Resolve to be Green in 2018
It’s that time of year where everyone’s making resolutions… Be more organized, save money, lose weight, travel more… But what about becoming more eco-friendly, treating the earth better, and consuming and wasting less? Now’s the time! Here are 5 easy ways you can resolve to be green in 2018.
- Ditch the paper. Rather than using paper towels, use cloth towels in your kitchen. It may be difficult to break the habit, so we suggest getting rid of the paper towels all together rather than leaving them as a backup. Stop using paper napkins and go for cloth instead. Have some leftover fabric laying around? Check out this super easy way to make your own no-sew cloth napkins.
- Go digital. File your taxes electronically and cut back on paper usage. Here’s some useful information to help you when considering e-file vs. paper. While you’re at it, consider switching all of your bills to online payment and e-bill. Reducing consumption and transportation of paper can make a big environmental impact (think less waste and lower greenhouse gas emissions). Did you know you can save 5% off your monthly bill with Nauset Disposal by signing up for e-bill? Here’s how: nausetdisposal.com/go-green-campaign/
- BYO…M? Take your own travel mug to your favorite coffee shop! Some shops will even give you a discount if you bring your own container. While we’re talking beans, find out if your coffee is triple certified – certified by Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and the Soil Association – meaning it’s ethically and sustainably produced.
- Compost at home. We’ve talked in the past about the importance of reducing your waste at home and this is an easy one with multiple benefits. Save money and resources, keep valuable resources out of the landfill, help to extend landfill lifespans and reduce greenhouse gases. Bonus – you can even include fireplace ashes in your compost. BOOM. Interested in starting a winter compost? Here are some helpful tips!
- Lose the plastic. If you’re drinking bottled water, stop. Pick up a reusable container at nearly any local store for less than what you spend in a week on bottled water. This will leave more money in your pocket, and less plastic in our oceans. Dump the plastic bags, which are made using non-renewable sources, take enormous amounts of energy to manufacture, don’t break down in landfill sites, and are incredibly difficult to recycle.
January Giveaway – $20 Gift Card to Ya’ll’s Wicked Kitchen
Checkout the newest addition to the Yarmouth dining scene! Y’all’s Wicked Kitchen brings a southern flare to classic fare. The menu’s recipes have been carefully curated from Sara’s family’s recipes (from South Carolina) and Jason’s experiences in developing successful menu options from several destinations across the U.S. Enter the giveaway using the link below.
2017 Holiday Schedule
Please be advised of our revised holiday schedule below. These changes will affect residential customers on both trash and recycling routes for the weeks of December 25-29, 2017 and January 1-5, 2018.
- Monday routes will be serviced on Tuesday
- Tuesday routes will be serviced on Wednesday
- Wednesday AND Thursday routes will be serviced on Thursday
- Friday routes – No change
As always, please be sure to have your container accessible to our drivers by 5AM on your revised day of pickup.
Our office will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
If you have any questions about the route changes noted above, please call our office at 508.255.1419.
Looking Back on 2017
We made this video for our company Christmas Party but couldn’t resist sharing 🙂
Happy Holidays to all of you, thanks for your continued support. Looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings! 🥂
Music 🎵 https://www.bensound.com
Tree-Cycle with Nauset Disposal
Nauset Disposal is once again offering a Christmas Tree Recycling program to our customers this year. If you’re interested in having us pick up your tree after the holidays, please call our office at 508.255.1419 and we will add you to the schedule. The cost is $15 per tree, all trees will be taken to a recycling facility.
Pickup schedule is as follows:
January 10th: Sandwich, Mashpee, Barnstable, Yarmouth & Dennis
January 11th: Harwich, Chatham, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham & Wellfleet
Small Biz: Handling the Holidays Like a Boss
- Customers are online – and on their phones. You should be too! Make sure your website is optimized with a responsive design so your customers can easily view your information from whatever device they’re on. Your telephone number should be enabled as a Click to Call number, making tracking effective and the work on the consumer easy.
- Communicate your hours and special offers to your customers. Make sure your Google My Business page and social media pages are up to date (and accurate) with your schedule.
- Get social. Utilize your social channels to include Holiday Offers. Make a Facebook Live video showing your hottest items or holiday decorations.
