|Posted by John R Smith on September 8, 2016 at 8:55 AM||comments (1)|
- Food Scraps
Those banana peels, potato skins, and little bits of bread crust...they don't go in your garbage! Vegetable and fruit waste, as well as grains, are biodegradable. They break up in a short period of time, and their nutrients can help replenish the earth around us.
If you have a garden, you can save your food scraps to use and compose. Just throw it in a box, let it rot, and add to it every time you have scraps left over. Then add the mulch to your plants to help them grow. Egg shells and coffee grounds are especially good. Just make sure you never put in meats or oils, or let non-food items get mixed in.
- Old Wood Furniture
That ugly old dresser you want to get rid of because it doesn't match your current decor? It will probably end up in a landfill, refusing to degrade because of the chemicals that have been used to treat it. But there are other options you can use.
Sell your furniture online for a cheap price sure to get people scrambling for it. Use a bit of sanding paper and a coat of paint to make it look new, then keep it. Or donate it to a second hand shop where someone in need might be able to pick it up for a bargain.
- Broken or Out Of Date Electronics
Electronics are dangerous in landfills. They are full of materials that never break down, they can damage the environment, and may make animals or insects sick. You never want to throw them away.
A better choice is to find a recycling center that specializes in electronic items. They will dispose of each part safely, without it hurting the planet in the process. Or find someone (or a shop) that buys broken electronics to fix up and resell.
- Aluminum Cans and Foil
Aluminum is probably the easiest to recycle. Cans, aluminum foil and small objects can be cleaned, crushed, and taken to a center. The bags are weighed, and you are given cash per pound. It isn't much, but it offers you a little something for your troubles.
- Newspaper, School Papers, Old Mail, Etc.
This is another no-brainer. The fact that we live in a digital age, and yet still cut down trees to make paper, is astonishing. Throwing away that paper is a total waste. One that leads to more and more trees being cut down to fit continued demand.
Find a recycling center or drop off for your old paper. Take newspaper and use it as mulch and liners for your garden. Reuse the back of paper as often as possible, or try to stop using the material as much as you can in your daily life. Just switching to online billing can make a huge difference.
Keep The Planet Clean!
It is up to us to make our planet a better, cleaner place to live. It starts in our own lives, making small changes that add up over time. If every person on the planet took the time to recycle, or began upcycling some of their items, imagine the improvement we would see!
Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Econoheat, the world’s #1 leading waste oil boiler manufacturer.
|Posted by John R Smith on June 10, 2015 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
Review by Joan S. in East Stroudsburg, PA
Project: Control or Inspect for Termites
Comments: It turned out NOT to be a termite problem (good) but there were many other issues, including ants and some structure damage from water and mold. These people were honest and took time to inspect everything necessary inside and outside the house and in the crawl space. They did the initial pest control immediately and will come back to work on the structure and to follow up with the efficacy of the ant bait. As they were leaving I said I would give them referrals.
|Posted by John R Smith on June 10, 2015 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
Also be conscious of the amount of loads you're doing. Unless you have an energy efficient washing machine, you could be using a ton of water and not even know it. Installing a flow meter might be something to consider if you're serious about going green.
If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.
|Posted by John R Smith on March 30, 2015 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Green Man Exterminator has earned their Green America Silver Seal
Green America has certified Green Man Exterminator as an eco friendly business that is committed to using business as a platform for social change. Since 1982, Green America has evaluated over 8,000 small businesses.
They’ve helped leading green companies like Seventh Generation, Honest Tea, and Clif Bar take off in the marketplace. They connect people to entrepreneurs building sustainable enterprises from the ground up and Main Street businesses that serve their communities.
Green Man Exterminator is Silver Seal certified as:
• Actively using their business as a tool for positive social change;
• Operating a "values-driven" enterprise according to principles of social justice AND environmental sustainability;
• Environmentally responsible in the way they source, manufacture, and market their products and run their operations and facilities;
• Socially equitable and committed to extraordinary practices that benefit workers, customers, communities, and the environment; and
• Accountable for their work by continually improving and tracking their progress, and operating with radical transparency in every facet of their business.
The Green America Seal helps you find green products and services from thousands of businesses committed to social and environmental responsibility.
