Recycling Right sounds easy. But once you start looking into the details, you might realize you’ve been recycling wrong. Don’t worry. That’s what we’re here for! Our Solid Waste department gets questions all the time. Here are some of the greatest hits.Continue Reading
Written with Erin Stanforth, Sustainability & Resiliency Manager
If hundreds of news reports about the supply chain have done little to help you understand what those two words mean, we’re here to help! And we’ll show you why sustainability is an important piece of the puzzle.Continue Reading
2021 just won’t quit! A gas shortage in our area really got us thinking about other ways to save gas. Because, a gas shortage certainly isn’t the only reason to think about ways to use less fuel. The environment is a great one, too. And of course, saving money!
I know what you avid readers of this blog are thinking, “Wait, we just talked about sustainability like two weeks ago.” True! AND, believe it or not, we have even more tips, JUST about saving gas.Continue Reading
When you think about sustainability and going green at work, your first thought might be, “Aha! It is time to build a brand new energy-efficient building.” To that, I say, slow down. That might be the right move for some companies but maybe your company can’t do anything that big and expensive. That doesn’t mean you’re locked out of taking action. Smaller steps are important, too!
And according to N.C. State’s sustainability program, “Sustainability isn’t just about the health and well-being of the planet; it’s about the health and well-being of people. From the air we breathe to the food and water we consume, the environment impacts human health.” So let’s tackle this idea of sustainability from a few angles to give you some new ideas.Continue Reading
Written with contributions from the Public Information Department
I know what you’re thinking. “I’ve avoided travel for a year and I’m ready to GO!” Me too, reader. Me too. BUT if we’re going to be here, let’s make the most of it. I’ll give you a money back guarantee right here, right now if you’ve done everything on this list.*Continue Reading
If you live in a neighborhood like mine, with lots of large, old trees (and therefore, lots of leaves), you know there are a couple different approaches to fall clean-up. Which neighbor are you?
Do you diligently rake your yard each weekend? Do you leave a small, neat row of yard debris and leaf bags (the neatest little row in the neighborhood, in fact) lining the street for pick-up? Or do you wait until the very last leaf has fallen off the tree and spend one epic Saturday raking them all into a giant leaf pile (the biggest, best leaf pile in the neighborhood)? And then one back-breaking Sunday bagging it all up?
Both approaches work, but the devil is in the detail. Let’s talk about the right way to do it so you can have the undeniable edge over all your neighbors this year.Continue Reading
Written by Tori Jercich, Air Quality Specialist
It is officially ozone season! What does that mean exactly? Well, as you may recall from a science class way-back-when:
“Ozone forms in the air when nitrogen oxides react with…”
You know what? It’s okay if you don’t remember the science behind it. The main takeaway is that ozone can degrade air quality and cause health problems. So, what does that mean for you?Continue Reading
If you want to try some new adventures this year, keep it local and keep it cheap! Here are 10 cheap things to do in 2020 for under $20, all right here in Mecklenburg County. Whatever you do, tag us on social media so we can follow along!Continue Reading
If you’ve ever wondered where your Christmas tree goes when it leaves the curb, watch and learn!
Always recycle right. Crews won’t pick up artificial trees. They can’t be recycled and will end up in the landfill. Crews also won’t pick up live trees with lights or ornaments. For more information about composting and recycling, visit wipeoutwaste.com.