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.
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.
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.
Trade, don’t toss those clothes! How to host a clothing swap party
With the spring season comes the spring cleaning. Many people are clearing out closets, cleaning garages and de-cluttering from their winter hibernation. While this clean out is a great time to host a rummage sale, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to get your friends together and host a clothing swap!
How to organize trash and recyclables in a small kitchen
Just because you live in a small home or apartment, doesn’t mean you have to compromise your desire to recycle. Recycle bins can take up valuable space and be an eye sore. Here’s a way to keep your trash and recyclables organized and floors clear of clutter.
As you wipe away the stuffiness of winter months, clear away cob webs, dust under furniture and de-clutter counter tops during your spring cleaning, are you finding a collection of used and nearly spent scented candles around your home? What do you do with all these almost empty jars and the remaining sweet scents within? Instead of throwing them out, Upcycle your candles and consolidate your collection by creating beautiful multi-scented, layered candles right in your kitchen. Maybe you have a few left over from the holidays, take those vanilla, cinnamon and apple cider scented candles and mix them together to create an apple pie a la mode layered candle. Not only will you be able to breathe new life into old candles, but you’ll reap the rewards of a great smelling house and save a little trash from the landfill while you’re at it.
When Recycling Goes to the Birds – Creating Recycled Bird Feeders
Looking for a way to pass the time on these cold winter days? Making homemade bird feeders is a great indoor project that will keep you and the kids entertained while waiting for the birds and warmer spring weather to arrive!
As we move into the New Year this is a great time to reflect on the year past and begin thinking about the great things to come in the year ahead and the resolutions that you would like to see achieved. While common resolutions include getting in shape, saving more & spending less, & eliminating unhealthy habits, there is another resolution that is becoming increasingly popular and that is to go green!
Holiday Recycling | Reducing Waste this Holiday Season
The holiday season can be a busy time of year. With so much to do around the house and the colder temperatures tempting you to snuggle up near a cozy fire, staying motivated about normal household routines such as recycling can be difficult.
Automotive Shredder Residue | Special Waste Disposal
Each year more than 10 million automobiles reach the end of their useful life in the United States. Once a vehicle reaches the end of its useful life, it is oftentimes deregistered and sold to an automobile salvage facility where it may be utilized for parts or sent to an auto recycler to begin the next stage of its life, the recycling stage.
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.