cut the number of our waste dumpster/pick-ups in half, which saves money each month.”
What are some of the reasons that you picked Ever Green to handle all of your recycling needs?
“First of all we loved that they were a local business.  They are approachable, responsive and extremely customer-service oriented.  Alex Walter patiently held my hand through the setup process and really helped to make sure the program was right for us.”
Do you have any other general comments about Ever Green that you care to share?
We love Ever Green!  The service is fantastic- I have both Alex and Rob’s cell phone, so they’re only a call away if I need anything.  Plus, I appreciate how community-minded Rob Eney is- he has gone really out of his way to help Greenville Humane Society, a cause near and dear to my heart.  For instance, this weekend Rob is donating his time and providing recycling solutions free-of-charge for Mutt Strut, an event benefitting the GHS.”
We cannot thank Kathryn from Fairway Ford enough for this incredible testimonial.  We work hard each day to receive comments as positive as these.  If you are in need of recycling services for your business or non-profit give us a call today at 864-230-9800.  We would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your needs and come up with an economical plan that can help you recycle more and reduce the amount of trash that you are generating each week.

As summer winds down and football season kicks off we wanted to share one of the favorites around our office. Please know we are as serious about good food as we are about helping our friends and customers make an impact in our community with recycling.
So we are excited to share our favorite versions of Texas Caviar with a southern twist.

INGREDIENTS

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 mteaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the dip:

  • 2 medium cobs white corn (about 1 pound), shucked
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Jalapeños, stems removed and finely chopped
  • 1 medium Roma tomato, seeded and cut into small dice
  • 3/4 cup red bell pepper, seeded, white pith removed, and cut into small dice
  • 1/2 cup small dice white onion

To serve:

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Tortilla chips
INSTRUCTIONS
For the dressing:

  1. Combine vinegar, garlic, salt, cumin, and pepper in a large nonreactive bowl. While whisking constantly, slowly add oil in a thin stream until completely incorporated; set aside.

For the dip:

  1. Heat the oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place corn cobs on the oven rack and roast until knife tender and golden brown in spots, about 25 minutes. Remove to a cutting board until cool enough to handle, about 2 minutes, then slice kernels off the cobs.
  2. Add black-eyed peas, jalapeños, tomato, bell pepper, onion, and corn kernels to the bowl with the dressing and stir until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

To serve:

  1. Stir in cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.

Texas Caviar with a southern flairJust to make things easier we have included a PDF download. Just click the picture to the right… Enjoy Greenville!
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At Ever Green Recycling, we have been truly overwhelmed by the kind words that we hear almost daily from our growing list of clients.  We thought that we would showcase a few of our top clients to show how we are working with Upstate businesses and non-profits to reduce the amount of recyclables that are sent to the landfill.
Greenville Humane SocietyThis week’s client spotlight will showcase The Greenville Humane Society.  Many thanks to Kim Pitman, Executive Director of The Greenville Humane Society for taking a few minutes to answer our questions during a very busy time for her team at GHS.
Below are a few of the questions that we asked Kim about partnering with Ever Green Recycling.
What are you recycling at The Greenville Humane Society?
“The Greenville Humane Society recycles unused newspaper, cardboard, office paper, plastics and aluminum.  We recycle approximately one ton per week.”
How long have you been using Ever Green?
“The Greenville Humane Society has been using Ever Green’s services since October of 2013.”
What sort of positives have you experienced since your started using Ever Green?
“Recycling has allowed GHS to cut overhead costs.  We were able to reduce our waste container needs to just one 8 yard dumpster; allowing us to save over $600 per year.  On top of that we feel that we are doing the right thing for the environment since our business recycles one ton per week.”
What were some of the reasons why you choose Ever Green to handle your recycling needs?
“Ever Green was recommended to us by Fairway Ford/Fairway Subaru.  They were able to work closely with us to determine our recycling needs and were even able to donate several containers allowing us to save even more money while still helping the environment.  That’s a win win situation.”
Do you have any other general comments that you would like to convey about  Ever Green’s service and how it has benefited The Greenville Humane Society?
“They are extremely responsive and customer service oriented—truly impressive since other waste management companies don’t have that attitude.”
We are ecstatic to have The Greenville Humane Society as a customer and even more excited by the comments that they have shared with us.  It is customer interactions like this that make us realize that we are truly having an effect on our community and the environment as a whole.  If you are in need of recycling services for your business or non-profit please give us a call today at 864-230-9800 or send us an email at info@ever-greenrecycling.com.
Special Thank you to – McMillian, Pazdan, Smith for image source

go-green-lunch-box-2Summer is coming to an end.  It’s time to bring the Go Green spirit back to school.
Consider a Go Green Eco-Friendly lunch box today for trash-free lunches.  Most eco-friendly lunch boxes have several compartments eliminating the need for plastic baggies. There is also an area for a reusable aluminum water bottle.
We can all do our part one lunch at a time.
 
