Thursday, November 14, 2013

Metro Recycling Celebrates America Recycles Day

Metro Recycling is partnering with Barnes & Noble to celebrate the 16th annual America Recycles Day. This free event will be held at Barnes & Noble in Valparaiso, IN on November 16th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“We’re excited to be part of this year’s America Recycles Day,” said LaRae Dykstra, Marketing Coordinator for Metro Recycling. “We believe it is important to educate children and get them excited about recycling and the benefits it has for our planet.”
This special event will feature a reading of “The Lorax” by Mr. Abe, from The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County, a visit from Glen the Garbologist along with Metro Recycling’s Scrappy the Turtle, who will bring Metro Recycling’s recycling trivia. A scavenger hunt will be offered at 1 p.m. followed by arts and crafts projects for the kids including cardboard box projects and newspaper hats from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
America Recycles Day is just another great opportunity to learn how recycling benefits the planet and our community,” said Dykstra.
In addition to America Recycles Day, Metro Recycling focuses on increasing community awareness on the impact of recycling every day with school presentations and yard tours of their recycling facilities in Valparaiso, Griffith and Blue Island, Ill.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Decomposition: Aluminum Foil

Let’s talk about an item that you probably use often but you don’t often think to recycle. Aluminum foil is a common item found in most household kitchens. We use it to wrap, shine and even sharpen. 
Aluminum foil is 100 percent recyclable. Unfortunately, most of the aluminum foil used in the United States ends up in landfills. According to reports, we throw away enough foil each year to build a fleet of aircraft and recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
It may be difficult to find a recycler that accepts aluminum foil. The reason for this being that aluminum foil is generally contaminated with food waste. With that being said, it’s not impossible to find a recycler willing to accept the aluminum foil you’re looking to recycle. Metro Recycling is one recycler that does in fact accept aluminum foil recycling and pays you for it. Websites such as can aslo assist in your search for a recycler.
What is the alternative? The landfill. What happens there? The aluminum foil will sit for literally thousands of years. Next time you unwarp that casserole, think twice before throwing the foil into the garbage can.

 For more information and materials that Metro Recycling accepts and pays for visit our website