Recycling contributes to numerous beneficial societal impacts every day in the U.S. and around the world. It supports sustainable manufacturing processes, prevents waste from accruing in our oceans, cleans up our environment, and positively impacts our economy. While most people regularly recycle, an Ipsos Public Affairs study in 2011 found that only half of adults recycle daily. Recycling consistently adds up to create tremendous benefits for our world.

15 Interesting Facts about How Impactful Recycling Can Be
  1. Reaching recycling levels of 75% in the United States would generate a net of 1,500,000 million new jobs nationally.
  2. Recycling generates $200 billion in the U.S. economy annually.
  3. For multiple materials, such as tin cans, recycling conserves up to 95% of the fresh water used in our mining and manufacturing processes.
  4. A mere 5 plastic bottles can create enough fiber to fill one ski jacket.
  5. Every hour, Americans throw away 2,500,000 plastic bottles.
  6. The entire commercial air fleet in the U.S. could be built four times over with the amount of aluminum thrown away annually within our country.
  7. The average person could recycle over 25,000 cans throughout their lifetime if he or she recycled consistently.
  8. A single aluminum can recycled can generate enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours.
  9. 26,000,000 trees are cut down annually to produce the Sunday paper.
  10. Recycling a 3-foot stack of newspapers can save one tree.
  11. Over 28,000,000,000 glass jars and bottles wind up in landfills annually. This piles up equivalently to the size of the Empire State Building every 1.5 weeks.
  12. One hundred million homes could be heated for 10 years with the amount of wood and paper that is thrown out annually in the United States.
  13. On average, the US throws out about 1,000,000,000 trees worth of paper every year.
  14. It can take over 500 years for plastic to decompose in our landfills.
  15. Reaching recycling levels of 75% in the United States is the equivalent to removing 55,000,000 cars from the roads annually in terms of the environmental and CO2 impact.

 

How You Can Help

Increasing the amount that we recycle is one of the best ways to control our finite natural resources. Read more about 6 Common Items People Don’t Realize Are Recyclable. Recycling more consistently is a very attainable goal as a society. Making recycling a regular habit can make a major impact over the long run.
If you would like to learn more information on how you can help make more of an impact for your business, reach out to Ever Green Environmental today at 864.230.9800. We have been working in the recycling business for over 25 years to create a more sustainable future.
 

With energy costs on the rise and the clear need for businesses to engage in more green business practices, reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings is a smart choice both financially and ethically. Energy bills can pose a high business expense to companies and there are many things that can be done to cut down on costs.

1)  Utilize Modern, Energy-Efficient Lighting Solutions

New and improved LED lighting can make a substantial impact on your company’s energy bill. Updating your lighting can result in costs savings of up to 60%. Using new lamps, bulbs, and fixtures with new equipment can additionally lead to the generation of less heat which can help lower air conditioning bills as well.

2) Plant Trees around Your Commercial Building

Studies have shown that plants inside and outside the office can help boost employees’ productivity, as well as their happiness. Planting deciduous trees around the south and east areas of your office building can help lower your bills as well by providing shade in warm weather to help lower your air conditioning costs. Planting evergreen trees on the west and north sides of your building can help block wind in the winter, in addition to providing shade in the summer.

3) Utilize Energy-Efficient Hot Water Heating Systems

Substantial amounts of hot water in your building may be stored in a large tank that is not being used much in hot weather. Implementing water heaters that only heat water when it is needed or installing a solar hot water system can help eliminate energy waste.

4) Switch over to Motion Sensitive Lighting Solutions

Motion sensitive switches can ensure that lights are only on when they are needed in your office building.

5) Stay on Top of HVAC Maintenance

Proper HVAC maintenance can help a corporate building reduce their energy expenditure by as much as 15-20%. Refrigerant levels that are correctly filled can result in a substantial reduction of energy.

