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Happy Stan’s Eco-friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

April 26th, 2017 • By: happy Eco Tips, Live Green

 

 

Now that winter’s officially over, we have one thing on our minds: spring cleaning! From the dusty attic to the old shoes piling up in the closet, we’re likely not the only ones looking forward to a fresh and sparkling start. Before tackling that seemingly endless list of to-do’s, consider these five tips our team at Happy Stan’s have rounded up to ensure an eco-friendly spring clean.

  1. DIY Cleaning Products: Have you checked the labels of your cleaning products lately? Don’t be surprised if you find them chock-full of harmful and toxic chemicals that are not only bad for the environment, but bad for you, too! Swap these out for DIY cleaning solutions that include every-day ingredients such as baking soda and olive oil. Not sure where to start? Check out David Suzuki’s green cleaning recipes here.

  2. Reusable Cloths: Did you know 13 billion pounds of paper towel is used and disposed of each year? Instead of contributing to this alarming number, turn old towels or t-shirts into cleaning rags to tackle this year’s spring clean (and every clean hereafter). Perfect for dusting and scrubbing, they can also be washed and reused.

  3. Newspaper: Alternatively, if you feel DIY cloths won’t leave your mirrors as streak-free as you’d like, use newspaper to get the job done. Ecorazzi shares a great tip: just spray the glass with 50/50 water/vinegar, rub the glass with a dry cloth and then go over the surface with a piece of newspaper for streak-free, lint-free results.

  4. Greenery: Add a touch of springtime to your favourite spaces with plants that will continually purify the air. Easy to care for, these include spider plants, English ivy, rubber plants and peace lilies. Since indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health, this easy solution is one that shouldn’t be forgotten about.

  5. Donate, Sell, Recycle: Once you’ve decided on which of your possessions you’ll be disposing of, consider whether any can be donated or sold. For those not suitable for reuse, try to recycle what you can. From computers and telephones to furniture and coat hangers, check out what we recycle here.

Have an eco-friendly spring cleaning tip we didn’t mention? Tweet us at @happystans!

Don’t throw it in the trash! Happy Stan’s Recycling has a better option for that.

March 3rd, 2017 • By: happy HSR Services

 

 

Although it may be hard to keep track of everything that can be recycled or reused, sildenafil the reality is ‘garbage’ that can be rerouted from the landfill to our recycling depot go far beyond aluminum cans. Not sure where to start? Our team at Happy Stan’s Recycling rounded up 4 common household items that shouldn’t be trashed, order but recycled instead.

  • Metal Keys and Locks: Easy to lose and easy to replace, story it’s pretty typical to have a growing pile of keys and locks that seemly don’t belong to anything. Though they cannot be left in your curbside blue bins, they are accepted at various recycling depots, including ours! When recycled, keys can be melted down and used to create other keys and metal items.

  • Drywall: Renovating your home or office space? If you’re knocking down or putting up walls, the project can quickly become messy. Avoid the mess altogether and contact us for a junk removal bin, which can be left onsite during your renovation. Once filled, we will transport it back to our facility and recycle the drywall for you.

  • Car Tires: When no longer suitable for vehicle use, rubber tires can be recycled into hot melt asphalt and other tires, or reused and upcycled into swings in playgrounds and exercise equipment. Since they are non-biodegradable and run the risk of leaching toxins into the ground, it’s very important that tires are recycled properly. Our team is happy to both pick them up and dispose of them in an eco-friendly manner.

  • Propane Tanks: Although propane tanks are refillable, once expired they need to be replaced. If the fluid is completely drained, we will accept and safely recycle them. Classified as hazardous, propane tanks can cause serious injury or death as well as damage to the environment if disposed of improperly. Rest easy knowing our trained professionals will safely handle and dispose of the hazardous materials for you.

Curious about an item that we didn’t cover? Take a look at our website for a full list of recyclable items, or tweet us @happystans with your inquiries!

Happy Stan’s Tips for Reducing Holiday Waste

December 21st, 2016 • By: happy Eco Tips, Live Green, Uncategorized

 

 

Did you know that from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, pills household waste increases by more than 25%? With food, nurse shopping bags and packaging, it’s easy to see how it can add up fast. Luckily, we can begin reducing this number with a few simple changes, and our team at Happy Stan’s Recycling have rounded up five waste-reducing tips that you can start implementing today.

  1. E-cards: Instead of spending money on cards, envelopes and stamps that will inevitably end up in the trash, send your holiday wishes via e-cards. Not only does this reduce waste, it also ensures your cards will arrive on time. If writing and sending cards is a family tradition, look for those printed on eco-friendly or recycled paper.

  2. Unplug: Sure, holiday lights look pretty, but they also use up a lot of electricity. Make a note to unplug the lights both inside and outside of your home any time before leaving the house. Turning them off during the night when people are unlikely to be out enjoying them is also a smart practice to put in place.

