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Arts- Spring Time Recycled Crafts

Spring Time Recycled Crafts

BY NICOLE IPSON | February 23, 2018

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With spring right around the corner, it’s only natural that people start clean and decorating. We all have an urge to add color and life to our lives after winter. However, most people look for a way to do so at very little cost. With that in mind, we would like to help with recycled crafts! This quick and easy cat planter can be used to bring some adorable happiness into your home. Not only is this project easy & cheap but its done with recycled materials and is an easy project for kids!

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Materials Needed:
  • A 2-liter bottle
  • Scissors/Box Cutter
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Paint Color of your choice

Begin by removing the label from your two-liter.

Next, decide how tall you would like your cat planter to be. Remember the base of the two-liter bottle is the legs, so shorter may be better. However, you have the choice to play with it and experiment.

Next draw a line around the bottle at the chosen height, remembering to include your little kitties ears.

When your line is drawn use your cutter to separate the bottle following the line you just drew.

Separate the top of the bottle and set it off to the side (click here for another planter tutorial that can be done with the top piece) 

Once you have your base make sure it is clean and dry.

Then paint it the desired color of kitty you would like to have, as well as draw on your face and color in her ears!

Once your paint is dry, make sure to seal it with a clear coat to protect it from water.

Place your soil and plant in your new kitty planter and you have your completed project! This is a simple and fun project that can be done with your kids. It gives them a chance to create a litter of kitties that look different with different sizes and styles of bottles. It also gives them a reason to get outside and be creative all while using recycled materials.

Here at 123 Recycling, we not only want to help you recycle your waste, we want to help by giving you creative ways to decorate your home. We look forward to bringing more projects to your family!recycled crafts

Article By- © 2018, Nicole Ipson, Images By- Nicole Ipson &  Freepik.com

Community – We Donate To Your Charitable Cause

We Donate To Your Charitable Cause

BY NICOLE IPSON | February 23, 2018

Throughout the year Lubbock has several events for families and friends to enjoy. Just check out the events calendar here and see whats going on! There is always something happening around our beautiful city. At 123 recycling we like to also be a part of the community and help in any way we can. This passion drives us to help by donating our services to charitable events so that items that can be recycled avoid the landfills.

Some Event Examples Our Bins Can Be Used Forlandfills

  • Farmers Markets

  • First Friday Art Trail

  • School Festivals

  • Concert Settings

We have helped out with several events throughout Lubbock. Events sponsored by the city and even schools have used the donation of our 55-gallon bins. 123 makes it easy to work our recycling bins into your community function. Simply give us a call and let us know the details of the event. We deliver the bins to you before your event and once finished you gather them and we come and pick up. No other work is needed for you to do!

We donate our services for to the community so we can keep Lubbock clean and less trash in the landfills. This, along with the desire to educate younger and older generations about recycling gives us hope that we can help clean up our environment. Let us be of service to you for your events and in return, we can clean up Lubbock together!

Don’t forget 123 Recycling offers our recycling services for your workplace. The cost runs the same as a residence (up to 3 bags) so it makes recycling at your business easy and affordable as well. Check out our packages today and let us continue to help you at work just like we do at home. From all of us here at 123 Recycling we would like to say thank you for your dedication to cleaning up Lubbock! Let’s make 2018 another great year for recycling!

Article By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson, Images By- © 2017, FreePix.com

Holiday Recycling Tips

Recycling Tips For After The Holiday Season is Over

BY NICOLE IPSON | December 30, 2017

Recycling Tips

Even though Christmas is over the holiday season is still lingering as we wait for New Years. With Christmas and New Years we often find that we have a lot of decorations and wrappings that we need to dispose of. With nothing but the best intentions in mind, people often attempt to recycle a lot of things. This, however, may be a mistake and more hazardous then some may realize. Here at 123 Recycling we would like to give our customers some recycling tips as to what can and can not be recycled from your Christmas and New Years setup!

First of all here are a list of the items you should be aware of when starting down your path of decoration demolition.

  • Bows
  • Glitter
  • Metallic Paper
  • Velvet-Flocked Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Christmas or New Years Cards

Although one would think that all of these things have recycling qualities some are very bad to recycle. Who would have thought that ribbon… yes ribbon could shut down an entire recycling plant?

