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Did you know that 38% of the litter found on America’s roadways is used cigarette butts?

TerraCycle, a company that focuses on upcycling items that are hard to recycle, has partnered with the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co, to implement a new cigarette butt recycling program aimed to keep these used butts off our roadways.

How does it work?

Under the new program, citizens are encouraged to contact TerraCycle to receive a free envelope with the postage paid. They then simply pick up the cigarette butts they see littered around and mail them in to TerraCycle who will recycle them.

What could be simpler than that?

Since this program has just been announced, we’re waiting to hear more about it, but we’ll be keeping our readers updated. 

To find out more about TerraCycle, click here.

To find out more about recycling your junk in Austin, find Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Go green

Did you know that there are 12 landfills in Texas that tower more than 200 feet tall? That’s a lot of waste!

So what can you do to help? Here are 20 simple things you can do to reduce your waste:

  1. Use a reusable canvas bag whenever you shop at the grocery store or mall.
  2. Stop buying plastic water bottles and get a reusable one.
  3. Subscribe to online newspapers.
  4. Join the National Do Not Mail List.
  5. Walk or ride a bike instead of taking a car whenever possible.
  6. Donate your old clothes and furniture.
  7. Use e-vites for parties instead of paper invitations.
  8. Buy energy-efficient appliances.
  9. Use refillable pens and pencils.
  10. Rent textbooks.
  11. Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste.
  12. Use reusable plastic containers instead of plastic wrap.
  13. Buy reusable paper towels.
  14. Consider using cloth diapers for your baby.
  15. Don’t use disposable razors.
  16. Buy second-hand whenever possible
  17. Compost your food scraps.
  18. Use refillable soap bottles.
  19. Have a “swap” party with your friends.
  20. Buy a reusable coffee filter instead of disposables.

For more great ideas on how to go green, find Austin waste removal company Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest

Austin recycling

Want to know why Dirty Work is so passionate about recycling? Check out these 20 crazy recycling facts:

  1. Americans throw away enough paper each year to build a 12 foot wall that stretches from L.A. to NYC!
  2. 75,000 trees are used to print the Sunday edition of the New York Times!
  3. An average American will throw away 90,000 pounds of trash in their lifetime!
  4. Americans throw away 25 million plastic bottles every hour!
  5. A glass bottle takes over 4,000 years to decompose!
  6. The average American produces 1,609 pounds of trash annually!
  7. Doubling the recycling rate would create 1 million new jobs!
  8. If you walk one mile down an average U.S. highway, you’ll see 1,457 pieces of litter.
  9. Every square mile of ocean water has an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic in it!
  10. The largest landfill in the world is more than 500 feet tall!
  11. Every 3 months, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our nation’s entire air fleet!
  12. Recycling 3 feet of newspaper saves one tree!
  13. We throw away enough wood and paper each year to heat 50 million homes for 20 years!
  14. Each month enough glass bottles are thrown away to fill up an entire skyscraper!
  15. A single quart of illegally dumped motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of fresh water!
  16. Recycling just one can saves enough electricity to power a television for an hour!
  17. Enough plastic is produced each year to shrink wrap Texas!
  18. 50% of waste in your dustbin could be used in compost instead!
  19. Americans are more likely to recycle than vote.
  20. 12 Texas landfills are more than 200 feet tall!

Crazy, right?

So if you have some junk that you need hauled away and you want to make sure it gets recycled, call Austin junk removal contractor Dirty Work or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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The Perot Museum

The “Recycling Reef” traveling exhibit is now on display at the Perot Museum in Dallas, TX and we were fortunate to have a chance to check it out this weekend.

You may have heard about the Perot Museum, which opened in Dallas just six months ago. The entire building was designed to teach visitors about sustainability. In fact, the Perot Museum is one of only 12 buildings to have received all four Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative.

The Recycling Reef exhibit was created to teach children the importance of recycling. When you first walk in, children are encouraged to draw, cut, design and create artwork out of recycled cardboard. The walls of this room are covered with fascinating recycling facts. These facts are definitely the best part for adults. I’d suggest you take the time to read them all while your child is building his or her artwork.

Once your child has finished their artwork, you can move on to the next part of the exhibit. In this part of the exhibit, children can display the art they created out of the recycled materials along with thousands of other recycled pieces of art that others have created.

By allowing children to take part in creating the exhibit, the Recycling Reef exhibit teaches children the importance of recycling in a fun, hands on way.

But don’t worry, adults will learn plenty too! Some of the fun facts we learned included:

  • There are 12 landfills in Texas that tower over 200 feet tall!
  • Doubling the national recycling rate could great 1 million green jobs.
  • One ton of recycled paper saves 7,000 gallons of water and 17 trees.
  • 38,000 miles of ribbon are thrown away each year. This is enough to tie a bow around the Earth!

Statistics like these are the reason Dirty Work makes sure we recycle all the junk we haul away.

For more information on Austin recycling and Dirty Work, find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.

Going green has always been an Austin tradition, but can the green movement go too far?

One recent environmental trend that’s been causing quite the stir in Austin is the “green burial.”

So what exactly is a green burial?

Photo provided by Wicker Paradise

Photo provided by Wicker Paradise

In a green burial, the body of the deceased is lowered in the ground without a casket. It will then be allowed to decompose naturally.

Proponents of the movement argue that we simply don’t have enough room in cemeteries to house large caskets and that green burials dramatically reduce the costs associated with funerals. In fact, a green burial averages $900 while a more traditional burial averages $10,000.

These benefits, however, haven’t been enough to convince most people to forgo a traditional funeral. Many people are still understandably squeamish at the thought of forgoing a coffin.

Tell us what you think in the comments section and for more Austin environmental news, come see Dirty Works on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.