Sunday is Earth Day. Over 40 years ago, the day began to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Back in the day, my mom was one of the earliest adopters. A Depression baby, she was not one to waste anything, finding ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle before the phrase was popular. These days, there’s a great new slogan from the Wilderness Society: Make Every Day Earth Day. And Dial One Security in Cincinnati, OH certainly has.
About three years ago, John Lindberg, President of Dial One, ramped up a recycling program to eliminate the dumpster they had for over 20 years. Now, they recycle five 96 gallon recycling cans every other week for office paper, cardboard, aluminum cans and plastic bottles through the City of Cincinnati’s Recycling Program. They also separate out steel, aluminum, scrap wire, copper, brass, batteries and even water filters and take them to private recycling facilities.
As a result, John has not only made a difference for the earth, but also for Dial One. The weekly garbage pickup has gone from a six cubic yard dumpster to four garbage cans. They saved money by eliminating the costly and messy dumpster, and they make about $100 a month on selling scrap material. He then hands out the money to employees at company meetings. What a great way to reward employees and help future generations!
In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d share a few simple tips from the Environmental Protection Agency. They don’t take a lot of time, but can do so much. For a bunch more, download the consumer guide.
1. eCycle electronics. Donating usable electronics helps those who lack access to new technologies. Find an organization that accepts donations here.
2. Opt out of unsolicited promotional mail. On average, each American receives 41.5 pounds of unsolicited promotional mail each year. Visit the Direct Mail Association (DMA) to opt out. (This service requires a one-time fee of $1.00.)
3. Recycle used oil. Motor oil from your car, lawn mower, etc. can be re-refined into new oil, reconditioned and processed into fuel oils, or used as a raw material for the petroleum industry. If all do-it-yourself oil changers in America recycled their used oil, it would be enough for more than 50 million cars a year.
4. Recycle your next soda can. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt light bulb burning for almost four hours or can run your television for three hours.
Happy Earth Day!