Valentine’s Aftermath – Time to Recycle!

bale of cardboard for recycling

Bale of cardboard for recycling, photo by Caryn

It’s the day after Valentine’s Day. Whether you were celebrating with others or alone your home may have cardboard and glass that used to contain chocolates and beverages. Keep the love going by recycling them. If you were neat and tidy and did not get any of the chocolates on the cardboard box that briefly contained them you may recycle that cardboard with the rest of your boxes. The accompanying photo is of the remnants of over 500 heart shaped boxes Junk King of Nashville hauled from a job. They were unused boxes. I had called to various PTOs and Girl Scout troops and they took the lion’s share which got upcycled into Mother’s Day presents a year or so back.

Wacky Wednesday – It’s A Wonderful Life!

photos by caryn, it's a wonderful life ornament

Photos by Caryn, It’s A Wonderful Life Ornament

Today we dropped off two 3 foot diameter promotional ornament shaped decorations with black and white stills from the classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life!” to the Nolensville Elementary School to add to their store of decorations for the Storytime With Santa event next month. Most likely they were originally from a video store. We could have sent them with our paper and cardboard recycling, but thought this was a better option.

Recycling Paper and Cardboard

photo by caryn of paper and cardboard on the back of the junk king truck

Photo by Caryn of Paper and Cardboard on the Junk King Truck

At Junk King of Nashville we try not to take items to the land fill. If an item is not donatable we break it down to the lowest common denominators and recycle materials. Items that are easy in this regard are paper and cardboard. If I know of someone looking for specific boxes (moving, storage) I can donate the boxes. If not the boxes get broken down and placed in the baler with other cardboard to be taken to the local cardboard recycler.

instgram photo by caryn of cardboard getting baled

Instagram Photo by Caryn of Cardboard Getting Baled

We wait until we have at least 6 bales of cardboard ready and then we line them up for photos load them on the truck and drop them to recycling. Six bales of cardboard weighs a little over a ton – that’s right, 2,000 pounds.

Two thousand pounds not going to a landfill. Two thousand pounds of cardboard living another day as a moving, bankers, or cereal boxes, corrugated coffee cup sleeves, or paper.

photo by caryn of cardboard bales ready for the recycler

Photo by Caryn of Cardboard Bales Ready for the Recycler

According to 2,000 pounds of recycled cardboard saves 390 kWh hours of electricity, 46 gallons of oil, 6.6 million Btu’s of energy, and 9 cubic yards in the landfill. Recycling cardboard takes 24% less energy and produced 50% less sulphur dioxide than making cardboard from raw materials.

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