Bottling Up Savings with Recyling
You probably already know that recycling is great for the planet, but did you know it's also great for the wallet?
All across the country small businesses, major corporations, and households are saving money and the environment by recycling.
Here are just a few ways recycling benefits the United States in some pretty major ways:
Top States for Recycling
Recycling programs are springing up all across the country and cities of all sizes are jumping on board.
From optimized collecting practices to state of the art recycling centers, some states are paving the way for vastly improved recycling methods in the U.S.
- San Francisco, California - The City by the Bay had a goal of recycling 75 percent of its waste by 2020. Well, San Francisco has already met and exceeded its goal because it diverts nearly 80 percent of waste from landfills each year. Thanks to the Recology program, the city recycles more types of waste than any other city in the US.
- Phoenix, Arizona - Through its Phoenix Recycles program, the city under the sun now collects nearly 115,000 tons of recyclable material from households alone each year. The city of 1.5 million reached such a high volume of recycled materials by offering every district easy ways to recycle like curbside service.
- Hartford, Connecticut - Although the city only has 125,000 residents, Hartford increased its collecting from 8 tons to 16 tons per week with its RecycleBank program, which offers incentives to businesses and households.
Speaking of incentives, the government is getting involved in the recycling process as well.
As the following article notes, government tax incentives are just 1 of 5 easy ways to save more money while also saving the planet. These incentives are offered to both businesses and homeowners who pledge to make recycling a priority.
For households, many cities have direct incentive programs that give homeowners discounts on their utilities when they meet their recycling goals.
There are also state recycling tax incentives that give cities and their residents tax breaks for recycling. Likewise, the government also offers businesses tax credits for their recycling efforts.
Successful Collecting Methods
When cities make recycling easier for the population, numbers increase exponentially.
Because of this, cities all across the country are implementing more convenient recycling methods in order to boost recycling rates and keep their cities in the green.
Major cities have already adopted the curbside collection, which makes it easier for homeowners to recycle their weekly refuse.
In addition, many cities are also giving residents larger bins with wheels and handles to make getting recyclables to the curb that much easier.
Cost savings and convenience are important, but so is the impact recycling has on the environment.
As more cities adopt new ways to recycle, it results in fewer landfills as well as landfills already in operation not filling up as quickly.
Likewise, recycling materials such as plastics decreases production of new plastics, which reduces carbon emissions and greenhouse gasses from plastics factories.
When it comes to recycling and saving, it's plain to see that the U.S. is taking a step in the right direction.
Toyota unveils electric van and Volvo opens fuel cell lab
Toyota is launching its first zero emission battery electric vehicle, the Proace Electric medium-duty panel van, across Europe.
The model, which offers a choice of 50 or 75kWh lithium-ion batteries with range of up to 205 miles, is being rolled out in the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
At present, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs, including battery electric vehicles) account for only a fraction – around 1.8 per cent – of new light commercial van sales in the UK, but a number of factors are accelerating demand for practical alternatives to vans with conventional internal combustion engines.
Low and zero emission zones are coming into force to reduce local pollution and improve air quality in urban centres, at the same time as rapid growth in ecommerce is generating more day-to-day delivery traffic.
Meanwhile the opening of Volvo's first dedicated fuel cell test lab in Volvo Group, marks a significant milestone in the manufacturer’s ambition to be fossil-free by 2040.
Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen with oxygen, with the resulting chemical reaction producing electricity. The process is completely emission-free, with water vapour being the only by-product.
Toni Hagelberg, Head of Sustainable Power at Volvo CE, says fuel cell technology is a key enabler of sustainable solutions for heavier construction machines, and this investment provides another vital tool in its work to reach targets.
"The lab will also serve Volvo Group globally, as it’s the first to offer this kind of advanced testing," he said.
The Fuel Cell Test Lab is a demonstration of the same dedication to hydrogen fuel cell technology, as the recent launch of cell centric, a joint venture by Volvo Group and Daimler Truck to accelerate the development, production and commercialization of fuel cell solutions within long-haul trucking and beyond. Both form a key part of the Group’s overall ambition to be 100% fossil free by 2040.