Monthly Archives: December 2011

How to Recycle Cookware

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When cookware and bakeware tends to wear out, and once it starts to peel and is not suitable to donate, stop before you throw it out! There are ways to recycle cookware and old pots and pans that come in handy if that time has come for your kitchen items.

The first thing to do is to check with your local recycling center. We wish it was the same for every city, but recycling guidelines vary depending on local infrastructure. Sometimes plastic cookware and utensils should not be put in your recycling bin, whereas other times it may depend on the type of plastic. That’s why giving your recycling center a call helps.

If you’re dealing with recycling metal pots and pans, whether it be aluminum or steel, it is more likely they can be recycled through a scrap metal facility. The plastic handles, or other parts of the cookware made from various materials, are usually able to be separated when they are processed. A steel mill, for example, reduces pollution and mining waste by 70% when it recycles scrap steel.

National Cookware Recycling Programs

The Calphalon ReNew program is available when you purchase Calphalon multi-piece cookware sets. Calphalon emphasizes on their website that over 80% of items in landfills could have been recycled.

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Ideas for the Best Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Get Your UGLY on!

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So you want to throw a holiday party, but not any old party? Wearing an ugly Christmas sweater that you bought at a thrift store helps recycle, so find great ideas for your ugly Christmas sweater party below.

Support Local Thrift Stores

If you’re looking for where to buy ugly Christmas sweaters, look no further than your nearest thrift store. Secondhand stores are always in need of donations of not just clothing, but also electronics, furniture and other household items, like kitchen utensils or decorative objects.

If you don’t want to keep your sweater around until next year because one of your resolutions is decluttering, take it back. Donate it to the thrift store where you purchased it to pay it forward. This is one instance where it’s okay for an item to be single-use, as you purchased it used, the money supports secondhand items, and it will be resold again to complete the cycle.

Remember that usually thrift stores won’t launder or repair donated items, so make sure your stuff is in decent condition when donating. In other words, if things get out of control at your ugly sweater party and it ends up covered in eggnog, give it a wash first. Donating is still better than banishing it to a landfill.

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How to Survive Your Awkward Office Holiday Party

Are you stuck at an office job that you don’t like, but the economy is so lousy that you’re obliged to stay? Pretending to care is hard work, and you’re not alone. You are also probably obligated to attend an awkward office gift exchange. You’ve all drawn names (lucky you for getting the frumpy accounting manager you have nothing in common with) and the time has come to suffer through it. Even though events like these are a waste of time, it doesn’t mean you have to generate lots of waste. Here are some tips for how to recycle at this “special” event.

Coffee

Coffee helps keep you all awake at boring attempts to force camaraderie like holiday office gift exchanges. Instead of using paper filters, reuse a metal filter basket They are not as expensive at all and eliminates the need to buy and replace paper filters on a daily basis. Just dump out the grinds and give it a rinse. If you compost, put the grinds in your pile.

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Your Guide to Holiday Recycling

Holiday Recycling Tips

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With all the parties, food and gifts during the holidays, more garbage is produced in December than any other time of the year. Follow a few simple holiday recycling tips from RecycleScene to help reduce, reuse and recycle, and balance waste and trash with creativity and conservation.

Batteries
Rechargeable batteries are a smart option for any gift or decorative gadgets because they are very easy to recycle. Simply go go to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation website at www.rbrc.org to find where to drop them off for responsible recycling.

Cardboard
Most cardboard from your new appliance boxes or gifts is easily recycled, as it is likely that cardboard is accepted with your curbside service. Sometimes cardboard is recycled in incredibly cool ways, like we highlighted in 4 Amazing Gadgets Made from Cardboard.

Christmas Trees
Consider purchasing a live tree that you replant after the holidays. If you are purchasing a live tree this holiday season, make sure to purchase locally grown trees if possible. Fake Christmas trees are potentially made out of toxic PVC and chemicals, may contain lead.

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Recycled Holiday Wreath Roundup

3R Christmas Wreath Ideas

Vintage Ornament Wreath Shiny Brite

Vintage ornament wreath, Creative Commons License photo credit: georgiapeachez

We’ve all seen traditional pine wreaths adorned with bows and holly, so it’s time to explore other unique materials used in making wreaths. Hear are some great wreaths made with recycled materials.

Remember that most metal wires from wreaths are easily recycled. Spend some effort to reuse, compost and/or recycle all of the components of every wreath that you make or buy. After Christmas, remove noncompostable items and keep them for next year or put them in your recycling bin if they’re accepted. Remember that pine needles have a highly acidity, so keep that in mind for the nutrient balance in your compost heap.

Using recycled materials for your holiday wreaths or crafts is thrifty, fun, and reduces waste. You’ll be surprised at these creations!

Plastic Bags
Here’s a great way to make your own plastic bag holiday wreath.

Leaves
See how this is done with real leaves collected from outside by visiting Sarah Lipoff’s wreath tutorial.

Paper Wreaths
The wreaths pictured below are made from 100% recycled cardboard.

Recycled cardboard wreaths

For more recycled paper fun, learn how to make your own wreath out of newspaper.

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