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1Thing in the Upstate

Recycling Tips

  • Recycling is available for all Special Events permits required by the City of Greenville.
  • That the City’s Solid Waste Division provides weekly pick-up service, along with an education packet, technical assistance and 18-gallon recycling bins to all of its customers?
  • That in 2010, the paper and cardboard that the City recycled saved 7,123.48 cubic yards of landfill space, 26,686 trees, 15,004,574 gallons of water and 1,266,746 pounds of air pollution? That’s equivalent to 130 tractor trailer loads!
  • That in 2010, recycling removed 5,021.65 metric tons of carbon equivalent from the atmosphere?
  • That the energy savings from landfill diversion versus disposal is equivalent to taking 3,168 households off the grid?
  • That Americans use 4 million plastic bottles every hour, yet only 1 bottle out of 4 is recycled?
  • That approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the United States?
  • That it takes approximately 1 million years for a glass bottle to decompose in the landfill, if at all?
  • That recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours?

Using fewer hazardous materials benefits you, your loved ones and the environment. Here are some safer substitutes:

  • All-purpose cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup of borax with 1 gallon of water
  • Furniture polish: Mix 2 parts vegetable oil with 1 part lemon juice
  • Glass cleaner: Mix 3 tablespoons of white vinegar in 2 cups of warm water
  • Air freshener: Place baking soda or herbs in an open dish and place around the house
  • Rug or upholstery cleaner: Sprinkle corn starch and let is set five minutes. Vacuum as usual
  • Fabric softener: Add 1/4 cup of baking soda or white vinegar to rinse cycle
  • Remember to use sponges and cloths to clean or polish with rather than disposable towels
Make It A Habit – Reuse What You Have

Freecycle Greenville Freecycle Greenville is a web-based group whose members are dedicated to the giving away of useful but unwanted goods.

Reuse organization – www.redo.org

  • Repair it instead of trashing it!
  • Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposables
  • Don’t use disposable razors
  • Check the batteries—it may not be broken after all!
  • Donate your unwanted clothes and household goods to a charitable organization.
  • Check with Habit for Humanity or local non-profit groups if you have paint you no longer need.
  • Donate unwanted toys or other children’s items to churches or daycares.
  • Check with local shelters to see if they could use scrap cloth, blankets or padding for homeless animals.
  • Have items that your local recycling program doesn’t accept? Check schools, churches and daycares. Most items can be used for crafts.
Make It A Habit – Reduce What You Use

Reduce your incoming junk mail! Here’s some links to get started:

  • Catalog Choice – it’ll get you on no-send lists and stops catalog spam.
  • DirectMail.com – free, quick way to get your name off commercial mailing lists.
  • OptOutPrescreen.com – opt out of pre-approved credit card and insurance offers online or by phone: 1-888-5-OPTOUT.
  • EcoLogical Mail Coalition – helps businesses stop mail addressed to former employees.
  • Native Forest Network’s Guide – five easy steps to stop junk mail.
  • Keep America Beautiful: www.kab.org
  • Environmental Defense Fund: www.edf.org

Choose an environmentally conscious hotel when you travel: Check out www.greenhotels.com and let the management of the Establishment know that their environmental practices are why you chose them. Choose to use your sheets and towels more than once while staying in a hotel.

Avoid disposables: use your large bottles to fill travel-size reusable containers with your shampoo, lotion and other toiletries. Don’t use disposable razors.

Purchase electronic tickets when possible — save paper!

Shopping: Make a statement! Don’t accept a bag with purchases when possible. Bring a reusable bag for shopping. Carry a reusable mug to fill at convenience stores and coffee shops. Sometimes you’ll even get a discount for doing so.

At Home: Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposables. Use lightweight plastic plates when having a picnic or get-together because they can be washed and reused along with the plastic flatware. Save mustard, ketchup and other packets for use the next time you’re on the road or at home. Reduce your dependence on herbicides and pesticides. See composting.

Use washable napkins and cleaning cloths instead of disposables. Always conserve energy — turn off lights, televisions, etc.

Local Travel: Use public transportation. Carpool when possible.