Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"In 14 year they are decomposable"

“Red solo cup, I fill you up!” I’m sure you’ve heard the 2012 hit Red Solo Cup from Toby Keith, if not take a moment and enjoy the great tune. Finished? It’s great right? 
Where do you normally spot red solo cups? Just as Keith’s lyrics say, “Now a red solo cup is the best receptacle for barbecues, tailgates, fairs and festivals.” A large gathering is usually where you’ll find them. Why you ask? Well, as Keith says again “a red solo cup is cheap and disposable.” True that, Keith. Cheap, disposable, and the party host has minimal clean up afterwards. 
But wait. What does Keith say after all of this? “In 14 years they are decomposable.” Pause. You’re telling me that when I throw my handy dandy, easy clean up, red solo cups away that they will sit in the landfill for 14 years?! Yes, that is exactly what I’m telling you.
So there has to be other options right? Correct. Back in 2011 TerraCycle and Solo teamed up to create the Solo Cup Brigade, a disposable solution for the millions of single-use cups sold each year. 
Getting involved is incredibly simple. Individuals, schools, offices, non-profits and pretty much anyone signs up on the TerraCycle website. After you’ve collected plastic Solo cups you return them to TerraCycle, who will recycle them into playground equipment, park benches and outdoor furniture. 
And guess what. For every cup received, Solo will donate two cents to Keep America Beautiful or the member’s charity of choice. So you get to help save the environment AND raise profits for a charity. That sounds like a fantastic deal to me. 
Want to get involved and start recycling your Solo cups? Find out more by visiting TerraCycle.com. By taking this step today we’re taking a step toward a better future.  
Although Metro Recycling doesn't currently accept Solo cups, we accept a variety of other materials. Metro's goal is to make recycling easy for every member of the communities we serve. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Where can I recycle my old mattress?

I’ve at a few avid recyclers ask me what they should do when they trade in their old mattress for a new one. Are they recyclable and if so where can you recycle them? This is a great question. Since Metro is primarily a recycler of metals, we do not accept mattresses for recycling, but there has to be an organization or business that does right? With a little research we have some answers for you!
There are two options when it comes to your mattress. Reuse or recycle. Let’s discuss the reuse option first. 
If your mattress is in good condition, it may be easy to find a new owner for you mattress. Start by asking friends and family members if they’re in need of a new mattress or know of anyone looking for one. Another option would be to check with local churches, homeless shelters and community centers within your neighborhood. 
If you’re having trouble with those options, you may be able to give your mattress away on sites such asCraigslist or eBay. Check with the Salvation Army as well and they might even pick up the mattress to save you a trip. 
 If your mattress isn’t in the best shape it’s probably best to opt for the recycling option. The wood, foam, cotton and metal springs that make up most mattresses are all recyclable. The challenging part is finding a place to recycle it. 
When you purchase a new mattress, check to see if the store provides recycling. The manufacturer of your old mattress may offer a take-back recycling program. A quick call or web search should be able to provide you with that information. If you have no luck there check out Earth 911’s recycling directory to find out which recycling centers near you offer mattress recycling programs. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Plastics: Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most versatile plastics. Plastic can be made rigid, soft, or flexible and can be used for an array of different things from building to healthcare materials. Today, we're going to discuss vinyl siding. 
There is a multitude of benefits to vinyl siding. One being that it is more sustainable than most other types of exterior cladding. In a report done by “Plastic News,” they compare the environmental performance of vinyl siding, insulated siding, cedar siding, stucco, exterior insulation and finishing systems, fiber-cement siding and bricks and mortar. 
The report mainly looked at life-cycle and environmental-impact analysis but along with these also included reports on materials’ costs, toxicity and impact on human health. In most areas, vinyl siding outperformed other cladding. 
Some quick facts about vinyl and its impact in the areas listed above: 
  • Brick had more than four times the environmental impact of vinyl. 
  • Vinyl is cheaper to install, has a long life span, and requires little upkeep.
  • Vinyl’s weight also cuts down on the material’s global warming potential. 
  • Vinyl contributes less carbon dioxide per square foot than any other material excluding cedar siding. 
  • Vinyl and insulated siding scored lowest on the emission of toxins in the environment. 
  • Vinyl ranked lowest in human health impact—both vinyl and insulated have nearly zero impact on human health. 
  • Sustainable product. 
One of the greatest benefits to vinyl is that it can be recycled. A local recycling center, such as Metro Recycling, will pay you to recycle your vinyl siding, tubing and fencing. Recycling vinyl is very easy and the greatest part of it all is it can be converted to electricity and heat for the surrounding community. 
So next time you’re doing a home remodel remember that Metro Recycling will gladly accept and recycle your used vinyl siding as well as your vinyl tubing and fencing. With three convenient locations across the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana area it is not only easy to recycle your vinyl but well worth it. You can walk away with a few extra bucks and feel good because you made a positive impact on the environment. 
For more information on vinyl siding visit:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Metro Recycling Partners with Porter Parks Department

