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December 2012 

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GM Aims For Landfill-Free
Michigan Vows To Improve Recycling
Towns Save Big With Pay-To-Throw
Demand For Recycled Plastic Rises
From Waste To Fuel
Recycling Success For Massachusetts Town
Wisconsin Hits Record High Collection of E-Waste
Houston Considers A One-Bin Trash Solution
California Gets Tough On Hazardous Waste
Recycling Contests Boost School Participation
Sand and Gravel Facility Pays Fines
Cities Save On Garbage Disposal
NYC Works With EPA For Hazardous Waste Collection
Recycling’s Valuable Benefits
Illegal Dumping of Scrap Results In Big Fines
Recycler Pays EPA Fine For Wastewater Violation
Scrap Tire Disposal Regulations: Alabama
Helping Others By Re-Using Recycling Bins
Clean Diesel for Construction
Communities Recognized by the EPA


GM Aims For Landfill-Free

American automotive manufacturer General Motors, is increasing their total number of landfill-free operations facilities, slowing coming closer to reaching their corporate environmental sustainability goal of one hundred and twenty five facilities throughout the world by the year 2020.

The company’s Lockport, New York location is the most recent facility to achieve zero-to-landfill status by converting all daily operations waste to energy or reusing or recycling. It is the 103rd such GM facility to reach this status.

During the prior year, the Lockport location recycled six million pounds of aluminum and generated nearly four million in revenue. The facility is responsible for manufacturing the heating and cooling components for a variety of GM vehicles. The plant manager and staff credits the convenience and ease of the recycling program as a key reason for its success. Clearly marked bins in key locations pose no disruptions to the workflow and serve as frequent reminders.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Whether your business is a large one like General Motors or a small operation with just a few employees, setting re-use and recycling goals is something that can save your business money, possible earn you some good publicity, and contribute to the well-being of the planet. If you’ve been thinking about creating a comprehensive materials waste recycling plan, let 2013 be the year you take action!

Michigan Vows To Improve Recycling

The state of Michigan is vowing to improve its twenty percent recycling rate in the new year, claiming that with a new strategic plan for energy and environmental conservation, it should be able to do better. The new year will see the state examining options, with a comprehensive initiative being put into place for 2014.

Currently, only thirty-five percent of all Michigan residents are provided with curbside recycling options. This is the lowest amount compared to all states in the north central region according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. In addition to increasing recycling rates and reducing the amount of trash disposed of in landfills, the state is also looking to make improvements in green energy, evaluate the pros and cons of hyrdo-fracking for natural gas, and urban farming as a measure to cultivate abandoned or unused parcels of land in city areas.

The Michigan Recycling Coalition is confident that the state could easily recycle at least thirty percent of generated waste which would put it on par with other states in the region as well as create additional jobs and economic growth in the collection, processing, and re-selling of recycled materials. One simply way to raise the rate would be to lift the currently state-wide ban on yard and organic waste.

One area that Michigan excels in is the recycling of beverage bottles. Due to a ten cent deposit/refund per bottle, the state claims a ninety-six percent return rate on all bottles sold.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: As the new year approaches, take the time to perform a recycling and waste audit on your business or household. What areas are you doing well in and what needs to be improved? Make a plan to investigate and implement enhancements over the next twelve months.


Towns Save Big With Pay-To-Throw

In three years, the city of Gloucester, Massachusetts has saved close to one million dollars by moving to a “pay as you throw” (PAYT) waste and recycling system for all residents. The three year period prior to the switch found the city paying out close to two million dollars for collection, sorting, and processing. City officials and residents are extremely pleased with the change and the cost savings.

In addition to the benefit of saving a million dollars from the city’s operating budget, the change to PAYT has had the added environmental benefit of having a twenty eight percent decrease in the amount of waste heading to regional landfills. Before launching the program, the city collected more than nine thousand tons of garbage. In 2009 that number dropped to seventy five hundred and in 2010 dropped even more to seven thousand tons.

