As a business owner, it has never been more important to recycle. The problem for many organizations is that they do not have the proper education around what items around the workplace are recyclable. If you are in Upstate South Carolina, Charlotte, NC or Western NC, our team at Ever Green Environmental is here to be a recycling resource for your business. Team up with us and consider boosting the recycling options that you have around the office for your employees. Even though your business may only encompass just a small fraction of the people in this area, you can still make a difference by adapting easy recycling practices around the office and starting an office recycling program.

Recycling Items You May Overlook

With your mind so focused on the daily activities of running a business, recycling often gets put on the back burner. The good news about proper recycling is that you can start anytime! Here at Ever Green Environmental, we wanted to make business owners aware of key recycling items around the office that you may overlook. These include:

Breakroom Appliances

Don’t throw away that old microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher or stovetop. Instead, let our team help you properly recycle these items. If they are still working, other businesses may even take them off of your hands.

Used Batteries

What do you do currently with the used batteries around your office? Do you understand the dangers of improperly handling your e-waste recycling? If you’ve been throwing them away, it is time for a change! Let Ever Green Environmental set you up with a specific location for your employees to drop off used batteries. Then, you can make sure that these are properly recycled.

Shipping Boxes

If you are a business owner, chances are that you receive packages nearly every day. Those shipping cardboard boxes that are used to transfer your items can easily be recycled.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Do you have some fluorescent light bulbs that need to be replaced? Let Ever Green Environmental help you properly recycle those fluorescent light bulbs.

Printer Ink

Don’t throw away those used ink/toner cartridges, as they may actually be worth something. Depending on the brand, recycling locations may pay you a small amount of money for these cartridges. We’ll help you with this process.

Envelopes

Envelopes that have the built in plastic can be recycled and made into new plastics.


So, if you run a business in the Upstate South Carolina, Charlotte, NC or Western NC areas, our team at Ever Green Environmental is eager to help enhance your business recycling program. As you can see, there are plenty of items around the office that people don’t realize are recyclable.
To learn more about how we can help strengthen the recycling habits around your office, give us a call today at (864) 230-9800 or email us. We look forward to working with you soon.

Myth – Recycling trucks waste energy.
Truth – The amount of energy used by recycling trucks is more than made up for by the overall amount of energy that recycling saves.

Sure, recycling trucks use some energy but all that trash would have to be picked up some way and the reduction in carbon emissions due to recycling far outweighs any increase in emissions from all those trucks. To put it all in perspective, the EPA estimates that recycling efforts in 2006 alone caused a reduction of 49.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions. In real world terms, that is the equivalent of 39.4 million passenger vehicles being removed from the road!
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Have you ever thought about what happens to all of those old computers, televisions, cell phones, fax machines, printers and other electronics equipment that no longer works and has no financial value? This is commonly known as electronic waste (E-Waste). For the everyday consumers of these products, calling these items dangerous would not make sense. However, if you cracked back the case of these items, there are many metals and chemicals that if not disposed of correctly can become dangerous to humans. Rather than throwing your electronics into your local landfill in Upstate South Carolina, let our dedicated staff at Ever Green Environmental help you properly dispose and recycle your E-Waste.

E-Waste Danger

Have you ever seen the inside of a computer? The Parts That Make Up Every Computer? If not, it is definitely a sight worth seeing. Within computers and other electronics, lots of metals, semimetals and chemical compounds are brought together in order for the item to function. Some of the common metals found in these electronics include nickel, mercury, copper, and small amounts of arsenic. While these metals are not harmful while enclosed within your electronics, they can become harmful if they are broken open and not disposed of properly. Read more about Dangers Of Improperly Handling Your E-Waste Recycling Needs. What happens to these metals if left in a landfill for a long period of time is that they can leak into the earth’s soil. In turn, E-Waste can have a negative effect on our environment and cause diseases such as cancer or diabetes.

Danger of Your Data in the Wrong Hands

Disposing of electronics that house important data like smartphones and hard drives should be done extremely carefully. The last thing you want to do is to turn over these electronics without properly destroying important data and the next thing you know your financial data is in the wrong hands and you’re left having to put your financial life back in order.

