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I have been learning a lot about industrial compactors. However, I never thought that they were that important until now. I noticed that most of the companies in UK are using commercial compactors which are quite handy especially now that we’re having problems with waste management.

waste-management.jpg I believe that there is no establishment that does not yield plenty of waste. Hence, it should be their responsibility to process their garbage the right way. We all agree that progress should not take place without proper regard for the environment and so the need for a special machine to process commercial and industrial waste should come in handy.

A number of companies already use this garbage management equipment. Some companies make use of vertical balers to treat their garbage. Others use waste compactors to press garbage so that the bulk won’t take up much space. I actually like compactors since it can really make our garbage more manageable and we don’t need to do a lot of hauling of garbage from our place to the garbage collectors.

I need to emphasize a number of reminders though.

1. Find out what kind of trash you have. We produce a lot of papers, plastics, and cardboards which can be easily pressed down by the equipment.

2. Ask your supplier what type of compactor to use for your waste. If you make plenty of dangerous or glass materials, you need to find an equipment that’s actually appropriate for you.

3. Look for the right compactor supplier. There happen to be a few notable suppliers here in the UK, so make a solid research just before you purchase.

4. Use portable compactors designed for houses. I’ve one in our kitchen and it is found on the kitchen counter.

5. Remember that waste materials like glass, chemicals, flammable materials, decaying matter, and hazardous waste cannot be put into the compactors.

I’m not saying that waste compactors work at all times. Just like any other equipment, it also needs regular maintenance to make sure they are in good condition.

It pays to plant and care for trees as they benefit our environment in many ways. Read on to know some of the environmental benefits of trees.


1) Carbon Dioxide Removal

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) makes up a large amount of the thick gases congesting our atmosphere, wherein heat shines through to the planet and is unable to escape, thus warming the planet over time. Trees trap greenhouse gas and keep the atmosphere from heating up and so the planet stays cooler. They also remove carbon dioxide from the air, store it inside their wood, and turns it into fresh oxygen through photosynthesis.

2) Heat Island Effect

Trees help cool and reduce hot spots so people can breathe easier. The heat island effect happens in paved areas or in places with plenty of buildings where the summer heat is reflected and intensified, increasing air temperatures and making it hard for people with asthma and other respiratory diseases to breathe. Trees reduce the heat island effect by keeping the sun from reaching heat-absorbing pavements and roads, shading concrete, asphalt and other surfaces that usually absorb heat from the sun, and releasing water vapor into the air.

3) Air Quality

By reducing air temperatures, trees also reduce the emission of polluting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from both plants and human sources, like gasoline. Trees remove pollution from the air temporarily by catching tiny particles on their leaves and branches and tree leaves also absorb gaseous pollutants. We are able to breathe cleaner air because of the trees around us.

4) Energy Use

Strategically placed trees can be used to heat and cool homes and other buildings. This also helps reduce energy demand and at the same time lessens pollution emissions from power plants.

5) Reduction of Stormwater

Trees can reduce the volume of stormwater that runs into sewers by catching rainfall on their leaves, stems, and barks. It is estimated that around 100 mature trees intercept about 250,000 gallons of rainfall per year in their crowns, thus reducing runoff of polluted stormwater.

6) Helping Wildlife

This actually applies to domestic gardens and large parks. Trees are unequaled when it comes to the support they give to all varieties of local British wildlife, from mammals and birds to amphibians. Hedging particularly creates corridors for wildlife and safe zones for them to live in an otherwise hostile urban surrounding. Fruit trees provide edible food for mammals while plants producing berries help sustain birds throughout the entire year.

During winter time, birds will nest in the canopies whilst mammals will live in the undergrowth of evergreen hedging. Hibernating animals like frogs, hedgehogs, and toads will tuck themselves under the pile of shed leaves from deciduous trees for warmth and security.

Trees definitely provide a lot of benefits in terms of care for the endangered British wildlife and environmental cooling, both of which are undergoing an upsetting decline. Let us all keep in mind, be it in a small piece of personal property or on a wider urban scale, there’s plenty of benefits in planting and protecting trees.