The PAYT program, which charges residents for trash removal based on the amount of garbage they produce, has encouraged everyone to economize through increased levels of recycling and separation of waste materials.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: While some people will respond to the importance of preserving the environment, most people will respond to measures that involve their checkbook or wallet! If you’re looking to save money by reducing waste disposal fees, pass the savings along as a benefit to increased recycling and you’ll see greater participation!


Demand For Recycled Plastic Rises

It is expected that the demand from manufacturers for recycled plastic will rise close to seven percent by the year 2016 with a need for over three and one half billion pounds of material.

This amount is nearly one billion pounds more than what was needed in 2012 and is due to the growing demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging and consumer products. In addition, technologically advanced recycling processing and sorting machinery allows recyclers to identify and use more types of plastic resin products.

Continued efforts from federal, state and municipal governments to cut costs by increasing recycling efforts while limiting of charging more for landfill dumping of trash will also assist in ensuring that the demand for recycled plastic is met with an adequate and affordable supply.

Using recycled plastic for packaging will be the primary market for re-sellers and recyclers with plastic bottles being responsible for providing close to half of the demand. In 2011, PET and HDPE plastics were responsible for filling close to seventy percent of the market need. Business and consumer sectors that currently use minimal recycled plastic but could experience growth are construction products, packaging film, and the automotive industry.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: The business and consumer demand for recycled plastics isn’t going away. Looking for new ways to satisfy this need in your sector is a great way to make green while supporting green initiatives like recycling!


From Waste To Fuel

Imagine if your community’s organic food and yard waste was turned into a fuel for use in vehicles? The reality may not be that far off based on a research report recently released by the New York based company, Energy Vision in collaboration with CALSTART, a consortium of business and research interests focusing on the development of clean and innovative transportation technologies. The group states that using biogas originating from common organic waste has the potential to be used as a transportation fuel.

Organic waste biogas has the potential to generate electric power and provide heating to homes and buildings; and this is currently done in certain areas of the United States but converting organic waste into a clean fuel solution for vehicles is new and innovative. However, the creation process is similar to natural gas where as the organic waste decomposes, the resulting gases are collected and refined so they can be used effectively.

Energy Vision and CALSTART are hopeful that communities having forty thousand or more residents would be able to generate sufficient organic waste to produce the clean fuel to power their municipal vehicles such as police cars, school buses, and snowplows throughout the year. Smaller sized communities could form neighboring co-operatives to combine organic waste and share the resulting fuel.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: What are your community leaders doing to reduce costs and protect the environment? Organic waste is something that all of us generate, so why not have it be an asset instead of a liability!


Recycling Success For Massachusetts Town

The residents of Watertown, Massachusetts, a Boston area suburb with a population of thirty thousand, are seeing great success from their recent improvements to city-wide recycling initiatives.

A mere four months after creating a new, curbside recycling program, the city has seen the level of garbage generated by residents drop by over twenty percent and the level of recyclable material increase by close to thirty five percent. All parties involved from city officials to residents to the contracted waste and recycling haulers, are pleased with the success.

The new recycling program, which began over the summer, involves picking up recycling materials every other week using sturdy, sixty-four gallon containers. The plan has been so widely embraced that many residents report the need for additional bins or a move to weekly recycling pick-ups. While Watertown administrators express concern that moving to weekly recycling pick-up would erase the savings of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars that is currently afforded the city with the current plan, there is discussion about allowing residents to purchase additional recycling bins beyond the one provided to them to help fuel the recycling habit.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: The Watertown success story shows that you can be financially savvy and environmentally-aware at the same time. As more and more people want the chance to recycling, cities and towns need to consider opportunities to save money while saving the planet!


Wisconsin Hits Record High Collection of E-Waste

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has recently announced that after three years of launching the state’s comprehensive electronic waste recycling program, residents and businesses have new recycled close to one hundred million pounds of unwanted or outdated computers, televisions, and other electronic appliances.

The state of Wisconsin legally bans all electronic devices from being disposed of in landfills or destroyed through incinerators. As a result of this state-wide policy, a recycling program was created that was funded through electronics manufactures selling their products in the state. In 2012 along, electronics waste collectors processed almost forty million pounds of waste materials, this equates to almost sever pounds of e-waste per state resident.

