October 4, 2020Happy Hauler Appreciation Day!
We are excited to announce that WastePlace is officially declaring October 4th, Hauler Appreciation Day! That’s a Texas sized 10-4!
January 15, 2020Sustainable Closets: How To Ensure You Aren’t Contributing To The Fast Fashion Problem
While basic necessities, such as food and medication, have certainly grown more and more expensive over the years, clothes have dramatically become cheaper. Back in the 1960s, more than 95% of the clothing Americans wore was made in America. By 2013, that number dropped a shocking amount to less than 2%. Production is dramatically cheaper overseas where labor is cheaper, and as a result, the clothes you buy from companies who outsource are made with cheaper materials such as polyester.
January 3, 2020Major Companies Contributing To The Plastic Crisis
Clever marketing can make any company appear trustworthy. After all, when you grow up consuming yummy hot chocolate from a company with a cute bunny for its mascot, or sip on a crisp soda that makes your stomach feel better when you’re sick, your thoughts on the brand tend to be warm and fuzzy since you don’t really see anything to make you believe otherwise.
December 18, 2019Cleaning Green: How To Swap Your Cleaning Products Without Compromising Efficacy
Many of the top household cleaners you find on the shelf at the grocery store claim to be “natural” or “green,” but knowing which products do less harm to our planet while still efficiently cleaning our spaces can be challenging. Clever marketing can make any product seem safe to use, but the reality is much of what you use to clean your countertops, floors, and toilets can wind up infecting our waterways and polluting our soil.
December 12, 2019The Difference Between Biodegradable and Compostable
As you search for ways to reduce your daily damage to the planet, two common buzzwords will inevitably pop up along the way: biodegradable and compostable. They both involve materials being broken down so our landfills and waterways don’t continue to get loaded up with waste. But while many companies are becoming more and more socially responsible and aware of their environmental impact, for consumers, all the labels and terms can get confusing quickly.
December 5, 2019Clever Ways To Reuse Un-Recyclable Packaging/Products
The EPA estimates the United States generated approximately 267.8 million tons of trash in 2017, meaning each person tossed about 4.51lbs of trash per day. Back in 1990, that number was estimated to be was around 208 million tons, and at that rate, the future looks pretty bleak. But before we all go Greta Thunberg and scream into the void until our lungs give out, we need to take a step back and think about how we can make easy changes to our lives that can help break the cycle of buying using single-use products and items that come in non-recyclable packaging that ends up right in the trash within five seconds of buying said product.
November 12, 20195 Earth-Friendly Ways To Use Food Scraps
Food waste is the number one occupant in landfills in the US. According to a recent study, American households toss out 150,000 tons of food each day which breaks down to roughly a pound of food per person per day. About 50% of all produce in the United States is thrown away annually for a multitude of reasons, but much of it can actually be composted or reused.
October 25, 2019Going Zero-Waste....13 Easy DIY Recipes For Everyday Items
Going zero-waste doesn’t just mean finding products with more sustainable or less packaging. While that’s definitely a goal, the products we use to clean ourselves and our homes are washed down the drain and wind up in our waterways and soils, greatly affecting our wildlife and our overall health. When you opt for the DIY route, you save money while creating products that are effective and safer to use than store-bought, chemical-filled ones. Don’t fret; this isn’t like some complicated Pinterest recipe for a DIY wedding cake. Making your own cleaners, lotions, and balms can be quite simple.
October 22, 201910 Sustainable Swaps For Common Household Products
Take a walk around any grocery store or superstore, and you’ll find the bulk of what’s sold contains unnecessary amounts of waste, whether that waste is in the packaging of the product or the product itself or both. It’s no wonder our homes are filled with plastic and various items made from unrecyclable mystery materials. That’s what’s sold to us by mainstream retailers. You’ll see signs for fifty percent off of a plastic scrub brush, a $2-off coupon for synthetic sponges, or a pack of 100 cute, summer-themed, plastic straws on clearance. Maybe you read online a certain product is the best, and you simply can’t resist running out to try it.
October 17, 2019Bamboozled: 7 Things That Can't Actually Go In Your Recycling Bin
Ah, recycling. It’s a great way to feel as if you’re doing your part to keep Mama Earth healthy, and when done correctly, it is. Most of us grew up being told we could recycle things such as paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass. While this is somewhat true, the way many of the aforementioned products are manufactured prevents them from being made into shiny new things.