Office Recycling Basics

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing waste materials into new products. It benefits both your community and the environment. Amongst the known benefits of recycling are the following:

- Conserves natural resources (such as timber, water, and minerals);
- Reduces the volume of waste sent to landfills and incinerators;
- Saves energy;
- Lowers greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change;
- Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials;
- Helps sustain the environment for future generations;
- Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries

office.jpgAn office is a fast-paced community which is focused mainly in getting its tasks accomplished. It is a place where lots of energy and material is being used to make the company run. Everyday waste is generated and this could amount to large quantities depending on the size of the company.

If you are a company employee, you can help in making your company’s environmental footprint less noticeable by taking these steps towards recycling in the office.

1. Be a role model and show to your coworkers how easy recycling is. If everyone in the office would recycle, it will be a dream come true especially when the entire office has recycling on their office.

2. Know what are the things that your company uses the most and find out if it can be recycled. Paper, toner cartridges, aluminum cans, and old computers are amongst the things that come into mind when recycling is mentioned.

3. Reduce and reuse in the office. This means you should look around your office for things that can be reused or can be used less. Here are some ways you can help accomplish this task:

- Use old envelopes when sending inter-office letters.
- Switch off lights and make sure faucets are turned all the way off.
- Stop buying expensive notebooks. Instead, reuse printed papers that have one clear side by cutting each sheet into half then stapling the sheets together in one corner.
- Think before printing. If you can get away with leaving that email, memo or set of instructions on the screen, do so.

Recycling in the office can become a natural habit, but before the entire office catches on, you need show them how to do it. By doing so, you’re not just able to help the environment but you’re also able to create a more pleasant world for everyone.

plastic-bottles.jpg I often wondered what those numbers at the bottom of plastic containers and bottles mean. Well, I just learned that the use of all plastics should be limited and that some of them are safer than others. But how do we know which bottles are safer and which ones are not.

It’s about time we know some facts about the plastics we use every day. We are all aware that every plastic bottle or container has a recycling symbol and this symbol is a number, ranging from 1 to 7, inside a triangle. Now, these numbers actually provide you a great deal of information. Here are some of the information you should know about the various recycling symbols and numbers.

Plastic #1 – PETE or PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

This plastic is used to make soda and water bottles, salad dressing containers, mouthwash bottles, beer bottles, and peanut butter containers. It is usually clear and considered safe by some. However, this plastic is known to allow bacteria to accumulate. This type is usually recycled into furniture, carpet, tote bags, paneling, polar fleece, and fiber.

Plastic #2 – HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)

This plastic is found mostly in milk jugs, juice bottles, shampoo bottles, household cleaner containers, motor oil containers, cereal box liners, detergent bottles, butter tubs, yogurt tubs, and toiletries bottles. It is usually opaque and is one of the three plastics considered to be safe. It has low risk of leaching. It is usually recycled into pens, picnic tables, recycling containers, lumber, benches, fencing, and detergent bottles.

Plastic #3 – V or PVC (Vinyl)

This is used in making food wrap, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, medical equipment, windows, and plumbing pipes. It is seldom accepted by curbside recycling programs. These plastics used to contain (and may still contain) phthalates which are actually linked to numerous health complications ranging from developmental to miscarriages. It also contains DEHA which has also been linked to liver problems and loss of bone mass. DEHA can be carcinogenic with long-term exposure to it. Hence, don’t cook with or burn this plastic. It is recycled into flooring, paneling, decks, speed bumps, and roadway gutters.

Plastic #4 – LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene)

This can be found mostly in shopping bags, clothing, carpet, squeezable bottles, frozen food, bread bags, and some food wraps. Plastics with these recycling symbols are considered to be safe. It is recycled into paneling, trash can liners and cans, compost bins, floor tiles, and shipping envelopes.

