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Green Article: Things you should never Compost or Recycle

Though recycling and composting are two of the most important green practices, there are some items that are bad for the environment.

NEVER COMPOST:

Bread Products, Milk Products, Meat Products, Sawdust, Cooked Rice, Used Personal Products, Garden Weeds, Diseased Plants, Cooking Oil, Walnuts and Printed Papers.

NEVER COMPOST
PRODUCTS INCLUDES Y NOT ?
Bread Products Cakes, Pasta and most baked goods attracts unwanted pests
Milk Products Milk, Cheese, Yogurt and Cream attracts unwanted pests
Rice Cooked Rice It attracts varmints.  It is a fertile breeding ground to bacteria.
Used Personal Products Tampons, Diapers and Items wet with blood or any other fluid. too much of a health risk
Walnuts Walnuts It contains Juglone, a natural aromatic compound toxic to some plants.
Printed Papers includes Magazines, Catalogs, Printing Cards, Foils. includes printing chemicals
Meat Products Bones, Blood, Animal Fat and Fish acts as a pest magnet
Sawdust Wood Dust may be from untreated wood
Garden Weeds & Diseased Plants Kudzu, Ivy, Dandelions, Diseased Plants helps breed Fungus and Bacteria into compost
Cooking Oil Cooking Oil upsets compost moisture balance
Human or Animal Feces Pets (Dog & Cat) Poop, Human Feces too much of a health risk

 

NEVER RECYCLE:

Spray Cans, Battery, Ceramic & Pottery, Tires, Plastic Bags & Products, Medical Waste, Diapers, Hazardous Waste, Household Glass and Wet Papers.

NEVER RECYCLE
PRODUCTS INCLUDES Y NOT ?
Aerosol Cans / Spray Cans Metal Spray Cans contains propellants and chemicals, treated as hazardous waste.
Batteries Inverter / Car Battery handled seperately from both regular trash and curbside recycling
Ceramics & Pottery Coffee Mugs, Tea Cups Re-Use them in your gardens
Diapers / Napkins & Paper Towels Diapers, Paper Towels commercially not feasible to reclaim the paper and plastic from used diapers
Hazardous Waste Household Chemicals, Motor Oil, Other Coolants They are handled usually seperately.
Medical Waste Syringes, Tubings, Scalpels and other bio-hazards They are handled usually seperately.
Household Glass Window Panes, Light Bulbs, Mirrors, Tableware impractical to recycle.
Tetra Pack / Coated Cardboard Boxes Pizza Box, Juice Box only the marked tetrapacks need to recycle. Food boxes are too much grease.
Plastic Bags & Products Plastic Bags, Plastic Food Boxes, Plastic Screw top, Plastic without recycling mark. If possible, Clean and Re-use the plastic bags. Rest needs to be disposed off safely.
Tires Tires Should be disposed off safely, or re-use it appropriately.
Wet Papers Wet Papers recyclers take a pass on a paper exposed to water.

Natural Enviromentalists: 6 animals take “reduce, reuse, recycle” to the next level.

