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#20for20: Make a new year's sustainable development resolution for your business

Rubicon wishes everyone a Happy New Year! The beginning of the new year is a time for reflection. With this in mind, I am very happy to launch Rubicon's #20for20 activity to help you achieve the sustainable development of your business.

Want to know how to deal with food waste in the office kitchen? Question whether you can recycle that old light bulb? We have already provided you with protection.

At Rubicon, we have previously written detailed guidelines on what makes certain things recyclable and how your business recycles various materials. In this blog post, we will focus on individual items, not materials, because items are usually made of multiple or difficult-to-recycle materials. Once you know how to best move them from the landfill, you will let People are confused. Reprocess them.

Over the next 20 working days, I will share a common sustainability or recycling issue in this blog post and Rubicon’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts at 9:30 am Eastern Time. We invite our social media community to share their knowledge and answer questions so that they have a chance to win a reusable cleaning kit from colleagues at B Corp Grove Collaborative. The first person to answer the question correctly each day will win! At 5:00 pm EST, we will announce the answer in this blog post, which includes insights from our team of sustainability experts, as well as the winners of the day. Please note that the winner of the daily prize must be at least 18 years old and permanently reside in the United States. (Find our full terms and conditions here.)

Please keep in mind that different cities and municipalities have different recycling rules, and the items that can be recycled on the roadside are different from the items that can be recycled into special recycling facilities. Although the suggestions we provide below are likely to be correct where you are, if you are not sure, please be sure to contact your local recycling supplier to avoid recycling pollution through expected recycling.

Without further ado, let us start Rubicon’s #20for20 campaign to help your business become the most sustainable year in 2020. From time-tested methods to cutting-edge recycling innovations, these are all solutions worth watching this year.

plastic bottle

The ubiquitous plastic water bottles ended our #20for20 event in a stylish way. With a life span of more than 500 years, every plastic bottle that each of us has used still exists on this planet in one form or another. How should you reuse, recycle or properly dispose of plastic bottles?


Plastic water bottles can usually be recycled by the roadside, as long as they are made from a more common plastic. These numbers are called Resin Identification Codes (RIC) and are designed to make it easier to handle post-consumer plastics. Most plastic bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PETE/PET), while a few plastic bottles are made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE/PE-HD) and many other RICs. Please consult your local recycling supplier to find out which RICs they accept. Remember to put plastic bottle caps on the bottles when recycling them, because (if they are recycled separately) they will fall through the cracks during the recycling process and eventually be sent to the landfill.

Whenever possible, use reusable water bottles instead of disposable plastic bottles. Carry a stainless steel water bottle with you. You can refill it at the workplace, airport or any other place. This is a great choice for buying a plastic water bottle.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Rubicon's #20for20 event in the past 20 days! If you like this series, be sure to subscribe to Rubicon's free weekly blog newsletter below.


Clothing such as old employee uniforms, work clothes, or outdated promotional T-shirts all need to go somewhere when they are no longer needed. How should you reuse, recycle or properly dispose of clothing?


In most cases, clothes cannot be recycled by the roadside. Fortunately, unless your clothes are worn out or you can no longer wear them for other reasons (see below for more details), you can easily donate clothes to help those in need.

Clothing should be washed before donation. Although some donation centers have resources, space, and equipment to wash the donated clothes before they are provided to those in need or sold in affiliated thrift stores, many donation centers do not, and generally cannot accept unwashed clothes due to hygiene reasons. Clothing restrictions.

If your business has the above-mentioned uniforms, work clothes or outdated promotional T-shirts, and you don’t want people who don’t work in your company to wear them, please search online for your local clothing/textile recycling program that will decompose and recycle your clothes and change them into Into rags, insulating materials and other low-grade fiber products.

Today’s question is very difficult, and it is a pity that we did not get the correct answer. Good luck to everyone tomorrow!


Rolls of paper towels can be found in the kitchens of homes and businesses across the country. Although these fiber absorbent uppers have important functions, they have been criticized in recent years for their unsustainable credentials. How should you reuse, recycle or properly dispose of paper towels?


Paper towels are the ultimate convenience. However, with this convenience, we have a responsibility to protect the environment. Later I will explain how to find a substitute for paper towels in your company and home, but first let me tell you how to recycle the paper towels you already have.

Contrary to popular belief, paper towels (even clean paper towels) cannot be thrown away with your paper recycling. Paper towels are usually made from recycled paper, which means that the paper fibers in the sheets are too short to be recycled. Even if your paper towels are not made of recycled paper, they are likely to be made of low-quality paper, which is essentially made up of short paper fibers. You can usually send paper towels to your local compost or commercial food waste program instead of throwing paper towels in your paper recycling.In the final analysis, the best way to reduce paper towel waste is to use napkins and cleaning cloths to wash between important uses. If these are made from recycled materials, so much the better!

Congratulations to Michelle M. for being the first to answer this question correctly on Twitter.

Grease and oil

If not handled properly, grease and oil can cause serious harm to the environment. With this in mind, how should you reuse, recycle or properly dispose of grease and oil?


Under no circumstances should grease and oil be poured into the sewer. This is not only a waste of precious resources, but also serious damage to your company’s drain pipes and traps you in supervised hot water.

If your business is a restaurant or other commercial establishment that produces a lot of grease, please search online for local composting or commercial food waste recycling programs in your area, especially the UCO program and commercial grease traps Pool cleaning service. For customized help in this regard, please contact Ryan Cooper of Rubicon immediately, who will help you build your business.

If your business is a garage or similar business environment that uses a lot of oil, Rubicon can help introduce a true closed-loop plan through the refining process. We will help you recycle or refine your industrial oil and hydraulic oil in a safe and responsible manner so that your business complies with federal and local regulations.

Today’s question is very difficult, and it is a pity that we did not get the correct answer. Good luck to everyone tomorrow!


Whether we are talking about steel cans and tin cans for shelf-stable food, or aluminum cans for your favorite beverage, cans were a revolution when they were first put on the market in 1812. How should you reuse, recycle or properly dispose of cans?


Most steel cans, tin cans and aluminum cans can be recycled on the roadside. If your local recycling supplier tells you that “metals” can be recycled, then these three are almost certainly included.

Similar to glass; steel, tin and aluminum can be recycled indefinitely. Aluminum cans constitute the largest single use of aluminum in the world, and as my Rubicon colleague Meredith Leahy pointed out in her article on aluminum recycling, 75% of all aluminum produced to date is still in use.

Congratulations to Ryan L. for being the first to answer this question correctly on Twitter.

Glass and light bulb

How many times do you interact with glass in one form or another every day? From glass windows, to glass bulbs, to the water glass in your hand, glass is everywhere. How should you reuse, recycle or properly dispose of glass?


Glass is one of the most easily recycled materials on the planet. As long as it can find suitable recycling facilities, it can be recycled indefinitely without degradation. Nevertheless, in 2017, glass accounted for 4.2% of all municipal solid waste (MSW) in landfills in the United States.

Using recycled glass to produce new glass is 33% more energy efficient than using new materials to produce new glass. For this reason, you must recycle all the glass on the side of the road, assuming this is allowed by your recycling provider (most of them are allowed). The recycling rules for broken glass vary widely, so I suggest you contact your local recycling service provider or call 311 to learn about the rules f

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