Myth #1: A single person can’t make much of a difference recycling.

The reality is that just one person can truly make a difference when he or she recycles regularly. According to environmental researchers, the average American uses 7 trees a year in paper and other products produced from trees. Plus, if you recycle consistently, you can save 25,000 cans in your lifetime from going into a landfill. Thinking twice before you throw something out can really compound the benefits of recycling over the long term.

Myth #2: It takes a long time for recycled materials to be processed and turned into new products.

Recycling efforts have become a focal point for local communities today to reduce our carbon footprint. Recycling organizations are committed to process improvement and decreasing turnaround times for materials as much as possible. Today, a recycled aluminum can finds its way back on the store shelf in as little as 60 days.

Myth #3: There’s no need to recycle biodegradable products.

Just because something is biodegradable doesn’t mean you should automatically throw it in the trash. Even biodegradable materials emit greenhouse gases while decomposing in our landfills. Your best bet is to always recycle or compost biodegradables.

Myth #4: Recycling efforts result in little impact overall.

Recycling impacts both our economy and environment in meaningful ways every day. Recycling decreases toxic pollution, saves our ecosystems, conserves finite natural resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling also creates jobs, supports local governments with billions in taxes, and reduces the expenses associated with trash disposal. In the United States alone, recycling supports 757,000 American jobs.

Myth #5: You can’t recycle old electronics, and if you can, the process isn’t easy.

Recycling electronics in our digital world is easier than ever and doing so is crucial for our environment. Old, broken, and unusable electronics can leech incredibly toxic compounds into our groundwater sources while decaying in landfills and present serious environmental hazards for plants and wildlife. While you can’t throw your old electronics into your plastics recycling collection, you can easily have them collected by Ever Green Environmental or drop them off at a local electronics retailer such as Best Buy or Staples.

Support a Better Tomorrow with Ever Green Environmental

Unless your organization produces zero waste, there’s always room for improvement. With Ever Green Environmental, making sustainable, eco-friendly changes are easy. We offer a wide variety of services for organization of all sizes, including single stream recycling and e-waste recycling. We have over 25 years of experience serving businesses of all types in the North Carolina and South Carolina areas. To find out how we can assist your organization in becoming more environmentally-friendly, contact us now at 864.230.9800 or use our online contact form.

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 – Biodegradable plastic doesn’t need to be recycled.
Truth – Decomposition of improperly treated biodegradable plastic releases methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than C02!

It is a common misconception that it is ok to send biodegradable plastic to the landfill. When biodegradable plastic breaks down in a landfill it releases large amounts of harmful methane gas. In some landfills this methane gets soaked up through expensive methane capture systems but in many cases it goes straight into the atmosphere where it is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide! The best way to dispose of biodegradable plastic is by sending it to a commercial composting or recycling facility.
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Myth – Recycling uses more energy than it saves.
Truth – Making products from recycled materials uses, on average, 50% less energy than making them from new materials!

While processing recycled materials certainly requires some energy, it is not true that it uses more energy than it saves.  On average, making products from recycled materials requires approximately 50% less energy than making products from raw materials, and for some products the energy savings are far higher. Turning old aluminum cans into new aluminum products uses 95% less energy than making aluminum from fresh materials!
Don’t forget that while there is quite a bit of energy associated with the recycling process there is also a lot of energy needed to pull raw materials from the ground!
Learn more about our recycling services at Ever Green Environmental by contacting us at 864-230-9800.
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Making Products from Recycled Materials is too Expensive

The cost to make a product, from either raw or recycled materials, is determined by economic factors that are constantly in flux. While some things made from recycled products may be more expensive, others are comparably priced or even cheaper. And that’s just in pure dollars and cents! Once you take into account the environmental benefits of making things out of pre-harvested materials, those recycled products don’t seem so expensive at all!
To learn more about recycling services we offer at Ever Green Environmental, contact us at 864-230-9800.
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The recycling community throughout the United States shares a common goal when it comes to our environment. Make an environmental impact by reducing the amount of trash sent to the landfill. When we were made aware of an article that Perfect Rubber Mulch posted, it was too good not to share with you.
With so many misconceptions about recycling swirling around, a little knowledge can go a long way towards helping you make wise decisions about how to dispose of your trash. If you didn’t know the truth behind all these myths it would be easy to think that recycling wasn’t worth our time, effort, or money but that could not be farther from the truth. While it certainly isn’t a perfect solution to dealing with our trash problem, recycling is an important part of our long-term sustainability strategy. Simply put, the pros of recycling outweigh the cons in almost all situations.

Myth #1

Recycling is More Expensive than Disposal

While there are some costs associated with recycling, properly designed recycling programs can be cost competitive with disposal programs. And the best thing is that the more that people recycle, the more cost effective it gets! According to the EPA, disposing of trash costs around $75-200 per ton while a comparable curbside recycling program costs around $50-150 per ton!
While recycling facilities and programs are expensive to get up and running, the long term costs are not necessarily higher than the costs associated with traditional disposal methods.


Would you like more information on recycling services at Ever Green Environmental? Contact us at 864-230-9800 and we will help you get started today.