Bows & Ribbon

Paper and plastic mixtures that bows are made with combined with the glue these cute little box toppings are unable to be recycled. The suggestion is, if possible and still in good shape save and reuse your bows until they have lost their luster and then just toss them. Ribbon is also made with a mixture of materials such as cloth and wire, or again a paper and plastic mixture. These things can not be separated and recycled separately. Along with that ribbons make it past the sieving system and end up tangled in parts of the recycling machines. At this point, the only way to correct the issue is to shut down the entire system and cut out the tangled pieces in the machines.

Metallic & Velvet-Flocked Paper

This is the most common season that we see pretty shiny and soft decorations and papers. From amazing gift bags to fun and fabulous wrapping paper, these types of materials are bound to show up. There is an easy fix for this problem, simply reuse your gift bags! With wrapping paper that has these materials added in the story is different. Velvet-Flocked paper and metallic paper is not something that can be recycled so it has to be tossed. Regular wrapping paper is safe, but if you find velvet, metallic, or glitter it must be sent to the landfill. Perhaps knowing this will have you searching for new patterns that are fun for next year that can be recycled.

Holiday Cards and Mementos

A lot of holiday cards have the same problems being recycled as decorations and paper. The shiny embossing, glittery swirls, and velvet-flock keep them from the life of being reused. These properties combined with the types of photo paper they may be printed get them exiled to the trash bin. Again, if they are plain cards on basic paper stock they can always be recycled. Make sure there aren’t any fancy filigree added to the card before placing them your recycle bin.

Everyone has the best intentions when trying to save the world. Recycling certain materials just isn’t possible sometimes. Keep these recycling tips & materials in mind while you are tossing unneeded items from your holiday season. You keep recycling plants running as effectively as possible by keeping them from getting clogged. Merry Christmas & Happy New Years From 123 Recycling!


Article By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson, Images By- © 2017, FreePix.com

Holiday Season Aluminum Recycling

Aluminum Recycling Facts

BY NICOLE IPSON | November 24, 2017

Its the day after Thanksgiving and you could be waking up to a kitchen that still needs to be cleaned. You’ve tossed your containers in the fridge with foil over them because you were just tired and wanting to sit. Now that you have time and energy to get your kitchen cleaned! So you dig out the lids needed for the containers covered with foil. Now that the aluminum’s job is done we here at 123 recycling would just like to give you some tips!

Aluminum recycling is one of the most common types you come across in your everyday life. Yet sadly 75% of used aluminum ends up in landfills. “According to reports, we throw away enough foil each year to build a fleet of aircraft and recycling a single aluminum can save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.”-isustainableearth.com What a lot of people don’t realize is not only is your aluminum dishwasher safe (place on the top shelf in the dishwasher), but also reusable for multiple uses.

Some extra efforts do have to be made when practicing aluminum recycling.

The reason for this is because food residue causes contamination issues with the recycling process. However, the solution is simple enough! You just have to wash off food and grease before tossing it into your recycle bin! That being said, if you are going to put in that effort you might as well get some extra use out of it before placing it in your bin! So, after using your foil to save yourself from having to find that one container lid that always seems to elude you… why not rinse that foil off and allow it another chance to come to your rescue? Along with that, why not also allow it to save you some money and keep you from having to go to the store sooner to get more!

At 123 Recycling we do accept aluminum but cannot accept items that are unwashed/contaminated by food/grease waste. So please be sure to rinse your cans, foil, and roasting pans so that we can make the most out of your aluminum recycling efforts with us! As always 123 Recycling would like to wish you and your families a Happy Holiday Season!


Article By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson, Images By- © 2017, FreePix.com


What is Ewaste?

BY NICOLE IPSON | September 25, 2017



Right now you are comfortably seated and browsing through the internet. You’re either using your phone, a laptop, or sitting at your desk in front of a desktop. Either way, you are committed and plugged in! Now, have you ever asked yourself, what happens to this phone or computer once the next new hotness comes out? You’ve seen the little cardboard stands in Best Buy and Staples, but have never really used them? You’ve just maybe tossed your old toys when getting new ones and thought nothing of it. Well, my friends, that is Ewaste you have just created.