Natural environmentalists
Most animals live in a delicate ecological balance with their natural surroundings. It’s simply the most efficient formula for survival: Take only what is needed, and waste as little of it as possible. But a few animals take “reduce, reuse, recycle” to the next level. It’s a good thing, too: Someone needs to help clean up the mess that so many humans leave behind. Here’s our list of six animals that are nature’s extreme recyclers.
.1. Birds
Perhaps nature’s greatest recyclers are birds. Many urban species have adapted to life in human environments by building their nests with whatever is available, which often includes anything from discarded string and newspapers to paper clips and plastic.
 browerbirds
Bowerbirds from New Guinea and Australia, which construct elaborate and garish “bowers” in order to attract mates, will often collect colorful trash (such as bottle caps and plastics) and repurpose it for bower decoration. (In other words, recycling is considered sexy for these birds!)
Birds like pigeons and gulls also take advantage of all the food waste that is left behind by people, gobbling up what they can.
.2. Hermit Crabs
As a crab grows, it must often seek out new shells that provide a better fit. In this way, these cute crustaceans are constantly recycling dwellings that would otherwise go to waste.
hermit crabs
Hermit crabs don’t grow their own shells, so to protect themselves they have to salvage shells abandoned by other sea life, usually from sea snails. But really they’ll use whatever they can find, which often includes glass bottles, cans or shotgun shells. People who keep hermit crabs as pets also have the option of providing them with artificial shells, which can be made from recycled materials.
.3. Spiders
All spiderwebs represent remarkable engineering feats, but few match the eco-friendly design showcased by some orb-weaver spiders. Take for instance the species Cyclosa ginnaga, which decorates its webs with whatever debris it can find, such as leaves and twigs. Though the ultimate purpose of the decoration is rather sinister (for luring in prey, or for concealing the webbing), this spider’s eco-cred is still worth noting.
 orb weaver spider
Many orb-weaver spiders rebuild their nests every day, so they are always busy recycling. This helps keep both their webs and their surrounding environment clean.
.4. Dung Beetles
Many dung beetles are actually referred to as “rollers,” since their waste-collection strategy is to roll excrement into balls so that it can be easily wheeled away.
dungbeetle
It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. Yes, even poop is too valuable a resource to let go to waste, and perhaps no animal understands this better than the dung beetle. This insect lives to collect and repurpose your poop. Not only do dung beetles build their homes out of feces, but they also eat it and lay their eggs in it.
.5. Octopus / Octopi
Octopi are probably the smartest invertebrates on the planet, and nothing quite displays their cunning as much as their tool use. Several species, such as the veined octopus, have been seen building shelters out of discarded debris. These makeshift homes are built from anything found lying around, from cracked coconut shells, to abandoned sea shells, to glass jars and other containers thrown away as trash. It just goes to show that one creature’s waste is another creature’s treasure.
octopus
.6. Corals
It has been estimated that 75 percent of all coral reefs around the world are threatened, but there is also reason to hope. Though sensitive to variations in their environment, these animals are also remarkably adaptable in that they are willing to attach themselves to just about any hard surface they can find. This includes shipwrecks, undersea pipelines and even oil rigs. By repurposing wreckage on the sea floor, they also provide habitat for the countless other species that rely on the ecology of coral reefs for sustenance.
corals

How to “getgreen” at workplace ?

A greener workplace can mean a lighter ecological footprint, a healthier and more productive place to work, and good news for the bottom line. Whether you’re the boss or the employee, whether your office is green already or still waiting to see the light, some practical steps can lay the groundwork for a healthy, low-impact workspace.

 

Turn it OFF..!! when not in use

For many people, a computer is the central tool at work. Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can be more than a modest energy saver. Set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when you leave for the day (“standby” settings will continue to draw power even when not in use). By plugging hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch, the whole desktop setup can be turned off at once (make sure to power down inkjet printers before killing the power–they need to seal their cartridges). Printers, scanners, and other peripherals that are only used occasionally can be unplugged until they’re needed. And of course, turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied.

 

Say no to paper …Get Digital !!

It does seem a bit strange that in the “digital age” we still consume enormous amounts of mashed up, bleached tree pulp, most of which gets used once or twice and then tossed or recycled. The greenest paper is no paper at all, so keep things digital and dematerialized whenever possible. The more you do online, the less you need paper. Keep files on computers instead of in file cabinets. Review documents onscreen rather than printing them out. Send emails instead of paper letters.

 

Greening your Commuting

Indian workers spend an average of +100 hours every year commuting through rush hour traffic. This adds up to 23 billion gallons of fuel wasted in traffic each year. We can ease some of this strain by carpooling, taking public transport, biking or walking. If there’s no good way to phase out your car, consider getting a hybrid, electric vehicle, motorcycle, scooter.

