Are All Papers Are Recyclable?

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Not all papers can be recycled. Depending on the specific requirements of certain paper mills, the following are the usual DOs and DON'Ts :

DO Recycle
  • News paper
  • Weekly magazines
  • Magazines/books with stapled/sewed binding (any coated glossy cover should be removed)
  • All stationary paper (including colored paper, computer printouts, card, etc)
  • Envelopes and folders (including stamps but removed adhesive flap or plastic window)
  • Leaflets from junk mails
DON'T Recycle
  • Magazine/books using glue for binding
  • Paper cups, paper plates, wax paper
  • Tissue, Napkins, paper towel
  • Self-adhesive stickers or those with glue or tape
* Rubber bonds, paper clips and staples are OK as they will be removed in the recycling process. But large metals and contaminants should be removed.

Do you know that....
It takes 17 trees and 1500 liters of oil to make one tonne of paper?

Remember it is a "privilege" to to help keep our environment safe and free from more destruction!


10 Things We Can Do To Help Save The Earth

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As a forester by profession, i almost forgot being one. I have already created 4 blogs, though all of them are new and being new to this line, a connection to my profession is not the first thing that came into my mind. Wow what a ryhme. So before i forgot, let me share with you my knowledge, skills and experiences on this field. I cannot be sharing with you the whole content of the books but rather the simple things, tips and ways and means to help keep our our environment clean and green in the least way we can do.

I have started on my 1st posting on how to celebrate holidays while keeping our environment clean. So, today lets have 10 things we can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility -- it's a privilege. Lets keep it our mind - it is a privilege. Imagine even if only 50% of the population worldwide alone will do these little things daily - how much help we contribute in saving our environment from destruction! It's never too late to start!

Here are the little things we can do:

1.­ Pay attention to how you use water. The little things can make a big difference. Every time you turn off the water while you're brushing your teeth, you're doing something good. Got a leaky toilet? You might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day [Source: EPA]. Try drinking tap water instead of bottled water, so you aren't wasting all that packaging as well. Wash your clothes in cold water when you can.

2. Leave your car at home. If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you'll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year [Source: EPA]. Combine your errands -- hit the post office, grocery store and shoe repair place in one trip. It will save you gas and time.

3. Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can. You can reduce greenhouse gases while burning some calories and improving your health. If you can't walk or bike, use mass transit or carpool. Every car not on the road makes a difference.

4. Recycle.You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. If you're trying to choose between two products, pick the one with the least packaging. If an office building of 7,000 workers recycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road [Source: EPA].

5. Compost. Think about how much trash you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space in landfills, so your tax dollars can work somewhere else. Plus, compost makes a great natural fertilizer. Composting is easier than you think.

6. Change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) last 10 times longer than a standard bulb and use at least two-thirds less energy. If you're shopping for new appliances or even home electronics, look for ENERGY STAR products, which have met EPA and U.S. Department of Energy guidelines for energy efficiency. In 2006, the ENERGY STAR program saved energy equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road and saved Americans $14 billion in utility costs [Source: ENERGY STAR]. (Learn more about proper disposal of CFLs.)

7. Make your home more energy efficient (and save money). Clean your air filters so your system doesn't have to work overtime. Get a programmable thermostat so you aren't wasting energy when you aren't home. When you go to bed, reduce the thermostat setting -- you won't miss those extra degrees of heat or air conditioning while you're asleep.

8. Maintain your car. Underinflated tires decrease fuel economy by up to three percent and lead to increased pollution and higher greenhouse gas emissions [Source: EPA]. Underinflation also increases tire wear, so it will save you money in the long run if you're good about checking your tire pressure.

9. Drive smarter. Slow down -- driving 60 miles per hour instead of 70 mph on the highway will save you up 4 miles per gallon. [Source: Consumer Guide Automotive]. Accelerating and braking too hard can actually reduce your fuel economy, so take it easy on the brakes and gas pedal.

10.Turn off lights when you're not in the room and unplug appliances when you're not using them. It only takes a second to be environmentally conscious.


Enjoy Green Christmas!

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I will start my blog with tips on how to keep our environment clean while celebrating Christmas, New Year, Parties, and other social occasions. Since these type of gatherings generate a great deal of waste without thinking about it, through shopping, gift giving and even eating and drinking. What we need to remember is the '3R' concept of reducing, reusing and recycling. With this simple idea in mind we can play our part in helping to save the environment even on the happiest days of the year.

The following tips will help you understand just how easy it is to apply the '3R' principle. All you have to do is think ahead.

  • Take no more new bank notes and lai-see packets than necessary.
  • Bring your own bags to reduce consumption of plastic shopping bags.
  • Adopt simple packaging and minimize gift wrapping to avoid wastage of resources.
  • Choose more durable products. Think twice before shopping to avoid purchasing unnecessary items and cause wastage.
  • Send electronic greeting messages instead of paper greeting cards as the former can deliver the same message with less resource.
  • Use reusable tableware during gatherings and parties and avoid excessive food.
  • Reuse lai-see packets and bank notes for lai-see.
  • Store holiday decorations, such as plastic Christmas trees and ornaments for reuse in the following year. Good quality decorations could be reused many times.
  • Donate unwanted gifts to needies through charitable organizations.
  • Separate all recyclable materials, such as metals, plastics, waste paper and other recyclables from waste stream and put them in recycling bins to facilitate recycling.


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