Monday, July 31, 2017

How Are Contaminants Removed From Recycling?

Because You Asked: How Are Contaminants Removed From Recycling?

By Recyclebank    
Contamination is fought on several different fronts, beginning with you and ending with manufacturers.


Dear Recyclebank: How are contaminants removed during the recycling process? ­–A.J.
Dear A.J.: When we talk about “contaminants,” we have to consider a few different factors. First, there’s trash and non-recyclable materials that can carelessly be added to the stream. Then, there’s residue like food and adhesives that may still be hanging onto the recyclables. Finally, there’s the possibility for otherwise recyclable materials to end up being sorted into the wrong batch at the MRF.
Recycling plants have a procedure designed to minimize all of these pitfalls. Whether the materials are being recycled on the premises or sold to other suppliers, sorting is done both by machine and by hand. Recycling machinery runs items down conveyer belts and uses tools such as air jets and magnets to separate recyclables by material, while workers check to make sure mistakes haven’t snuck in. Materials are also thoroughly cleaned before shredding, crushing, or melting, in order to make sure that foreign matter doesn’t compromise the integrity of the finished batch.
Small amounts of what we may consider contamination can also get removed by the manufacturers who buy batches of recyclables. For example, some adhesive can be removed from shreds of paper at the paper mill, during the paper-making process.
It’s always important to keep in mind that the process doesn’t begin at the facility, but with you. By taking the time to clean your recyclables and know what doesn’t belong in the bin, you’ve already played an important part in keeping the recycling stream free of contamination.
SOURCES
University of Oregon
Waste Management

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Plastic can help us stay warm!

Begin with the Bin @beginwiththebin                              
Plastic can even help us stay warm! Recycled plastic is found in insulation for jackets and sleeping bags. pic.twitter.com/1JgHvEJqIf

Thursday, July 27, 2017

HealthyTrees Healthy Lives

N.C. Forest Service @ncforestservice                               
One tree can emit 260lbs of oxygen per year and there are about 410 trees per person on earth!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Recycle Rally teaches Jones Elementary Schools

TerraCycleVerified account @TerraCycle                              
Recycle Rally teaches @ Jones Elementary Schools to engage w/ the community about recycling's importance.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nestle' Waters Loop Fund

Nestlé USVerified account @NestleUSA           

Monday, July 24, 2017

Make a Tidier beach

KeepAmericaBeautiful @kabtweet                               
  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

OpenBurning


Don’t get in trouble over , one of NC’s oldest rules. Know the rules – and the penalties:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

NC Nature Friday!

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Paper recycling had increased over 89%

Begin with the Bin @beginwiththebin           
In 2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990. pic.twitter.com/lpCYuwvfXO
Begin with the Bin @beginwiththebin 1 hour ago
In 2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990.

Family Vermicomposting

   

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NC Aquarium at PKS‏ @NCAquariumatPKS


NC Aquarium at PKS @NCAquariumatPKS                 f only there was an emoji for Eno, Neuse & Pungo - North American River Otters! 🌊

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Printer paper you recycle in the office can be remade into the notebook paper

Begin with the Bin @beginwiththebin                              
The printer paper you recycle in the office can be remade into the notebook paper a child uses to write down assignments! pic.twitter.com/jxac61dvOi   

Monday, July 17, 2017

Did you hear the buzz?

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

NC Aquarium at PKS

NC Aquarium at PKS @NCAquariumatPKS           

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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Let's make the three arrows of the clear and popular! Step Up: > > pic.twitter.com/y93JUxIyCn

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dell is Upgrading

                                               
 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

1100 gallon Stormwater harvester

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1100gallon Stormwater harvester installed with the help of Durham public high school students at Birchwood Center

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Camp No Boundaries

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Today we had a visit from Camp No Boundaries! They learned about marine debris, participated in an island clean-up & visited !

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

reusable alternatives over single-use plastic

NC Aquarium on RI @NCAquarium_RI           
Join aquariums across the country in choosing reusable alternatives over single-use plastic at

Grow Produce at Home

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Open Burning

N.C. DEQ @NCDEQ           
Don’t get in trouble over , one of NC’s oldest rules. Know the rules – and the penalties:

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Community Tree & Recovery Tree Planting Grants

KeepAmericaBeautiful @kabtweet           
Thrilled to issue 21 grants from for 2017 Community Tree & Recovery Tree Planting Grants program!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Don't forget to recycle

Waste Industries @WasteIndustries           
Don't forget to recycle. It'll make you fill better, when you do.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Chopsticks tiles and tabletops

Resource Recycling @rrecycling           
Canadian startup collects and processes used chopsticks into tiles, tabletops and more.
 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to handle wire hangers


Many centers are not set up to handle wire hangers. However, your local dry cleaner may take them.
 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

4th of July Schedule


Happy 4th of July!. The administrative offices of the Coastal Environmental Partnership will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th.

The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and Newport Transfer Station will follow their regular schedules.

Have a safe and happy holiday!
 

Monday, July 3, 2017

40,000 PET bottles used to construct a “castle”

Resource Recycling @rrecycling           
In other news: 40,000 PET bottles have been used to construct a “castle” in the Panamanian jungle.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Plastic bags jam

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Plastic bags jam up the recycling equipment that's used to separate recyclables. Keep them out of your recycling bin.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Reverse Litter‏

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: August is National . How are you helping to keep trash out of our waterways? Let us hear it!

4th of July Holiday Schedule


Happy 4th of July!. The administrative offices of the Coastal Environmental Partnership will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th.

The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and Newport Transfer Station will follow their regular schedules.

Have a safe and happy holiday!




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