With over four hundred e-waste collection points throughout the state, residents and businesses have an inexpensive and convenient way to safely, and legally, dispose of broken or outdated equipment.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Many of the components in electronics equipment are considered hazardous waste, so it makes good environmental sense not to dispose of unwanted gadgets by throwing them in the trash. In some states, private companies may offer financial incentives for your outdated cell phones and computers, so it pays to search around and see what disposal options are available to you!


Houston Considers A One-Bin Trash Solution

When most people think of recycling, blue and green plastic bins come to mind – as well as having to sort paper, plastics, glass, cardboard into different containers. It’s a task that not everyone enjoys doing and as a result, recycling rates can be lower than what they should be. However, the city of Houston, Texas is looking to change that with a new, “one bin” solution – that looks identical to what was done before recycling enter our daily lives.

Under the new proposal, residents would simply but everything together into one bin – waste and recyclables and the sorting would take place at a designated processing facility. The city’s current recycling rate is a low fourteen percent. On issue is that various neighborhoods in the city have different waste collection and recycling services – with some areas no having any curbside pick-up.

The biggest challenge is ensuring that quality, clean recyclables can be saved when mixed in with general waste and refuse. The city collects almost half a million tons of waste, yard scraps, and recyclables from residents. Of the waste collected, city officials believe that half of it is recyclable and should be diverted from landfills.

To fulfill this plan the city is currently applying for private and federal grants as well as looking for business partners.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: There isn’t one set solution to improving recycling rates in your community. It’s important to look at a variety of options and weight their associated costs and benefits.


California Gets Tough On Hazardous Waste

A judge in Oakland, California has ordered the drugstore chain Walgreens to pay a fine of over sixteen and a half million dollars against claims that more than six hundred Walgreens locations in the state illegally dumped hazardous pharmaceutical waste endangering the environment and the people residing in the areas where the improper dumping occurred.

The claim against the drugstore chain was filed by the district attorney’s office after inspections of waste disposal and trash bins at several Walgreens locations revealed hazardous and medical wasted mixed in with standard garbage. The lawsuit was filed over the summer and the settlement was recently reached.

The district attorney charged the stores with illegally disposing of toxic and hazardous chemicals including bleach, paint, pesticides, and pharmaceutical waste. Stores were also charged with disposing of customer’s confidential medical information in an illegal manner. Walgreens settled the case and did not acknowledge any wrongdoing stating that the company ships all hazardous waste to a specialized disposal facility which incinerates the material.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: It’s a good idea to routinely look through what your employees put out in the trash. Sometimes, you can spot ways to save money by noticing recyclables – but other times, it can save you from fines and charges related to illegally disposing of hazardous waste!


Recycling Contests Boost School Participation

Public schools in Providence, Rhode Island have boosted their recycling rates by almost twenty percent since September thanks to educational resources from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and some good, old-fashioned competition.

Over the summer months, the city’s school administration designed the contest called the School Recycling Challenge, which tracked the success of each the district’s schools in a contest to see which students had the best participation and which building could recycle the most. The winners would receive a trophy and special recognition from Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

Since launching the year-long contest, recycling rates have jumped more than seventeen percent with some schools recycling more than four pounds per student. In addition to student participation, teachers, school staff, and administrators are also active in recycling their waste materials and keeping morale high.

The School Recycling Challenge is part of a citywide recycling campaign which has a goal of increasing recycling throughout Providence.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Who says recycling has to be all stick and no carrot? If you’re looking to increase your school’s or business’ recycling rate, why not try a contest? An incentive can help to start the recycling habit!


Sand and Gravel Facility Pays Fines

A Columbia, New Hampshire sand and gravel business has been required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pay fines for violating the Clean Water Act. CSG Holdings recently paid one hundred and fifty thousand dollars in response to claims that the business’s facility was negligent in releasing polluted storm-water from its industrial operations into nearby waterways including the Connecticut River.

The EPA also charged that the business was discharging water without first obtaining the required permits and did not have sufficient plans and monitoring in place for spill prevention and control of heavy solids, often found in sand and gravel, being released into the water.

