So why is a shipping company involved in recycling? Good for the environment and good for business. Customers who receive our boxes take the boxes and packing materials to other shipping centers that recycle.
Our customers drop off their boxes and packing materials for us to reuse. Our commercial customers save boxes and have us pick up truck loads of materials for us to reuse. Like I said, good for the environment and good for business.
So, what exactly is recycling?
Recycling involves being conscientious of our environment. This conscientiousness means considering the actions our purchases and the natural cycle, given a finite amount of resources. Should I buy a new couch or an old one? Depending on your tastes that answer can be simple. Old. That unique item may never be made again. Only you happen to have this item in your possession.
Naturally, recycling includes, cardboard, glass, plastic bottles, and paper. Many of these items are reused. Paper namely has an outstanding reputation for reusability, saving an exorbitant amount of resources since its recycling has become more widespread.
Sometimes not the most practical, many items can still be crafted from reused glass. Sun tea is an excellent way to reuse old glass jars. If you happen to be a gardener you can easily can your goods using old jars.
Boxes can easily be set aside for future moves. Many places locally may even have used boxes for sale, making your move that much more cost effective. Your neighbor may even have some boxes that they’ve been hanging onto. Your local grocery store may have left over fruit and vegetable boxes that they are willing to give you.
Recently, construction materials have also seen uptick recyclability. The invention of a recycling robot will drastically increase the amount of materials recycled and safety.
Houston, Texas has many great places to recycle. Some places even have curbside recycling. In order to be considered for curbside recycling your neighborhood must have a minimum of 100 homes. The Houston suburbs are also on a recycling kick. Besides homes, schools now have recycling containers on the grounds.
A list of items that are accepted for recycling in neighborhood recycling containers are< newspaper, magazines, color ad inserts, office paper, mail, telephone books, tin, aluminum, empty aerosol cans, plastic bottles and jugs (marked with a #1 - #5, and #7, recycling symbol).
Electronics contain many plentiful resources as well. With a few recycling centers springing up here and there you can close that loop and recycle your old TV, computer, or cell phone.
Even some electronics department stores are offering recycling.
For a list of acceptable items you should consult the recycling center or store but this should help you get started:
- Computers, laptops, and tablets
- Computer accessories
- Monitors and screens
- Circuit Boards
- Cell phones & pagers
After you drop off your recyclables these goods have many uses. Your paper and cardboard can be turned into egg and berry cartons. Office supply stores are even offering recycled notebook paper. Aluminum and tin cans can be made into bicycle and car parts. Glass, since it can continually be melted down, is reused for glass jars and bricks. Plastic is reused for items such as buckets, stadium seats, and laundry detergent bottles.
Recently, the mayor of Houston has accepted a 1 million dollar prize to revamp the recycling process in Houston. This would involve a single-stream recycling program in which all recyclable items are placed in a bin for later sorting. Within two years the city estimates it can increase the amount being recycled by close to 5 fold.
Houston has a center for recycled art, in which citizens can donate reusable art and craft supplies. This is one of the more unique ways people have devised in order to divert usable items from landfills.
Here at pack and send, we handle artwork shipping. One of our local artists even use trash bags in their artwork.
If you need help with your artwork shipping, or any international shipping, please contact us in Houston Texas. As a company that has been recycling for over 30 years we look forward to doing business with other companies that try to help the environment.