6) Seek and Eliminate Sources of Phantom Energy

Phantom energy is the electricity that is drawn from electronics when they are not in use, but still plugged in. Sources of this can include printers and fax machines. Phantom loads can make up as 10% of your electric bill. Utilizing smart power strips and setting standby times for equipment are two straightforward ways to stop energy from being wasted.

Work with a Management Team with over 50 Years of Industry Experience

Many commercial companies might not be aware of the many energy efficient solutions that can be implemented in their businesses easily and effectively. If you would like to discover more energy savings solutions, don’t hesitate to contact Ever Green Environmental at 864.230.9800 today. Our results speak for themselves, just ask our clients. We are a customer focused company offering scalable solutions for companies of any size.

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.

School is back in action and what better ways than learning some tips and tricks to keep school lunches eco-friendly.

Using prepackaged food is extremely easy in a morning rush.

More often than not eating prepackaged food is less healthy and not to mention the footprint it leaves on the environment everyday these items are thrown out filling landfills and the ocean.

Reusable containers.

Instead of using single use sandwich bags invest in some reusable containers and go for trash free lunches. They come in different colors and patterns that make them extremely fun for kids.

Meat and dairy products have a high impact on the environment.

Even though your kids may not realize what that means you will want to get creative when making their lunches. Themes for each day of the week can be exciting, meatless Mondays can be a good starting point. Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches are a good standby option, but think ahead and plan for hummus wraps or soups.

It’s okay to be picky, sometimes.

Taking a closer look what is in the meat you are using. Processed meat can be high in sodium and can be harmful to digest. Shopping for organic, antibiotic-free meat and dairy items are a healthier option.

Keep it local.

Buying produce from local producers can help reduce the carbon footprint but more importantly helps the community you live in. Get the kids out and start a family garden with some plants and use them in your meals.

Go with the season.

Crops have seasons and if the particular food you want isn’t in season where you live its more than likely being shipped in from somewhere else. Changing meals with the seasons can also help the kids not get bored with the same meals.

Dirty dozen.

We understand eating all organic isn’t always an option for financial reasons. If so stay away from the “dirty dozen”. This is a group of foods that have more exposure to pesticides. These foods are apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumber, blueberries, and potatoes.

Water bottle.

Packing sodas and juice boxes is an easy way out. Even though most schools offer recycling choosing to use an eco-friendly water bottle is better. Take the kids and pick a water bottle full of personality to match theirs.

Encourage a green thumb.

Getting crafty at home is always a terrific idea and encouraging a green thumb is the best option. Creating a compost pile at home is a great way to demonstrate giving back to the soil. Get the kids involved by encouraging them to bring home the core of their apple and pits of their peaches.

It’s time to leave the kids table behind.

Society has started the idea of “kid food” being less healthy and more processed food than their parents. Being healthy can be fun so let the kids live a healthy life with plenty of greens on their plate.


To learn more about our Greenville recycling services contact the Ever Green Environmental team today at (864) 239-9800 or email.

Electronic Data Destruction

At Ever Green Environmental, we regularly handle the recycling of electronics for businesses in Upstate South Carolina. Too often, we find companies forgetting to destruct the valuable data within their electronics. It’s not just about getting rid of the electronics for organizations, but it’s also about getting rid of the important, confidential data that lies on these electronic appliances. The last thing that you want is for someone’s personal information to be left on a recycled electronic item.

Electronic Recycling Support

While our primary focus is recycling your electronics so that they can be reused or resold, we are also here to help you navigate the data destruction process. You may not know how to wipe your electronics clear so that no important data is left. By partnering with Ever Green Environmental, we’ll support you through this process to ensure that you can rest easy at night knowing that no one has access to any confidential information outside of your company. Whether you are planning to recycle a laptop and let another employee use the computer, or you are upgrading to a newer computer system, all of the data needs to be deleted so that the next employee can start completely fresh.

