Catawba County COMMERCIAL RECYCLING

a service department of Catawba County Government


Recycling & Waste Reduction Partnership Program


 
 
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Catawba County wants to recognize businesses that are committed to environmental sustainability. Click here to join our Partnership program today!!!
 


Recycling  •  Waste Reduction  •  Reuse  •  Buy Recycled

CURRENT PARTNERS

 
Bassett Upholstery
Blue Line Technologies
Commercial Plastics Recycling Inc
CommScope Inc
CORE 3 LLC
Corning Optical Communications HMTC, Hickory
CR Laine Furniture Co Inc
Dalco Nonwovens
Ethan Allen Maiden Retail Service Center
Ethan Allen Operations Maiden Division
Frye Regional Medical Center
Heritage Home Group LLC – Hickory Chair
Hickory Mechanical Inc
HSM Corporate
Lee Industries
Leggett and Platt Distribution Center
Pallet One of NC Inc
Parker Southern
Perfect Workout Gym
Recycling Equipment Inc.
Republic Services Conover MRF
ReSource Warehouse and Gallery
Roll-Tech Molding Products LLC
Sherrill Furniture
Sonoco Recycling LLC
Temple Furniture

About


What is the Catawba County Commercial Recycling and Waste Reduction Partnership Program?

The Commercial Recycling and Waste Reduction Partnership program is a free and voluntary program to encourage local businesses to take proactive steps to improve their environmental record while improving their bottom-line. The program recognizes businesses within Catawba County that operate in an environmentally friendly manner by practicing the 4R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle, rebuy). The program is sponsored by the Catawba County Utilities and Engineering Department.

 
 
 
 

How to Become a Partner


More about the Commercial Recycling and Waste Reduction Partnerships


Begin by making a commitment to Recycling and Waste Reduction in your workplace.

Next, establish a workplace "Green Team."

Complete and submit an online application which includes a highlights of your company's environmental program and one or more significant goal(s) for the coming year in any of the following areas:

Recycling  •  Waste Reduction  •  Reuse  •  Buy Recycled

 
 

For suggestions, check out our Commercial Program Help Sheets. (Participants need only choose goals which are feasible for their workplace.)

Complete and submit an application. (For first time applicants only)

Upon approval, partners will receive a Commercial Recycling and Waste Reduction Partner decal to display in their workplace window and a listing on the Catawba County Utilities and Engineering website.

CURRENT PARTNERS

 
Bassett Upholstery
Blue Line Technologies
Commercial Plastics Recycling Inc
CommScope Inc
CORE 3 LLC
Corning Optical Communications HMTC, Hickory
CR Laine Furniture Co Inc
Dalco Nonwovens
Ethan Allen Maiden Retail Service Center
Ethan Allen Operations Maiden Division
Frye Regional Medical Center
Heritage Home Group LLC – Hickory Chair
Hickory Mechanical Inc
HSM Corporate
Lee Industries
Leggett and Platt Distribution Center
Pallet One of NC Inc
Parker Southern
Perfect Workout Gym
Recycling Equipment Inc.
Republic Services Conover MRF
ReSource Warehouse and Gallery
Roll-Tech Molding Products LLC
Sonoco Recycling LLC
Sherrill Furniture
Temple Furniture
 

Commercial Recycling Facts


Below are some facts that we thought were interesting.

1st in recycling
507 lbs recycled per person
 


2014 NACo Award Winning Program

 
 
 

Contact us


If you have any questions or would just like to say hello, we would love to hear from you!

AmandaK@catawbacountync.gov

or write us at

Utilities and Engineering Department
Commercial Recycling Program
Amanda Kain, Waste Reduction Coordinator
P.O. Box 389
Newton, NC 28658-0389

+1 828-465-8217











52 Ways Employees and Customers Can Make a Difference


Use these tips to engage your employees and/or customers through your email signatures, newsletter, website or other communications.

We've included 52 tips - one for each week!