  3. Reuse: Instead of purchasing bows, ribbons, and gift bags each December, start collecting those you receive and reuse them the following year. Brown paper, newspaper, and fabric are also great alternatives to use in place of holiday wrapping paper, especially since they are commonly found around your home, and – bonus – can be recycled.

  4. Bulk up: Preparation is key when it comes to dinner parties and one of the best ways to do this is by stocking up on bulk food. Not only does this avoid excess packaging but it also allows for perfect meal planning. If you’re doing a potluck, try assigning different dishes to different people to avoid too much of one thing, so that multiples of the same dish don’t end up in the trash.

  5. Get crafty: Instead of buying items that have a lot of excess packaging, try your hand at a few homemade gifts. Popular ideas include gingerbread and shortbread cookies (or any holiday baking for that matter), ornaments, and scrubs. Eliminate waste completely by gifting experiences such as a movie night or a day out on the mountains.

    Do you have any other tips that you like to use? Tweet us at @happystans!

    Happy Holidays!

Happy Stan’s Recycling Office Clean-up Tips

December 5th, 2016 • By: happy Eco Tips, HSR Services, Uncategorized

 

 

With the end of the year fast approaching, ailment there’s no better time than now to whip your office into shape. To ensure you start off 2017 with a clean slate, the crew at Happy Stan’s Recycling are sharing their most convenient and efficient services that are guaranteed to help optimize your workspace.

?  Office Shredding: From customer lists to correspondences to employee information, every business produces confidential data. Instead of letting these documents pile up and create clutter, HSR Services can securely transport and destroy them. Once shredded, the documents are then sent in bulk to a paper broker to be baled and sold as paper fiber.

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?  Junk Removal: If sorting through your recyclable materials is the last thing you want to do, or if some of your items are not considered recyclable, our junk removal service may be for you. Unlike most junk removal companies, we have the facility, network of fellow recyclers, and equipment to turn your junk into materials that can be sent to different recycling companies around North America. Super easy, we simply provide a pick-up and then dispose of your discarded items for you.

?  Office Furniture Recycling: Out with the old, in with the new. If your office furniture is getting an upgrade, we’ll ensure your unwanted desks and chairs aren’t just tossed into a landfill. Our team works hard to separate the different materials that your furniture is made up of, so your wood and metal desks that would otherwise end-up in a landfill will get dismantled and recycled separately.

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?  Introduce an office recycling program: Now that your office is clean, why not maintain that cleanliness throughout 2017? We can create a custom recycling program perfect for your office that will take care of everything from paper and cardboard to old computers and electronics. We provide you with recycling bins and will schedule pickups on a regular basis that can be adjusted at anytime.

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If you’re interested in moving forward with any of these initiatives or if you need more information, email Jamie at jamie [at] happystan [dot] com and he’ll be happy to chat!

 

How to Stay Eco-Friendly in School

October 26th, 2016 • By: happy Eco Tips, Live Green, Recycling Education, Uncategorized

 

 

Now that the school year is well underway, check have you noticed any eco-friendly changes that could be made in the classroom or your own routine at home? We know how hectic your schedule may be, which means you may not even be aware of how to make a greener footprint when your family hits the books. So the team at Happy Stan’s Recycling rounded up five tips that you can start implementing today for the greenest year yet!

School Supplies: Chances are your kids have siblings, cousins, neighbours and friends that have a ton of extra pencil crayons, binders, or other school supplies they’re not using. Once you’ve figured out what you don’t need to repurchase, try to source eco-friendly alternatives for the rest, like these organic binders or paper and pencils that are FSC Certified.

Textbooks: With the rain season in full effect, a quick way to protect textbooks is through DIY covers. Use recycled paper to cover the exterior of the books and use fun patterns and colours to decorate. This will reduce chances of damage so that you can lend your textbooks to others in the future or sell them back to the bookstore.

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Lunch box: Instead of buying meals at school or purchasing snacks that are individually wrapped, pack food in a reusable lunch box, bring water in a refillable bottle, and buy in bulk. Not only will you keep plastic sandwich bags out of landfills, but you’ll save a lot of money! Buying bulk instead of opting for single-serve “convenience” packs will also help cut down on waste.

Carpool: If bussing isn’t an option, get a group of friends together and carpool to school. This will help reduce the amount of emissions and toxic fumes in the air, making the atmosphere greener and cleaner. Or, if the weather’s nice and a safe route is available, bike with friends. Afterall, what better way to start and end a day of learning than with some fresh air?

Green Program: Finally, if your school has a green program, join it! And if one doesn’t exist – create one! The more opportunities we have to share knowledge with others about eco-friendly ways of living, the more people can actively work to change their habits to create a greener tomorrow.

Are there any eco-friendly school tips that we missed? Tweet us at @HappyStans and let us know!

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