October 14, 2019How To Go Plastic Free In The Kitchen
Going plastic-free or zero waste can feel a bit overwhelming when you look around your home and mentally create an ever-growing list of what inevitably ends up in the landfill. Luckily, the kitchen is one of the easiest places to make a change — and that change will make your wallet happy in the long run while helping the planet thrive (or at least heal a little).
October 7, 2019Top 3 Most Common Misconceptions About Recycling
Throwing everything that seems recyclable into a bin and calling it a day needs to be a thing of the past. While it’s easier to believe you’re doing your part than to research how to recycle items properly, the truth is, no one is at the top of the chain making sure each item gets melted down and repurposed somehow. And no, you aren’t off the hook for buying a case of plastic water bottles just because you toss the empty ones into the recycling bin.
October 4, 2019It's A Process - The Beginners Guide For Going Zero Waste
Unless you plan on creating way more waste upfront and squeezing every penny from your wallet, transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle takes some planning and is, at the end of the day, a bit of a process if you want to do it in a sustainable way. That said, with the right information, tools, and resources, making the swap can be simple, fun, and invigorating! After all, who doesn’t love using eco-friendly products that are not only better for the planet but for your body and home as well?
October 1, 2019Here's What Happens When You Compost
Composting is how nature recycles, or biodegrades, organic waste. No, this doesn’t mean only the most expensive Whole Foods products end up in compost bins, and voila! We have compost gold! But rather, organic waste is comprised of a bunch of different types of organic matter: food scraps, manure, leaves and grass trimmings, paper, wood, etc., are all the materials you’ll find in a compost bin, and with the help of some very helpful microscopic organisms, it all turns into valuable organic fertilizer.
September 26, 2019Top 4 Global Zero Waste Blogs To Follow
Living in a society prone to pointing fingers whenever possible, one can easily forget most of us grew up in the dark when it comes to being green and need a little help getting there. For many, out of sight always meant out of mind when it came to waste. Now that we’ve had our eyes opened to the reality of what being wasteful really means, a global movement to become zero waste — both in our homes and our businesses — has sparked inspiration amongst our youth and beyond.
September 18, 2019Choosing the right dumpster and size for your business
When it comes to waste management, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Much like the businesses that use them, dumpsters come in many sizes and serve many different purposes. Selecting the right one for your business...
September 4, 2019"E-Waste" What is it?
Living in the digital age sure has its perks. With just a few taps on a screen, practically anything can appear at your doorstep within hours, whether it be a large iced coffee from the cafe up the street, that toilet paper you forgot to buy at the store earlier, or a handyman to hang the new art you ordered online two days ago that just arrived. You can access all the information in the world with your fingertips while a circular robot cleans your floors and Netflix checks in to make sure you’re still watching Season 4 of Queer Eye.
August 28, 2019Doing Your Part To Save Our Oceans: So Hot Right Now
Unless you’ve lived under a rock covered in plastic and graffiti for the last few years, you’ve likely seen countless articles and shocking images pertaining to our ocean’s current plastic crisis flood your news feed. Thanks largely in part to social media, becoming more conscious of one’s individual impact on this planet has turned into a viral trend. And, unlike planking or dancing alongside a slow-moving car, this trend actually serves a greater purpose.
August 14, 2019Shocking Recycling and Trash Statistics
By now, you’ve likely seen the image of the sea turtle with a plastic straw lodged up its nose. If you haven’t, you either live under a rock or never, ever go on social media. Either way, sometimes all it takes is a reminder of what we’re doing to our precious planet, and to the cohabitants of it, to jolt us back to reality so we can make some changes in our lifestyles.
August 5, 2019Simple Ways To Green Your Business
Even in 2019, when one viral post can either make or completely break a business, many offices are still heavily lacking in their efforts to become more eco-friendly. It can seem overwhelming, changing not just the habits of a few but an entire staff. But in reality, it’s not that intense! And your business will benefit in the long run financially, so it’s really a total win/win.
July 30, 2019What Is A Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
Knowing how our waste is managed and recyclables processed is an important aspect of becoming part of the solution. After all, knowledge is power, and knowing how this stuff all works helps to ensure everything goes where it belongs. Before your recyclables can go forth with their lives and become shiny, new objects again, they have to be sorted, and that happens at a materials recovery facility.