Archive for January, 2014

I’m sure there’s been a grocery shopping trip that has caused you to bring home what seems like several hundred plastic bags. When you’re forced to deal with these bags, what do you do?

  • Pitch them
  • Save them
  • Return them to the receptacles back at the grocery
  • Plastic bags? I always use my own bags!

Something tells me that a great portion of you would answer-Pitch them. This is getting to be a problem due to the extreme plastic bag waste found in landfills. A plastic bag takes 500 years to decompose in a landfill…imagine how man years it would take to decompose them all?

The city of Los Angeles has officially put an end to the use of plastic bags.  As of January 1, 2014 those shopping at a grocery store must bring their own reusable bags or pay ten cents for each paper bag they use. Plastic bags are no longer even an option. The dailynews.com recently posted an article regarding this new bag ban. Read, Los Angeles Bag Ban Starts January 1.

What are your thoughts on this? 

Do you think this could ever be possible in your city? 

Do you already use reusable bags instead of plastic?

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your collected scrap metal to help avoid your recyclable waste ending up in a landfill. If you’re interested in recycling your own scrap, bring it to Upstate! We’ll recycle your scrap while giving you the best price in exchange! Upstate Metal Recycling will take your car batteries, steel, aluminum, brass, copper, electric wire, cars, shingles, etc. You can even ‘Like’ them on Facebook for a coupon on your next visit to the yard.

Have you ever heard of the term, Miscellaneous Energy Load (MELs)? This term basically sums up the energy used to power our non-stop running electronics.

Think about it…take a look around your house and determine what electronics you have plugged in all day every day?

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Television(s)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Lamps
  • Alarm clock

I’m sure there are several others on the list that I haven’t even considered. Unfortunately, in America we use more unnecessary energy than any other nation. This problem is getting progressively worse. Within the past two years the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranked our country 49 out of 132. Can the U.S. possibly catch up with other energy savvy nations?

The Huffington Post recently posted an article listing five tactics we as a nation can use to help cut back on energy use as well as how we can create renewable energy. Follow the link to read the article, Renewable Resources: We Sorely Need To Develop a Culture that Embraces Them.

In the mean time, what can you do at home to help cut back on your energy use?

Could you unplug that lamp that rarely gets used?

Or that television you only watch in the evening?

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your collected scrap metal to help avoid your recyclable waste ending up in a landfill. If you’re interested in recycling your own scrap, bring it to Upstate! We’ll recycle your scrap while giving you the best price in exchange! Upstate Metal Recycling will take your car batteries, steel, aluminum, brass, copper, electric wire, cars, shingles, etc. You can even ‘Like’ them on Facebook for a coupon on your next visit to the yard.