• Sammy Melnick

Different Ways to Recycle

We understand that recycling can sometimes be confusing, and that it could be often difficult to determine whether you are doing things correctly.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

There are three key factors you should consider when thinking of different ways to recycle your materials—The 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Reduce: You can minimize the amount of waste you create by carefully choosing which kind of scrap to throw away. From making slight alterations to your shopping list or opting to go "paperless" in the office, you can significantly reduce the amount of waste we have in landfills.

Reuse: Whether at home or at work, many items you can find all around you can be repurposed for different things. Before throwing away used packaging and paper products, electrical equipment, and many other items, think of how they can be reused or donated to others first.

Recycle: Recycling is important in conserving natural resources and maintaining environmental sustainability. It greatly contributes towards the environment and could even help increase your revenue! Choosing to buy and use recyclable goods, as well as bringing them to an experienced and reliable company like Elgin Recycling & Scrap Metal are the first steps in sustainable recycling.

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Planet First Foundation is an environmental nonprofit  charity that is committed to reducing reliance on single-use plastics in increasing recycling to reduce our footprint.

Founded in the United States in 2019 by Samuel Melnick, Planet First Foundation is focused on becoming one of the most effective organizations targeting a reduction of the excess creation of non-recyclable waste.  Scientists have long recognized that plastics biodegrade slowly, if at all, and pose multiple threats to wildlife on land and in oceans through entanglement and consumption.  More recent reports highlight dangers posed by absorption of toxic chemicals in the water and by plastic odors that mimic some species’ natural food.


Our task is not an easy one ... Between 1989 and 1994 the beverage industry spent $14 million to defeat the National Bottle Bill.  But plastic ends up buried underneath tons of trash.  Its harmful toxic chemicals  leach into the ground and into groundwater potentially contaminating drinking water supplies, rivers, streams, and eventually the ocean.

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