How You Can Help

Recycling can become a difficult task to manage on your own when it comes to your E-Waste. Rather than trying to dispose of your old electronics on your own, let our experienced team at Ever Green Environmental handle the E-Waste disposal and recycling of your electronic waste and recycling large electronics. Do your part by reducing the risk of harming our environment through responsible E-Waste disposal! Electronic waste is at an all time high and there’s no sign of it slowing down anytime soon with so much new technology hitting the market. Rather than dropping it off at a landfill, let us take the E-Waste off of your hands. In turn, we’ll attempt to reuse or resell the working parts and properly recycle the rest. We’ll also ensure any data is properly disposed of to protect you from potential harm.
There’s nothing wrong with having a passion for electronics! What you do with your old electronics is what can become dangerous for our environment. If you have some E-Waste in Upstate South Carolina that you need to properly dispose of, your first thought should always be to call Ever Green Environmental. Give us a call today at (864) 230-9800 or email and let us take the E-Waste off of your hands before it ever has a chance of making it to the local landfill.

Myth – My trash will decompose anyway.
Truth – While it is true that most materials will break down over time, it can take a thousand years (or more!) for that to happen in a landfill.

Many people believe that throwing all of their trash away is ok because it will all break down eventually. While it is technically true that most materials will break down over time, this is not a solution to our trash problem. Scientists estimate that it will take approximately a thousand years for plastic to decompose and glass could take even longer. There is also the problem of chemicals being leeched into the soil when this decomposition process occurs. Recycling is a far better solution!
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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”!

Myth – we already recycle as much as we can.
Truth – There are many products making their way to landfills that could easily be recycled. There is a lot of room for improvement!

Over the last few decades we have made great strides in increasing the amount of products that are recycled but we can still do a lot more. There is room for improvement both in terms of increasing recycling rates for traditional materials and developing new ways to recycle products that haven’t been recycled before. To put it into perspective, Americans on average recycle around 28% of their household waste but in some communities that number is as high as 50%! Just think of the impact that getting the nationwide average that high could have!
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Business Recycling

While composting has been around for many years, our population is just now catching on to how useful it can really be. If you were to ask any environmentalist about composting, it’s likely that you would get a slew of giant words that basically mean it’s great for the environment and everyone should do it! This is all true! At Ever Green Environmental, we want to break it down for those who aren’t environmentalists and are just looking for ways to invest in themselves and the environment around them. Here are three interesting composting tips that you’ve likely never heard of!

1 • It Does Not Have to Stink

When polled about composting, the average household argued that they opt out of composting simply because of the smell. Here’s a tip for all composting curious residents: if you have the proper materials, it doesn’t have to stink! The goal is to create an aerobic condition where microorganisms can break down your scraps without causing bad odor. How do you create an aerobic condition? Color-code your compost! Each layer added to the compost should be two to three parts brown and one part green. By brown, we mean things like shredded newspapers, papers, dead leaves, napkins, etc. By green, we mean fruits and vegetables that have gone bad or scraped off of a plate, breads, coffee grounds, grass clippings. If you have too much of one thing, place it in a bag in the freezer or stash it in a pail until it’s ready to go!

2 • Eggs-actly What We Need

A great compost pile should be a combination of many things placed in thin layers. If you are using eggs, crumbled eggshells are the perfect additive to make your compost rich in calcium. With the average American eating over 250 eggs per year, imagine what life would be like if we composted all those egg shells!

3 • Lasagna Composting

The standard for composting is having a bin that you continue to go to for compost. While that may work for some people, others have looked into gardening and composting in the same spot. Lasagna composting is an alternative to the normal ways in which you compost right in your garden. Build up your layers and leave it there for an entire six months without touching it. Then, plant right on top of your beautiful and lush garden site! Composting doesn’t get much easier than that!


Want to learn more about composting and other ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle? Call Ever Green Environmental today at 864-230-9800.

Did you know Earth Day was founded in 1970?

  Earth Day was created because Senator Gaylord Nelson (from Wisconsin) believed the   environment was not addressed  in society enough.

Have you ever wondered how to get involved on Earth Day?

Looking for a few suggestions?

  • Take public transportation
  • Car pool with a friend
  • Use a reusable bottle
  • Take a bag to the grocery store

 
Another fun way to get involved in planting a tree or a little garden this would be a great family bonding experience for the family.

Myth – Recycling doesn’t save natural resources.
Truth – Recycling drastically reduces the amount of natural resources that must be harvested or mined to collect and process raw materials.

Recycling drastically reduces the amount of natural resources that must be harvested or mined for raw materials. The more materials we can reuse and recycle, the less resources we need to collect! It is really that simple. As an example, the 42 million tons of paper that Americans recycled in 2005 saved 714 million trees and 292,026 gallons of water!
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