Friday, January 30, 2009

More info regarding Plastic Bag Recycling

Kharisma Ryantori from Indonesia posted a comment and asked for more information regarding the plastic bag recycling bins.

Basically, these bins are just containers used to collect the used plastic bags. The plastic bags are then sent to recyclers for them to process. According to, the bags are recycled into different products like: composite lumber, small pellets or post consumer resin (used to create new bags, pallets, containers, crates and pipe).

Composite lumber looks like real wood and looks like this.
Composite lumber can be used to create decks and fences as shown below.
Another picture of composite lumber.
The advantage of composite lumber from real wood is that composite lumber won't crack, warp, rot or splinter and it will last for a long time.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Plastic Bag Recycling drop-off at Lowe's and ACME Markets

Here are a couple more of plastic bag recycling bins that I found at local stores in my area.

Shown below is the Plastic bag recycling bin found at Lowe's.

This is the bin that I saw at a local ACME store.

ACME is part of the SUPERVALU, Inc. chain of stores. According to their website, they have more than 2,500 stores (Albertsons, bigg's, Bristol Farms, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Jewel-Osco, Save-a-Lot, Shaw's/Star Market, Shop 'N Save and Shoppers). You might find a plastic bag recycling bin on a store near you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Paperless Billing / eStatements

I am compiling a list of sites that offer paperless billing or electronic billing (eBilling or eStatements). This eliminates the paper bill that you receive on the regular basis via regular mail. You will receive your statements via email instead and helps reduce paper waste and clutter.

This list is only partial and I will try to add more as I find them. If you have anything you can share, please do so. I'm hoping that this will be a great resource for readers who want to switch to paperless billing. Please let me know as well if there are dead links.

Paperless Billing Links

Banks/Credit Cards/Credit Unions/Investments
American Express
Bank of America
BNY Mellon
Charles Schwab
Fifth Third Bank
Lowe's Credit Card
Macy's Card
M&I Bank
PNC Bank
Regions Bank
SunTrust Bank
TD Bank
US Bank
Wells Fargo Online Statements
Western Federal Credit Union

Cable/Satellite, Phone and Internet
AT&T eBill - AR, KS, MO, OK, TX
AT&T U-verse
AT&T Wireless
Dish Network
Verizon Wireless

Electric Companies
Alabama Power
Atlantic City Electric
Connecticut Light & Power
Delmarva Power
Entergy Arkansas
Entergy Louisiana
Entergy Mississippi
Entergy New Orleans
Entergy Texas
NV Energy
Pacific Gas & Energy (PG&E)
Pacific Power
Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G)
Public Service of New Hampshire
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Salt River Project
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
Southern California Edison (SCE)
Tucson Electric Power
Western Massachusetts Electric
Xcel Energy
Yankee Gas Services Company

Columbia House

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Compact Flourescent Light (CFL) Bulb recycling at Home Depot

Right Lane Driver commented about CFL recycling at Home Depot. The Home Depot's CFL bulb recycling initiative can be found on this link.

I had to drop by my local store to see for myself and take a couple of pictures so I could put them on the site.

I found the CFL recycling bin near the Customer Service area and it looks like this.
As you can see on the picture, my son wanted to be in the picture again.

The bin might be located at different areas on other stores. Check with the Customer Service for the exact location in case you're planning to drop off your CFL bulbs.

Recycling instructions are listed on top of the bin. It says:

For safety purposes, please follow instructions:
1. Place compact flourescent bulb into provided bag.
(I didn't took a picture of the bag because it's just a clear plastic bag).

2. Place the bag into the recycling bin.

Right Lane Driver also mentioned that CFL bulbs contain mercury. This is true and everyone using CFL bulbs should be aware of it. The U.S. EPA website provides information on how to properly dispose of the CFL bubs. Click here to visit the U.S. EPA website.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

First of all, I wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who posted the badge on your sites/blogs, those who leave very nice and heart warming comments, the Entrecard droppers, the visitors who give their support day in and day out.

With this new year, I will try to share more information about recycling and other ways of saving our planet. I am also open to any ideas that you want me to pursue. Just drop me a note and I will try to look them up.

I wish you all the best!

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