Life nowadays revolves around being plugged in and even though we spend good money to be able to live that life, we often rotate to bigger and better. This has just become the norm for the US. “ In 1998, the National Safety Council study estimated about 20 million computers became obsolete within 1 year. In 2007, that number increased to 40 million.”– Recycle Across America. Now that increase to 40 Million was just in 9 years. Let say that we kept with the same pattern and followed that trend of 20 Million every 9 years. That means that by last year (2016) we would have reached 60 million computers in one year that became obsolete. That’s just computers… could you imagine how many cell phones and tablets we could add to that Ewaste pile?

ewasteDid you Know?
  • The average cost of curbside pick-up is less than what’s paid to the city for trash pick-up.

  • Recycling generates 7-10 more jobs than landfills.

  • Through 123 Recycling you are not only able to get curbside pick-up, but door front pick up as well! Making recycling as easy as opening your front door! No more “taking out the trash” ( or recycling so to speak!)

The numbers for Ewaste are staggering. What is even more frightening is that the bulk of these electronics aren’t being properly disposed of. The plastic, the batteries, the cartridges that could be reused are just going to waste and polluting landfills. That is where you and 123 Recycling can help! By signing up with us, we can help get rid of your Ewaste properly while you help to reduce pollution. Sign Up today and see what a difference you can help make!

Article By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson, Images By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson  & FreePik.com

Wield Your Recycle Bin For The Greater Good

Creating Jobs With A Recycle Bin 

BY NICOLE IPSON | August 15, 2017

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In today's day in age, jobs are important. We as individuals need to work to live and jobs at times can be hard to come by. Although the economy is growing stronger each day there are more ways to help. Even better, we are able to not only create jobs for our economy but clean up after ourselves all at once!

Consider this, when you are done using a container you simply toss it in the trash. From there the trip consists of being picked up by your garbage man, then unloaded in a land fill. From there the management of the land fill is minimal the trash type is determined. These options are either municipal solid waste (MSW) which usually comes from households, or construction and demolition (C&D). Once the type is decided upon the trucks compact the items and dump them in their designated area. Once dumped the trash is covered with about a foot of soil until it is uncovered the next day. The process is repeated until the area at capacity. It takes very few people to manage this process.
Now compare that process to that of recycling. Sorted items are picked up at the curb. Next, they are sorted through based off of type ( glass, plastic, metal, paper). They are clean accordingly if needed after being sorted. This is followed by the recyclable being processed down to its raw form. From there the material is broken down into the form necessary to use to recreate new items. Once the process is completed then the material is sent off to companies the create the new products from the old.epending on the item the process of recycling can be anywhere from 5 – 9 different phases including pick up and resale. Compared to 4 phases of dumping trash: pick-up, determination of type, dumping, and cover.

It has been found that if the “U.S. recycling levels reach 75% it will generate 1.5 million new jobs.”-recycleacrossamerica.org This in return is nearly “at least 9 times more jobs than landfills and incinerators, and as many as 30 times more jobs.” -ecocycle.org So why is it that we as a community aren't doing more to grow an industry that can clearly help our world and economy?

Wield Your Recycle Bin For The Greater Good! 

123 Recycling wants to help drive this industry as well as the community. So consider signing up today, it’s fast and easy! Your recycle bin could not only help to keep Lubbock clean but also be a step forward for our economy. Sign-up today to be a part of the difference.

Article By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson, Images By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson & Tuffield Inc.


The Future Of Glass In Lubbock

BY NICOLE IPSON | July 21, 2017


Earlier this year the city of Lubbock hit a small snag with its recycling equipment. Sadly machinery failure has caused the city to cease collection of glass. Situations such as this will always be a hard hit to people anywhere who recycle. Quite a lot of glass goes through each house hold on a daily basis. However, with the help of Texas Tech & 123 Recycling, we have taken up the challenge to keep glass recycling up and waste down!

Texas Tech has locations on campus where students and community members alike can drop off recyclables including glass. Currently, curb side pickup is offered through 123 Recycling to help make life for the community of Lubbock easier. Even though the city at this moment in time isn’t able to take glass they are still accepting all other recyclables! They are still promoting the green way of life so that everyone can help keep Lubbock clean.

