Tuesday, November 10, 2015

10 Tips for a Greener Home

There are a variety of little things that we can do to go-green at home. Finding ways to incorporate good, green habits in our homes will help reduce landfill waste, clean the air and preserve natural landscapes.

Here are some ways to get started on your green home this holiday season.

1.       Switch your lightbulbs to CFLs – CFLs produce the same amount of light but only use one-fifth to one-third the electric power. They’re a little more expensive, but they last eight to fifteen times longer.
2.       Turn off lights when you leave a room.
3.       Line dry your laundry when the weather allows.
4.       Donate items you no longer have use for to your local thrift shop.
5.       Fix leaky faucets
6.       Use reusable water bottles (consider giving one as a Christmas gift)
7.       Collect rain water and use it to water your plants
8.       Lower the temperature on your hot water heater
9.       Pay your bills online
10.   Use reusable bags

These are easy things that we can implement in our homes not only during the holiday season, but all year long.

Which of these have you already implemented into your homes? What other go-green tips do you have?


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Asphalt Shingle Recycling

Asphalt shingle recycling is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Recycling shingles results in many benefits including saving landfill space, reducing costs and saving valuable resources. Let’s take a closer look at asphalt shingle recycling. 
Asphalt shingles are one of the major components of the debris generated from construction, demolition, and renovation projects. Approximately 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste is generated each year in the United States. Currently, the most common disposal method for asphalt shingles in the US is landfilling. However, recycling offers an alternative for waste asphalt shingles. 
Shingle recycling is the process of taking asphalt shingles from roof tear-offs and collecting them for reuse into other products. Recycled asphalt shingles are most commonly used in pavement, which offsets the need for new asphalt and aggregate. This process will in turn reduce the costs associated with paving. 
The number one use of recycled shingles is to make roads. Ground-up shingles are typically added to the pavement and surprisingly improve the quality. Making roads isn’t the only use for shingles. Shingles can also be recycled and included in roofing products, road maintenance products as well as producing energy. 
So what are the benefits of shingle recycling? Shingle recycling is economically viable, convenient where available, and saves valuable resources from being sent to a landfill. Shingle recycling also gives homeowners the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment. 
As Metro Recycling expands our list of services, shingle recycling is something that we’re looking toward for the future. With our dumpster rental, recycling shingles becomes incredibly simple and convenient. Recycling shingles is almost always cheaper than landfilling and in some cases free. There are multiple resources for finding a shingle recycler. You can check online at www.shinglerecycling.org and www.earth911.com. You can also use local resource, such as Metro Recycling, to see how they can assist. 

For more information on Metro Recycling, our list of acceptable materials, dumpster rental and paper recycling, please visit www.wheredoirecycle.com