 

Use of Green Materials

Some paper use can’t be avoided, so use recycled paper and envelopes that have been processed and colored using eco-friendly methods. Pens and pencils can also be made of recycled materials, and refillable pens and markers are preferable to disposable ones. Use biodegradable soaps and recycled paper or cloth towels in the bathroom and kitchen, and provide biodegradable cleaners for the custodial staff. Buy in bulk so that shipping and packaging waste are reduced, and reuse the shipping boxes. Recycling printer cartridges is often cost less, and recycled replacements are cheaper than new ones.

 

Greening the Workspace

Greening the space in which you work has almost limitless possibilities. Start with good furniture, good lighting, and good air. Furniture can be manufactured from recycled materials as well as recyclable. Incandescent bulbs can be replaced with compact fluorescents (CFLs) and there is an ever-growing selection of high-end LED desk lamps that use miniscule amounts of energy. Not only is natural daylight a free source of lighting for the office, it has been proven to improve worker productivity and satisfaction (as well as boost sales in retail settings). Workspace air quality is also crucial. Good ventilation and low-VOC paints and materials (such as furniture and carpet) will keep employees healthy.

 

Green XEROX

When buying printer paper, look for recycled paper with a high percentage of post-consumer content and the minimum of chlorine bleaching. Even recycled paper gobbles up a great deal of energy, water, and chemical resources in its processing. When using the real stuff, print on both sides of the page when appropriate and use misprints as notepaper. Try to choose printers and photocopiers that do double-sided printing. If your office ships packages, reuse boxes and use shredded waste paper as packing material.

 

Work From Home… give it a try..!!

Instant messaging, video conferencing, and other innovative workflow tools make effective telecommuting a reality. If you can telecommute, hold phone conferences, take online classes, or otherwise work from home, give it a try. It’ll save you the time you would have spent on the trip as well as sparing the air. Also, consider the possibility of working four ten-hour days instead of five eight-hour days (a consolidated workweek), cutting the energy and time spent on commuting by 20%.

 

Lunch Time

Bringing lunch to work in reusable containers is likely the greenest (and healthiest) way to eat at work. Getting delivery and takeout almost inevitably ends with a miniature mountain of packaging waste. But if you do order delivery, join coworkers in placing a large order (more efficient than many separate ones). Also, bring in a reusable plate, utensils, and napkins. If you do go out for lunch, try biking or walking instead of driving.

 

Get Others in on the Act

Share these tips with your colleagues. Ask your boss to purchase carbon offsets for corporate travel by car and plane. Arrange an office carpool or group bike commute. Ask the office manager to get fair trade coffee for the break room and make sure everyone has a small recycling bin so that recycling is just as easy as throwing paper away. Ask everyone to bring in a mug or glass from home and keep some handy for visitors so that you reduce or eliminate use of paper cups.

Green Article : Recycle-Reuse-Reduce Consumption and Waste

The principle of Reduce Reuse Recycle cannot be over-emphasized.

As we reduce our consumption (especially of goods), the world would have less need for energy and resources (especially raw materials), and in the process produce less pollution (whether via the manufacturing industries, or the disposal of waste created through consumption).

REDUCE – As we reduce our waste, we would need to use less energy and resources for handling our unwanted waste. There would be less pollution arising from the landfills and the incinerators.

REUSE – Reusing helps us to reduce our consumption of new materials, as well as help to reduce the waste that we create as an entire population.

RECYCLE – Recycling allows us to reuse the materials in unwanted items to make new items. In this way, valuable resources that would otherwise contribute to pollution (eg. non-biodegradable materials or materials that release harmful substances when burnt) can be diverted away from landfills and incinerators and given a new lease of life in new products. Beyond environmental benefits of recycling, recycling also benefits the human economy and can be political.

GREEN SOLUTION. GET GREEN.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!