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. 

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