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Sustainability…the buzz word of 2006 that’s still buzzing. What is this term that’s come to define everything from reducing water usage to increasing business profit?

 

Look up the word sustainability online, and the descriptions that appear include jargon, hackneyed, misused, overused, and well…I think you get the picture.

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Buying in bulk is a concept that has gained popularity through the years, mostly because it's a great way to save money, but also because it's environmentally friendly.

 

How?

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Our team at Midwest Fiber is pleased to announce that 2014 proved to be a record year for recycling, thanks to the businesses and municipalities throughout the Midwest that desire to divert recyclable materials from the waste stream.

 

As a result of their efforts, they recycled 318,876,000 pounds of commodities, diverting enough material from the landfill to cover 96 football fields...3 feet deep!! As you can imagine, this volume saves a significant amount of natural resources and landfill space.

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    I wonder how much space a pound of air takes up? That has to be a huge amount considering air is what it is.

Whether you're reading your favorite book, writing a grocery list, or printing a flyer, you're using something that’s been around for nearly 2,000 years...paper!

 

Every year, Americans use more than 90 million short tons of paper and paperboard. That's an average of 700 pounds of paper products per person each year! Not to mention that the average office worker handles around 10,000 sheets of paper every year.

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As recyclable materials come to our single-stream facility at Midwest Fiber, they enter another phase of the product life-cycle, which involves the collection of raw materials to the destruction or recycling of the final product. With some materials, like glass and aluminum, there is no limit to the number of times they can be recycled!! So, what does a product life-cycle look like? Let's trace the steps of a milk jug, and find out!

 

 

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    I love to see the life cycle diagram like this! I hope to see more

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As quickly as it came, Christmas is past, leaving behind good memories of family and fun, and more tangible items, like cardboard boxes and packing material. At my house, it's post-holiday clean-up time! As much as I'd like to adopt a new decorating scheme consisting of empty boxes and tissue paper, the clutter has to go.

 

What can be reused and/or recycled?

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Although winter days are short, and darkness commandeers most of the evening, neighborhoods are anything but dim this time of year. It's the season for Christmas lights!!

 

Whether clear, colored, indoor, or outdoor, these strands of cheery lights illuminate a holiday wonderland across the country.

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  • Rachel Steward says #
    Recycling is a great thing, but we have to try to reuse before that. We should trying to fix the lights before throw them away!
  • Midwest Fiber says #
    That is a great point Rachel! If something can be reused before being recycled, that's always a good way to reduce waste.

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Enjoying time with family, preparing for the holidays, and let's not forget about turkey!! Thanksgiving is a busy time for many people, making it no surprise that it's one of the most travel-heavy times of the year.

 

According to Nationwide.com, 56% of drivers will travel at least 100 miles, with the average long-distance trip length being 214 miles! And approximately 91% of Thanksgiving trips are made by car.

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Each day is special for a number of reasons, and November 15th is no exception! Historic events that occurred on November 15th include the release of Batman on video tape in 1989, the first regularly scheduled flight over the North Pole in 1954, and the 68th U.S. manned space mission (Atlantis 7) launching into orbit in 1990.

 

And it gets better!

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Have you ever wanted to make your own Halloween costume, whether in search of a fun craft for the kids or a "green" Halloween? Here are some fun costume ideas that allow you to use materials you might have on hand for a fun night of trick-or-treat!!

 

Halloween and the Old West!  

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It was a crisp October morning when I pulled into the parking lot at work. After taking my last sip of coffee, I made my way towards the office door. Nearing the sidewalk, I noticed something shiny and partly concealed in a pile of leaves. Smiling to myself, I picked up the object, and placed it in my jacket pocket.

 

"I found a penny," I exclaimed to the secretary as I passed by the front desk. She lowered her reading glasses slightly, and remarked, "That's nice Joy, but I don't see why you're so excited! It's only a penny."

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Did you know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women. During the month of October, awareness is raised about the importance of early detection and medical research.

 

When an employee's wife from Midwest Fiber's Sister Company, COPS Paper Shredding, was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, COPS felt compelled to lend their genuine support in an effort to contribute and hopefully create a meaningful impact. As a result, Shred for the Cure initiative for Susan G. Komen began.

