Consumer fireworks are classified as 1.4G explosives and should be disposed of properly to ensure the safety of all those that may come into contact of them. This is true for spent and dud fireworks. Here’s how to safely get rid of old, spent and dud fireworks.
According to Let’s Do It!, a global organization helping to clean up illegal dump sites, there is approximately 100 million tons of illegal garbage lying around the world. It’s a problem that affects all parts of the United States, particularly big cities and rural areas.
Did you know humans generate 3.5 million tons of trash each day around the world? That’s an unfathomable amount. Worse yet, experts say it could double by 2025 and reach 11 million tons per day by 2100.
As time keeps moving forward, it's becoming increasingly evident how crucial it is for all of us to make strides towards a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. Our planet and future generations literally depend on it.
Automobiles have been mass produced for more than a century, which equates to a lot of scrap tires. Until about two decades ago the vast majority of these tires were simply tossed in a landfill or stockpiled somewhere.
So much is being done across the country to help spruce up our environment. Recycling has picked up over the past several decades and continues to build traction in every state thanks to recycling initiatives, legislation, and the efforts of nonprofit organizations. According to the EPA, the national recycling rate has increased from about 10% in 1985 to about 35% in 2012. It has steadily increased year after year due to advancements in recycling technology and the realization that recycling has a major economic impact. Oh…not to mention the huge environmental benefit!
The current recycling rate in the U.S. is hovering around 35% and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) – a nonprofit aimed at promoting sustainability nationwide – is looking to change that. Specifically, KAB is promoting its new Recycling at Work initiative where businesses pledge to increase workplace recycling rates by at least 10%. It’s a modest goal with a major upside.
The city of Dallas, TX was near the bottom of the list in terms of pollution, air quality and recycling rates just a decade ago but within the past few years has made a major turnaround. It adopted the Dallas sustainability plan in 2006 and since has made major improvements in the city's greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, green building practices and overall carbon footprint.
Sure, it hasn't always been synonymous with "sustainability" or "green", but things are starting to change for the 17th biggest city in the United States.
The state of Indiana hasn't had the best of reputations when it comes to maintaining an eco-friendly profile. In fact, a 2007 report published by Forbes ranked Indiana second to last -- 49th out of 50 -- in terms of overall air/water quality, waste management, green policy, energy efficiency and other factors. As the state capital and second largest city in the Midwest, Indianapolis has taken the bull by the horns in trying to turn things around.
In part 1 of our ongoing infographic series called "America's Greenest Cities", we take a look at why Houston, TX is becoming one of the most eco-friendly cities in the United States.
Recycling shingles into new asphalt pavement mix rather than dumping them in landfills saves the contractor and homeowner money. In some cases, it costs half as much to recycle shingles compared to the tipping fee costs at landfills. RELATED READING
The world’s biggest manufacturer of composite decking and railing has kept more than 2.5 billion pounds of wood and plastic from entering landfills during the past five years – that’s quite a few trees and plastic bags. Trex Company has been in the wood-alternative decking business for 20 years and its products are stocked at retailers nationwide.
Does your city make the cut? A list of the top 10 cities with the greenest homes was released by online real estate broker Redfin, and these 10 cities are definitely heading in the right direction when it comes to green living.
Americans are addicted to green -- no, we're not talking about the "green" that's legal in a handful of states for medicinal use. We're talking about living a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.