America Recycles Day 2014

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November 15 is America Recycles Day and as many of you may know, All American Waste 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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Doing your part to keep our planet green for the next generations should make you smile too!

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.

All American Waste 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. All American Waste also offers multiple Recycled Landscaping Products recycled roof shingles, reprocessed concrete and recycled wood fiber animal bedding, to name a few. A new initiative All American Waste 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? – All American Waste 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!

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“Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” Exhibit Opens Sponsored By All American Waste

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of an exhibit about the Manchester Road Race, sponsored by All American Waste, 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.

Julia Chase-Brand
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, All American Waste 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
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All American Waste Supports CRWC’s Source To Sea Cleanup

All American Waste 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.”

Source To Sea - Eric & Naya
Source To Sea – Eric & Naya
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Food waste recycling remains a tough task in Connecticut

Bridgewater — With a shout of “BLT!” as lunchtime peaks at the historic Bridgewater Village Store, chef Damian Krieg is doing pretty much the same thing he’s done for more than seven years – cranking out sandwiches, dishing up fresh soups and serving a changing array of specials.

But there is one difference, nearly imperceptible as he finishes making a king-size bowl of cole slaw during the increasingly infrequent lulls in the action. For the last three months, instead of dumping the cores of the cabbage and onions, ends of the carrots and the guts of the green peppers into the trash with everything else, he has been dropping them into a bucket beneath his workstation.

It’s his new compost bucket – part of a first-in-the-state curbside food waste pickup project in this largely rural southwestern Connecticut town.

“Anything that is biodegradable goes into the compost heap. You could even use paper which is biodegradable,” Krieg says. “The baker uses one upstairs and just before she leaves she brings her bag down here. We combine them with that. Sometimes we do have to empty them twice day.”

That means dumping them into a larger barrel behind the store. That barrel stays locked to keep critters and other undesirables out until its contents are picked up every Friday and taken a few miles away to the New Milford Farms compost facility where they will be made into soil products.

Simple? In theory, yes. But Connecticut’s efforts to wrench itself off the 25 percent recycling rate it has been stuck on for years (by doing things like finding other ways to handle its largest component – the one-third that is food waste and other organics) has been a slow go. Law changes in 2011 that mandated recycling large volume commercial food waste have been tough to implement.

So Connecticut lags as other states, as well as large cities like New York, San Francisco and Toronto, and many areas in Europe, are well into food waste disposal programs.

“Here we are pushing to go to a 60 percent recycling rate by…

Read More At: http://ctmirror.org/food-waste-recycling-remains-a-tough-task-in-connecticut/

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History of the Garbage Man

Today is National Garbage Collector Day! Celebrate by supporting all the workers who collect our trash, recyclables and other garbage!

 

The Beginning

As you can imagine, the world would be a disgusting place without the garbage man. For many years people burned waste, fed it to animals, buried it, and most commonly, tossed it over their shoulder. Some cities became buried, and built over the waste, and others pioneered new ways to save their cities from vermin and disease. Recycling began as a necessity and ended up in present day as a responsibility to the environment.

History of the Garbage Man
History of the Garbage Man

The most amazing thing about garbage collection is the fact that it was there in the beginning and it will be there in the end. It was part of the package deal when we hit this planet. Our consumerism in the United States only gets larger every day. This brief history summarizes some facts and fiction that helped keep our planet clean.

Earliest Garbage Regulation Efforts

3000 B.C. – The first landfill is developed when Knossos, Crete digs large holes for refuse. Garbage is dumped and filled with dirt at various levels.

2000 B.C. – China develops methods of Composting/Recycling, and recycling bronze for later use.

500 B.C. – Athens, Greece develops new law claiming garbage must be dumped at least one mile from the city.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF GARBAGE

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Chruch Street School Playday

The Church Street School held a Play Day on Monday, June 16th in Hamden, CT from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event saw students of the PK-6 school get to enjoy the beautiful weather with bounce houses, slides and other outdoor fun! All American Waste is a proud sponsor of the event hosted by physical education teacher and Hamden Field Hockey coach Tina Bouchard.