  1. Choose eco-friendly packaging: Look at and think about packaging before you buy. Choose products that are made of recycled content, can be re-used or recycled, and are energy efficient to manufacture.
  2. Now You're Really Cookin': Use the right size pot on your burners. You'll save energy and save about $36.00 annually for an electric range or $18.00 for gas.
  3. Get Out of Hot Water: Turn your hot water heater down by just ten degrees and knock off three to five percent from your power bill.
  4. Pay Your Bills Online: Eliminating your paper trail by banking and paying bills online does more than save trees. It also helps reduce fuel consumption buy the trucks and planes that transport paper checks. If every U.S. home viewed and paid bills online, the switch would cut solid waste by 1.6 billion tons a y ear and curb greehouse gas emissions by 2.1 million tons a year.
  5. Buy Recycled-content paper: Each ton purchased save 4,000 kW-h of energy, 7,000 gallons of water and 17 trees, and a tree has the capacity to filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air.
  6. Tune It Up for the Environment: If you can boost you gas mileage from 20 to 24 mpg, you car will put 200 fewer pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. Here are some ways to improve your car's mpg:
    1. Just giving your engine a tune-up can improve gas mileage 4% and often much more
    2. Replacing a clogged air filter can boost efficiency by 10%.
    3. Keeping tires properly inflated can improve gas mileage more than 3%
  7. Think Global, Drink Local: Even though we have some of the best and safest tap water in the world, Americans buy 28 billion+ bottles of water a year. Manufacturing these bottles uses 50 million barrels of oil and produces up to three tons of CO2 a year. Drink tap water from a reusable bottle - you'll save money andhelp protect the environment.
  8. Here's the Scoop: You can help reduce polluted storm water runoff by just picking up your pet's poop and disposing of it properly. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risk by allowing harmful bacteria or organic material to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local water bodies. So remember - always scoop the poop!
  9. E-Cycle Old Electronics: Take your old computer, DVD player, or other electronics to an electronics recycling center. Reusing and recycling materials like copper, gold, and others saves natural resources and reduce mining and processing. E-Cycling also helps avoid land, air, and water pollution by capturingj and reusing hazardous substances such as lead or chromium. For local e-cycling site, visit: www.reconnectpartnership.com
  10. 100 Million: Number of cell phones Americans tossed out in 2006. Recycling them would have saved enough energy to power 194,000 homes for a year! Recycle your cell phone when you purchase your new one or visit www.earth911.com for a list of recycling locations.
  11. Use electric lawn equipment, or wait until after 6pm to use gas-powered lawn equipment: Electric lawn equipment reduces air pollutant emissions, but if you have gas-powered equipment, use it during the cooler evening hours when it will have less impact on air quality. By waiting until after the heat of the day, you'll reduce the pollutants that will cook in the hot summer sun to produce unhealthy concentrations of ozone.
  12. Take your car to a car washing facility or wash your car in a grassy area: Soaps and detergents are harmful pollutants to rivers and streams. The water that runs down the street in not treated. Once it enters the storm drains, if flows directly into our streams and rivers.
  13. Apply only the recommended amount of herbicide to your lawn or, even better garden organically: Landscapes only take in the necessary nutrients to stay healthy. Rain generally washes away leftover fertilizer and pollutes over rivers and streams.
  14. Use an absorbent material, such as cat litter, to soak up spills. If not removed properly, spills such as: motor oil and antifreeze will be washed into rivers and streams via storm drains.
  15. Catch a Bug: Look for ways to attract pest-eating insects and wildlife: Intergrated Pest Management is a safe way of getting rid of pest problems while avoiding the use of pesticides, which can pollute the air and ground water.
  16. Store/dispose of chemicals in approved containers: Motor oil, household chemicals, and fertilizers are sold in specific containers to inhibit the material from being absorbed or leached into the environment.
  17. Replace at least 5 most frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescents: ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use 70 to 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last 10 times longer. This saves you money - as much as $34.00 over the life of each bulb.
  18. Set your thermostat at 68 or lower in the winter and 78 or higher in the summer: For every eight hour period you lower your thermostat by a degree in the winter or raise it in the summer, you can save at least 1% on your utility bill.