The Clean Water Act requires businesses such as CSG to obtain permits and have safety controls and training in place for monitoring outputs. Without such policies, the high levels of sand and gravel entering the waterways can change the environmental composition of rivers, result in beach closings due to pollution, and negatively impact fishing and other wildlife.

The EPA makes resources available to all industrial and construction facilities to help that stay in compliance when it comes to storm water regulations. Materials can be found on the national website for the EPA or through each state’s department of environmental regulation.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Compliance with the Clear Water Act isn’t a choice – it’s a requirement. You might think you can save a few dollars by disposing of your industrial waste in other ways, but once you’re caught big fines and negative publicity await you!


Cities Save On Garbage Disposal

In municipalities where trash disposal is provided for residents, it’s typically considered part of the routine taxes that are paid or incorporated into monthly water and sewer bills. However, a trend is growing where individuals are being charged per amount of waste disposed in an effort to increase recycling and re-use rates.

Tulsa, Oklahoma has recently adopted a pay-per-throw systems which charges more to those who throw more into their garbage. Those who reduce their waste output or increase recycling, pay less. The new policy has received favorable responses from those residents wanting to save money and reduce the amount of space needed in regional landfills. While recycling is not required of residents, it certainly contributes to reducing the amount of overall trash.

Prior to the start of the new collection policy, the city had less than fifteen thousand recyclers using city-provided bins. Now, over one hundred thousand residents are recycling and overall tonnage of recyclable material has dramatically increased. The city estimates that it is saving close to four thousand dollars every week in waste disposal fees due to increased recycling activity.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: It’s a plain and simple fact, if your town, business, or home is not making an effort to recycle, then you are walking away from money each trash collection day!


Health Care Businesses Save With Recycling

Hospitals and health care centers can save plenty of money each year by increasing recycling efforts and reducing waste. A recent study conducted by the University of Illinois investigated various sustainable practices adopted by health care systems and looked for areas identified as most worthy of adoption across the board for cost savings.

Two of the primary areas were to reduce waste disposal fees through increased recycling efforts and to reduce medical waste through enhanced segregation practices within the facility.

When making a concerted effort to reduce waste, facilities saved on average between fifty cents and two dollars and fifty centers per day per patient. Improving recycling efforts yields great savings with minimal upfront costs. Some of the biggest savings were to be found in ensuring that medical waste, which is more costly to dispose of, be segregated from other forms into of combined into one. Training staff and employees on new disposal practices does take time but can yield significant cost reductions over time.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Medical waste is considered hazardous and needs to be handled in accordance with state and federal regulations. However, not all waste leaving a health care facility is medical. You can save money and help the environment when you recycle suitable material waste!


NYC Works With EPA For Hazardous Waste Collection

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with the New York City Department of Sanitation to collect and dispose of hazardous waste materials from homes and apartments damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Throughout the month of December, residents will be able to easily dispose of toxic products such as paints, oil, batteries, petroleum, and bleach and ammonia, to select drop-off locations.

All hazardous waste materials must be properly disposed of to protect both the environment and public health. Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, those living in the metro-NYC area have had infrequent and ineffective waste removal in addition to mounting waste and debris.

In the days following the Hurricane, residents were encouraged to disinfect and bleach all items coming in contact with flood waters. Such action was necessary to prevent the spread of bacteria from sewage or infection due to the presence of toxic chemicals.

The New York City Department of Sanitation will also arrange disposal of damaged refrigerators and household appliances, and remove the refrigerants which contain greenhouse gases and must be disposed of according to EPA guidelines.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Hazardous waste needs to be taken seriously and disposed of according to federal and state laws. If you live or do business in the New York City area, take advantage of these opportunities to ensure your materials are handled properly!


Recycling’s Valuable Benefits

Whether we’re at our business or home, finding new ways to use old or unwanted materials is always a good idea for helping to save money. When we concentrate our energies on increasing profits and reducing costs, every piece of garbage the ends up in the trash dumpster has the possibility to bring in money. When we make the decision to recycle, re-use, and re-sell, we not only contribute to environmental and economic well-being but we also take a less wasteful approach to our own finances.

