Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including an Indiana recycling plant that caught fire, tips on how to reuse leftover Easter eggs, details regarding the ISRI 2023 conference and eco-friendly tips for Earth Day.
A recycling plant in Richmond, Indiana recently caught fire, raising residential health and environmental concerns. Firefighters first responded to a call last Tuesday and arrived to find a semitrailer with unknown plastics engulfed in flames behind one of the plant’s buildings. According to the city Fire Chief Tim Brown, the flames spread to several buildings at the site but were stopped before they could cross into residential areas.
Easter has come and gone, but many still have plastic Easter eggs leftover from holiday festivities. Because most recycling facilities do not accept Easter eggs, you may wonder what to do with the leftover eggs. Recycling may not be an option. However, there are several creative ways to upcycle plastic Easter eggs rather than just throwing them away. Repurposing old or leftover Easter eggs helps prevent them from ending up in waste streams, where they cannot be broken down, harming the environment.
The ISIRI Annual Convention and Exposition is underway this week in Nashville, Tenn., at the Music City Center. The four-day event brings the recycling industry together for networking and educational opportunities. More than 70 speakers are sharing their knowledge and expertise on various industry subjects throughout the week, including Craig Boswell, president and co-founder of HOBI International Inc, as well as past chairman of ISRI’s Electronics Division.
Earth Day is nearly here, which means discussing how we can help keep the planet clean and healthy. Recycling is easy to dismiss, especially when you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to sort waste, and many put it on the back burner in favor of convenience. Regular waste like paper, food and plastic may not be significant. However, toxic waste such as smartphones, laptops, smartwatches, and even small household appliances is dangerous to the environment and human health if not disposed of properly.