Posts Tagged ‘landfills’

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 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.


It’s the time of year when you’re busy cleaning out your closets, garages and any other areas that have collected clutter throughout the past year.  Yard sales are popping up on every street corner, and unfortunately you’ve joined the masses when it comes to being suckered into the idea that you’re actually going to make a pretty penny selling all your junk this year.

After perusing through your closet space you find plenty of clothes garage sale worthy, but what about all your leftover hangers?  Lets face it, your dry cleaner has provided you with a plethora of wire hangers with absolutely no space to store them.  The quick and easy solution would be to pitch them all out with your yard sale rejects, but what about making some extra pennies by taking them to the scrap yard? Yes, scrap your wire hangers!

The article, What to do with your wire hanger? on states,

“Unlike paper and plastic, there is no specific designated recycling bins for disposal of your used wire hangers, so many of us simply throw them away.  This results in 3.5 billion hangers ending up in our landfills each year…According to the National Cleaners Association (NCA), if a wire hanger is returned to a dry cleaner in poor condition then that cleaner could send them to a scrap metal dealer or given them back to the supplier who may have other methods of disposal.  The NCA also suggest that people concerned about this issue should make it a community project.  Run a wire hanger drive or identify a place where your neighbors can gather them up and pass along to a scrap metal dealer.”

Upstate Metal Recycling in Fort Wayne, Indiana would be happy to take your hangers…and all the other scrap including metal, copper, steel, e-waste and even your junk cars!  The bonus with Upstate is if your load is too heavy, they’ll pick it up free of charge! Granted, it’s safe to say you won’t get rich off of the wire hanger recycling business, but at least you’ll be helping the environment at the same time. You may think that throwing away one measly wire hanger fails to be a big issue in our landfills…but those hangers add up. Stop in, call or visit Upstates website.  You won’t be disappointed!

Upstate Metal Recycling
11400 Bluffton Road (St. Rd. 1)
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809

Phone: 260-747-2000
Fax: 260-918-4155