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America Recycles Day 2014

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November 15 is America Recycles Day and as many of you may know, USA Hauling & Recycling has been, and continues to be, a pioneer of recycling in the area. With the national recycling rate slightly above 34%, there is a great opportunity to increase the amount of material that gets recycled every day. “A 2014 NW&RA national survey found that a third of Americans are not clear on what materials go in recycling bins and carts.” By knowing what can and can’t be put into the recycling bins, people can feel confident that what they’re putting in the bins are going to the right place.

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Single Stream Recycling makes recycling easier by allowing you to put all of your recyclables into one bin.

Not sure of what you can recycle and what you can’t? Check out our Recycling Page or check out this article on RecyclingProductNews.com, “Top 10 in the Bin” List.

USA Hauling & Recycling has also done what it can to make it easier to recycle. By introducing Single Stream Recycling for many of our over 75,000 residential and 5,000 commercial customers, they now don’t need to worry about separating their recyclables. Customers can now put all of their recyclables in one bin and let us separate them afterward. USA Hauling & Recycling also offers multiple Recycled Landscaping Products recycled roof shingles, reprocessed concrete and recycled wood fiber animal bedding, to name a few. A new initiative USA Hauling & Recycling has introduced is Food Scraps & Organics Recycling, which allows customers to further reduce waste and increase their recycling rates.

How do organics get recycled
How does recycling food scraps and organics work? – USA Hauling & Recycling delivers organics and food scraps to facilities that produce compost providing our local soils with valuable nutrients. Closing the loop from farm to consumer and back to the earth.

By continuing to spread the knowledge of what can be recycled and improving technology to make it easier, we can continue making strides in making this planet greener for future generations. Are you doing anything special to recycle? Tips or suggestions? Leave a comment below!

“Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” Exhibit Opens Sponsored By USA Hauling & Recycling

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of an exhibit about the Manchester Road Race, sponsored by USA Hauling & Recycling, called “Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” was held on Wednesday, November 5th.  The ceremony took place at the Manchester Community College’s Arts and Education Center on Main Street in Manchester, just down the street from the start line for the annual race. The exhibit contains photos, facts and memorabilia about the race, it’s runners and the tradition of the race.

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Attendees of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the exhibit “Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” take in some of the history of the race on November 5th, 2014

An area Thanksgiving morning tradition since it was established in 1927, the 4.748 mile race brings upwards of 15,000 runners and walkers a year, along with thousands of people cheering them on. In attendance for the ceremony was Julia Chase-Brand, the first woman to ever run in a major road race when she completed the Manchester Road Race in 1961.

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Julie Chase-Brand (center) speaks about her experiences in the Manchester Road Race while Jim Balcome (left), Manchester Mayor Jay Moran (right) and a group listen during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the exhibit “Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” on November 5, 2014

The ceremony started with a ceremonial run down main street in honor of the exhibit by members of the Manchester High School cross country team. Inside, the ribbon cutting took place with Manchester Mayor Jay Moran holding one end of the ribbon. Jim Balcome, director of the Manchester Road Race then gave some history of the race, along with some words from Jay Moran, Stephen Gates, Manchester Board of Directors, Julia Chase-Brand and some other accomplished local runners showing support for the race.

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Members of the Manchester High School cross country team on a ceremonial run down Main Street in Manchester in honor of the exhibit “Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” on November 5, 2014

As a proud sponsor of the Manchester Road Race, USA Hauling & Recycling will be providing trash and recycling services for the event.  The exhibit will be open free to visitors now through November 29th, Tuesday through Saturdays, including on Thanksgiving day. For more information about the race, you can visit www.ManchesterRoadRace.com.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the exhibit “Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” in the Manchester Community College’s Arts and Education Center on Main Street in Manchester on November 5, 2014

USA Hauling & Recycling Supports CRWC’s Source To Sea Cleanup

USA Hauling & Recycling recently had a group of volunteers participate in the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Source To Sea annual cleanup on September 27. We had a nice turnout and amazing weather while cleaning up near the Scantic River on Bailey Road in Enfield, CT.

The link below is to a photo of our very own Eric F and his daughter Naya that’s entered into their photo contest from the event. It’s a great photo, so let’s get as many votes as we can to help them win the photo contest.

Thanks to everyone that volunteered and we hope to have an even bigger turnout next year!

You can vote for the photo here: http://www.ctriver.org/projects/source-to-sea-cleanup/cleanup-trash-art-photo-contest/

The photo is about 2/3 of the way down the page and is called “Generations to Come.”

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Source To Sea – Eric Naya

Six Flags Continues Recycling Efforts With Help From USA Hauling & Recycling

As the largest amusement park in New England, Six Flags New England recognizes the opportunity they have to make a positive impact on the environment. They have been committed to lowering the waste produced at their park and have made a conscience effort to do so for years. As a whole, Six Flags has done it’s share to be environmentally friendly, including converting multiple trains, trams and vehicles to run on vegetable oil and also implemented “Six Flags Unplugged,” an energy awareness program created to educate employees on conservation, to name a couple.