Plastic #5 – PP (Polypropylene)

This is also one of the safer plastics to look for and is usually found in ketchup bottles, syrup bottles, yogurt containers, and medicine bottles. It can be recycled into auto battery cases, pallets, bins, brooms, signal lights, bicycle racks, and ice scrapers.

Plastic #6 – PS (Polystyrene)

Polystyrene is Styrofoam and most recycling programs won’t accept this plastic as it is known to be difficult to recycle. It is bad for the environment, poses a health risk, and leaches potentially toxic chemicals especially when heated. It is found in egg cartons, meat trays, compact disc cases, and disposable cups and plates and is recycled into vents, egg cartons, foam packing, and insulations.

Plastic #7 – Others, Miscellaneous

All the plastic resins that don’t fit in the other categories are placed in the number 7 category. It is a combination of plastics that include polycarbonate, which contains the toxic BPA (bisphenol-A). These plastics might possibly contain hormone disruptors and should be avoided. It is linked to hyperactivity, infertility, reproductive problems, and other health issues. It is found in iPod cases, computer cases, sunglasses, nylon, 3- and 5-gallon water bottles, and bulletproof materials. It is recycled into plastic lumber and other custom-made products.

With this knowledge in hand, which recycling number is the “safest” and which numbers are we supposed to avoid? In a nutshell, we should avoid recycling plastics with symbols 3, 6, and 7. And even if number 1 is deemed safe, it’s likewise best to avoid this plastic. The plastics to look for in terms of animal and human consumption are those with symbols 2, 4, and 5 as they are deemed to be the safest. If we can’t avoid using plastic then we should, at the very least, limit our use of the product.

save-environment.jpg We always talk about saving our environment and know how important it is to conserve natural resources. But talking and knowing will not help at all because the planet we live in is suffering every day. We are cutting down trees, killing animals, and exploiting nature. Mother Earth’s resources are depleting, thereby posing a threat to human existence in the planet. It’s time we start doing something to save the environment and our planet. Here are some simple but great ways to save the planet.

1. Plant more trees. Trees combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.

2. Turn off the car instead of letting it idle while waiting.

3. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

4. Walk, ride your bike, or carpool. Driving 15 minutes less a week can save 900 pounds (408kg.) of
carbon dioxide a year.

5. Follow the RRR (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) program.

6. Use cloth-made shopping bags in the market rather than plastic bags.

7. Eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat. Raising animals for food produces lots of carbon dioxide, which is bad for the environment. By doing this you improve your health and also improve the health of our planet.

Each and every one of us must do his/her part in saving our planet. Otherwise, we will have no place to live if Mother Earth is destroyed.

indoor-plants.jpg Don’t leave all of the greenery outdoors. Putting some plants inside your house preps you for good health particularly because indoor air can be at times more polluted. Here are some of the benefits you can get with indoor plants:

1. Gives you healthy lungs. Carpets, paints, foam insulations, household cleaners, air fresheners and even cosmetics are just some of the things that contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Exposure to these harmful compounds causes headaches, fatigues, allergies, and asthma in certain people. However, one plant per a hundred square feet of indoor space can help absorb these toxins

2. Regulates your blood pressure. An environment of plants will actually soothe you and help keep your blood pressure under control.

3. Gets you healthy in no time. Patients in hospitals who stay by a window with a natural view have quicker recoveries and use less pain medications as compared to patients who stare at blank walls. Further studies reveal that those who stayed in nursing homes surrounded by greeneries had fewer infections than those in less green environments.

You may opt to purchase plants but there is an added benefit to growing your own plants. Some people believe that gardening has added years to the lives of those long-lived people around the world. Look at the Okinawans, who have a long tradition of working with soil, they actually live up to age 78 for men and 86 for women.

recycle-green-moves.jpg Doing what is right for our planet which we call home will not be a chore and will make us feel better if we know the reasons why we’re doing it. Carting gooey coffee grounds and old banana peels to the compost pile, rinsing out stinky yogurt containers for recycling, and turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can be a bit annoying but these are just some of the things you can do to show your love and gratitude for Mother Nature. What’s more, you don’t only help make our planet a better place to live in but you get some surprising health benefits as well.

