Category: Recycling

Ditching the Numbers

Posted on: February 8, 2019

Updated: 6/2/21 As recyclers, we’ve been trained to look for that number inside the arrows chasing each other around on the bottom of our plastic. If there’s a number there, and that number matches a number on the recycling guidelines, we’re good for throwing that item in our recycling. But that thinking, while it seems... Continue reading

Granger Partners with Able Eyes for 360 Virtual Tours of Lansing Facilities

Posted on: November 9, 2018

Generally speaking, the more information we have, the better we feel about new experiences. And for that reason, among others, we’re really excited about a resource that’s now available for Granger customers. In October of 2018, we met with the co-founder of Able Eyes to film a virtual 360 tour of our Disposal Center of... Continue reading

Don’t Be a Wishcycler! Recycle Right!

Posted on: October 12, 2018

Here’s a term you may have never heard before: “wishcycling.” We’ll use it in a sentence. “Wishcycling has become a huge problem for the recycling industry.” Wishcycling is a catchy phrase that seems to have been coined by the president of a recycling company in Minnesota, and what it means is putting items in your... Continue reading

When Light Bulbs Burn Out: Recycle or Toss?

Posted on: September 28, 2018

Light bulbs are a necessary part of our daily lives. Though new technology means light bulbs are lasting longer, we all occasionally hear that familiar pop when flipping the switch. And with all the different types of bulbs out there now, it can be confusing to know what to do with them when they reach... Continue reading

Back to the Basics: Materials That Can Usually Be Recycled

Posted on: September 7, 2018

One of the challenges with recycling is that guidelines can vary in different areas and even in the same area from waste hauler to waste hauler. What haulers and municipalities accept is usually based on the requirements imposed on them by the processing facility their recycling goes to. In an ideal world, we’d have standardization... Continue reading

Recycling Right Matters

Posted on: July 19, 2018

We’ve all seen it. We visit a Recycling Drop-off and notice items in the container that don’t belong. Some of them are blatant. Materials that are clearly trash are sitting in the container. Others are less obvious, such as a cardboard box that still contains plastic bags or polystyrene used to package the things inside.... Continue reading

Big Cleanup? Granger’s Here to Help

Posted on: April 13, 2018

Getting ready to do a big spring (or any time of the year) cleaning? It’s a daunting task, but Granger can help. Here are some things to remember if you’re cleaning out a garage, attic or basement (or all of the above). Reuse/Recycling Rather than tossing that stuff in the trash, consider the options you... Continue reading

Recycling Isn’t Magic. It’s Business.

Posted on: February 22, 2018

Recycling is one of those things we do that’s become kind of mystical in its significance. We know it’s good for the environment—it saves energy, helps preserve natural resources and decreases waste. All those completely justified warm and fuzzy feelings make it easy to forget that recycling is also a business and practical business concerns... Continue reading

Ask Curby: What Should I Do with Old Electronics?

Posted on: January 4, 2018

Dear Captain CurbySM: I have a lot of electronic items I don’t want anymore like old cell phones and computer keyboards. Is it ok to throw these away? Bill N. Holt Dear Bill: Thanks for asking! If these are from your home, there’s nothing to prohibit you from throwing electronics in with your trash if... Continue reading

Rinsing Recyclables: Is It Worth It?

Posted on: October 19, 2017

It’s a pretty common best practice to rinse that plastic tub or aluminum can before you toss it in your recycling cart, but some question if it’s really necessary. At Granger, we ask you to rinse bottles, jugs and tubs, and here are a few reasons why: Residue or liquids left in containers can contaminate... Continue reading

What to Do with Old Batteries

Posted on: September 22, 2017

Updated: 8/4/21 Batteries—we use them for everything from cell phones to flashlights. They don’t last forever, though. There are so many types, and it’s hard to know what to do with them. Luckily, we can help. Keep reading. Single-Use Household Alkaline (AA, AAA, 9-volt, etc.) Thanks to the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996,... Continue reading

What Happens When You Don’t Break Down Cardboard

Posted on: July 27, 2017

Picture this: You’re getting ready to take your recycling to the drop-off center. You want to recycle in the most environmentally friendly way possible, so you’ve saved your recycling up in your garage for several weeks. Now you’re taking the opportunity to recycle it on your way to an appointment, when you’re going to drive right... Continue reading

How to Start an Office Recycling Program

Posted on: January 19, 2017

Updated: 5/25/21 What do these items–plastic water bottle, magazine, window envelope and soup can—have in common? First of all, you probably have each of these items somewhere in your office. But more importantly, all of these items can be recycled in an office recycling program. You’re doing a great job of recycling at home. You’ve... Continue reading

Where in the World Does Your Recycling Go? (Part 2)

Posted on: September 1, 2016

When last we left your recycling, it was on a truck headed away from Granger. The next part of the process is where all the magic happens—where that water bottle, piece of paper or cardboard box becomes something brand new. Recommended Read: Where in the World Does Your Recycling Go? (Part 1) It’s always our goal... Continue reading

Where in the World Does Your Recycling Go? (Part 1)

Posted on: August 24, 2016

If you’re a committed recycler, you probably spend a lot of time and effort on your recycling. You have the routine down—empty, rinse, repeat. You nag your kids when you see them throwing something away that can go in the recycling. (Or maybe they nag you.) If you’re taking your recycling to a drop-off center... Continue reading