A Recycler’s Christmas List

This post is just as relevant today as when we first published it in December 2014. Enjoy! This holiday season, Vangel inc. invites you to contribute to a more sustainable way of living by simply closing the loop. Closing the loop means purchasing recycled content in place of new products. For example, recycling your old cell phone and then purchasing …

The United States’ Shocking Daily Paper Habit

The amount of paper used in the United States in one day is shocking. Although not all of this paper is wasted, it is safe to say that some goes to waste. It is important for everybody to start thinking about how to reduce, re-use and recycle paper and plastic products. There are a variety of ways to decrease the …

America Recycles Day is Nov 15th, 2015

“November 15th is America Recycles Day (ARD), the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to promote recycling in the United States. Developed by the National Recycling Coalition in 1997, Keep America Beautiful took over the program in 2010. ARD educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being. With an increasing number of “wishful …

ISRI Pushes for Ban on One-Bin Collection

For years, many municipalities and some businesses alike have been moving toward single stream collection under the guise that it is easier for people to do than dual stream and would allow for a higher collection rate. While a higher overall COLLECTION rate may be achievable through this process, that does not mean all that is collected will ACTUALLY be recycled. In fact, this …

The Importance of the Scrap Recycling Industry

Did you know that the scrap recycling industry provides a very large number of jobs in the U.S.? What about the fact that local governments depend on its revenue?  A recent report released by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) highlights the economic impact of the U.S. based scrap recycling industry and shows just how important it is. The U.S. scrap …

The Current State of Recycling in America

In comparison to other countries around the world, the U.S. comes in at a very mediocre nationwide recycling rate of just 34%. While many factors affect recycling in the U.S., one large cause for our “middle-of-the-road” rate is the lack of uniformity among recycling facilities. There are approximately 9,800 incompatible recycling systems in the U.S., all of which follow different rules and regulations. …

Why Can’t More Companies be Like Whole Foods?

If you’ve ever shopped at Whole Foods, you may be privy to the organization’s devotion to sustainability and overall betterment. With their motto “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet,” Whole Foods aims to emphasize that their vision reaches well beyond food retailing. Not only is Whole Foods’ commitment to betterment expressed in their motto, their mission and core values also detail their upstanding intentions: We …

Despite Single Stream, U.S. Recycling Rate Remains Just Above 34%

According to a recently released report from the U.S. EPA, recycling rates in America continue to hover around just 34%. The report shows that the U.S. generated 254.11 million tons of municipal solid waste and recovered only 87.18 million tons for recycling and composting, making the recycling rate 34.3%, which is .2% less than in the year prior. For many municipalities, the adoption …

Gum’s Sticky Sustainability Problem

Did you know that chewing gum is made from polymers which are synthetic plastics which do not biodegrade? What about the fact that chewing gum is the world’s second most common form of littler after cigarette butts? Gum is a huge problem for municipalities. It’s estimated that 92% of Britain’s urban stones have gum stuck to them. The disposal and …

How to Move Away from Plastic Dependency

Here in the U.S. we are very dependent on plastics however, we’re currently not that efficient at recycling them. Did you know that in 2012 there were 32 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. alone? That’s 12.7% of the total municipal solid waste. Of this plastic waste, only 9% was recovered through recycling. That means over 29 …