On July 11, 2014, the Town of Porter Parks Department and Metro Recycling partnered together for a town recycling drive. The residents of Porter collected cans, newspaper, cardboard, steel and much more, all which were put toward the Parks Department Summer Camp field trip. 
Metro Recycling was excited to present the Town of Porter Parks Department with a check for $125.00 on August 12, 2014. The items collected by friends, families and members of the community made a great impact not only on the summer camp, but also on the environment. 
In addition to the recycling drive, Metro Recycling also had the opportunity to present the summer camp attendees with a recycling presentation. Metro’s Education Director, LaRae Dykstra, spoke to the students about the importance of recycling as well as what happens to our environment when we choose not recycle. Dykstra also brought along a special friend, Scrappy the Turtle. Scrappy provided an educational packet for each student, which included a recycling activity book, magnet, recycling hero capes and a reusable bag. To close out the morning, students had the opportunity to create their very own recycling turtle. 

As a company, Metro Recycling recognizes the importance of community involvement. Metro Recycling strives to educate the community on the importance of recycling by partnering with community members, non-profits, schools and many more. For more information on Metro, their community outreach programs or how you can get involved, visit their website at www.wheredoirecycle.com.



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How Long Does it Take for Glass to Decompose?

Being in the recycling industry, I always find it interesting to hear facts about materials that haven’t been recycled. Sometimes we may think that throwing an aluminum can, plastic jug or glass bottle in the trash isn’t that big of a deal. On the contrary, it’s actually startling to hear how long some of these items take to decompose in a landfill. Today we’re going to take a closer look at glass and how long it’ll sit in the landfill for. Hold on to your seats, you’re in for a shock!
Let’s start with some fast facts about glass. First, glass is 100% recyclable. To top it off, it can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. How neat is that? Glass is made from readily available domestic materials, such as sand, soda ash, limestone and “cullet,” which is just a fancy industry term for furnace ready scrap glass. These materials are mixed, or “batched,” and then heated to a temperature of 2600 to 2800 degrees Fahrenheit. From there glass can be molded into the desired shape. 
So how do we benefit from recycling glass? We benefit from recycling in a variety of ways. First, recycled glass reduces emissions and consumption of raw materials. Second, manufacturers benefit because it extends the life of plant equipment, such as furnaces, and lastly, recycling glass saves energy. 
So the big question. How long will glass sit in a landfill if it’s not recycled? The answer? A million years. As if that isn’t long enough, sometimes glass containers may not even break down at all. That number is mind boggling. The crazy part is that glass doesn’t degrade during the recycling process so essentially your glass pickle jar can be recycled over and over and over again.  

So next time you open your trash bin and think about throwing your glass container in with the trash, think twice. Take the time to put it in the recycling bin. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Metro Recycling Awards Three Student Scholarships

Metro Recycling had the opportunity to award three local high school seniors with a Metro Recycling Scholarship. This is the second year that we have had the privilege of awarding three students in our community $1000 scholarships. We recognize that the communities that we operate in are a key factor in our success and we feel compelled to give back to the community to express our appreciation and it is our hope that we can lessen the financial burden placed on families.
The applications are sent out to all high schools that fall within the Blue Island, Griffith and Valparaiso city limits. The requirements to be awarded the Metro Recycling Scholarship were 
  1. Level of need
  2. Scholastic achievement
  3. Involvement in community, school and work.
  4. Evaluation of responses
  5. Interested in pursuing an environmental major (preferred, but not required) 
After reading an array of applications and much deliberation, the scholarship committee came to a final decision on a recipient for each city. 

