Recycling at home has become a good habit many Portland residents have gotten into. But there is a change with statewide recycling that could have serious implications. You might not know this but most of the mixed paper and plastics that are collected for recycling are actually shipped to China for processing. But now China has decided it is going stop accepting a long list of specific items. What does this mean for your recycling? You can and should keep it up but you might have to do even more pre-sorting.
It’s not just Oregon that is feeling the impact but states and countries around the world. This is creating a backlog that might force some recyclers to process disposal requests at landfills. Just what is being objected to? It would be all those things a lot of folks consider to be “wishful recyclables.” In other words, it is a lot of things folks wish could be recycled but in realty aren’t accepted in the flow. Here are some of the specific items that should be kept out of the municipal recycling bins for curbside pickup:
- plastic bags
- film plastics
- soiled packaging
- plastic clamshells
- garden hoses
- wire hangers
What happens to all of those items? They should be put into the regular trash for now until a system is put in place to handle those kinds of recyclables.
That takes care of most kitchen trash but what about bigger items like furniture, clothing, appliances and e-waste? Can those be recycled? Actually, they can if you work with a company like Junk King Portland.
Junk King has dedicated itself to keeping as much of what they collect out of local landfills. This doesn’t automatically mean everything gets recycled. Instead, a lot of what they collect that is still useable can be dropped off at charitable organizations. A lot of those groups hire folks to fix and refurbish those items. That means creating jobs and creating items for those in need. Bottom line: We all need to be careful about recycling. When it comes to recycling the big stuff, you can always count on Junk King Portland to get that job done.
Everyone knows recycling is a good idea. Not only does it help support the air we breathe and the water we drink but it also can save money in the long run. Today’s generation of kids are growing up in a world that recycles. That’s a great lesson for them to pass on to the next generation. Can you remember a time when you didn’t recycle? It might not have been that long ago! Here are some interesting recycling facts that everyone should know:
How fast does recycled materials turnaround? The soda can you toss out into the recycling bin today could make its way back onto a grocery shelf within 60 days. That’s pretty fast.
Right now, the US has a 34% recycling rate. If we could collectively raise that rate to 75% then it would be as if we removing 50 million cars from the road. That’s how much CO2 would be saved.
The CIA has a very robust recycling program. They burn all their classified documents and use that energy to heat the water in the headquarters. That’s very smart.
Recycling paper has been around a long time. In fact, there is a record from 1031 that shows Japanese shops sold re-pulped paper. If we could recycle a single Sunday worth of New York Times newspapers, then we would save 75,000 trees.
When it comes to recycling programs, there’s always room for improvement. For instance 90% of plastic bags in the US are not recycled. That means they can either end up in a landfill where they can take hundreds of years to decompose or become garbage in the oceans causing severe problems for marine life.
Every hour, Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles. Recycling 1 ton of those plastic bottles is the equivalent energy use of powering a two-person household for an entire year.
It’s clear that recycling is very important for our future. It’s also something that doesn’t have to be complicated or take a lot of effort. Consider getting rid of your unwanted junk like old furniture, electronics or other household goods. Those can all be recycled if you hire the right company to begin with. That company would be Junk King Portland.
Junk King has set up working partnerships with recycling center and charities throughout the area. Anytime they can make a drop off to those organizations they are helping Portland stay clean. Recycling your unwanted junk is easy when you turn the job over the Junk King Portland.
In your travels throughout the city, you probably notice a lot of big appliances outside of kitchens. They could be stored in garages, back porches, yards or sheds. The simple reason for this is that it’s very hard to get rid of a big appliance. It can go out with the rest of the trash and unless you have a truck and know where to take it, there’s nothing you can do. That is until Junk King Portland came along. One call to these professional junk haulers and you won’t have any trouble getting rid of that big appliance. As an added bonus, it can also be recycled.
Sometimes people hold onto it appliances and hopes that they can repair it if it’s broken. But once it’s been replace the really is no reason to fix it. It really doesn’t matter what condition your appliances are in to Junk King. All that matters is that you want to gone. It won’t take long for the two-man crew to load up that item onto the back of their truck. If that’s all you want taken away, then it will be a very simple job. However since you have access to a working moving crew and a big truck why not take full advantage of them?
This is a golden opportunity to remove all kinds of rubbish from the rest of your house. If you got debris in the backyard, then you can turn it over the Junk King. It can be something as big as a hot tub or small as a rotting woodpile. Inside the house, you might have a lot of old exercise equipment, clothing, toys, books, shoes and other household goods that you’d like to get rid of. Don’t think of that as being wasteful. That’s because Junk King Portland will make sure those items get dropped off at a charity. That way they can be of use to someone in need.
Junk King’s recycling program happens automatically. It’s also comes at no extra cost. It’s all included in the flat fee that you pay for the work. You’ll know what that fee is before the job begins. After the crews have had a chance to look over all the things you want to get rid of they’ll know how to pack up the truck with it. That’s how they determine your price. It’s all about volume. You will never be charge by the pound with Junk King and that’s a very good thing for your bottom line. Big appliance recycling and junk removal is easy as take care of when that task is given to Junk King Portland.
Are you concerned about your carbon footprint? That is how much energy you and your family expend on a daily basis. A carbon footprint covers everything from how you get to work to the food you eat and how you stay warm around the house. There’s a lot of things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint beyond just recycling your papers, plastics and soda cans. Here are some steps you can put into action starting today:
Lower the Thermostat
Obviously heating your home is a big expenditure especially in the coming weeks. The recommendation from the EPA is to keep your thermostat at a cozy 68° during the fall and winter. That might seem a bit too cold but it can make a significant impact not only on your monthly electric a power bill but also on the environment. You can be more efficient by making sure you close vents in rooms that aren’t in use and keep those doors shut. Also, it might help to have a programmable thermostat. That way it can turn on just a few minutes before you get home as opposed to staying on all day.
Lower the Water Temperature
As you are lowering your thermostat for your home heat, you can also lower the temperature on your water heater. You may not be aware of just how hot your water gets. The optimum temperature should be around 120°. If you can manage down to 110 or 105 then that’s even better. Many home heaters are set at 130 and above. Not only is that wasteful but it also increases the risk of scalding water coming out of the faucet.
Switch Out the Light Bulbs
Are you good at turning off lights every time you leave the room? That’s a positive step to take but you can also replace those incandescent lightbulbs with new energy-efficient bulbs. They may cost a little bit more but you will be replacing them as much. In fact, one compact fluorescent light can last for several years.
Recycle Your Junk
If you planning on getting rid of some big items like furniture or major kitchen appliances then you should consider recycling them as well. That might be a challenge if you’re doing the job on your own but if you turn it over to Junk King Portland it will be a problem at all. Junk King Portland is dedicated itself to an eco-friendly way of disposing of all the things it collects. There helping Portland get to the goal of zero waste. You can reduce your carbon footprint with help from Junk King Portland without even lifting a finger.