All posts by Kym

The Behavioral Economics of Recycling

Posted November 4, 2016 Recent research conducted at Harvard University suggests that, as individuals, our recycling habits are greatly influenced by unconscious preconceptions or bias’s about or towards an item.  For instance, people are prone to recycle items that remain whole or undamaged, and conversely, more inclined to toss an item if it has been damaged or changed in some way. Researchers observed people were more likely, to dispose of an aluminum can in .

Pinnacol’s Circle of Safety Award nomination

Posted on August 31, 2016 – GJ CRI is dedicated to the health and safety of our employees, as well as the safety of our customers and the general public.  This year we are being recognized for our exemplary safety program and risk management record.  According to – This prestigious award was created to recognize policyholders for their exceptional risk management in four areas – safety, loss prevention, financial management and claims management. .

Benefits of container deposit laws

Posted on July 14, 2016 – Beverage container deposit laws, commonly known as “bottle bills,” have played key roles in raising global recycling rates over the past 30 years.  Deposit laws have been implemented in 23 countries including the U.S., where ten states currently have laws in place. Container deposit systems encourage product stewardship and consumer responsibility, and greatly reduce plastic pollution in our oceans and on coastal lands.  Follow the link below to learn .

Closing the Consumer Loop

Posted June 14, 2016 A hundred years ago things were built to last.  The majority of products were made from natural materials, and most were reused or recycled at the end of their life. The waste stream mainly consisted of things like coal ash and food scraps. Being wasteful was frowned upon and society’s use of raw materials was, as a whole, far more circular than it is in the “throw- away” society of .

The challenges low oil prices bring to the Waste and Recycling Industry

Posted April 19, 2016 Low oil prices may come as a relief at the pump, but they’ve had a damaging effect on the waste and recycling industry. As oil prices continue to bounce along at their lowest levels in more than a decade, the cost of virgin materials has dropped below that of recycled materials, which is decreasing demand by manufacturers for recycled goods. Originally posted by Waste 360 March 16, 2016       .

Colorado companies strive to collect and recycle more glass

Posted March 16, 2016 Glass can be recycled endlessly.   It’s easy to presume that the bottles and jars you put out at the curb will soon be headed off to be melted down and remade into new jars and bottles. Curbside customers in the City of Grand Junction can rest assured that this is exactly what happens to the glass they recycle. All of the glass collected by our program is sorted by color .

Micro Bead Hazard

Posted February 18, 2016 A Farewell to Micro-beads in the U.S.A. Micro-beads will soon be banned at the federal level. You may be wondering, what exactly are micro-beads? Why do they need to be banned? And what does this have to do with me? Micro-beads are tiny plastic spheres, which are commercially available in a number of sizes ranging from 10 micrometers to 1 millimeter and are used in a number of applications including .

2015 Commodities Report

Do you ever wonder how much waste is actually diverted from entering the landfill when you recycle? If so, let us assure you that the efforts you make to recycle, either at the curb or at the West Avenue drop off, along with the efforts of your friends and neighbors, literally equates to tons of material and makes a tremendous difference. The following, are the six major categories of recyclable commodities collected and shipped .