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Recycling saves our planet from more damage that we cause it. Learn more about how you can recycle and what you can recycle.

Why Is Recycling So Important?

Recycling symbol on bottle

There's plenty of facts out there on why recycling is beneficial. The world population is growing, not shrinking, and currently each human being adds significant waste to the planet over his or her lifetime. In New York alone, people produce enough trash in one day to fill the entire Empire State building. The frustrating thing is, in most developed countries it's not all too difficult to make a difference. And what a difference we can make. If everyone repurposed their copy of a single edition of The New York Times, we could save 75,000 trees.

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Goodwill Car Donation: An Eco-Friendly Solution

Car being crushed at junkyard

This is a guest post from Jeremy Silverstein, Vice President of Operations and Vehicle Dispatching at Goodwill Car Donations. During the five years he's been with the organization, Jeremy has become quite an expert in the field and has handled tens of thousands of donated vehicles. So we're excited to have the opportunity to talk with him about donating your car as a charitable gift for your taxes and the planet too...

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Electronic Recycling: Nextworth vs Gazelle vs Usell

Pile of old cell phone parts

We all want the latest smartphone when it hits the market but what do we do with our used cell phones? Don't just recycle your iPhone or Galaxy. Sell it! Why not make some money off that old hunk of junk that seemed so crucial to your existence a few days ago? ;) Selling used cell phones not only makes you money but it keeps our landfills "cleaner". Selling your iPhone to one of the companies listed in this article might be a great opportunity for you. You might even be able to recycle that old laptop that's been sitting around!...

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What Do the Different Plastic Recycle Codes Mean?

Guide to plastic recycle codes on top of bag

If you are new to recycling then the whole process may seem completely overwhelming. Certainly there is glass, paper and plastic to recycle…but what about those numbers on the bottom of the plastic containers? What do they mean and how do they affect your recycling efforts? Below we will take a look at what each of these numbers means...

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Paper or Plastic? Tips to Reduce the Use of Plastic Bags

Globe in plastic bag

The average grocery store goes through thousands of plastic bags everyday. At home, consumers use hundreds of zip lock and sandwich plastic bags to bag lunches, store food in the refrigerator, etc. All this adds up to an unbelievable amount of plastic waste. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, the United States goes through 100 billion plastic grocery bags annually!

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Should I Recycle Envelopes with Plastic Windows?

Envelope with plastic window

We heard once that throwing just a small amount of unrecyclable material would screw up the recycling process, or cause the entire portion of recycled material to go to waste. So for a long time we would spend tedious hours cutting out the plastic windows from envelopes to make sure no non-recyclable materials got into our recycling bin. After a while we got fed up with all the time this process took, thinking - why should we have to spend hours of our time to make up for the credit card and other advertising companies' neglect of the environment? Well, after some research, it looks like some recycling facilities are able to process those little plastic windows after all...

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