Monthly Archives: August 2010

Can You Recycle Pizza Boxes

Can You Recycle Pizza Boxes

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There’s a lot of confusion about whether or not you can recycle pizza boxes. They’re made of cardboard and they have a recycle symbol on them, so what’s the problem right?

The Trouble With Recycling Pizza Boxes

Well, have you noticed how oil separates from water? That’s part of why used pizza boxes can’t be thrown in with normal paper for recycling. Paper, as you can tell, comes in various grades, from newspapers to the type of corrugated boxes that pizza boxes are made out of.

These different grades are separated by a paper mill, as they’re used to make different types of recycled paper products. A pulper is used to break down the fibers of the paper into a mush. The screening process takes out globs of glue or staples or wires and such, but grease ruins the whole batch. The oils can’t be separated from the fibers, and it’s as simple as that.

It’s not as much of a problem with glass or plastic recycling, just with paper because of the way it has to mix with water. There’s no difference here between meat and cheese grease- it’s pretty much oils or food of any kind that contaminate paper. It’s kind of crazy to think that a paper mill may have to discard a whole batch of paper if there’s too many contaminants. I’ve read some estimates for this type of paper contamination to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, industry-wide. These costs include damage to machinery, generally wasted time and paper batches.

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Recycle and Avoid Grizzly Bears

Recycling at Yellowstone National Park

Recycling at Yellowstone National Park

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Camping is a wonderful way to get out of the hustle and bustle of your city and get some fresh air. It also usually involves bringing in a bunch of food and generating a good deal of waste. Always try to find recycling bins at any campsite, and recycle anything you can.

We wanted to spotlight Yellowstone National Park’s Recycling Program because they make recycling easy and do a great job! More than 2 million people visit the park each year, so you can imagine how much waste is generated. At the same time, think about the beauty of the park itself and realize why measures needed to be taken to preserve it. Yellowstone is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined! Yellowstone maximizes environmental sustainability in the 2.2 million-acre park by collecting recyclables at many campsites and employee residences. Theirs is a model to follow, and, all recycling bins are made out of steel to avoid attracting grizzly bears…

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Reuse, Reduce, Rumble!

Take THAT, Trash Can

The Adobe Foundation promotes Adobe Youth Voices, a program that strives to empower young people to “Create with Purpose.” Digital tools are used for creative expressions about issues important to them.

Check out this excellent stop motion animation they made:

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Going Balls Out for Recycling Tennis Balls

Ways to Recycle Tennis Balls

Recycle Tennis Balls

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Making sure your tennis balls stay nice and bouncy is not as much of a concern on Wii tennis, but it is quite important in the real world. reBounces has come up with a great way to put that spring back in your balls. We are at the peak of maturity here at RecycleScene, so will refrain from any further ball jokes or insinuations.

Rethink Reuse Replay

Whipping used balls back into shape ends up saving tons upon tons of waste from going to landfills. Their goal is to make tennis balls 100% recyclable. According to their website,  hundreds of millions of tennis balls are manufactured worldwide every year – approximately 20,000 tons of landfill waste!

Located out of Arkansas, reBounces uses pretty neat technology developed by CEO Bill Dirst to re-pressurize each tennis ball.

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5 Awesome Ways to Recycle Old Records

recycle old records

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Okay, so you are seriously never going to listen to that polka record you thought would be hilarious and bought at a thrift store for 25¢. You can:

  1. Give it back to the thrift store or charity shop, OR
  2. Upcycle it and make into other fun items like:

Bowls:

1. Preheat oven to 130 ºC, or about 260 ºF

2. Place in an upturned bowl and stick it in the oven for 5 minutes until soft

3. Mold them whichever way you like!

For Your Wall:

Make that old record into a clock.

Check out The Gnarled Branch. All records available on this site were destined for the landfill are now unique pieces of art. Those awesome Canadians- they also ship to the United States!

For Your Table:

Recycled Record Coasters

Recycled Record Coasters

There are some pretty cool coasters from old records. For the holidays, there are some recycled record coasters made from old holiday records!

For Your Desk:

LP Record Frame- Recycled record photo frame by Uncommon Goods. Uncommon Goods is a great place to start if you are looking for recycled gifts in general, and they have everything from earrings to coasters made out of recycled records.

Make recycled bookends, or buy handmade bookends created from vintage recycled records by artist Jeff Davis.

Recycle Old Records: Accessorize!

Music lovers will get a kick out of these recycled record earrings pictured below. Also comes with matching necklaces.

Recycle Old Records

Recycled Record Earrings

But, What About Recycling?

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