Category: Recycling

Back to the Basics: Materials That Can Usually Be Recycled

Posted on: September 7, 2018

One of the challenges with recycling is that guidelines can vary in different areas and even in the same area from waste hauler to waste hauler. What haulers and municipalities accept is usually based on the requirements imposed on them by the processing facility their recycling goes to. In an ideal world, we’d have standardization... Continue reading

Recycling Right Matters

Posted on: July 19, 2018

We’ve all seen it. We visit a Recycling Drop-off and notice items in the container that don’t belong. Some of them are blatant. Materials that are clearly trash are sitting in the container. Others are less obvious, such as a cardboard box that still contains plastic bags or polystyrene used to package the things inside.... Continue reading

Big Cleanup? Granger’s Here to Help

Posted on: April 13, 2018

Getting ready to do a big spring (or any time of the year) cleaning? It’s a daunting task, but Granger can help. Here are some things to remember if you’re cleaning out a garage, attic or basement (or all of the above). Reuse/Recycling Rather than tossing that stuff in the trash, consider the options you... Continue reading

Recycling Isn’t Magic. It’s Business.

Posted on: February 22, 2018

Recycling is one of those things we do that’s become kind of mystical in its significance. We know it’s good for the environment—it saves energy, helps preserve natural resources and decreases waste. All those completely justified warm and fuzzy feelings make it easy to forget that recycling is also a business and practical business concerns... Continue reading

Top 5 Tips for Becoming a Recycling Superhero

Posted on: January 12, 2018

Maybe you’ve been thinking about recycling for a while and have just never gotten around to it. Or possibly you’re an occasional recycler who would like to do more, but you’re not sure where or how to start. Whether you’re working on a New Year’s resolution or just looking to make some general improvements, here... Continue reading

Ask Curby: What Should I Do with Old Electronics?

Posted on: January 4, 2018

Dear Captain CurbySM: I have a lot of electronic items I don’t want anymore like old cell phones and computer keyboards. Is it ok to throw these away? Bill N. Holt Dear Bill: Thanks for asking! If these are from your home, there’s nothing to prohibit you from throwing electronics in with your trash if... Continue reading

Post-holiday Recycling: What to Do with Gift Wrap and Greeting Cards

Posted on: December 21, 2017

Dear Captain CurbySM: I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all the waste that gets generated around this time of the year. The whole situation seems very complicated. Can you make it simple for me and tell me what I can and can’t do with all my festive waste? Thanks. Clara Haslett Dear Clara: What... Continue reading

Rinsing Recyclables: Is It Worth It?

Posted on: October 19, 2017

It’s a pretty common best practice to rinse that plastic tub or aluminum can before you toss it in your recycling cart, but some question if it’s really necessary. At Granger, we ask you to rinse bottles, jugs and tubs, and here are a few reasons why: Residue or liquids left in containers can contaminate... Continue reading

What to Do with Old Batteries

Posted on: September 22, 2017

Batteries—we use them for everything from cell phones to flashlights. They don’t last forever, though. There are so many types, and it’s hard to know what to do with them. Luckily, we can help. Keep reading. Single-Use Household Alkaline (AA, AAA, 9-volt, etc.) Thanks to the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996, today’s alkaline... Continue reading

What Happens When You Don’t Break Down Cardboard

Posted on: July 27, 2017

Picture this: You’re getting ready to take your recycling to the drop-off center. You want to recycle in the most environmentally friendly way possible, so you’ve saved your recycling up in your garage for several weeks. Now you’re taking the opportunity to recycle it on your way to an appointment, when you’re going to drive right... Continue reading

How to Start an Office Recycling Program

Posted on: January 19, 2017

What do these items–plastic water bottle, magazine, window envelope and soup can—have in common? First of all, you probably have each of these items somewhere in your office. But more importantly, all of these items can be recycled in an office recycling program. You’re doing a great job of recycling at home. You’ve got the... Continue reading

Solving the Mystery of the Blue Bag

Posted on: September 29, 2016

Granger customers in our southern service territory (south of Leslie) and select contract communities north of  Lansing are eligible for blue bag recycling. Although quite a few of you are using this service successfully, it occurred to us that you might still have some questions about how it works. So let’s delve into this mystery... Continue reading

Where in the World Does Your Recycling Go? (Part 2)

Posted on: September 1, 2016

When last we left your recycling, it was on a truck headed away from Granger. The next part of the process is where all the magic happens—where that water bottle, piece of paper or cardboard box becomes something brand new. Recommended Read: Where in the World Does Your Recycling Go? (Part 1) It’s always our goal... Continue reading

Where in the World Does Your Recycling Go? (Part 1)

Posted on: August 24, 2016

If you’re a committed recycler, you probably spend a lot of time and effort on your recycling. You have the routine down—empty, rinse, repeat. You nag your kids when you see them throwing something away that can go in the recycling. (Or maybe they nag you.) If you’re taking your recycling to a drop-off center... Continue reading

Drop That Pizza Box! Surprising Things That Can’t Be Recycled—And Why

Posted on: August 4, 2016

It’s great that many of you are taking advantage of the opportunity to RECYCLE MORE—either with curbside collection or at a drop-off center. But some of us are still a little confused about what we can throw in that Curby Recycler or tub or deliver to the drop-off center. Why does it matter? Well, putting materials into... Continue reading