The Silver Seal means they are deepening their commitment to both social AND environmental responsibility by spearheading changes in their core business practices and in the community.
Certified Businesses meet Green America's rigorous standards.
|Posted by John R Smith on March 23, 2015 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
Green Man Exterminator Earns Esteemed
2014 Angie's List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Green Man Exterminator has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
“More Effective, Affordable, People & Pet Friendly. Pennsylvania’s Pioneer in Green Pest Control”
“Only about 5 percent of the Pest Control companies in Northeast PA have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
Angie's List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie's List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
|Posted by John R Smith on July 11, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (1)|
SUMMARY OF SERVICES:
Corporate Waste Consultants is an independent solid waste management consulting firm headquartered in Greentown, PA. We are the Northeast Pennsylvania affiliate of Environmental Waste Solutions, a leading national waste management consulting firm since 1994 with over 500 affiliate offices across North America.
We have detailed knowledge of varied waste streams including food waste, landscape waste, paper waste, international waste, manufacturing waste and of course, standard municipal trash and other recyclables. We do not own interest in any hauling companies or landfills; nor do we stand to profit by directing hauling or recycling businesses to any particular company.
Engaging us requires no funding, no budgetary review, and no capital outlay, and allows you to not only employ our expertise in the waste business, but more importantly, provides you with an industry professional solely dedicated to reducing your solid waste costs on a risk-free basis. We only get paid if we produce quantifiable savings for our clients, by simply sharing in the savings that we produce. The following is a brief overview of what we do:
• Review existing client operations to develop a thorough understanding of specific waste and recycling service needs. Through our in-depth audit process we have the ability to find savings that can reduce expenses from % to% or more.
• Identify opportunities to reduce costs by applying our knowledge of the latest technologies, transportation systems, container alternatives, frequency control, disposal alternatives, and commodity pricing for recycling materials, and negotiating more feasible profit levels for hauling companies.
• Develop recommendations for the most cost-effective improvements currently available.
• Conduct an analysis of expected savings, showing the expected financial impact of our recommendations.
• Present the recommendations for approval. All recommendations are fully understood and approved of before we proceed.
• Implement the plan. We fully implement the recommendations once approved.
• Monitor the plan. For the length of the agreement, we monitor the operation of the agreed-upon and implemented waste management plan, insuring that all standards are maintained, errors and overcharges are identified and corrected, and expected savings are being achieved.
• Provide monthly reports showing continuing results. Each month, we provide detailed reports showing the actual savings being achieved as a result of the implementation of the new waste management plan.
Using this process, we reduce our clients’ expensed most times with no interruption in service, and use our market specific information to keep vendors satisfied and engaged in the concept of reducing costs and service to ether lowest acceptable common denominator.
In summary, reducing solid waste costs is our only business. Through our knowledge and experience we provide our clients with individually tailored, practical and environmentally conscious solutions for reducing waste and recycling expenses.
|Posted by John R Smith on May 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
The decision to be smart about lighting in your office comes early in the going green process, as the efficiency of lighting determines the needs for other building systems such as Heating, Ventilation and Cooling.
According to Energystar.gov, lighting consumes close to 35% of energy used in commercial buildings in the United States. Since this also forms a major chunk of your monthly bills, here are Four Simple Tips to help you be bright with a little less light:
1) Turn off the Lights: Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you are leaving your office room for more than 15 minutes. Post a reminder on the back of your door.
2) Buy Energy Star-Rated Fixtures: Make it an official policy to buy Energy Star rated light bulbs and fixtures.
3) Install Motion Sensors: Install motion sensors that automatically shut off lights when they are not needed.
4) Invite in Sunlight. Open the blinds to create a naturally lit office.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” -Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
|Posted by John R Smith on May 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Making Travel Greener One Hotel at a Time by Sam Marquit
Due to my work as first an independent and then commercial contractor, I have seen green construction materials being used on the job. I have also developed the knowledge on what it takes to get LEED certification. I enjoy watching this happen, but I am especially interested in the companies that make this sort of thing happen. The businesses that stand out for eco conscious methods are doing a lot and, from my viewpoint, it seems like there should be more recognition than just LEED certification.
