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When was the last time your business just tossed old batteries or electronics out with the regular garbage? If your answer is anything but “never,” you should know that doing so is expressly dangerous and harmful to the environment. Battery acid, plastics, lead, cadmium, beryllium, and even mercury all leach away from these electronics when they reach landfills instead of being property recycled. This can lead to serious harm for garbage processors, the Earth, animals, and even people, too. If you’re still not convinced why it matters that you don’t toss that last-generation iPhone in the trash, these high-impact dangers of improper handling should change your mind. Read more How Recycling Adds Up, One Phone at a Time.

Poisoned Water Tables

E-waste items like computers and smartphones often contain potentially harmful substances like lead and mercury. While they aren’t harmful to humans within these devices, once they begin to break down they can cause significant harm to water tables. As they leach through the ground, the contamination goes largely unnoticed. It can be decades later after multiple devices break down before local environmental protection agencies even notice the problem. In more than one instance, e-waste has directly influenced lead levels in drinking water, something that can lead to severe illness and even death.

Complex Water Contamination

The risk for a contamination problem rises steeply in landfills near lakes, streams, oceans, or coastline. Water can carry contaminants for tens or hundreds of miles, harming the ecosystem all along its path. In areas where farmland lies downstream, these contaminants can even infiltrate food crops, putting humans at real risk. Rising mercury levels in tuna is one example of this in practical application.

Harm to Local Flora and Fauna

It isn’t just water supplies that suffer when e-waste is improperly handled; local flora and fauna can suffer, too. Plants and animals can struggle with the same risks and hazards as humans, and have the additional potential risk of ingestion, too. Seabirds in particular are under high risk to eat small watch batteries or devices assuming they’re food; one the battery breaks down within the stomach it can kill them. High levels of certain minerals and metals can also stunt or kill plants, disturbing the local ecosphere dramatically.

Increased Cancer Rates

There is at least some evidence to prove that certain elements within e-waste may be teratogenic. This includes the cadmium found in computer chips and the beryllium found on motherboards. Used within computers the risk of harm is minute, but again issues can arise when old e-waste begins to break down. Depending on the substance, the release of teratogenic or carcinogenic materials could directly harm garbage sorters or may even enter the atmosphere if toxins are heated or burned within landfills.
Though research continues into just how grave the potential risk may be, most scientists agree that the sheer volume of e-waste that isn’t recycled today is, in fact, a problem. Implementing a business recycling program is one of the best and easiest ways to reduce your potential ecological footprint. Best of all, it could even help you to recoup or reduce overall costs as well.
Reach out to Ever Green Environmental today to learn how an e-waste recycling program can benefit you, your employees and the environment.
 

Is your office green? If you haven’t taken steps to make your everyday business recycling program more environmentally friendly, you’re missing out on a crucial opportunity to benefit the Earth. “Going green” is no longer complicated or even costly. Conversely, some businesses discover that a business recycling program ends up positively affecting their bottom line. Whatever your motivation for considering a move to more eco-friendly practices, you should know that the potential impacts of doing so are vastly beneficial, especially when you implement a business recycling program.

Kill Fewer Trees by Going Paper-Free

Let’s face it; the world is moving away from paper products, creating a paperless workplace and you should, too. Nearly everything (even patient records) can now be effectively and safely stored on media rather than in paper form. Better yet, electronic storage is safer and more reliable, too, especially if your storage is in the cloud; if there’s a fire, a flood, or someone breaks in, they still won’t be able to access sensitive information.
For any paper items you need to rely on, a business recycling program will keep them out of a landfill and reduce the sheer number of trees needed to fulfill your needs. Have employees shred sensitive papers and recycle the rest; at the end of the week you can have them picked up for proper business recycling so they’re out of your way.
Potential Impact:  Save 682.5 gallons of oil, 26,500 liters of water and 17 trees for every 1 ton of paper your business recycles.

