It’s easy to know what to do with household wastes such as empty can goods, milk cartons and newspapers, these items can all be easily recycled. But what do you do with other items from your industrial work setting? Special wastes are solid wastes resulting from an industrial process that need a more specified means of handling, transportation, or disposal to ensure the protection of the environment and the public health, welfare, and safety. Some examples of special wastes include fly ash, dead animals, bag house dust, wastewater treatment plant solids, asbestos containing materials, petroleum contaminated soils, debris, oil and gas waste, as well as paint and sludge.
The holidays are upon us, which means the decorations are out. The holidays can be a beautiful time of the year; however they can also be a very wasteful time of the year. From trees cut down for decorations, to wasted strands of lights, not to mention all of the paper waste from gifts. Americans annually throw away four million tons of just paper trash from gift wrap and shopping bags and approximately 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year, which is enough to fill a football field 10 stories high (Source: RecycleWorks).
Some things are easy to know how to dispose of. Trash goes in the trash can, which goes in the dumpster, which goes to the landfill. Recyclables get sorted and go in the recycle bin, but, what about those tricky things that you aren’t sure how to dispose of them? Special waste can be tricky to try to get rid of, but our staff at Quad Cities Landfill is here to help in any way we can. Follow these few tips to properly dispose of your special waste.
Patagonia uses recycled soda bottles to make clothing
There comes a time for every successful business to take a moment and look back at where they came from and determine where they want to move forward. While it takes a lot of work to get a business up and running, once you find the key to success, the next question is, how will we sustain, how will we contribute to our community and what legacy can we leave? For some businesses, this means expanding their current services or relocating their business to a more tax friendly or community friendly location. For some this means rebranding their company and for others it could mean redefining their core values and creating a culture in which those values are not only emphasized but carried out. Some call this corporate social responsibility. For outdoor outfitter, Patagonia, environmental and corporate responsibility is not just a pillar of success, but the only way to do business.
Cell phones these days change as often as most Americans’ attention span and there is always a question as to how to get rid of those old phones. According to NBC News, cell phones have a market life cycle of nine to 12 months before the next, newest and greatest model is out and on store shelves, leaving Americans wanting something new. So how should you properly get rid of your old cell phone to make way for a new one? There are a few options for properly disposing of your old phone in an economical way.
Prior to getting rid of your phone, make sure you remove any personal information that may be stored on it. First, make sure your information is all backed up onto the cloud or transfer it onto your new phone so you do not loose things such as your contacts or photos. Then perform a factory reset on the old phone to erase all of your contacts and other information. After you’ve reset it, make sure all of the information is truly gone. Make sure to remove your SIM or SD card so nobody can get information off of that either.
Over 34 million tons of food gets wasted in the United States annually, but canned food cuts back on that waste. Canned food keeps longer in the pantry and the steel and aluminum cans used to store food is 100% recyclable over and over again, making it highly economical (Source: CanCentral). Millennium Waste accepts all steel and aluminum cans in all residential recycling containers.
Summer is quickly giving way to fall and once the colors have changed and fall starts to give way to winter, those leaves will start to fall and you will be left with large piles of leaves. Leaves are always good for Halloween décor, filling large pumpkin trash bags to line the yard for the trick-or-treaters. But what should you do with them after that? Here are some ideas to help keep the leaves from ending up in a landfill and putting them to good use right at your own home.
Millions of people administer medical injections to themselves everyday in the United States. Additionally, hospitals and medical clinics across the country utilize the use of sharps in their practice. Each year billions of needles are used and need to be properly disposed of. But where do these sharps end up after they have been used and what is the proper way to dispose of them?
You’re two year contract is up and it’s time to upgrade that smartphone of yours, but what to do with the old one? Millennium Waste encourages you to dispose of your e-waste safely and effectively, don’t toss it, take it to an e-waste recycling location.
Millenium Waste offers commercial cardboard recycling and pick up
From the moment you pour yourself a bowl of cereal in the morning until you unwrap a new box of toothpaste to brush your teeth at night, you come in contact with dozens of cardboard packaging products throughout your day. Many of these products are for shipping and packaging and most people discard them in the trash without a second thought.
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.