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Recycling Mystery: Metal Lids & Bottle Caps On Glass Containers

Recycling Mystery: Metal Lids & Bottle Caps On Glass Containers

When discarding plastic bottles, many recycling services now prefer you screw plastic tops on before dropping empties in the bin. What do you do with the metal lids on bottles and jars? Recycling practices are not universal and requirements vary — including what to do with lids from glass jars and bottles. With glass, the rules are usually different. We […]

How Medical Sharps Disposal Came To Oklahoma

How Medical Sharps Disposal Came To Oklahoma

Editor’s Note: Our friends at the Product Stewardship Institute recently helped the state of Oklahoma solve its medical sharps disposal dilemma. They graciously agreed to share their lessons learned and actions you can take to handle medical sharps safely in your community. Medical sharps, such as needles and syringes, are convenient devices used by millions to safely self-inject medications outside […]

Using and Recycling CO2 Canisters from Home Soda Machines: What You Need to Know

Using and Recycling CO2 Canisters from Home Soda Machines: What You Need to Know

Readers have asked many times about the sustainability of home soda dispensers. More households are choosing soda machines to reduce plastic bottle use, and Consumer Reports found these systems more than pay for themselves in savings after about two years. But are the CO2 gas and canisters sustainable? As we all know, CO2 is the gas warming the atmosphere — there is 50% more […]

Guest Opinion: Sidewalk Recycling Matters

Guest Opinion: Sidewalk Recycling Matters

Residential recycling is vital to a greener life, but let’s talk about how to recycle when you’re out and about. While the amount of recyclables you deposit on the go is typically less than what you recycle at home, it makes a big difference to your environmental impact when running errands, walking in the city, on the beach, or attending […]

Recycling Mystery: Automobile Floor Mats

Recycling Mystery: Automobile Floor Mats

Recycling your automobile floor mats, made from a recyclable thermoelastic polymer (TPE), is challenging due to the unique recycling requirements for the materials. Use this guide to recycle or repurpose these mats effectively, treating the landfill as your last, least attractive option. When we checked a set of WeatherTech mats, the most popular after-market maker of mats, we found they […]

Recycling Mystery: Water Filters

Recycling Mystery: Water Filters

Have you recently switched from bottled water to tap water? It’s a good move, environmentally speaking. Single-use plastics account for 40% of the nearly 350 million metric tons of plastic produced annually across the globe. Coca-Cola alone produces the equivalent of 200,000 water bottles a minute. Many people who forgo bottled water find they don’t like the taste of regular […]

Ecoolair: Two High Schoolers Trying To Make A Difference

Ecoolair: Two High Schoolers Trying To Make A Difference

Ewaste remains a massive problem. We’re two high school students who launched Ecoolair, a solar-powered fan project, to tackle ewaste and deliver affordable, cooler lifestyles. In March of 2023, CBS News reported that more than 90% of discarded solar panels end up in landfills and as such, by 2030 we are expected to have an area equivalent to approximately 3,000 […]

Can You Meet the 60×40 Plastic Reduction Target?

Can You Meet the 60×40 Plastic Reduction Target?

Earth Day is the one day each year when everyone stops to think about the environment. Even if you’re one of those people who don’t think about the environment very often, by now you probably know that plastic is an environmental problem. This year, Earth Day set a goal to reduce the amount of plastic we all use by 60% […]

Recycling LEGO Bricks: A Sustainable Solution From Brick Recycler

Recycling LEGO Bricks: A Sustainable Solution From Brick Recycler

Over 1 trillion LEGO bricks have been manufactured since the mid-1950s when the company began using ABS plastic, which most curbside recycling programs do not accept. It’s time for reuse with a LEGO touch. Enter Brick Recycler, an innovative initiative dedicated to repurposing and recycling LEGO pieces, effectively diverting them from landfills and reintegrating them into cycles of play and […]

Earth911 Podcast: Mapping A Smart Path To The Circular Economy At The Ellen MacArthur Foundation REMADE Conference

Earth911 Podcast: Mapping A Smart Path To The Circular Economy At The Ellen MacArthur Foundation REMADE Conference

Tune in to a special Earth Day 2024 episode about accelerating the path to a circular economy. Sustainability In Your Ear host Mitch Ratcliffe shares lessons he learned at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s circular economy-focused REMADE conference, which met at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington DC earlier this month. Scientists and business leaders gathered to […]

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