Reduce Chemical Impacts Through Business Recycling Programs and Waste Management

Some of the chemical products businesses use are questionable at best. This includes everything from everyday cleaners like bleach to maintenance-oriented products like paint thinner and even solvents designed to clean up grease. Some industrial products may even be caustic or outright poisonous; proper handling and recycling of these materials is one of the biggest and most important steps towards a greener business that you can make.
While your first step should always be to choose the most environmentally friendly chemicals you can in the first place, this is admittedly not always possible, especially within the tech or industrial market. When you must use caustic chemicals, ensure that all employees have the correct training to use and dispose of them correctly. Then, partner with a chemical waste company to ensure that they’re disposed of safely when no longer in use. Never pour chemicals like cleaners, paint, solvents, or acids down the drain. Doing so can cause widespread harm.
Potential Impact: Fewer chemical accidents at work, less impact on local water tables, and safer protocols for staff members, too.

Reach Out to Ever Green Environmental for More Information

If we’ve piqued your interest and you’re ready to learn more about how a business recycling program can benefit your employees, feel free to reach out to our team today by phone at 864-230-9800.

“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.”  John Sawhill

Isn’t that the truth these days? Have you ever looked into your work garbage visibly upset by how many things could be recycled and instead are being thrown in the trash to sit in a landfill and ruin our planet. Sustainability is a growing subject and many companies across the nation, and the world, are beginning to prioritize their own “go green” efforts. Honestly, starting a office recycling program in your office is not that hard. The first step is to make the decision to do it! What’s next? Let Ever Green Environmental help prepare you to start your own office recycling program today!

Figuring Out The Needs

So now that you have decided to take that green plunge, what do you do first? Our recommendation is figuring out what your needs actually are. Take a look at the trashcans. Where are they placed? What exactly is in it? When is it being utilized most? Our easiest recommendation for this is doing an office wide poll or survey to help you gain all the information you need to begin a office recycling program.

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

For those new to office recycling, it may be a tad bit overwhelming to see 20 different kinds of recycling bins where just one trash can used to be. That’s why we urge those starting an office recycling program to ease into the process.  Starting with something small, like recycling paper products can help tremendously. Then, as more and more employees begin to understand and utilize the office recycling program, turn it up a notch!

Encouragement is Key!

Who do employees listen to the most? In a general company setting, the boss has the ultimate say. If the boss is doing it, employees should follow suit. The best way to reach others is by motivating them and encouraging them and this should come from the boss and trickle its way down to everyone in the workplace. Another great motivator are signs and information that tells employees where exactly they can recycle! It never hurts to show your employees exactly where recyclables can go!
Training the staff, arranging the disposal, and gradually turning your office into a fully lean, green, recycling machine is an invaluable process that takes time and energy, but is worth every second!
If you are looking for office recycling services to get you started with your office, look no further than Ever Green Environmental. Currently serving upstate South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Western North Carolina (including Asheville). For more information about starting an office recycling program, call us today at 864-230-9800.
 

The recycling movement is continuing to become more and more popular across the country. The phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” is taught in grade school to help instill this eco-friendly habit in our minds. As a business, creating a paperless workplace can be difficult to achieve on your own. Luckily for your company in the Carolinas, our team at Ever Green Environmental helps businesses become paperless and aims to make the recycling process a little bit easier.

Experience That Counts

At Ever Green Environmental, our team has more than 25 years of experience in the recycling industry, and we don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon! We take pride in seeing business recycling in North & South Carolina become a greener community. Thanks to our efficient business recycling Charlotte, business recycling Upstate and business recycling Greenville have transitioned to a paperless workplace.

How We Can Help

There are certain keys to create a paperless workplace. At Ever Green Environmental, our expert team will lead the way from start to finish and guide you to becoming a more environmentally friendly business. Some of the keys to creating a paperless workplace include:

  • Be Practical – If you’ve been using paper in the office for decades, you can’t transition to a paperless workplace overnight. It’s ok to have some paper around the office. Trying to reduce the use of paper is a great start in your business recycling program!
  • Reduce Paper Use in Creative Ways – Maybe you can offer your customers paperless statements instead of sending hard copies. Consider tracking the amount of printing that your employees perform on a daily basis to see who may be overusing paper. Implement a business recycling program to help your business reduce paper as as whole.
  • Invest in Other Areas to Reduce Paper – A lot of times, employees will print out documents so that they can see the document more clearly. Instead of continuously printing paper, consider investing in larger monitors or dual monitors for your employees to that they don’t regularly have to print out the documents for review.
  • Require Double-Sided Printing – Making decisions such as requiring double sided printing can quickly cut your paper use in half. This along with other positive changes around the workplace can help your business go paperless and reap the rewards of your business recycling program.

