Today marks a very important day for us as a recycling company, as a business, and as residents of this planet. It’s Earth Day!
Each year on April 22 we celebrate the anniversary of an environmental movement that began over 45 years ago.
The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.
This past weekend our CEO Ron Bergamini spoke to the crowd at the 2016 Green Festival at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
The topic was "The State Of Recycling" and how the industry is changing. Ron highlighted the ever changing markets and how that can affect how we as a society recycle waste.
The Starrett-Lehigh building is one of Manhattan’s largest and premier landmark properties with a history of attracting world-class creative companies and elite brands. If you were to walk through the 2.3 million square foot building today you would see their A-list collection of tenants from internationally renowned designers, to multimedia agencies, to upcoming photographers and artists. The open layout and expansive raw office space is ideal for the creative community to thrive. The building is an integral part of the West Chelsea landscape and we are proud to have worked with them for so many years.
To celebrate the start of Spring, we stopped by I.S. 151 in the Bronx to meet with their environmental club.
Action sales rep Vincenzo spoke with the environmental club about the importance of recycling and how it effects the planet. He also explained in detail the steps recycling goes through from its collection at the curb to the final steps at our MRF.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of visiting the Kips Bay Boys and Girls club located in the Bronx.
We were greeted by a number of member’s ages 6-9 years old. The purpose of our visit was to discuss the importance of recycling and how it effects our planet. Action CEO, Ron Bergamini spoke with the kids and explained what common items they should recycle and what these items can be recycled into.
Yesterday, Professor Dupuis and her Environmental Studies and Science students from Pace University stopped by our material recycling facility in the Bronx.
You’ve seen them before. The little number surrounded by triangle arrows on the bottom of your shampoo bottle and other plastic items. But what do they mean? You know you should recycle your plastic items but have you been recycling them properly?
First a little background on where these numbers come from.
The New York Times published an article today discussing the effects that lower oil prices are having on the recycling industry.
Author David Gelles explains,
Yesterday, we were pleased to welcome members of the Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) to our material recycling facility located in the Bronx.
Participation in the stand down means that Action Environmental Group has joined with waste and recycling companies across the country to commit to:
1. Conducting a risk assessment at job sites and review safety policies and procedures for backing.
2. Review company policies, procedures, consider enhancements, and then training employees on any changes.
3. Posting Stand Down materials to the company website, in employee meeting rooms and on social media sites.
"Action has always made the safety of our employees and community a top priority, so we are proud to participate in this nation-wide effort," said Ken Levine Director of Safety at Action Environmental Group. "Through training, effective communications and heightened awareness we are committed to helping improve safety across our industry."
Participating in this Stand Down will proved the tools, guidance and support necessary to reduce the number of backing incidents and improve safety measures.
Along with utilizing the resources from the NWRA Stand Down Tool Kit, Action Environmental will focus their monthly safety meeting around the central topic of safe backing practices. To institute these ideals in the real world safe backing observations of routes and at the disposal facilities will be conducted. Drivers and contractors will receive safety handouts all week with safe backing best practices. Safety messages will be communicated throughout the company via display monitors for all employees to see. Crews who operate under safe backing techniques will be rewarded for their continued dedication to safety.
The Stand Down brings together companies and interested parties throughout the nation to raise awareness and standards for safety by following sound safety practices and by sharing experiences and solutions. In November, NWRA's Kneiss issued a call to action on safety for the industry to work toward significantly reducing injuries and fatalities in waste and recycling facilities as part of a comprehensive, data-driven and multifaceted initiative. NWRA is making in-house experts available to member companies to assist in adapting best practices to their individual facilities and implement them accordingly.
More information about the Stand Down can be found at: https://wasterecycling.org/our-work/safety
Drive along New York City’s West Side Highway and you are sure to come across the NYC gem that is Chelsea Piers. This place provides many New Yorkers with a year round outlet for healthy recreation and athletic competition. Stop by this 28-acre waterfront Sports & Entertainment Complex for a quick pick- up game of basketball with some buddies, practice your golf game at the high-tech, multi-tiered golf driving range, or cool off at their indoor skating rink in the middle of July.
What makes Chelsea Piers unique to us isn’t that you can climb a 23-foot high indoor rock wall, but their dedication to reducing their environmental impact with the creation of their Green Initiative more than seven years ago.
Each January, roughly 46% of Americans vow to improve themselves in one way or another by making a New Year’s resolution. Of that, only 8% are successful in achieving their goal.
Well we have one resolution that you can feel good about doing without putting in a ton of effort. Here is a list of 5 easy ways to reduce your environmental impact in 2016!
All of the gifts are opened, the in-laws have finally left, and if you eat any more fruitcake you might just burst. The most festive time of year is officially over. But now what?
As an ecofriendly person you dread the idea of post-holiday waste. There has to be something you can do? Not to worry we are here to help you finish out your environmentally friendly holiday season.
Here are our 10 post-holiday recycling tips:
We wanted to take this time to not only thank you for being a customer but also inform you of the street closures that will take place in Manhattan due to the New Year’s Eve celebration.
According to the EPA “food waste is the second largest category of municipal solid waste (MSW) sent to landfills in the United States...that is over 30 million tons of food waste that the U. S. sends to the landfills each year. The majority of these organics takes a long, fossil fuel-powered trip to the landfill. Methane from these landfills is equal to around 20% of the pollution output of coal-fired power plants in the United States.”
So how do we reduce these numbers? How do we uses organics for good to benefit the environment instead of wasting them?
The answer is composting.
Holiday parties are typically filled with food, drinks, fun and laughter. Everyone gets together to celebrate the season and have a good time. But many times the waste that these parties produce is no cheerful matter. There are things you can do to cut down waste and throw and environmentally friendly holiday party.
So, whether you’re hosting a family holiday party or an office holiday party here are our 10 tips for throwing an eco-friendly holiday party.