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How To Be “Green” This Holiday Season

As we feast, give gifts, decorate and travel during holiday season, we also consume lots of resources and generate lots of waste. The amount of household garbage in the United States can increase by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, from 4 million tons to 5 million tons.

The holidays are special, but this year’s festivities don’t have to negatively impact our environment. There are a number of measures that all of us can take to lessen the amount of trash we produce and the amount of time we spend on the road.

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Recycling drops in 16 London boroughs

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Almost half of London boroughs are recycling less domestic waste, latest figures show.

Sixteen of thirty-three London boroughs have seen a drop in the amount of waste being recycled in 2013-14 compared to 2012-13.

Newham is the worst performer, dropping 3.4% year on year. Havering, Wandsworth, Richmond and Lewisham make up the five worst performers.

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Young Americans Less Likely to Recycle

Younger Americans are less likely to recycle and be green than older age groups, according to a new survey.

American adults ages 18-34 are significantly less likely to say they always recycle than those older – 33 percent compared with 48 percent, according to an online poll conducted in November of more than 2,000 U.S. adults by Harris Poll and commissioned by the Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

In addition, those 18-34 are less likely to say that recycling is the socially responsible thing to do, that it is critical to reducing energy consumption and will help reduce landfill space than Americans in older age categories.

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How to Implement a School Recycling Program

Recycling and schools are a natural fit. Schools have large numbers of people generating lots of waste—much which is recyclable. Environmentally, recycling reduces the amount of waste heading to landfills and incinerators. Additionally, recycling can reduce carbon emission and conserve natural resources. Economically, a school may be able to reduce the volume of waste they need to dispose of resulting in a reduction in the size or quantity of waste collection containers and service.

That said, everyone needs to understand that recycling is not free and a school may have to spend money to pay for the cost of containers and extra pickups of recyclables. Best advice is to work with a reputable local hauler who, in most cases, will help design a recycling program that is both environmentally sound and cost effective.

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New York City Transfer Station Plan Could Triple Costs

New York City’s proposal to replace existing waste transfer stations with a new marine transfer station will triple the cost of waste management for the city, according to the city’s Independent Budget Office (IBO).

The IBO estimated that the waste management costs per ton at a new facility proposed for the city’s Upper East Side would be $278 in its first year of operation, 2016. The current interim plan of shipping waste to transfer stations in New Jersey and Yonkers, N.Y., is $93 by comparison, said Ronnie Lowenstein, director of the IBO, in a letter to City Council Member Benjamin Kallos.

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Federal Trade Comission wants Eco- Packaged Products to Prove Their Claims

Oh, yeah? Prove it!” That’s what the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants from companies whose products or packaging purport to confer planet-friendly benefits.    

“It’s no secret that consumers want products that are environmentally friendly, and that companies are trying to meet that need,” says Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “But companies that don’t have evidence to support the environmental claims they make about their products erode consumer confidence and undermine those companies that are playing by the rules.”

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Aluminum Can Recycling Remains Strong at 66.7 Percent in 2013 – Study

Aluminum cans were recycled at a rate of 66.7 percent in 2013, remaining the most recycled beverage packaging type in the United States, according to a new report.

The rate stayed above 65 percent for the third consecutive year, compared to an average rate of 54 percent reported during the previous decade, according to a study by the Aluminum Association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI).

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New York Adopts Mercury Thermostat Producer Responsibility Law

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a producer responsibility law for the collection of mercury thermostats.

The Mercury Thermostat Collection Act requires that manufacturers develop and implement a thermostat collection program that meets a pre-established goal of collecting 15,500 thermostats by 2015, according to a news release from the Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute.

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Susan G Komen Walk

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Another great year at the Susan G Komen Walk #Race4theCure! Every year we have sponsored the infamous Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in Central Park but this year we had our employees participate as a team,

set up our own booth and passed out our own branded hair ties (for those of you ladies who forgot theirs at home and for the men that wanted a little flare!). We had such a great time and can hardly wait for next year also, our race team raised $1,050! 

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