Photo credits: Family Sponge

GHS_MUTTSTRUT_HEADER Evergreen Providing Recycling for 3rd Annual Mutt Strut Evergreen Recycling is proud to once again be a part of the annual Mutt Strut in Greenville, the largest dog-friendly race in South Carolina.  Evergreen will be providing our recycling services to this wonderful event that we are excited about supporting. This is the 3rd annual Mutt Strut and it looks to be the biggest yet, with all sorts of activities for not only the pooches, but also for their owners.  The Mutt Strut is a 2 mile run/walk with or without your dog where all proceeds will benefit the Greenville Humane Society, which is the largest no-kill facility in the Carolinas. When is the 3rd Annual Mutt Strut? This year’s Mutt Strut will take place at Greenville Tech on Saturday, August 23rd.  The race will weave competitors through the breathtaking Swamp Rabbit Trail ending up at what we are calling the “Mutt Market’ where there will be live entertainment, games and vendors for the whole family (not just your dog). What Kind of Attractions Will Be at The Mutt Strut? This year the organizers have pulled out all of the stops to make The Mutt Strut fun for everyone.  There will be a stage with live music as well as a Kid Zone and a Canine Corner.  The Kid Zone will feature games and entertainment for everyone and Canine Corner will feature entertainment from some of our furry friends from the following organizations:

  • Red Creek Farm Herding Dogs- Link
  • Puppy Nanny Drill Team – Link
  • Police K-9 Unit Dogs – Link

How Do I Register? Registration for The Mutt Strut can be done online at the following URL: www.ghsmuttstrut.com. How Much Does it Cost to Register? Registration for this years Mutt Strut is very reasonable.  The fees are listed below:

  • Ages 6 and under – FREE!
  • Ages 7 and up (individual) – $25.00 (includes race t-shirt)
  • Team registration (6 member minimum) – $15.00 per person (includes race t-shirt)

If you decide to wait until race day to register, the price goes up to $35.00, so be sure to register early. Evergreen Recycling is proud to partner with organizations like the Greenville Humane Society, which are working tirelessly to provide homes for sheltered animals.  At Evergreen we have a special love for animals and jumped at the opportunity to help out with this great Greenville event!  We look forward to seeing you on August 23rd!

recycle plastic bottles pile landfill

The short answer is: a lot more than we actually do. According to the EPA, about 75% of garbage produced by humans is recyclable. How much of our waste do we recycle? Only about 30%. Where does that shortfall come from? For that, we need the longer answer.
 
The longer answer is that there are four major areas of solid waste that classify as recyclable: paper, construction and demolition materials, bottles and cans, and food. Each of these waste types is produced in immense quantities, comparatively little of which are recycled. For example:

  • In the US, over 21 million tons of food waste is produced every year, most going directly into landfills.
  •  Every year over 1 million new homes are constructed in the US. Many more are remodeled or destroyed. Together, these projects
  • produce almost a third of the country’s solid waste.
  • Plastic bottles and aluminum cans are manufactured by the thousands every minute. Many get thrown away.
  • Paper products make up the majority of landfill space despite being among the easiest materials to recycle.

 
So what would happen if we converted more of that waste to recycled material?
 

  • Food residuals can be composted. And that’s not just your backyard compost heap. Composting on the scale of hundreds of tons of food waste can be processed into viable fertilizers for agriculture and landscaping needs.
  • Construction and demolition waste can be used in making hundreds of consumer products requiring wood, metal, glass, plastic and other such materials—and many of those products are themselves recyclable, creating a natural cycle of reuse.
  • Recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles saves immense amounts of energy, since making new ones requires intensive manufacturing processes.
  • One ton of recycled paper waste preserves seventeen trees.

 
At Ever Green Recycling, we understand that these benefits, while positive, aren’t always easy to remember in the rush of daily life. It is our mission to make your business recycling as easy and convenient as possible. Our recycling pickup services separate recyclables for you, so you don’t need to deal with that hassle. Our industrial recycling services include small carts, trailers and dumpsters. We also customize our services to your needs, so you can feel great about responsible recycling that fits your business perfectly. To learn more, give us a call at 864-230-9800. We look forward to developing a recycling plan that helps you give back to the beautiful Upstate and beyond!