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If a material is paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, or glass, it is recyclable...right? Fortunately, most of the time this is correct! However, just as the English language is notorious for "exceptions to the rule," there are materials that commonly trip people up when it comes to recyclability.

 

 Items that you don't want in your recycle bin:

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A day dedicated to celebrating workers and their achievements, Labor Day originated during America's Industrial Revolution. A typical work week consisted of 12-hour days, 7 days a week. On September 5th, 1882, 10,000 workers in New York City took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history! Thankfully, working conditions have improved since then, and Labor Day celebrations continue.

 

As recycling became more prevalent in the United States, it contributed to job creation, like many growing industries. Beginning as a defensive strategy during WWII, recycling nearly disappeared in the late 1950's. The Baby Boomer generation worked to turn this around, and in 1970, with the emergence of Earth Day, 3,000 drop-off centers were started. By the late 1970's, these grew into curbside recycling programs that currently serve nearly every city in the country. As a result of this growing industry, approximately 1.1 million U.S. jobs were created!

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Excitement mounts as the new school year approaches! Store shelves fill with supplies, families pull out their checklists, and kids enjoy their last weeks of freedom. Among other things, this is a great opportunity for applying the 3 R's!

 

Reduce: Do you buy items in bulk? Packaging waste accounts for more than 30% of waste generated each year. Purchasing items in bulk minimizes what you have to throw away, and is more cost effective than buying individually packaged items. It also gives you the added perk of having backup materials on hand. You'll be so on top of things!

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I was recently asked a recycling question that I thought was worth sharing. The culprit: A Pringles can. The inquiry: Can it be recycled even though it's made of different materials? I did some research, and discovered that other bloggers and information sources said no. They gave helpful tips for reusing these canisters instead of throwing them away, but that's another topic for another day. Not to keep you in suspense, but let's keep investigating!

 

Going back to the original question, I would like to propose that Pringles cans are recyclable! Even though they are composed of metal, chipboard, and plastic, all of those materials can be recycled...separately. Yes, that's the key! If different materials can be separated, they can be recycled!

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    The tube of pringles is a multilayer paper tube with a layer of foil. Mixed materials cannot be recycled, because recycling them c
  • Corinne says #
    If you step on the cardboard tube, once it's smashed the metal end should come off easily. I checked Kellogg's site and they say i
  • Karen Eide says #
    Does anybody know what number the Pringles lid is?

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Hopefully everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! It's always fun to celebrate our country's birthday by getting together with family and friends, and need I mention...watching fireworks! If your family likes soda, then you probably found yourself with extra aluminum cans after the festivities. Have you ever wondered what happens to those cans after they're collected with curbside recycling? Well, wonder no more! This metallic tale can be told in 4 easy steps.

 

Step 1- After the cans are collected from curbside bins, they are taken to a recycling facility, like Midwest Fiber, and processed there.

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We see them everywhere! Whether in waiting rooms, break rooms, offices, mail boxes, lobbies, and more, magazines are not scarce. In fact, they have been around since 1663, when the world's first magazine, Edifying Monthly Discussions, was published in Germany. Many popular magazines that we read today have experienced longevity. National Geographic first appeared in 1899, Reader's Digest started publishing in 1922, and the New Yorker arrived in 1925.

 

There is something that ALL of these magazines have in common. Can you guess it? Wait for it...they're all recyclable!

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It's a warm day in June. You've been working in the hot sun for over an hour, and decide to pull out your plastic water bottle for something cool and refreshing. It doesn't take long to empty its contents, and you happen to see a recycle bin a short distance away. What luck!! Tossing the bottle into the bin, you wonder what will happen to it after it's sorted at a recycling facility and taken to the mill. You know that #1 PET is a commonly recycled plastic, so you pull out your phone to research the water bottle's destination.

 

This is what you find:

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When we toss newspaper in the recycle bin, we know that we are saving natural resources, conserving landfill space, and helping the environment. But what does newspaper become after it's separated at a recycling facility and taken to the mill? The following pictures help tell the story. Recycled newspaper can be used to make new products such as egg cartons, berry boxes, kitty litter, countertop, and more! So the next time you throw newspaper in the recycle bin, remember that old news is still good news!!

 

   


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It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%. These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and landfilling.

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