Seven Reasons To Recycle

By Robert H Grigg & Benjamin Forcier Thanks to extensive marketing efforts over the years, plenty of people know that recycling is a greatly beneficial act, and many perform it, too. However, besides generic statements of “protecting the environment,” many still do not know what recycling can specifically bring to the table. As detailed by the United States EPA, here are seven of the most noticeable benefits of recycling: Reduces waste sent to landfills and incinerators (less burned materials means less pollutants released into the air)(Link to blog about trash burning?) Conserves natural resources (cut back on harvesting things like wood, water, or fossil fuels) Reduces the need to collect new raw materials (machinery and vehicles are needed to harvest and transport materials, burning fossil fuels in the process) By making recycled materials more common, sustainable goods made out of those materials will become more affordable. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves energy Helps sustain the environment for future generations (saving resources and lowering pollution) Creates jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries (people are needed to work in recycling plant as well as the product plants that use the recycled materials) If you wish to learn more about recycling in general, please visit https://www.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics on the EPA website, or feel free to look up articles on your…

Reduce and Reuse: Cutting out plastic water bottles

By Robert Grigg Plastic water bottles are a fairly popular product, especially in the Americas. It’s understandable why, too: they’re portable, already filled, cold, and often filtered. The convenience they provide is great, however, the environment isn’t so fond of them. These commodities produce a huge amount of waste, with America alone using 50 billion of them yearly. On top of this, the recycle rate is only at 23%, meaning that less than a quarter of these are recycled and repurposed. Of course, you may be a very dedicated recycler and make sure that these bottles end up in the proper facilities, but even then their production still isn’t eco-friendly. America’s consumption of bottled water requires more than 17 million barrels of oil to produce annually, and on top of this, these bottles are much more expensive for the consumer than if they were to just use a reusable bottle and filter. The cheaper plastics in the disposable bottles aren’t meant to be reused without proper treatment either, meaning that their degradation may pose health risks to consumers over longer periods of time. While Vixster prides ourselves on providing a great pickup service for your trash and recyclables, we still promote more sustainable practices in everyday life. For more information on bottled water, feel free to visit https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/ or look up other sources at your…

Out with the Old Electronics

By Robert Grigg & Benjamin Forcier As time flies by, things tend to change, and this is especially true for electronics. Whether it’s broken down, too slow, or simply not satisfying its user’s needs, electronic equipment often needs to be replaced. However, there tends to be a fair amount of confusion regarding what to do with old devices. Things like toasters or hair dryers can relatively easily be gifted or handed down to someone who doesn’t have such devices, but computing electronics like smartphones or laptops are more difficult things to handle. Simply throwing away what was often expensive stuff is a hard task, but at the same time, you can’t keep stockpiling a hoard of out-of-commission devices indefinitely and trying to make sure your stuff is going to the right place becomes a more draining task than it should be. Find a receptacle at nearby universities and supermarkets or ask a local electronics shop if they want it – they will most likely be glad to take it off your hands. Or you can find a certified electronics recycler closest to you on this map at SustainableElectronics.org. While the best option would be to give your devices to a certified, reputable electronics recycling company, for many people, especially those in rural areas, sometimes this is just not possible. Vixster will handle electronics upon request for times when other avenues of disposal are unattainable. Schedule a pickup time and get a free quote on collection by calling our team at 828-263-4276 (extension…