Able to break down or decompose rapidly under natural conditions and processes.
Locations where consumers can drop off recyclables and receive payment for them.
Nature’s way of recycling, and refers to a solid waste management technique that uses natural processes to convert organic materials to humus through the action of microorganisms. Compost is a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land.
The wise use of natural resources (nutrients, minerals, water, plants, animals, etc.) and planned action or non-action, to preserve or protect living and non-living resources.
Any item or material that reduces the quality of paper for recycling or makes it unrecyclable, such as metal, foil, glass, plastic, stickies, food, hazardous waste, carbon paper, waxed boxes, and synthetic fabrics. Collecting paper co-mingled with other recyclables may increase contaminants.
The branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment, including other organisms.
All of the biotic and abiotic factors that act on an organism, population, or ecological community and influence its survival and development. Biotic factors include the organisms themselves, their food, and their interactions. Abiotic factors include such items as sunlight, soil, air, water, climate, and pollution.
The stable, long lasting organic material resulting from decomposition of plant or animal matter which forms the organic portion of the soil.
A disposal site where solid waste, such as paper, glass, and metal, is buried between layers of dirt and other materials in such a way as to reduce contamination of the surrounding land. Modern landfills are often lined with layers of absorbent material and sheets of plastic to keep pollutants from leaking into the soil and water, which is also called sanitary landfill.
Minimum Recycled Content Laws
Laws requiring a product or type of packaging to contain a certain percentage of recycled material.
Post Consumer Material
Any household or commercial product which has served its original, intended use.
The portion of a product or package that contains materials that have been recovered or otherwise diverted from the solid waste stream either during the manufacturing process or after consumer use. Many paper products are made with 100% recycled content.
Term used to describe a series of activities that includes collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise be considered waste, sorting and processing recyclables into raw materials such as fibers, and manufacturing the raw materials into new products.
Environmental sustainability is the ability to maintain the qualities that are valued in the physical environment. Find out more by clicking here
The Three "R"s:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Earth 911: Environmental Glossary
American Forest & Paper Association