Here are some green moves you can do for the world and yourself:

1.) Say “no” to paper recipts at ATM machines and self-service gas pumps. Study shows that if everyone else passed up those ATM slips, we will be able to save two billion feet of paper which is enough to go around the earth fifteen times.

But are you aware that these thermal imaging and carbonless copy papers being used for most receipts are dusted with a thin film of BPA? BPA is the estrogen-mimicking substance and is now linked to heart disease, diabetes and even birth defects. If you touch food without washing your hands after getting a receipt, you’ll absorb far more BPA than coming in contact with it in any other way. So, skip the receipts and keep it off your hands and out of your body.

2.) Avoid red meat. Don’t you know that producing two pounds of beef yields more greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants as compared to driving a car for three hours and leaving the lights on at home? This does not even include the cost of hauling the beef to the supermarket and to your home. If you skip the red meat, you don’t just help preserve the environment but you also lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer. These three major killers are actually being linked to regular consumption of red meat. Switch to fish and skinless chicken and turkey or better yet, go vegetarian!

3.) Stay away from fertilizers and killer-chemical sprays by starting your own organic garden. Go natural in your garden. You’ll keep the local groundwater cleaner and make your yard a sanctuary for insects and birds. You’ll also get great-tasting veggies, lovely flowers, and a toned body. Recent study shows that gardeners get at least thirty minutes of exercise each day with all the raking, weeding and digging they do.

4.) Connect with Mother Nature by spending more of your time outdoors. This will not only improve your physical but also your mental health. Most kids spend less time outdoors and more time indoors playing video games or watching TV. Studies reveal that kids who regularly spend time outdoors have less asthma, are less stressed and have lower risk for obesity. Also, kids who have ADHD had longer attention spans and better focus after playing outdoors.

waste-compactor.jpg Waste compactors are getting popular nowadays and are being used not only by commercial establishments but also by households. A waste compactor is a kind of recycling equipment that helps compress trash thus reducing the amount of space needed to keep garbage. It also helps in fitting more waste in one single load so when you use it, you do not need to throw a huge heap of garbage. Waste compactors are far more useful in commercial establishments than in households since companies produce more waste.

If you are still unfamiliar with waste compactors then it’s about time you increase your knowledge on its uses and advantages. These will help you understand why you need to get them installed in your office or at home.

Benefits of Using Waste Compactors

• It saves on precious space since it significantly reduces the size of your trash so you could store it easily in a much smaller space. The size of a waste compactor is also not a hassle these days. There are under-counter waste compactors which can be placed below your kitchen counter. Some are stand-alone models that come with a functional top which can be made to keep things or devices.

• Compactors help protect the environment while helping in the recycling of waste. It compresses food garbage, plastic recyclables, aluminum cans and other non-recyclable garbage. However, do not place large pieces of glass in the waste compactors.

• Modern compactors, like Dicom waste compactors, are quite easy to use. All you have to do is step on a foot pedal or simply pull open its door using a handle. After putting in enough garbage, you simply press a button to start the compression process. Some compactors come with filters and deodorizing holders to help remove the stench that may come from the compaction of food waste.

• Since the size of waste is considerably reduced by waste compactors, big companies will be making lesser trips to the dumpster. This will help them save a lot of time and reduce labor costs.

If you want to protect the environment and help keep it clean and green, then take the initiative of installing a waste compactor at home or in the office!

My first post….

… cos I had to start somewhere, right?

I have long thought I should have a place to discuss recycling and the environment (amongst other things).

I know there are lots of forums etc but to be honest, forums don’t give much scope for a sensible discussion these days - nor does Facebook and Twitter.

I wanted a place where I could discuss my values and ideas without the background chatter and distraction of ‘vested interests’ (you know who you are).

So here we are :)