Everyone knows the basics of recycling: Anytime an item is recycled is reduces the amount of energy used to make a new thing from raw materials. That reduced energy helps promote less greenhouse gases and therefore better for the planet. But there is a lot more about recycling that you should know about.
Start with recycling rates. This is how much each country recycles as a percentage of the total amount of trash they collect. Who do you think is number one? That would be Switzerland at 52%. Australia is next at 49% followed by Germany (48%), the Netherlands (46%), and Norway (40%) round out the top five. What about the U.S.? We’re a bit farther down the list with a recycling rate of 31.5%.
In terms of saving energy, recycling saves twice as much energy as burning garbage in an incinerator.That’s a good thing because we certainly throw out a lot of stuff. Consider Styrofoam cups. In the United States alone, people throw away 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups a year.
What about jobs? Recycling creates 6-10 times as many jobs as landfills and those incinerators plants. So how much garbage is made each year? The world generates 2.6 trillion pounds of garbage.Here in America, we toss out enough steel each year to build all the new cars that are actually made in America. And the United States throws away $11.4 billion worth of recyclable containers and packaging every year.That is a lot of money that is literally being tossed out in the trash.
Your own recycling efforts don’t have to be confined to your soda cans, plastic bottles and papers. You can expand your home recycling by picking the right junk hauler. Junk King Contra Costa is a professional junk hauling service that has been recycling rubbish since they began collecting it over twelve years ago. Junk King Contra Costa doesn’t do the actually recycling. They just make sure the junk gets to the right place. Everything is sorted at the depot and when they have full truckloads, off to the recycling center they go. If you want to step up your home recycling, then you’ll want to partner with Junk King Contra Costa.
A person’s carbon footprint is the amount of energy they use throughout their daily routine. That energy is not only tied to what they actually expend but also with the types of products they purchase. If everyone focused on reducing their carbon footprint by just a little bit, it would be a big boost for the environment. Here are some tips you can put into action for reducing your carbon footprint starting today:
Turn Off Lights
There should never be a light on in a room that is being used. Even if you’re coming back to that room in a few minutes, you should still flip off the light. During the day put natural sunlight to work by open curtains and blinds.
Plan Your Errands
Are you the type of person that makes several trips to the grocery store throughout the week? It might be a smarter move to take care of it all in a single trip. That will certainly reduce the amount of gas you’re using your car. That in turn can be more money in your pocket. Additionally, you should also drive the speed limit for better fuel efficiency. If there’s an opportunity to walk or ride a bike to take care of those errands, then put that to use. Good for the environment and good for your body.
Shop at a Farmers Market
Farmers markets have grown in popularity to the point that nearly every community has at least one farmers market up and running on a weekly basis. By doing some of your shopping at a farmers market your help and support the local economy.
Turn Off Your Computer at Night
There’s no reason why your computer should be running overnight unless you are compressing a program. Not only should you shut down the computer and your monitor but you should also make sure it is unplugged from the wall. That holds true with other appliances and phone chargers that aren’t being used.
Recycle Your Junk
You probably are already recycling your plastics, papers and water bottles around the house but you recycle it doesn’t have to stop there. If you want to throw out larger items like furniture, appliances or e-waste, then those can be recycled to as long as you hire the right junk removal company. That would be Junk King Contra Costa. These junk removing pros have been going green ever since they started hauling away rubbish. They know the right recycle facilities to drop off all your recyclable materials. Best of all you don’t even have to ask, they’ll do it automatically. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint by getting rid of junk the only call to make is to Junk King Contra Costa.
Ask any contractor what is the hardest element to get rid of on a job site and they’ll tell you, “concrete.” Concrete disposal comes into play when you are replacing a driveway, sidewall, patio or foundation. Busting up the concrete is easy if you have the right tools. All it takes is a little jackhammer action and you’ll have chunks of cement waiting to be disposed of. That’s when it gets hard. Concrete is just way too heavy to easily move. You also need a huge container that can support the added wait. Basically, concrete disposal is a major headache. Of course, that applies only if you had to do the job yourself. If you hire Junk King to take care of your concrete disposal, then you won’t be lifting a single rock!
That same hardworking Junk King crew that can move out your heavy furniture will also be able to handle your heavy concrete pieces. Any time you schedule a junk removal appointment with Junk King, you’ll be asked what you’re throwing out. This gives the scheduler the information they need to make sure you get all you need for the job to be completed as quickly as possible. With some jobs, Junk King will dispatch multiple teams and trucks. You won’t be paying for any of that extra labor. You’ll only ever pay a single rate based on how much space your junk will occupy on the back of the truck. That type of pricing policy is crucial with something like concrete disposal. You certainly don’t want to be charged by the pound. You’d never be able to afford that!
Not only will Junk King lift and load all your busted up concrete, but they’ll also be disposing of it in a responsible manner. Often this will be dropping off the chunks to a recycling center. Your old concrete can be ground up and pulverized then put back into circulation. You might even be using recycled cement for the new driveway! Again, this service is included in the price. There won’t be any added charges.
As long as the Junk King crew is taking care of your concrete disposal, why not put them to work clearing out the rest of the debris around your property? One call to Junk King takes care of concrete disposal and general junk hauling. Make that call today!