We don’t have recycling service. We might, one day, but for now, it’s either throw it all away or find some volunteer group that takes recycling. There is a group a few miles from me called Rosedale Recycles and I’ve taken my stuff over that numerous times.
The problem is that they only have collection days once a month and that means storing recyclables in my house for an entire month and then hoping I can get over there on the one day they operate. That used to be a problem.
Now I can take my recyclable stuff – everyday if I want – to Quicken Loans.
That’s right. As part of our Green Week, Quicken Loans now offers full recycling services right at our offices. Paper, metals, plastics, even computer accessories and used cell phones. It’s awesome.
The bins are big and places in all of our break rooms around the office. Yup, that’s them on the left. Big, blue and cool. I plan on bringing in stuff every day. It’s much nicer than having to store old cans in my basement for a month!
Another part of Quicken Loans Green Week is great environmentally-friendly tips. Here are three from today’s email, in their entirety:
FRIDAY TIP #1: Painting your house? Paint it green! Well, not literally…
- Buy only as much paint as you need for the job – try to share leftovers with neighbors and friends.
- Leftover paint in good condition can also be donated! To donate…
- Habitat for Humanity Restore: 12630 Greenfield, Detroit (313-653-4890)
- Recycle Ann Arbor-Reuse Center: 2420 S. Industrial, Ann Arbor (734-662-6288)
- Here are some helpful disposal guidelines: Latex paint is only a problem while in liquid form. Once dried out, it can be safely disposed of with your regular trash. Sawdust or cat litter can be added to speed up the drying process. Oil based paints and paint thinners contain solvents that are flammable and evaporate quickly, creating fumes that can be harmful. Many paints contain heavy metals such as cadmium, and oil paints can contain lead. These materials can pose grave threats to human health and the environment if disposed of improperly. For disposal…
- Environmental Quality: 2000 E. Ferry, Detroit (313-923-0080).Free to Detroit residents, minimal charge to others. Accepts fuel oil, used motor oil, paint, turpentine, most solvents, hydraulic fluids, pesticides, herbicides, asbestos, batteries, aerosol cans, flammables, combustibles (oil, gas, etc.), antifreeze, car wax, and light bulbs.
- SQS Environmental Recycling Group: 13040 Merriman, Livonia (734-459-3800) Fee: $.75/pound
FRIDAY TIP #2: Save in the Shower – Replace Your Showerhead!
Why? The increasing demands being placed on the world’s water supply not only threaten the environment, but also require more energy to heat the water, additional resources to treat wastewater, and larger capacities in our water distribution systems.
Replace your showerhead today – Not only will you conserve water, but you’ll save money on water & utility bills! Since 1994, all showerheads have been required to use no more than 2.5 gallons of water a minute, less than half of many older models. You can check to see how much your showerhead uses by timing how long it takes to fill up a 1 gallon bucket. If it takes less than 24 seconds (2.5 gallons per minute), you might consider replacing it with a newer model. Recent advances in technology have made showerheads more efficient while using even less water. Here are some of the most efficient low-flow models that are available:
- Waterpik’s EcoFlow: Has 6 settings & allows you to turn off the water temporarily. Uses 2.0 gpm. while reducing water consumption by up to 28%. By switching to this model, you can save up to $90 on your annual water bill, and by using the water pause setting you can expect to save more than $130 annually. Available at Wal-Mart for around $20. http://www.waterpik.com/shower-head-products/fixed-mount/ecoflow/NSC-623EF/
- Oxygenics SkinCare: Has 3 settings that use either 1.5, 2.0, or 2.5 gpm. Available through the manufacturer website for $34.95 + shipping. This showerhead is designed to save 30-70% of water used by traditional shower fixtures. http://www.oxygenics.com/skincare-shower.php
- Bricor B100 Max & the B100 Supermax Line: Models that use as little as 0.995 gpm to 1.25 gpm. Available at the manufacturer website for $74.95 + shipping. http://www.bricor.com/prod.htm
FRIDAY TIP #3: Drive green!
- Carpool…check out the “Divide the Ride” site on Rockworld. Less car usage means less maintenance, a longer car life and fewer repairs. Save on gas Money! American workers use 23 billion gallons of gas each year getting to and from work.
- Relax! Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, hard braking) is a sure way to reduce your gas mileage. Drive smooth & steady to save fuel and extend the life of your car.
- Check your tires! Under-inflated tires require more energy to roll.
- Other things that reduce gas mileage: Equipment on top of your car (like bike or ski racks), dirty air filters, extra weight in the trunk, and running the A/C.
So there you have it. Big nice blue bins, green tips each week and recycling right at the job. Man, it’s just another reason why I love Quicken Loans.