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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.

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.

The Life of a Recycled Tire

Let’s talk about tires. This is one material that is hard to get rid of. Many recycling centers won’t accept tires and many landfills won’t take them either. Let’s start with discussing some facts about tires before we get into the nitty gritty.

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!
 

Think Outside the Blue Box

See that blue box sitting outside? Yeah, the one with the recycling symbol on it. Did you know that there are many additional items to be recycled that aren’t necessarily allowed inside that box. That’s right. That bike rusting in the garage, recyclable. Those copper wires pulled out of your 20 year old air conditioner, recyclable. The recycling possibilities are infinite when you simply think outside the blue box.

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?

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.