Posts for 2013

Going Green in Your Home: Green Cleaning Recipes


Going green in your home has never been easier with these great green cleaning recipes. Making sure you are being environmentally conscious by going green is a great way to not only be environmentally conscious but doing this also keep your home in tip top shape without using harsh chemicals that could cause harm to you, your children, or pets. With the knowledge of going green, there are many top notch green cleaning recipes to make instead of spending a fortune to keep your home clean and safe.


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Memphis Recycling: The Impact of Aluminum Can Recycling

Tossing your empty soda can into the trash after lunch may not seem like an important part of the day to most people, but what if your soda can could directly help save the environment if you took the time to recycle it? While you may not think one aluminum can would have a great effect, what about all the cans of soda you consume yearly? An average American consumes 380 cans of soda yearly which totals to over 100 billion soda cans being used in the United States in a year’s time. This contributes to the overall 1.5 million tons of waste that is in the world due to aluminum cans simply thrown into the trash. The numbers are staggering and the space to put the used cans is dwindling. The need for aluminum recycling is a growing demand that everyone can do easily to produce big changes for the Earth. Waste Connection of Memphis is the premiere place for Memphis recycling. To build strong foundations of Memphis recycling- recycling must start in homes and through the recognition that we only have one Earth.

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Upcycled Halloween Costumes and great DIY Costume Tips

With Halloween just around the corner, what spooky creature or favorite character will your child want to be? Halloween can be fun for all ages, but it can also be quite expensive by the time you pay for the costume, shoes, wigs, makeup, and accessories for your child. According to Consumerist.com “On average, Americans spend $72.32 on Halloween costumes, accessories, and decorations for a staggering $6.8 billion to celebrate the season.” Why not create your own upcycled Halloween costumes this year to save some cash?

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Organic Lawn Care | Lawn Care Tip

Just because fall is around the corner does not mean your luscious green lawn needs to dry and turn brown like the leaves. A way to keep your lawn looking lush yearlong is by practicing organic lawn care. While organic lawn care may seem a bit intimidating it is easy with these great lawn care tips!

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Recycling Tips for Kids | Benefits of Recycling

As most know, good habits are developed early in age. That is why here at Waste Connections, a preferred choice for Memphis Recycling, we strongly believe in teaching your child the importance of recycling. By instilling the importance of recycling to children at an early age, not only will you help educate them on the impact that recycling has, but also help them make excellent choices through the rest of their lives when it comes to improving their environment and helping sustain the Earth. Below are some great recycling tips for kids to get them interested in recycling.

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Green Shopping Tips for Beginners

At Waste Connections, we pride ourselves in the efforts we put forward to make the world a cleaner place; and there are many things you as a consumer can do in order to help protect the environment – such as sustainable consumption.

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Upcycling - Adding New Life to Old Junk

Recent surveys show that the current percentage of American households that recycle continues to grow each year. Recycling is a great way to reduce landfill waste, reduce energy consumption, and reduce our carbon footprint, but unfortunately not everything is recyclable. Many areas have imposed recycling and waste restrictions on specific types of glass, metals, wood, appliances, and other common household items, but just because these items are not recyclable does not make them trash!

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Sustainable Landscaping

Homeowners and contractors are building sustainable homes at an increasing rate. Utilizing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) System, homeowners and contractors follow and im

Homeowners and contractors are building sustainable homes at an increasing rate. Utilizing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) System, homeowners and contractors follow and implement strategically planned green alternatives into the home. Among the eight categories that make up the qualifications for an LEED certified home are sustainable sites.

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Plant a Tree to Celebrate Arbor Day History

Where did National Arbor Day originate? Many might jump to the conclusion of a forested land such as Northern California, the mountains of Colorado, or the hills and valleys of the Smokey Mountains. Yet, these are all incorrect. Arbor Day originated in the Great Plains state of Nebraska, where the prairie grasses wisp in the wind, farmers plow their corn, and ranchers push their cattle.

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Recycling Takeout Containters

Being green and remaining environmentally friendly citizen in today’s instant gratification culture isn’t easy. Our fast-paced culture demands convenience, efficiency, and quite honestly, delicious meals that come prepared inside a clever little box. Recycling takeout containers into everyday, beneficial and useful items is entirely possible with a little creativity and preparation.

Try these fun and thrifty ideas when you begin recycling takeout containers:

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Green way to Clean: A Guide to Homemade Cleaning Products

Everyday household items can be used to effectively clean your home without the need to purchase expensive and toxic cleaners; allowing you to save money and reduce excess waste. Traditional cleaners are effective in removing dirt, germs, and microscopic organisms. However, the same cleaners we think are helping us are contributing to health issues, added waste in our landfills, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).

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Don't Trash your Grass: Grasscycling Brings Life back to your Lawn

Waste Management, Recycling, and your Lawn: The best thing to do with grass clippings is grasscycling. Dreams of perfected, neatly manicured, widespread lawns are in bloom as spri

Waste Management, Recycling, and your Lawn: The best thing to do with grass clippings is grasscycling.

Dreams of perfected, neatly manicured, widespread lawns are in bloom as spring is right around the corner. Many homeowners strive for an immaculate lawn. Obstacles such as the weather, pets, water restrictions and even children, manage to deflate well-thought yard plans. While some obstacles deter the accomplishment of having the best lawn in the neighborhood, there is a useful green technique that is sure to bring life back to your lawn.

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Frugal Gardening Tips

Waste Connections of TN in Memphis, your trusted garbage service, provides frugal gardening tips by using refurbished and recycled items throughout your home. Reusing what could otherwise be considered garbage and recycling it into a useful gardening tool is a resourceful alternative that will benefit any frugal gardening plan.

Buying food for the family can seem a bit daunting these days with the rise in food cost. However, more people are rediscovering a lifestyle that incorporates going back to basics. People are reinventing their green thumb and brushing up on gardening skills. Gardening is a therapeutic hobby that provides peace of mind knowing how the food on your dinner table has been grown.

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Plarn Crochet Projects Prove to be Fun and Eco-friendly

We all do it. We drive to the store, grab our supplies, stand in the checkout line and leave with our hands full of plastic bags loaded with goodies. Some of us have better intentions and have a cloth knapsack nicely hung near our doorway as a friendly reminder to reduce and reuse. For those with a plentiful mound of bags stuffed away in the kitchen, there is a clever upcycling activity to turn the bags into a crafty and eco-friendly project.

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