Some countries offer more initiatives to be ecologically aware. In Asia, there is a responsible tourism award show they call "The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards." They recognize businesses that use resources wisely, get involved in the community, preserve local culture and help protect wildlife areas. This adds up to actions like dishing out local cuisine, reusing materials safely and conserving water. When it comes to responsible tourism locations, Las Vegas is starting to rise above the rest.
Las Vegas, Nevada has numerous hotels that utilize multiple energy conservation techniques. The Las Vegas Palazzo Resort and Hotel, named "Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America," has some self-sustaining resource use methods. In New York, hotels are trying to reduce their carbon footprints and be more responsible about the environment. The ink48 Hotel is doing this through Earthcare. This program allows members to come together and discuss how business can be more sustainable.
The Marriott recently bought about 24 million of what are known as green key cards. These key cards replace the traditional plastic key cards and are both recyclable and biodegradable. The Marriott saved an estimated 66 tons of plastic in landfills with this purchase. The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, NC is also taking an environmentally friendly stance, but in a completely different way. On its rooftop garden, it is tending roughly 60,000 bees. These bees provide honey for the hotel. More than that, bees are disappearing everywhere, so it is helpful for anyone with the resources to tend these creatures.
I love to see people taking the time to implement sustainable techniques. There are a number of businesses developing new green practices. In particular, there are a number of hotels in Las Vegas that are continuing to implement new practices. With this area constantly growing, it is important for the new hotels being built to mimic the Palazzo.
|Posted by John R Smith on October 24, 2012 at 12:55 AM||comments (1)|
The world's most popular weed killer, Roundup®, can cause amphibians to change shape, according to research recently published in Ecological Applications.
Rick Relyea, University of Pittsburgh professor of biological sciences in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and director of Pitt's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, demonstrated that sublethal and environmentally relevant concentrations of Roundup® caused two species of amphibians to alter their morphology. According to Relyea, this is the first study to show that a herbicide can induce morphological changes in a vertebrate animal.
Relyea set up large outdoor water tanks that contained many of the components of natural wetlands. Some tanks contained caged predators, which emit chemicals that naturally induce changes in tadpole morphology (such as larger tails to better escape predators). After adding tadpoles to each tank, he exposed them to a range of Roundup® concentrations. After 3 weeks, the tadpoles were removed from the tanks.
"It was not surprising to see that the smell of predators in the water induced larger tadpole tails," says Relyea. "That is a normal, adaptive response. What shocked us was that the Roundup® induced the same changes. Moreover, the combination of predators and Roundup® caused the tail changes to be twice as large." Because tadpoles alter their body shape to match their environment, having a body shape that does not fit the environment can put the animals at a distinct disadvantage.
Predators cause tadpoles to change shape by altering the stress hormones of tadpoles, says Relyea. The similar shape changes when exposed to Roundup® suggest that Roundup® may interfere with the hormones of tadpoles and potentially many other animals.
"This discovery highlights the fact that pesticides, which are important for crop production and human health, can have unintended consequences for species that are not the pesticide's target," says Relyea. "Herbicides are not designed to affect animals, but we are learning that they can have a wide range of surprising effects by altering how hormones work in the bodies of animals. This is important because amphibians not only serve as a barometer of the ecosystem's health, but also as an indicator of potential dangers to other species in the food chain, including humans."
|Posted by John R Smith on October 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM||comments (6)|
• Check your tire pressure. Having your tire pressure at the appropriate psi can reduce strain on your engine and significantly increase your gas mileage.
• Use a reusable water container or bottle. The average time for a plastic bottle to biodegrade fully is approximately 450-1000 years. Hard and reusable bottles take a longer time, and the soft and non-reusable ones take a shorter time. Time also varies with the size of the bottle. If they are sitting in landfills sealed and compacted with all of the other trash and bottles with no air moving, they won't decompose at all.
• Replace your light bulbs. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star-rated light bulb, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.
• Turn off your power strips or use smart power strips.Putting your appliances and computers on power strips that can be turned off (or will turn off automatically); many appliances and computers continue to draw a small amount of power even when they are switched off.
• Wash a full load in cold. Unless you're dealing with oily stains, the cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Even switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.