Posts for June 2015

Centennial Bridge at dusk

Aluminum: The most recycled consumer byproduct

Most Americans don’t think twice when reaching for cold can of their favorite beverage. But before the late 50’s, most beverages either came from the local soda fountain or in a glass bottle. Coors Brewing Company pioneered the use of aluminum cans for beverages in 1959. This change started an industry storm. In terms of economics, aluminum cans are the most sustainable and cost effective beverage package, as aluminum is lighter than glass and infinitely recyclable. Aluminum also bests glass in terms of versatility, as it provides a superior metal canvas to print on. But perhaps, most importantly, for producers, aluminum effectively protects the flavor and integrity of your favorite cold beverages because it sheilds the product from light.

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The Great Diaper Debate

All parents face tough decisions every day. Even before baby is born, most parents reevaluate their lifestyle to ensure they are bringing their little one into a healthy and safe environment. “Do we eat only organic?” “Should we have a natural birth?” while it may not seem like the top priority, another common question parents ask is, “Should we use cloth or disposable diapers?” Ask any parent what those first few months are all about, and I am sure you’ll get a reply similar to the following. Eat. Sleep. Potty. Repeat.  You will go through a lot of diapers in the early years, in fact, disposable diapers account for 3.4 million tons of landfill waste per year and don’t decompose. Some parents debate whether or not cloth diapers are indeed better for the environment than disposables. Like with any parenting decision, there are pros and cons with either choice, but it is clear, despite the energy use of laundering and recycling water, using cloth diapers is the greenest way to go.

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Make your own upcycled T-shirt rug

Have you participated in so many 5k fun runs you could have your own t-shirt shop? Instead of tossing out those hard earned shirts, upcycle them by picking out a few of your favorite colored T’s to make a stylish shag rug. This fun Do it yourself project will save your shirts from the landfill and add a pop of color to any room in your home.

This is for a small rug, perfect for in front of a sink or bathroom. You can always make your rug bigger simply by using more shirts.

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Keeping the Community Clean

Millennium Waste Incorporated is committed to the growth and well being of the Quad Cities area. That’s why it’s so important to us to contribute to community events and activities. As proud members of the cities we serve, we are dedicated to youth involvement and keeping Betterndorf, Davenport, East Moline, Moline, Rock Island and all of our communities clean.

Events and Activities:

  • Extreme Cleanup
  • Quad Cities Marathon
  • Bix 7
  • Greek Fest
  • Cinco De Mayo Festival
  • Bettendorf July 4th Festival

Contact us today with questions or suggestions.

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