The state of Connecticut has realized the power of recycling as a job creator and economic development generator. In the past calendar year, the state estimates the sales of recycled materials to be in excess of seven hundred and forty six million dollars. Since the state started selling its recycled materials six years ago, the total amount is more than five billion dollars. The state has also increased the employment level in this sector to almost five thousand jobs.

The decision to emphasize recycling has resulted in a decreased need for landfill space which saves taxpayers money while protecting valuable natural resources and improving quality of life for all residents.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: If you’re paying garbage disposal fees and not recycling, you are letting money slip away every month! Look at the opportunities in your area for recycling, re-use, or re-sale and you’ll be surprised by what you can save.


Illegal Dumping of Scrap Results In Big Fines

Despite the high demand and lucrative prices for recycled scrap metal, a business in Brooklyn, New York was recently fined eight five thousand dollars for illegal dumping of scrap metal into state waterways.

The recent case showed that the Benson Metal Corporation consistently dumped scrap metal from its operation into the Gowanus Canal on a regular basis for several years. A review by the New York State Office of the Attorney General uncovered over one hundred dates when scrap metal was illegally dumped into the canal.

The Gowanus Canal is one of the most highly polluted waterways in the country and is a designated Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As part of the settlement, Benson must change its loading procedures to those recommended by the EPA to prevent scrap metal from falling into the water during the transfer process from facility to hauling barge. Another business, Simsmetal East, which provides hauling services via the waterways to a New Jersey recycling plant, must also follow best-practice regulations in order to prevent future illegal dumping.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Illegal dumping is still illegal even if it’s considered accidental. Ignorance of the law or best-practices will not hold up when the state or federal government files charges against your business. It pays in more ways than one to say on the right side of the law!


Recycler Pays EPA Fine For Wastewater Violation

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that Strategic Materials, a Houston, Texas based glass materials recycling business, has enter into an agreement to pay more than one hundred fifty thousand dollars in fines as a settlement against claims that their recycling practices violated the Clean Water Act and federal environmental regulations.

Due to the nature of the regulations which has been disregarded, the EPA charged Strategic Materials with the maximum penalty of one hundred seventy eight thousand dollars. During the settlement process, the charges were dropped by twenty thousand dollars.

The glass recycler was charged will allowing its facility in Franklin, Massachusetts to release polluted stormwater into nearby waters. The company initially disregarded the ruling to obtain necessary permits for stormwater disposal and once permits were secured, disposed of waste water in a manner clearly in violation of federal and state policies. The facility was also charged with failure to conduct routine inspections and establish measures for controlling waste.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Sometimes it might seem like it’s easier to ignore certain laws but in the end it’s always best to make sure your business is on the right side. When you get caught breaking environmental laws you face fines, penalties lots of bad publicity, and in some cases even jail time! It’s just not worth it.


Scrap Tire Disposal Regulations: Alabama

If your business is involved with the collection, disposal, or processing of scrap tires in the state of Alabama, it’s essential that familiarity be had with the state regulations that exist since the passing of the Scrap Tire Environmental Quality Act. This policy regulates all aspects of scrap tires and ensures money for the cleanup of illegal dumped tire piles. To fund the cleanup of dumped tires, a one dollar service charge is placed on all new tires sold.

Whether the scrap tires are being disposed of in an approved landfill or if they are being re-sold for the manufacturing of recycled good or materials, the law details steps that are required to be administered and performed in order to stay in compliance with the state.

All receivers of scrap tires must be registered with the state and receive an assigned registration number. There are requirement for the keeping of records, storage, and how the one dollar fee should be collected and paid to the revenue division.

Businesses that are responsible for the transportation or processing of scrap tires must also apply for and be approved for a state permit. Permits are good for a period of three to five years depending on classification.

Using the one dollar fees collected from consumers, the state provides contracts to approved contractors to clean illegal scrap tire dumps. More information is available through the state’s environmental management department on how to be selected as an approved contractor.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Scrap Tires are a big problem but they don’t have to be is you follow the rules established and look for outside manufacturing sources interested in purchasing them to make new materials.


