Recycle Me

(Image from www.space.com) In case you haven’t figured it out, we’re really into recycling. Nothing excites us more than adding another product to our list of recyclable materials, or utilizing new technology to keep even more waste out of landfill. You might even say that we are recycling geeks!   If you would indulge us for a bit here, we’d love to geek out a bit and share some of the new advances in the world of technology. These new breakthroughs might not affect our business immediately, but just being a part of such a dynamic and cutting edge industry is part of what keeps us in the recycling game.   Did you know that there is now a machine called PaperLab from Epson that can turn used office paper into new, usable paper in about 3 minutes? Not only that, but it is designed to be installed on site in offices, so that the...

The Holiday Season is suddenly here, so bring on the joy and bring on the cheer! Bring on the mountains of bright wrapping paper, and bring on the fruit cake you get from your neighbor. The parties, the presents, the real and fake trees, the packaging, lights, and the cheesy CD’s. Yes, this is the season for cheap decorations, and knocking back eggnog with friends and relations. Now hold on, this sounds like a season of WASTE, so here are some tips to keep trash in its place. Forget about cheap decorations this time, they just clog up the landfills, we all know the kind. Instead, search your house, get creative this year, homemade can be simple, there’s no need to fear! If you throw a big party, provide close at hand, a place for your guests to put bottles and cans. And presents don’t have to be something you buy, it means so much more to give people your time. But if you get new electronics and...

We like to keep things light and fun here at Island Return It, giving you tips and tricks for recycling with ease.  We love all things recycling, and want to share our passion with you for the good of our planet.  Today, however, it’s time to look a little at why we do what we do, and explore some of the benefits of recycling and some of the consequences of taking the earth for granted.  Don’t worry, I promise this will still be light and fun...

On hot summer days many of us find ourselves reaching for an ice cold pop or beer, often in an aluminum can.  But even though aluminum is one of the most readily recyclable materials, around twenty percent of cans sold in BC are still not returned for refund or recycling.  We can do better! For those of you information junkies out there, here is a brief outline of how aluminum cans are made and recycled.  Spread the word and maybe we can inch our way closer to all cans being returned. The process starts by mining bauxite and extracting the aluminum.  The pure aluminum is then melted down and pressed into sheets from which the cans are made.  When the cans are returned for recycling they are baled, melted, and returned to the shelf as cans again in as little as six weeks!  The recycling process is cost effective and uses 95...

With the May long weekend behind us, camping season is now in full swing!  Here on the west coast, we love our camping almost as much as we love NOT freezing through the winter.  Camping is often a way for us to reconnect with nature and disconnect from the constant busy-ness of our daily lives.  Unfortunately, camping can quickly become a way to do further harm to the environment instead.  There are a definitely some great ways to mitigate this impact, a few of which we’ll look at below. Reduce your waste: The first step to living green is to reduce what you produce in the first place.  For camping, this can mean steering away from too many pre-packaged food items. Instead, pre-make food at home and bring in reusable containers.  Bringing reusable dishes and utensils is an easy way to reduce waste of disposable items.  Compile a “camping kit” of dishes...