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 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.