  19. Be an Energy Super Star: If just one in ten homes used Energy Star qualified appliances, the change would be like planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.
  20. Replace old appliances with Energy Star rated appliances as they wear out: When buying an appliance, remember that is has two prices tags: what you pay to take it home and what you pay for the energy and water it uses. Energy Star qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. They may cost a little more, but you'll more than make up for the cost with cheaper power bills.
  21. Don't Top Your Tank: When you "top off" your tank at teh gas pump, most of that little bit of gas vaporizes and contributes to air pollution. You end up paying for that gas and do not get to use it! "Topping off" is also bad for the sensor in your gas tank.
  22. Save in the Spin Cycle: Washing machines use 22 percent of household water and 13 percent of home energy use. Up your eco-quotient by washing in cold water and running only full load, reducing electricity demand, emissions and the use of fossil fuels.
  23. Power Shower: A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, but taking a five-minute shower save water by using 10 to 25 gallons. Put a little timer or clock near your shower so you can see how fast you are. Save even more water, and money on your water, by installing a water-efficient showerhead, or ask your landlord to install one if you rent.
  24. Life's a Dish: You may pride yourself on a clean kitchen, but sinks and dishwashers account for 15 percent of household water use and hundreds of pounds of greenhouse gases in hot-water heating. Run your dishwasher only when fully loaded, and save 10 to 20 gallons of water a day. when doing dishes the old-fashioned way, wash and rinse items together.
  25. Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth, washing, and shaving: A water faucet left running can use 20 gallons of water while you shave, 10 gallons while you brush your teeth, and 2 gallons while you wash your hands. This simple step can save more than 1,000 gallons of water per year in an average family household.
  26. Don't flush it all away: A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. Check you toilet for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If color appears in the bowl after two minutes, then you have a leak.
  27. It Makes WaterSense: When replacing home plumbing fixtures, choose products with the EPA WaterSense label, which are about 20% more efficient than their couterparts. WaterSense labeled products include toilets, bathroom sinks faucets, showerheads and landscape irrigation services.
  28. Don't be a lead foot: Drive at, or slighty below, the posted speed limit and accelerate and stop smoothly. You improve your gas mileage, and every gallon of gas you avoid using saves 1.3 pounds in greenhouse gas pollution.
  29. Get on your Bike: Half of all car trips are less than three miles - a distance research has shown can be covered as quickly on a bike once traffic and parking are taken into account. Cycling is eco-efficient, fun and good exercise!
  30. Make a quick start: Don't start your vehicle until you are ready to drive and turn of your engine while you are waiting even short periods of time. Even ten seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it. Suprisingly, excessive idling can actually damage a car's engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs and the exhaust system.
  31. Fill'er up after hours: Fill up your gas tank in the evening rather than in the morning. When you fill up, vapors escape into the air, adding Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to the ground-level ozone mixture. By waiting until after the heat of the day, you are contributing less to the chemical soup of pollutants to be cooked by the hot summer sun that produces unhealthy concentrations on ozone.
  32. In the can: Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and conventional paints are among the main culprits. Buy natural paints and finishes, or water-based paints with low-VOC. They're better for the environment and help allergy and asthma sufferers.
  33. Have a light touch: Lighting the average home generated about two-thirds a ton of greenhouse gases and consumes 20 percent of the electricity bill. Turn lights off when you'll be out of the room for more than a minute. It's only a myth that turning lights on and off uses more electricity than leaving them on.
  34. A Bright Idea: If every home in America change just one incandescent bulb to a CFL, we'd save enough money to light seven million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to that of one million cars.
  35. Cool it: The energy output of just refrigerators in the US is equal to the output of 60 300-megawatt power plants. Maximize you 'fridge's' efficieny by making sure the seals work, postitioning it in a cool place and cleaning the coils once a year.
  36. Go Native: Grow native plants in your yard. They'll attract birds and butterflies and save the time and expense of daily watering. Growing native plants can save 50 percent of the water typically used to maintain outdoor plants.