Mayra Suarez (Blue Island, IL), Lauren Hernandez (Griffith, IN), and Cheyenne Garpow (Valparaiso, IN) have all excelled in their classes and have been prominent members in their school and community activities. Each has given of their time and energy to make their high schools and community’s better places. As they continue with their education Metro Recycling wishes them the best.


 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Metro Recycling Receives Employer of the Year Award

On May 13th, Metro Recycling was honored to be awarded the Employer of the Year award from Opportunity Enterprises Job Source program.   

Metro Recycling hired both Gregory and Michael to join the team back in 2013. Both men work out of our Griffith location and we have thoroughly enjoyed having them with us. 

Dwayne Evenhouse, Operations manager for Metro, said “Greg and Mike are both great, hardworking men. They are a great addition to the team and we’re glad to have both of them on board with us.” 


JobSource opens so many doors to careers for people with disabilities, finding employment that fits with individual vocational goals and aspirations. We’re excited we have the opportunity to be a part of this program and look forward to many more years of involvement. 

For more information on Opportunity Enterprises and JobSource, please visit www.oppent.org.




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Earth Day Extravaganza!

Earth Day is quickly approaching. We're incredibly excited about the impending festivities With that being said, we'd like to give you little glimpse into what you can expect if you're planning to attend the Porter County Earth Day event on the 19th.

1. Scrappy.

Our beloved turtle, Scrappy, will be making an appearance for a few hours. He'll be handing out his recycling activity books along with high fives and hugs.



2. T-Shirts.

Like last year, we will once again have Metro Recycling t-shirts available for those who sign up to be on our e-newsletter mailing list. Our e-newsletter keeps you up to date with current Metro events and offers customers coupons on their next visit. 



3. Capes.

A new give-away this year, Earth Day Hero capes will be available when you sign up for our e-newsletter. Those who sign up will get to choose between an awesome cape or a sweet t-shirt. How will you ever choose?!

4. Coupons.

We'll be giving visitors to our booth a 5 cents more per pound on their aluminum cans when they visit either of our Indiana locations. 

5. Activity books.

Scrappy's awesome recycling activity books. With word searches, mazes, coloring pages and much more you'll have hours of entertainment wrapped into one fantastic book. 


So there are 5 great reasons why attending the 2014 Earth Day event is a fantastic idea. As if you needed more incentive to come, the first 300 families through the doors will receive a reusable bag, you'll get a chance to win a new bike, you'll get to visit 80 other exhibitor booths, meet other mascots and much, much more! So mark your calendars for Saturday, April 19th and come out to the Porter County Expo center between 9am and 4pm to enjoy this great event! 





Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Recycling Made Easy -- Blue Island, IL

Recycling is a very easy process, but for those who haven't experienced the drop off process at one of our facilities the task may seem a little intimidating. Metro Recycling wants each and every consumer to see just how easy the process actually is. For this reason we created a series of informational videos, highlighting the drop off process at each of our three facilities. Today we'll focus on our Blue Island facility. Take a look and see for yourself just how easy recycling can be!



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Monday, March 3, 2014

Metro Recycling featured on Lakeshore Focus

We're very exited to have had the opportunity to be guests on the public television show, Lakeshore Focus. On this episode of Lakeshore Focus, Host Keith Kirkpatrick sits down with guest Steve Dykstra, President of Metro Metals and Neil Samahon, CEO of Metro Recycling. They discuss the Recycling industry and its impact to Northwest Indiana.


So sit back, relax and learn a little bit more about Metro, how we got started and recycling in Northwest Indiana. 