Helping Others By Re-Using Recycling Bins

Is your business or sanitation department looking to do some good this holiday season?Consider donating old, unwanted, recycling bins that are still functional. In certain areas, community food banks can use those sturdy plastic bins to deliver emergency food, provide a dry place to store food, and even use for food pantry sponsored community gardens.

Whether you’re undertaking a large, community wide upgrade of all recycling bins, or just looking to clean out a storage area that has been used for collecting older ones, the gift of any number of bins could be a helpful addition to a non-profit food pantry which often relies on donations and grants in order to serve the underprivileged, poor, and elderly members of the community.

As the calendar year winds down, and the holiday season approaches, many of us take the time to gather donations and make gifts to the charities of our choice. This year, spend some time looking through your business or office space. What kinds of materials have you been storing but rarely use? Old computers, tools, unwanted construction materials, storage bins, furniture… Not only would many of those items be appreciated by a community service group, but you will also save on disposal fees.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Remember the old saying, “one person’s trash is another’s treasure”? Your unwanted office materials may be wanted by local non-profits. Take some time this holiday and see if you can find a good home for items that are filling up your storage areas!


Clean Diesel for Construction

Construction work relies on diesel equipment for the power to get jobs done that are too large for humans to do. However, the diesel emissions that come out of this heavy-duty equipment can significantly impact the health and well-being of the people working on the construction site and living near it.

While new federal regulations about “clean” diesel engine apply to newly manufactured equipment, the average lifespan of heavy equipment is 30 years – so there are many older, pollution producing vehicles still being used every day. The Clean Construction project, sponsored by the EPA, give owners and operators of heavy equipment strategies and ideas for reducing diesel emissions from old machines. Materials describing affordable solutions for environmentally-friendly uses of heavy equipment such as idle reduction, not only help to reduce diesel emissions but they also help owners to save money.

Increasingly, large-scale commercial and residential projects are requiring clean diesel specifications and use as part of necessary contracts for doing business. Construction firms that utilize clean diesel practices find themselves in a better position when competing for Green Building contracts.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: If your business uses heavy equipment of diesel-power vehicles, take a few moments to learn about the ways to “clean” up your operation. It can help to environment and your bottom line!


Communities Recognized by the EPA

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recently recognized several municipalities for the Smart Growth Achievement National Award. The yearly award is given to community government policies and practices that foster and sustain sustainable initiatives to protect environment and health of all members while strengthening local economic development.

Award winning initiatives include areas such as transportation, energy-efficient buildings and housing, and developing green economy job training, environmental health education, and many others.

Some of this year’s communities of excellence are:

  • Lancaster, California for their green-friendly design of Lancaster Boulevard into a thriving retail, commercial, and residential neighborhood. The inititative has brought in almost $300 million dollars and created nearly 2,000 new jobs.
  • Mariposa District, Denver, Colorado for turning the economically disadvantaged area of La Alma / Lincoln Park into a vibrant, transit-accessible district that preserved affordable housing while increasing access to energy-efficient homes.
  • Brattleboro, Vermont, Cooperative Building,for constructing an environmentally friendly, four-story green building on Main Street with a grocery store, offices, commercial space, and affordable housing rentals.
  • Portsmouth, Virginia, Destination Portsmouth, for its strategic plan and review of its land development and use regulations to better align with environmental preservation while preserving historic neighborhoods and fostering economic growth.
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Northwest Gardens, for the development of high-quality, sustainable and affordable homes that have attained LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.
  • Buffalo, New York, Larkin District, for the green-focused revitalization of the Larkin District, an old manufacturing neighborhood that involved architectural students working with developers and the city.

The winners were selected from 25 states who submitting applications for 47 different community projects. Winners were selected based on the project’s effectiveness in developing a sustainable community; fostering participation between public, private, and nonprofit groups; and promoting both environmental and economic sustainable development.

WasteCare Want You to Remember: As a business owner, government official or regular citizen, you don’t have to choose between environmental sustainability and making money. When you think outside the box, you can make green while saving green!


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