The New Year is around the corner, and there are many new environmental and recycling trends that are expected to gain traction in 2017! Whether you work in the recycling and waste industry, or you are just trying to reduce waste and recycle more at home, there are many ways you can make a positive impact by embracing new recycling trends. Learn about some of the latest waste management and recycling trends are below.
Waste Management and Recycling Trends:
1. New Innovations for Recycling e-waste
An exciting recycling trend in the tech industry is innovations such as the Apple robot that can process e-waste more efficiently and safely than humans. The robots can extract the most valuable components and materials from the electronic waste item, whether it be a phone, computer, or television.
What you can do: Rather than holding on to the old TV or Smart Phone “just in case” you will need it again, recycle it right away. Doing so helps provide the best reuse potential before the components are obsolete.
2. Continued Bans on Plastics and PolyStyrene
Many cities across the US have already started to ban plastic, turning a recycling trend into a way of life. In fact, California just voted a statewide ban on plastic bags, joining Hawaii. San Fransisco was the most recent to pass the polystyrene (styrofoam) ban in its city this summer, joining many other styrofoam-free cities.
What you can do: Start phasing out your use of plastic bags and styrofoam. Bring reusable bags for your shopping and errands.
3. Utilizing more Solar Energy at Home and Work
What you can do: Look into how you can start using solar energy to power your home or workplace. Contact Harmony Enterprises if you would like to learn more about the SunPak Solar Option for our trash compactors and balers.
4. Wireless Monitoring for Trash Emptying
What you can do: If wireless monitoring of trash compactors or balers could help save your business time and money, contact Harmony Enterprises about the Insite Wireless Monitoring Option that is available for many of our recycling and waste management products.
5. Increased Composting in Homes, Restaurants, and Cafeterias
What you can do: If you are not composting yet, start doing some research to compost food waste at home. If you work in the food service industry, there are numerous resources for composting in your restaurant or cafeteria.
6. Bonus Trend! Greenery Named Pantone Color of the Year
Did you know that Pantone just named it’s 2017 Color of the Year to be “Greenery”? More than ever, the mindfulness on the environment and the go-green movement is taking place. The color Greenery signifies nature and the environment. Besides literally seeing green in fashion and design this year, Greenery will help to keep the environment front-and-center this year.