Recycling Electronics with Ease

By choosing Ever Green Environmental, you get the total package when it comes to recycling electronics. More and more people across the country rely on electronics for nearly every task on the job. In turn, electronic waste is continuing to grow year after year. At Ever Green Environmental, we aim to do our part when it comes to recycling electronics the right way. We’ll take your e-waste off of your hands, make sure that the data gets destructed and then resell or reuse the electronics.

Dedicated Recycling Team

With more than 25 years of experience in the electronic recycling industry and as a member of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), we have built countless relationships with businesses across the Upstate South Carolina area. Our dedicated team will recycle your electronics and destroy any remaining data on these items before reselling or reusing. Through recycling electronics, we are committed to making a positive impact on the environment around us, one day at a time.
If your business has some old electronics that need to be recycled in the Upstate South Carolina area, make sure you pick a partner that also focuses on data destruction. Team up with Ever Green Environmental today and let us destruct the data on your recycled electronics. To learn more, give us a call today at (864) 230-9800 or email.

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.

Myth – Burning waste is an incinerator is better than recycling.
Truth – Incinerators produce energy but also an awful lot of greenhouse gas at a high cost to both taxpayers and the environment.

Unfortunately energy isn’t the only thing that is produced when trash is burned in an incinerator. Don’t be fooled into thinking that burning is a green way of getting energy out of all that trash. Incinerators emit more carbon dioxide into the environment than even the much-maligned coal-fired power plant. Incinerators are also expensive to operate costing more than other waste disposal and energy production facilities.
Article compliments of Perfect Rubber Mulch – 10 Myths About Recycling

Recycling Styro-foam

If you are a recycling guru like ourselves, you may already know the answer to this question. However, for those of us searching for specific answers to more in-depth recycling questions, it’s always good to open the floor for discussion. Today at Ever Green Environmental, we are talking about the difficulty of recycling styrofoam. Yes, the dreaded styrofoam. It’s important for you to know that we aren’t blaming anyone for using it because so many people simply just don’t know how harmful it actually is! In order for you to understand that, you must first understand what styrofoam actually is and why reducing waste may be as important as recycling.

Expanded Polystyrene

While your coffee and lemonade served at your local fast food joint is delicious, there have been countless battles to get them to use a better cup! Styrofoam is the brand name for expanded polystyrene, EPS. EPS is used for many different reasons. Most popularly known amongst consumers would be cups at fast food restaurants and even some plate ware. It’s also used for packaging larger items like appliances, furniture and electronics. As consumers, we have an obligation to choose whether or not we will use styrofoam.

What Makes it Bad?

So what makes recycling and using styrofoam so bad? What’s the big deal? Can you, in fact, recycle it? The absolute correct answer to that question would be yes, you can recycle styrofoam. The more thorough answer is yes, but it just isn’t worth it. EPS is a great product because it is lightweight and can come in all different shapes and sizes. For this same reason, it’s much more costly to recycle. Recycling is calculated by weight. Because it is so lightweight, recycling high volumes of it does not cover the cost of transportation, handling, and processing. The thought is, why would we pay to recycle something when the energy it takes to recycle the item ends up costing more?

What Can You Do?

So how can you help become part of the solution instead of the problem? You can always try to avoid vendors that use styrofoam. If you do receive it, reuse it for shipping something of your own or take it somewhere that will reuse it.
For more information on recycling styrofoam and other products, contact Ever Green Environmental today. With over 25 years of experience in the recycling business, we are your go to provider for all of your recycling concerns. For more information, contact us today at 864.230.9800.

Myth – People don’t want to buy recycled products.
Truth – Markets exist for all of the commonly collected recycled materials and demand is high. People are motivated by both economics and their conscience to purchase goods made from recycled products!

This just simply isn’t true! Markets exist for all of the commonly collected recycled materials and the demand is ever increasing. People are motivated by both their conscience and economics to purchase goods made from recycled products! Over $5 billion worth of products made from recycled materials are sold each year!
Article compliments of Perfect Rubber Mulch – 10 Myths About Recycling