  37. Shady Characters: Plants not only lower greenhouse emissions and provide habitats for wildlife; they can also lower home energy costs. Trees with high caponies on the west side of your property will provide shade from the afternoon sun. Deciduous trees and vines are useful on your home's southern side, providing foliage to shade against the summer sun while allowing light and warmth during the winter.
  38. Grow Your Own: The farther your food travels to reach your plate, the greater the expended energy and resulting associated greenhouse emissions. Growing your own garden is quite eco-efficient. If you can't grow your own produce, shop at your local farmer's market - you'll be buying close to home and helping your local economy.
  39. Get a Mug Shot: Coffee may be an indispensable part of the day, but you can always get rid of the disposable cups! Over its life span, a mug or travel mug will be used about 3,000 times, resulting in 30 times less solid waste and 60 times less air pollution than using the same number of take-out cups.
  40. Less is More: What you might call "retail therapy" has become a serious strain on the environment. Every item you buy contains "embedded energy" - the water, fuel and waste used in its production, packaging, transport and disposal. Before making any purchase, ask yourself if you really need it.
  41. Tread lightly!: Use public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike whenever possible to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs. Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year. If you can work from home, you'll reduce air pollution and traffic congestion - and save money.
  42. Compost it!: Compost helps improve soil so it holds more water and plants grow better. Allow grass clippings to stay on the lawn, instead of bagging them. The cut grass will decompose and return to the soil naturally. Food scraps and kitchen waste also make good compost, and you save money on fertilizers or ther additives.
  43. Don't trash it: reuse it! Be creative as you look for new ways to reduce the amount or kinds of household waste. Give cardboard tubes to pet hamsters or gerbils. Plant seed in an egg carton. Make a flower pot out of a plastic ice cream tub. By thinking creatively, you will often find new uses for common items and new ways to recycle and reduce waste.
  44. Refuse plastic bags: Say no thanks to plastic bags and bring your own reusable ones when you shop. Americans go through 380 billion plastic bags a year, and while most go to the landfill, nearly 100 million are let loose in the wild, becoming litter and waterway hazards.
  45. Buy Secondhand: Apart from food, clothes shopping has the highest environmental impact on all consumer activities. Rather than buying a new pair of jeans that have undergone an industrial process to give them a worn look, consider buying a pre-worn pair! While you're at it, drop off some of your gently used clothes for others.
  46. Wii Can All Save Energy!: Ever since the days of Pong, video game consoles have been sucking energy. And, now with high tech systems that can turn us all into guitar heroes, some systems can use as much energy as two refrigerators. by powering down your consoles after finishing a game, you'll save about $100 a year and collectively take the equivalent of all the cars in San Jose off the road.
  47. Green Screens: Choosing the Righ TV Can Save Energy and Money Planning to upgrade your TV to flat screen? You can save roughly 275 kilowatt-hours of energy and $25 a year by choosing a 32-inch LCD panel over an equal sized plasma screen. If five in one hundred households made this choice, the total energy saved could power all TVs in U.S. for 40 straight hours.
  48. Cash or Charge?: Save money on your power bill by unplugging your mobile phone charger when not in use. Your charger uses two watts while charging a phone, one and a half watts when the charger is plugged in without the phone.
  49. Left isn't Right: If you want a surefire way to reduce, time spent idling - which will reduce pollution and your gas costs - avoid left turns. UPS avoids left turns at all costs, and saves over three million gallons of gas across its fleet. Follow their example and see if you can get where you're going using only right turns.
  50. Beat the Heat!: It would take two trees 10 years to absorb the carbon dioxide you create from blow-drying your hair 10 minutes a day for just a year. Lessen drying time by using a towel to soak up excess water, then air-drying hair almost completely.
  51. More Than Just Marginal Savings: If everyone in the US changed the margins on printed documents to .75 on all sides, it would save $400 million and a forest the size of Rhode Island.
  52. Keep Your Fireplace Damper Closed: Keeping the damper open (when you're not using the fireplace) is like keeping a 48-inch window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney. This can add up to hundreds of dollars each winger in energy loss.