In 2000, the New England park partnered with USA Hauling & Recycling to improve their recycling capabilities. At the time, Six Flags New England was still using a “source separate” method for recyclables; a slow, costly, time consuming process of separating recyclable materials on site before sending out to recycling facilities. Over the 14 years that Six Flags New England has been partnered with USA Hauling & Recycling, they have been instrumental in making strides in their recycling process.

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Six Flags New England

With technology advances that have been made in the recycling industry, USA Hauling & Recycling has been able to help implement Single Stream Recycling into their plan, allowing for recycling stations to be setup throughout the park. Strategically placing these recycling centers in the park allows for easy recycling for patrons, saves money and ultimately allows for more material to be recycled that would have ended up in landfill. Six Flags New England now recycles upwards of 145 tons of material per year, which is quite an accomplishment for a seasonal facility that operates only 7 months a year from April until the end of October.

Six Flags will continue to be a leader in employing new  “green” practices and USA Hauling & Recycling will be there to keep the New England park on the cutting edge of waste management technology.

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A recycling center at Six Flags New England

 

Six Flags New England – www.sixflags.com/newengland

Learn More:
USA Hauling & Recycling – www.usarecycle.com
Single Stream Recycling – www.usarecycle.com/recycled-products-services/single-stream-recycling

Carando Foods Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill Status

Over the years, some companies have placed an increased emphasis on being environmentally friendly. From choosing suppliers that take back packaging for reuse to reducing paper waste by making double-sided copies and emailing or posting information on an announcement board. Still, even with all the efforts they put into being mindful of their impact on the environment, they still eventually send some trash to the landfill. Is it possible to operate efficiently without filling up landfills?

On July 9, 2014 Carando Foods of Springfield, MA and John Morrell Food Group were recognized by Smithfield Foods, Inc., the largest pork producer and processor in the United States, for doing just that. Carando is now creating zero waste that ends up in a landfill. Denis Punch, who works in human resources for Carando, spearheaded the plan on February 1, 2013. With the help of USA Hauling & Recycling, Carando is able to reuse or recycle 100% of material that would otherwise be filling up a landfill.

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Denis Punch (center) of Carando Foods stands with Chris Roscio (right) and Mark Murren (left) of USA Hauling & Recycling holding the award presented by Smithfield Foods, Inc. for achieving zero waste to landfill status on July 9, 2014.

Punch, with the help of Chris Roscio and Mark Murren of USA Hauling & Recycling, created a plan that included all of the following environmentally friendly processes:

Since the start of using this program, Carando has been able to recycle 1,915 tons of material that would otherwise have been disposed of in a landfill. Not only has their efforts helped further their “green” operations, it also has saved the company $90,000 in disposal fees since the start of the program.

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Denis Punch (left) of Carando Foods stands with Chris Roscio (right) of USA Hauling & Recycling holding the award presented by Smithfield Foods, Inc. for achieving zero waste to landfill status on July 9, 2014.

“It has been a great experience working with Carando Foods. They have dedicated all their efforts in really making a big difference to our environment,” said Roscio, “Their main goal was to make their company a complete landfill free work place and with USA Hauling’s expertise and Carando’s diligence – they succeeded.”

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Award presented by Smithfield Foods, Inc. to Carando Foods for achieving zero waste to landfill status with the help of USA Hauling & Recycling on July 9, 2014.

 

Carando Foods – http://www.carando.com/
Smithfield Foods – http://www.smithfieldfoods.com/
John Morrell Food Group – http://www.johnmorrell.com/
USA Hauling & Recycling – http://www.usarecycle.com/

USA visits the Burlington Learning Academy

USA visited the Burlington Learning Academy in Burlington, CT. The kids were outfitted in shirts designed in recycle theme with a USA logo. We spent time with them talking about the importance of recycling, let them sit in the truck and let them watch the truck in action.

Thanks to the Winsted division who made this possible. Jim Rockwell, Glen Dietlin and driver Brian.

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Welcome To Our New Web Site

About 6 months ago it was decided a complete overhaul was needed of our web site. The goal was to create a website that was more representative of the company that we all pride ourselves in being. We hope that this website serves “You” the customer above all else with the level of service that you have come to expect from us over the last 40 years. Please take some time to explore the site, provide us some feedback, and maybe even pick up some recycling tips along the way!

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A Little More Green For Everybody

Do you really know how to recycle with single stream?

You’ve probably been recycling for years. But do you know if you’re doing it right?

USA Hauling & Recycling, a recycling and waste removal company, was having a problem with contaminated recycling finding its way to the processing plant. To help customers understand the do’s and don’ts of single stream recycling, they turned to Geomatrix for help.

According to Geomatrix producer, James Chianese, “We spent a lot of time in our first meeting learning all that we didn’t know about recycling. After that, we strategized how we could help USA get their message out not only to their customers, but also to the rest of the community.” A short, animated info-graphic was proposed as a fun way to engage the audience while re-enforcing the messages. Geomatrix motion graphics artist Tom Coben got to work and the end result is ready for release on all social channels.

Watch the animation – you’ll be surprised at what you don’t know, and we promise it will be a fun way to spend the next 90 seconds.

Then, please recycle it – by sharing the link with your friends.