Ever wonder about the history or just some plain fun facts of recycling?  Along providing solutions, we like to provide some education. Here are just a few fast facts about recycling!
You can cause change; it does not take much effort.
1. In the history of recycling the process goes way back into pre-industrial era when people would melt pots and swords to produce a new item.
2. The results are in! The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has announced that in the United States alone has an approximated amount of 75% of our garbage could be recycled.
3. It is estimated that 500,000 trees are harvested so that Sunday newspapers throughout the United States can be read.
4. We have all thrown away our old cell phone but did you know Americans trash around 80 million dollars’ of copper, gold, silver, palladium and platinum just in cleaning out your old cell phone drawer.
Office Paper Wall to New York5. I bet this will make you think when you throw out your next piece of paper. Enough office and writing paper is thrown away each year to build a 12 foot wall from Los Angeles to New York City!
6. If you collect all the aluminum thrown into our landfills in a three month period, there would be enough to rebuild the entire commercial airline industry.
7. Imagine having ONE aluminum can run your TV set for 3 hours or having the energy to run one 100 watt bulb for 20 hours. Did I hear you say impossible? Well It’s not!!
8. We are all probably moving too fast to notice, but if you slowed down on most US Highways, you would see more than 1,300 pieces of trash, that could be recycled.
9. During the next 10 minutes while reading our website, over 3,500,000 aluminum cans may be produced.
10. Many of us own coffee mugs and if not they are sold almost everywhere now in days I bet it would surprise you that on average 25 BILLION Styrofoam cups are thrown away every year.

Ever-Green Recycling is proud to announce that the City of Greenville recently installed a solar-powered trash and recycling compactor in Greenville’s Cleveland Park.  This is the first solar compactor of its kind in the Greenville area installed by the City.  These compactors are called BigBelly units and use 100% solar power to compact both trash and recycling items.

Where is This Solar-Powered Trash Trash and Recycling Compactor Located?
This BigBelly unit is located in Cleveland Park near shelters 29 and 30 and was purchased through a grant from the SC Department of Health & Environmental Control.   

Details about the BigBelly Unit
According to a representative from the City, the BigBelly unit can hold over 5 times more trash and recycling material than the City’s standard receptacles.  The unit also has state-of-the-art wireless communication and collection software that allows City workers to know when the bin needs to be emptied.  This helps city officials save on both gas and labor costs.  Due to the solar benefits of this compactor, the City expects the BigBelly unit to reduce CO2 emissions over time, which is exciting for Greenville conversationalists.

Kudos to the City of Greenville for their Conservation Efforts
Ever-Green Recycling is always excited to see not only businesses, but the City of Greenville stepping up to reduce the amount of waste that is entering our landfills.  It is steps like these that get the word out to everyone that conserving trash and recycling is extremely important to maintaining the beautiful sites in and around the Upstate. 

About Ever-Green Recycling
Ever-Green Recycling is a leading provider of recycling services to businesses across the entire Upstate.  With our large footprint and commitment to top-notch customer service, we are able to serve all types of businesses from mom and pop shops to multi-location businesses. 

Source: City of Greenville

Most Greenville residents may not realize that disposing of monitors, televisions, computers and printers in either a recycling or trash container is against the law.  This is a relatively new law, but one which the City of Greenville is beginning to enforce throughout the area.
City of Greenville Holds Two Annual Electronics Recycling Days
Each year, the City of Greenville holds two electronics recycling days where residents can drop off all types of electronics for recycling.  There is no cost for Greenville residents to drop off electronics during one of these electronics recycling days.  If one of the recycling days has already passed, feel free to drop off your electronics at any Greenville recycling center.  Greenville provides seven recycling centers in the area, where you can drop off your electronics at any time.
Ever-Green Recycling Offers Electronics Recycling for Businesses
At Ever-Green Recycling, we have been offering electronics recycling for businesses in the entire Upstate area and are excited to see the city offering more options for consumers to recycle their used and outdated electronics.  EGR offers full-service pickup for all non-hazardous Universal Waste and Electronics.  This includes all computer equipment as well as light bulbs, ballasts and batteries.  If you are a business in the Greenville area, looking for a way to get rid of your electronics, give Ever-Green Recycling a call today at 864-230-9800.  We serve the entire Upstate area and would be honored to partner with you for any of your commercial recycling needs.
Source: City of Greenville