Category: Blog

Make a Difference on Earth Day and Beyond

Posted on: April 19, 2019

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22. There are numerous events around the country that you can participate in to show your love for the earth, and that’s a great way to spend the day. However, you don’t have to attend a huge event to make a difference. Instead, use Earth Day this... Continue reading

Random Recycling Questions, Part 2

Posted on: April 11, 2019

We know you have questions about recycling, and we want to make it as painless as possible to recycle right. Read on for answers to some common questions about Granger recycling. What is blue bag recycling? Blue bag recycling is a service in which recycling is collected with trash, put in the same truck and... Continue reading

Preparing Granger Associates to Do Their Jobs Safely and Effectively

Posted on: March 28, 2019

By Guest Blogger Josh Kindy In my position as training and development specialist, my main duties include onboarding and new hire training, creating and providing industry-specific training material and assisting the operations and safety teams with other projects as necessary. Although many of my duties are focused on our driving staff, I also assist with... Continue reading

Granger Glossary of Waste, Part 2

Posted on: March 22, 2019

Well, here we are talking trash again. For more definitions of those interesting waste industry terms, keep reading. Automated Side Load (ASL)—A residential garbage or recycling truck with a mechanical arm that is operated from inside the cab using a joystick Convertainer—A type of trash truck used for hauling large trash containers Capping—The process of... Continue reading

All Landfills Are Not the Same

Posted on: March 15, 2019

You may think a landfill is a landfill, but there are actually different types meant for receiving various materials. Landfills can be licensed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) as either a Type I, Type II or Type III landfill. Type I landfills are facilities used specifically for the disposal of materials designated... Continue reading

Random Recycling Questions

Posted on: March 7, 2019

We know recycling can be complicated. Knowing what to put in your recycling collection is difficult enough without having to also remember how to prepare the materials. And, unfortunately, there’s a lot of outdated and misinformed information out there. But don’t worry. We’re here to help. Here are our answers to some commonly asked questions... Continue reading

My Role in Protecting the Environment

Posted on: February 28, 2019

By Guest Blogger Serenity Skillman  I graduated from Michigan State University in May of 2018 with a degree in Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering. I am an Engineer in Training (meaning I successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam) and am working on getting my Professional Engineer license. When I graduated, I wanted to find a job where I felt I... Continue reading

Granger Glossary of Waste, Part 1

Posted on: February 22, 2019

Just like any other industry, the waste industry has certain terms that only make sense to us. We try to keep the jargon out of our communications, but you may see some of these terms pop up on our sites and in other places around the internet. Here’s a brief description of some of the... Continue reading

Ditching the Numbers

Posted on: February 8, 2019

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 makes sense, is... Continue reading

What’s the Deal with Zero Waste?

Posted on: January 25, 2019

One of the terms you may have heard recently is “zero waste.” Many corporations, including General Motors, Google and Procter & Gamble, have adopted varying stages of the zero waste philosophy in an effort to be more environmentally responsible. Even smaller, local businesses are getting in on the act. Some individuals and families strive to... Continue reading

5 Easy Things You Can Do to Generate Less Waste

Posted on: January 3, 2019

You’re probably busier than ever these days, trying to fit work or school, family time and chores into days that seem much too short. But you still care about the environment and want to do what you can to help. So, all you overburdened folks, this post is for you. Check out this list of... Continue reading

5 Most Visited Blog Posts of 2018

Posted on: December 28, 2018

If you’ve spent any time on our blog, you know we post on a variety of different topics. We write posts to address service-related issues and to answer questions our customers have about what they can and can’t throw away or recycle and why. But since we’ve been writing this blog for a couple years... Continue reading

What is Hazardous Waste and Why Can’t I Put It in My Trash?

Posted on: December 14, 2018

If you’ve read our Waste Acceptance Guidelines, you know that one of the categories of waste that you’re prohibited from putting in your trash is something called hazardous waste. In fact, we can’t accept any container that has a hazardous waste label on it, even if the container is empty. But what exactly is hazardous... Continue reading

Holiday Trash Tips

Posted on: December 7, 2018

During the holiday season, we all tend to generate a lot more trash. It’s to be expected, but having all those extra things to throw away can present some challenges. Here are some tips for making things a little easier on yourself (and on us too!): Don’t advertise your new toys to everyone driving by... Continue reading

Random Questions about Your Waste Collection, Part 2

Posted on: November 21, 2018

Do you ever lay awake at night wondering about your trash or recycling service? You know, those burning questions that randomly pop into your head that you wish you knew the answer to? Well, we’re here to help. Read on for more answers to those consuming questions that keep you up at night.   Will... Continue reading