Posts for 2015

Repurposing Silica Gel Packets Helps Reduce Waste

Being environmentally conscious is something that we all work hard at being better at every day. Being environmentally conscious means recycling and it also means repurposing things that you might normally throw away. There are lots of ways to reuse to products like plastic bottles, pallets, furniture, clothes, and many other household items. Repurposing comes in many shapes and forms, but we can also apply this practice to smaller and seemingly insignificant items like silica gel packets.

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Tips to Make Recycling in Memphis Spooktacularly Easy!



Fall is here and with it comes cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and Halloween. While Halloween is a great time to dress up like your favorite superhero, you can also be a superhero in real life by creating an eco-friendly Halloween that the whole family can enjoy. We’ve got some Halloween tips and tricks to take your typical black and orange Halloween colors and infuse them with a little bit of green living. Recycling in Memphis is certainly one way to keep your Halloween green, but the following Halloween tips can help you go the extra mile.

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Proper Smartphone Recycling Prevents E-Waste

Smartphones are becoming more popular every day. Approximately 75% of Americans currently own smartphones, and Apple reported over 4 million preorders for the iPhone 6 within 24 hours of announcing the device. As of 2009, according to the EPA, only 40% of consumer electronics were recycled, and only 8% of mobile devices were recycled. E-waste is a growing problem and with consumers itching for the latest and greatest smartphones, are consumers properly disposing of their old smartphones?                                                         

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Save Time and Money with Waste Connections Dumpsters

Waste Connections Memphis offers a wide range of dumpster rental and roll-off services with container sizes to meet the needs of businesses, organizations and homeowners. By using roll-off service or dumpster rentals from Waste Connections Memphis, you can get rid of large amounts of waste and save money in the process. Once your dumpster or roll-off container is full, all you have to do is call us or set up a regular pickup schedule. We also have short-term dumpster rentals available to customers in the Memphis area.

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Recycle Your Aluminum and Steel Cans

Many of us take canned food for granted. It’s a modern convenience that allows us to store and keep it fresh for a longer than most other conventional ways of storing food. Canned foods and beverages are the most recycled containers in the US [Source: Can Central]. Waste Connections accepts all aluminum and steel canned food materials in our residential recycling bins. At one point in time, metal cans of food contained lead. Now, however, the three main ingredients in the metal of our canned food contain:

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Projects to Teach Your Kids about Recycling and Upcycling

Each year, recycling becomes more and more important, and teaching good recycling habits to your child at a younger age is more important than waiting until they’re older. One of the best ways to teach your kids about recycling is through recycling projects that can engage the children and instill good habits early on.

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Use Wise Recycling and Follow These Spring Cleaning Recycling Tips

Spring is here! The grass is turning green and starting to grow again. Flowers and plants are beginning to break through the soil. Birds are chirping, and the days are getting longer. The urge to start spending time outside seems to grow every day with ideas of picnics, bike rides, and just spending some time in the sun. For most people, before any of the fun outside can be had, there’s a big cleaning process inside the house that needs to happen. Spring cleaning can be a daunting task for some. Fortunately, wise recycling and being conscious about which products you use can go a long way in making this task a little more bearable. Here are some spring cleaning tips to help you save some time and energy.

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Reduce E-Waste by Recycling

Did you know electronic waste is not allowed in any Waste Connections of Memphis container? Click here to learn where you can dispose of it properly.

Every year, electronics companies release a new generation of their “flagship” devices. Maybe you’re waiting for the new MacBook or iPhone. Maybe it’s time to upgrade your desktop or laptop. Maybe your device is just broken beyond repair. While most of our electronics find new a new home through Craigslist or eBay, there comes a time when every piece of electronic hardware no longer has any use (dial-up modems, VHS players, that PDA you used when Y2K was a thing). It’s not just hardware either; cell phone chargers, USB cables, and old headphones all take up space in the landfill when they provide valuable materials to recycle. As computers and electronics gain popularity by the day, the amount of electronic waste, or E-waste, increases in our landfills.

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Why Not Recycle Plastic Bags? It's Easy!

Did you know Waste Connections of Memphis makes it easy to recycle plastic bags? They accept them in their single stream recycling containers along with other items.

Plastic bags have become a part of our everyday lives. From the food we buy at the grocery store, to the clothes we buy at the department store, it seems these handy bags are used to carry our goods from store to home in almost every scenario. But what does this mean to the environment? Here are some staggering statistics about plastic bags that may just change the way you view these convenient carry-all contraptions:

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How to build your own pop bottle terrarium

It’s that time of year when we start thinking of all of the outdoor activities we want to get a jump on. For many, gardening and landscaping projects take the cake. If you are just getting started with your garden, this fun projects is an easy way to not only give your seedlings an amazing jumpstart before committing them to the earth, but also an opportunity to reuse 2 liter pop bottles or old packaging containers with lids, for example, an empty peanut butter jars or the like. Starting your plants or seedlings off in a terrarium gives them a little time to grow and mature, as well as protects them from the horrors of an early spring frost.

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The growing benefits of compost

Composting at home will minimize your carbon footprint and benefit your green thumb. Whether you live in an apartment and compost inside with a designated trash bin, or in your backyard, composting is a great way to boost the health of your garden, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, and reduces the amount of waste you throw out each month.

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