Church Street School Play Day
Students from the Church Street School in Hampden, CT enjoy thier Play Day sponsored by All American Waste and hosted by Tina Bouchard on June 16, 2014.
Church Street School Play Day
Students from the Church Street School in Hampden, CT enjoy thier Play Day sponsored by All American Waste and hosted by Tina Bouchard on June 16, 2014.
Church Street School Play Day
Students from the Church Street School in Hampden, CT enjoy thier Play Day sponsored by All American Waste and hosted by Tina Bouchard on June 16, 2014.
Church Street School Play Day
Students from the Church Street School in Hampden, CT enjoy thier Play Day sponsored by All American Waste and hosted by Tina Bouchard on June 16, 2014.
Church Street School Play Day
Students from the Church Street School in Hampden, CT enjoy thier Play Day sponsored by All American Waste and hosted by Tina Bouchard on June 16, 2014.
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Touch A Truck 2014

June 1, 2014 in Woodbridge, CT. All American Waste participated in Touch A Truck 2014 where kids could some see, touch and sit in over 20 vehicles. There was a trackless train, bouncy slide, food and other family friendly activities including a free swim.

The event took place at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge, CT from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Touch A Truck Demonstration
Onlookers watch as a front load All American Waste truck demonstrates how it works at the Touch A Truck event at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge, CT on June 1, 2014.
Trackless Train at Touch A Truck
Visitors ride on a trackless train in front of a front load All American Waste truck at the Touch A Truck event at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge, CT on June 1, 2014.
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An All American Waste front load truck at the Touch A Truck event at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge, CT on June 1, 2014.
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Bridgewater Starts Residential Curbside Pickup Of Food Waste Pilot Project

The town of Bridgewater will be the first in Connecticut to offer curbside pickup of food scraps and organic waste. 130 families in the town have volunteered to be a part of the 6 month pilot project. They will have their food scraps and organic waste picked up weekly by All American Waste and brought to either New Milford Farms or New England Compost in Danbury. After the 6 month pilot has concluded, the families participating will receive a bag of compost material to use with the soil in their yards.

A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of the project was held at The Burnham School on Friday, April 4, 2014. Speakers included Jen Iannucci, Assistant Director of Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority, Eric Frederickson of All American Waste and Macky McCleary, Deputy Commissioner of DEEP.

All American Waste offers a wide range of services including options for food scraps/organics collection and recycling.  To learn more see All American Waste’s flyer.

To read more information about Bridgewater’s pilot project, you can read this NewsTimes article.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony at The Burnham School in Bridgewater, CT on April 4, 2014. From left, Macky McCleary, Deputy Commissioner of DEEP, Curtis Read, First Selectman of Ridgefield, Jen Iannucci, Asst. Director of HRRA, Jeff Demers, of New England Composting, and Eric Frederickson, of All American Waste.
Organics Recycling In Action
Organic waste is emptied into an All American Waste truck with students from The Burnham School in Bridgewater, CT looking on. The school is working with All American Waste and the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority to become the first program in Connecticut of its kind. April 4, 2014.
Jen Iannucci
Jen Iannucci, Asst. Director of Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority, speaks at The Burnham School during the launch of the first Curbside Organic Pilot Program of its kind in the state in Bridgewater, Conn. Friday, April 4, 2014. The school is working with All American Waste and the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority to bring the program to life Friday.
Eric Frederickson
Eric Frederickson, of All American Waste, speaks at The Burnham School during the launch of the first Curbside Organic Pilot Program of its kind in the state in Bridgewater, Conn. Friday, April 4, 2014. The school is working with All American Waste and the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority to bring the program to life Friday.
Macky McCleary
Macky McCleary, Deputy Commissioner of DEEP, speaks at The Burnham School during the launch of the first Curbside Organic Pilot Program of its kind in the state in Bridgewater, Conn. Friday, April 4, 2014. The school is working with All American Waste and the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority to bring the program to life Friday.
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An All American Waste truck parked in front of The Burnham School in Bridgewater, Connecticut on April 4, 2014 to launch the states’ first Curbside Organic Pilot Program to run for 6 months in cooperation with Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority.
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Students from The Burnham School in Bridgewater, Connecticut look on as organic waste is emptied into an All American Waste truck during the launch of the Curbside Organic Pilot Program on Friday, April 4, 2014. The school is working with All American Waste and the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority to offer the first program of its kind in Connecticut.
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