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How to Drop Off Materials in Valparaiso, IN

Let’s face it. The first visit to a recycling center can be quite intimidating. There are different procedures for different materials, piles of material being loaded into trailers with heavy machinery, a few different scales you can visit, and a cashier window. For a first time recycler, this can seem like a daunting task. 
To ease new customers into the process of recycling and how our yards work, Metro Recycling has created an informational video series. 
Each video is location specific. Viewers will get a glimpse of the truck scale, the yard, the buy back building and the cashier window. The customers will get a visual of our yards and watch expert recyclers complete the process. 
In addition to viewing the yards, customers will also be informed of the requirements needed by law to purchase their material. The videos inform customers of both the Illinois and Indiana Scrap Theft Laws.
As a company, we strive to make the recycling process easy and convenient for our customers. With each video it is our hopes that community members will see just how easy the drop off process is. Check out our informative video highlighting our Valparaiso, I facility below. 









Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Think Outside the Blue Box

See that blue box sitting outside? Yeah, the one with the recycling symbol on it. Did you know that there are many additional items to be recycled that aren’t necessarily allowed inside that box. That’s right. That bike rusting in the garage, recyclable. Those copper wires pulled out of your 20 year old air conditioner, recyclable. The recycling possibilities are infinite when you simply think outside the blue box. 
Many people narrow their recycling focus to what the garbage man will take from that blue box plopped on the curb every Thursday. Yes, setting that box at the end of your driveway each week is a start, but it’s only a small start to a big movement. Recycling is taking the world by storm. Everyone wants to convert their minds to ‘think green.’ 
If you think that your little bit of recycled material won’t really matter take a look at some of these statistics.
  • Recycling steel saves enough energy to power about 18 million households a year—that’s enough energy to power         households in IN, IL, MI, OH, KY, and part of IA for a year. 
  • Recycling just 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of much needed landfill space. 
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your television for 3 hours. 
  • Recycling 1 ton of paper can save 380 gallons of oil.
  • One scrapped car produces more than four steel utility poles.
Small steps can change the environment. Realizing that so much can be recycled is an important small step in the big picture. Metro Recycling is dedicated to making recycling easy and profitable for the communities around us. We recognize that ecological stewardship relies upon the actions we undertake and the services we provide to others.
With three locations in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area, Metro is dedicated to providing quality service while helping maintain a sustainable environment. At Metro, we believe that taking care of the environment involves the whole community. Metro works hard to lessen our impact on the world by making scrap metal, paper and plastic easier to recycle and more profitable for the consumer. Our Mission is to contribute significant effort in maintaining a sustainable environment
So next time you go to throw that aluminum siding away because it won’t fit inside the blue box, remember there are alternatives, such as Metro Recycling, that are better for the environment and profitable for you.

For more information on Metro visit our website www.wheredoirecycle.com or give us a call at 1.855.97.SCRAP. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Can You Recycle an Old Mattress?

It’s a new year which means out with the old, in with the new. I’ve at a few avid recyclers ask me what they should do when they trade in their old mattress for a new one. Are they recyclable and if so where can you recycle them? This is a great question. Since Metro is primarily a recycler of metals, we do not accept mattresses for recycling, but there has to be an organization or business that does right? With a little research we have some answers for you!
There are two options when it comes to your mattress. Reuse or recycle. Let’s discuss the reuse option first. 
If your mattress is in good condition, it may be easy to find a new owner for you mattress. Start by asking friends and family members if they’re in need of a new mattress or know of anyone looking for one. Another option would be to check with local churches, homeless shelters and community centers within your neighborhood. 
If you’re having trouble with those options, you may be able to give your mattress away on sites such as Craigslist or eBay. Check with the Salvation Army as well and they might even pick up the mattress to save you a trip. 
 If your mattress isn’t in the best shape it’s probably best to opt for the recycling option. The wood, foam, cotton and metal springs that make up most mattresses are all recyclable. The challenging part is finding a place to recycle it. 

When you purchase a new mattress, check to see if the store provides recycling. The manufacturer of your old mattress may offer a take-back recycling program. A quick call or web search should be able to provide you with that information. If you have no luck there check out Earth 911’s recycling directory to find out which recycling centers near you offer mattress recycling programs. 
It's a new year, lets start off on the right foot by reducing the materials we use, reusing as much as we can and of course, recycling materials that can be recycled.