A Word About Recycling with Ollie Maier

The NFL Pro Bowl, the State of the Union message, the Super Bowl, it’s been quite a busy week. I know this column can’t really compete with all that, but maybe I can provide just a little interesting or helpful info.

As you will see at the bottom of this column, the total amounts that were recycled at the Green Guy Recycling Services drop-off site for 2017 were quite impressive. But here, from the latest Recycling Today eNewsletter, is the amount of batteries recycled in 2017 through Call2Reycle – also quite impressive.

“Call2Recycle Inc., a consumer battery stewardship organization with headquarters in Atlanta and Toronto, has announced that its partners, stewards and collection sites recycled nearly 14 million pounds of batteries throughout the U.S. and Canada in 2017.”

When added to previous amounts recycled through the program, it means over 144 million pounds of recycled batteries have been kept out of landfills.

The company explained, “Several factors shaped the battery recycling landscape and collections efforts in 2017, including growth in primary battery recycling in the U.S., an increase in battery reuse and a rise in products with nonremovable batteries.”

With the number of current Call2Recycle’s public drop-off locations, we find more than 86 percent of residents in the U.S. and Canada live within 10 miles of one – that’s good news.

Switching subjects, with the holidays and the other events often requiring us to use a few more than normal aluminum cans and plastic bottles for beverages, an item on plastic bottles caught my eye.

We find, “Natural spring water brand Evan, France, has announced that it will make all of its plastic bottles from 100 percent recycled plastic by 2025.” Although that is still a few years off, let’s hope they are successful and other companies follow suit.

The company’s bottles are currently recyclable and already contain on average 25 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET). Through this effort, the company plans for all bottles to “be made from recycled plastic without the need for any virgin plastics.”

The company is already working towards this goal globally with governments and recycling industry partners, plus consumers in the markets, to increase collection and recycling rates of scrap plastic bottles.

Coming back locally, besides our monthly reports on what local citizens recycled at the Green Guy Recycling Services drop-off site, I also publish its totals for the past year. I think they are very impressive.

Here are those amounts for 2017:

  • Metals: 22, 017,764 lbs
  • Cardboard: 2,814,073 lbs
  • Paper: 994,700 lbs
  • Glass: 370,789 lbs
  • Plastic: 243,397 lbs
  • Monitors: 64,235 lbs
  • Electronics: 32,620 lbs
  • Used Oil:11,162 Gallons
  • Used Oil Filters: 4,200
  • Used Tires: 6,592

Again we should all be very proud of these amounts plus the amounts taken in by other recycling drop-off sites and by the curbside recycling. A big Thank you to all of you who recycle and are good stewards of all the blessings we have been given. Keep up the wonderful work.

Till next week, do have a great one...

--Ollie is a local citizen concerned with the environment and helping others. A retired Air Force fighter and instructor pilot, he is a graduate of Leadership San Marcos and received his degrees at Texas State University where he worked on staff before totally retiring. For questions or comments, he invites you to call him at 512-353-7432 or e-mail omaier@txstate.edu.

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