- Encourage the post-holiday visit. We all know things are pretty quiet on Cape Cod in the winter. Why not use your holiday shoppers as a way to get customers when things are a bit slower? Give a coupon or gift card to shoppers so they return, and maybe bring a friend, down the line.
5 Ways to Add More Green to Your Holiday Season
Looking for ways you can have a more sustainable holiday season? Here are 5 ways you can show some extra love for the environment during the holidays – and all year long!
Lose (some of) the lights. Consider cutting back the excessive holiday showcase and reduce your energy consumption. We all love a good Christmas display, so if you must, try changing out your lights for the LED variety. LED lights use up to 90% less energy than regular holiday lights. Be sure to turn off your indoor and outdoor lighting at bedtime or put them on a timer that will remember to do it for you!
Don’t go fake. Use a real Christmas tree – and recycle it when you’re done! Most Christmas trees are grown specifically for that purpose, so don’t beat yourself up about cutting down a tree. Many trees can also be planted after the decorations have come off. Plastic trees require petroleum to make and cannot be easily recycled when you’re done using them. They also use up resources in both manufacturing and shipping. If you’re interested in recycling your Christmas tree after the holidays, give Nauset Disposal a call at 508.255.1419. We’ll be picking up trees on January 10th and 11th based on town and we’ll recycle the tree for you for only $15 each.
Buy local, think green. Whenever possible, try to purchase gifts locally. Many items in this day in age come from halfway around the world, and transportation of those items (think greenhouse gases and global warming) have a significant impact on the environment. Craft fairs and local shops are a great source of crafty, thoughtful gifts without the added costs of transportation, while supporting the Cape Cod community. When you make purchases locally vs. online or a big box store, significantly more of the money you spend gets cycled back into the local economy.
Drop the batteries. Look for naturally powered toys that don’t use batteries. According to the EPA, approximately 40% of annual battery sales occur during the holiday season, and improperly discarded batteries are a hazard to our environment. Batteries are made from a variety of chemicals to power their reactions; some of these chemicals are toxic and can pollute the soil and water, as well as endanger wildlife.
Wrap it up. Did you know that the U.S.’s use of wrapping paper equates to the loss of approximately 100,000 trees every year? There are some great alternatives to your standard wrapping options… Try wrapping a few gifts in scarves this year, reusable gift boxes or bags, fabric scraps, old calendars or maps. If you absolutely NEED to wrap gifts in paper, use environmentally friendly wrapping paper made from recycled content, and avoid buying glossy foil or metallic paper. Reuse your bows when you can – better yet, use natural items to decorate your gifts like pine cones or holly – and do your best to cut back on tape as much as you can.
December Giveaway – $25 Gift Card to Penguin’s on Main
Penguin’s on Main is a 50’s cafe in South Yarmouth featuring a variety of baked goods, ice cream, and lunch all day!
The Real Cost of Recycling
Many people believe that disposal of recycled materials is free. Unfortunately that is a misconception. There are many costs that are associated with recycling – increased costs are a result of contamination of material, the value of recovered waste products, and import/export regulations.
Below, we’ve compiled a few resources to help inform you of the real cost of recycling.
The reality is that recycling is impacted by global economics, technological limitations, laws and consumer awareness. While recycling is something easy that everyone can do, we need to be educated about what we are disposing of – whether it’s trash or recycling – and why. Before you throw it in your recycling bin, consider
First: REDUCE, Second: REUSE, Third: RECYCLE.
When we are making a purchasing decision, consider these questions: Do I need it? What kind of packaging does it come in? Can I buy it used? How can I reuse this item and/or the packaging?
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“Cape Cod Theatre Company – Home of the Harwich Jr. Theatre has been a customer of Nauset Disposal for nearly a decade. I am so impressed with the reliable service your company offers. Our theatre presents a dozen shows a year and our needs for disposal pick-ups are often unpredictable; especially during the busy summer months. I have called, more than once, in a panic that our dumpster filled up overnight with the striking of a set, and that we were expecting a busy weekend to boot. I am always met with a friendly voice and a willingness to schedule an early pick-up. Your office staff and drivers are always polite, kind and helpful. Nauset Disposal has faithfully serviced a variety of our needs on a year-round basis for many years. Your customer service is top-notch and we truly appreciate it.”
– Nina Schuessler, Producing Artistic Director at Cape Cod Theatre Company