Tagged: Reduce-Reuse-Recycle

Why Keep Those Yellow Pages Phone Books? Go Paperless

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Remember those yellow pages phone books sitting on top of your refrigerator, accumulating dust? You never pick them up anymore, you just search for what you’re looking for online don’t you? Well, National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site allows you to stop those yellow pages from showing up on your front step, thus curbing your paper use, saving trees, and helping out our environment.  Simply type in your zip code, register on their site, and choose which yellow page directories you really need.

Also, don’t forget to recycle those outdated yellow pages!  If your community has curb side pick up, you can probably put them out there, but be sure to check first.  If your area doesn’t offer curb side pick up, visit your county’s solid waste department’s website to find a recycling center near by.

Check out how you can opt-out at yellowpagesoptout.com

Recycling Rate For Certain Plastics Jumps To Nearly 50%

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Photo Credit: “bottles in trees” by Tracy Collins

The recycling rate for plastics containing polypropylene (PP) and non-bottle high-density polyethylene (HDPE) has risen by 47 percent in the last two years.

More recycling opportunities in U.S. communities has helped contribute to the rise, and others are following suit.

Unfortunately, the recycling rate is still hovering around 33 percent. That could be because not everyone takes recycling seriously or because there still aren’t a ton of recycling initiatives in place.

What do you think? How can we improve recycling rates? What are the recycling practices in your home or community?

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