 
Let 2017 be the year that your business establishes a recycling program in North Carolina or South Carolina that becomes a paperless workplace. Don’t try and tackle this environmental transformation around the office on your own. Instead, team up with our staff at Ever Green Environmental for business recycling programs today by calling (864) 230-9800 or by emailing.

Have you ever stopped to think if your business may be throwing away all sorts of waste that could be recycled? In this week’s blog we’ll showcase a few areas where you may be able to reduce the amount of waste that is going into area landfills while also saving you money at the same time.
Below are a few of the common areas where businesses are throwing away a large amount of waste that could actually be recycled.
Paper
Almost every business goes through large amounts of paper over the course of any given week or month. Even with the advances in email and Internet communications, businesses still generate a large amount of waste in the form of paper. Why not focus on going paperless in 2015 using cloud based technologies as well as recycling what paper you do generate?
Electronic Waste_22575493_xsChances are you have a large amount of old electronics taking up valuable space inside your office or storage areas. Why not get rid of that electronic waste so that you can put all of that storage space to good use? By partnering with Ever-Green Recycling we can accept all types of electronics and will properly dispose of it to ensure that nothing ends up in our local landfill.
Bio-Medical Waste
If you are a medical facility, you likely have to deal with the proper disposal of your bio-medical waste. Unlike many other providers, we only charge you for the boxes that you use. We do not require long-term commitments and require no minimums. Contact us today to be setup on a route service to handle all of your bio-medical waste.
No Need To Separate Recyclables With Single Stream Recycling
One of the reasons that many businesses are reluctant to signup for recycling services is the need to separate all of their paper, glass, plastic, aluminum and cardboard. With Ever-Green Recycling we offer single stream recycling where you place all of your recyclables in one container and we do the sorting for you at our Spartanburg recycling facility.
Need More Information on our Business Recycling Programs?
If you’re looking for more information about our business recycling programs, give us a call today at 864-230-9800. We’ll be happy to come out to your office to show you how we can make your company Ever Green through our business recycling programs.

Trade-SecretsYou want to start helping the environment by recycling, or you have a business recycling program already in place that you feel could be performing better. Since the majority of solid waste in the workplace can be recycled, going green simply makes good business sense. Here are some steps that can get your recycling efforts really firing on all cylinders.

  1. Have a Coordinator in Charge
    You need someone who is on-board with the recycling effort and recognizes the benefits. Your coordinator will survey your office or company to determine traffic areas and potential recycling locations. This important individual will make sure recycling bins are in convenient places, are labeled clearly and will also make sure the bins are used properly.
  1. Make Recycling Fun
    Have special events to highlight your company’s recycling effort. Have employees bring things to recycle from home. Provide incentives for recycling efforts to really encourage participation. Incentives don’t have to be large, just something to help instill pride and self-worth for taking part in business recycling. Spartanburg companies may choose to sponsor recycling events outside of your company to encourage community participation. This fosters goodwill, as well as employee pride.
  1. Communicate and Educate
    Regularly communicate to your employees the importance and benefits of recycling. Provide feedback so your employees know how well they are doing in their efforts. Educate by example. You and your managers need to be doing all you can in your recycling efforts in order to motivate your employees. This includes high level managers and executives participating in the recycling program as well.
  1. Expand Your Efforts
    Reach out to other offices or companies and consolidate your recycling efforts. As an added benefit, combining with other companies could reduce your recycling costs. Increase efficiency by not only recycling, but by reducing waste as well. Purchase recycled materials for your office. Let the community know about your efforts. Many consumers appreciate companies that attempt to become more environmentally conscious.

 

  1. Contact Ever-Green Recycling
    At Ever-Green Recycling, we can help you start a business recycling program today, just contact us. Whether you are a large company or small office, we will custom design a program just for you. By providing a variety of options, we make recycling easy and efficient. We provide commercial and business recycling for customers from all types of industries, including professional offices, restaurants, hotels, and large manufacturers.

Call us today at 864-230-9800 to discuss your recycling options and to set up your recycling program in a way that works for you and your business.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.