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10 Tips for a Greener Home

There are a variety of little things that we can do to go-green at home. Finding ways to incorporate good, green habits in our homes will help reduce landfill waste, clean the air and preserve natural landscapes.

Asphalt Shingle Recycling

Asphalt shingle recycling is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Recycling shingles results in many benefits including saving landfill space, reducing costs and saving valuable resources. Let’s take a closer look at asphalt shingle recycling.

DIY Garden Ideas

Summer is in full swing and we’re all busy enjoying sunny days, cool breezy nights and fresh produce. You might be thinking you’d love to grow your own produce, but don’t have a yard to have a garden. Let’s talk about the different options you have, even if you’re city living.

DIY Tire Swing

We’ve been focusing on tires in the last few blog posts. To end our section on tire recycling, let’s talk about a DIY project you can do to repurpose an old tire.

Repurposing Used Tires

We’ve been talking a lot about tire recycling in the past few weeks. Facts about tires, why they’re bad for landfills and now we’re going to discuss what tires can be re-purposed into.

There are actually quite a few different options when it comes to re-purposing tires. Here is a basic list of the uses for tires.

Aluminum Can Recycling Facts

We talk a lot about recycling. The benefits to the environment, items you can recycle, items you can reuse and much more. Although this is important conversation, it’s shocking to hear the how long it takes these items to decompose when you don’t recycle.

Paper Towel Recycling

1,000,000,000. That’s a big number. What if I told you that’s how many pounds of paper towels are used in the U.S. every year. Would you believe me? No? Good, because the actual number is 13,000,000,000. 13 billion pounds of paper towels—every year! That, my friends, is a lot of trees.

Recycling your old mattress

It’s a new year which means out with the old, in with the new. I’ve at a few avid recyclers ask me what they should do when they trade in their old mattress for a new one. Are they recyclable and if so where can you recycle them? This is a great question. Since Metro is primarily a recycler of metals, we do not accept mattresses for recycling, but there has to be an organization or business that does right? With a little research we have some answers for you!
 

Recycling Gift Cards

‘Tis the season to receive gift cards a plenty! I’m sure many of us during the holiday season give and receive gift cards to their favorite restaurants, stores, gas stations or Movie Theater. What happens when the money on those cards run out? Are they recyclable?

Tires in Landfills

As we talked about a few weeks ago, recycling tires can be challenging. With over 290 million tires discarded every year we have a lot of tires with limited places for them to go.

Three convenient recycling locations:
Blue Island

(708) 388-1551

13546 S. Western Ave.

Blue Island, IL 60406

Mon-Fri 7am-4:30pm

Sat 7:30am-12:00pm

Griffith

(219) 922-1830

1501 E. Main St.

Griffith, IN 46319

Mon-Fri 7am-4:30pm

Sat 7am-1pm

Valparaiso

(219) 465-1459

2155 W. Lincolnway

Valparaiso, IN 46385

Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm

Sat 8am-1pm