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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.

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.
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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

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!
Article compliments of Perfect Rubber Mulch – 10 Myths About Recycling

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!
Article compliments of Perfect Rubber Mulch – 10 Myths About Recycling

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.