Slowly people are starting to pay attention to the worlds current status, and it can be hard when you don’t directly see the impact. As stated by Recycle Across America “More than 28 billion glass bottles and jars end up in landfills every year — that is the equivalent of filling up two Empire State Buildings every three weeks.” That fact alone should inspire people to want to help and reduce waste.


Glass Fact: Waste No More!


Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes! 123 Recycling has been created because of facts like these to help make recycling as easy as possible. We want to help you help the world. Join us in the fight today!




Recycle Across America, “General Recycling Facts”, RecycleAcrossAmerica.org. 26 June 2017

Shoplet, “Recycling 101: Glass Recycling Facts”, Michelle Liu, Shoplet.com.  05 January 2016

Art/Images By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson

Lubbock Waste Management

Together We Can Still Help With Waste Management

BY NICOLE IPSON | June 27, 2017


With several cuts being made to the budget for environmental needs within Lubbock, there is no better time than now to begin helping. Even with these cuts being made, this doesn’t mean that this is the end. With the help of the people of Lubbock, we can help to keep our city clean and healthy. 123 Recycling offers a variety of different packages at reasonable prices so that all families can help with waste management. Consider some of these things below… the impact of recycling can be great!



Recycling one ton of paper is the equivalent of 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of trash, 4000 kW of electricity and 7000 gallons of water. These amounts are for paper; imagine how much waste we can reduce from other recyclable materials such as metals and plastics?

 For example, every three months, Americans throw enough aluminum in the landfills to build our nation’s entire commercial air fleet. Knowing something such as this could really make you think every time you open a soda or cover a plate with aluminum!


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Information like this is important to know! It helps to put perspective on a lot for people who aren’t familiar with how recycling can really affect the world we live in. 123 Recycling does everything it can to take the work out of recycling for its customers. Choose from one of our packages today, and let’s start cleaning up Lubbock together, waste management can be as east as 123!



Clark County Solid Waste District, “Did You Know” 32Trash.org. 9 May 2017

Recycle Across America, ”General Recycling Facts” RecycleAcrossAmerica.org. 26 June 2017

Art/Images By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson

Recycle Project

Lubbock Recycle for Mother’s Day

BY NICOLE IPSON | May 14, 2017


With Mother’s Day coming this upcoming weekend the scramble is on! There is always that mad dash to figure out what you think your precious mother will be wanting. During this process, most people spend a lot of time standing in front of the card section at their local convenience store. However, here at 123 Recycling, we have a better idea! How about you take some of that scrap paper that’s laying around your house to make a special piece of art for Mother’s Day! As with past projects we have posted about, whether you are creating decorations or loving art pieces of art for a special day it’s always a great idea to do this with recycling and repurposing in mind!

Our Quilling Project

Supplies We Used:

Scrap Paper (the thicker the better)

Colored Pencils or Markers


Skewer sticks or cocktail sticks



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First, we found the paper that we wanted to reuse from around the house. Next, we chose the colors that we wanted to apply to our project to make it look its best!

After which we chose our base piece of paper that we wanted to use. This would allow us to determine the size of the heart that we wanted. Followed by placing glue on the edge of the two strips that create the heart shape and attaching them to the base piece of paper. By hLubbock recycleaving the size, we would know how many pieces we would need to decorate. (Tip: Color the heart strips before gluing the shape to the base! Learn from our oops!)

Lubbock recycleWe then took the time to color individual pieces of papers with the colors that we would use for our project. Once that was completed we then cut the now colored paper into strips. Lubbock recycle

After this, we then used our skewer stick to begin curling and creating shapes. Once you have the shape you want to glue the edges and begin combining them to create more intricate shapes!


Once we Lubbock recyclehad a good number of pieces put together we began gluing them in place!As you place your pieces you can begin to customize the design more and more! It’s wonderful to see what shape it takes!Lubbock recycle

After all the pieces are placed you should have a project made from love with recycled paper!

We decided last minute to color the strips. After that was done we even added some glitter in the center of the heart. (You can use a paint brush to lay down a thin layer of glue then sprinkle the glitter over it.)

The art of Paper Quilling can be used to create all sorts of fun pieces! Don’t forget Lubbock recycle and repurpose for your art. Happy Mother’s Day From 123 Recycling!


Paperchase Journal- Full Quilling Tutorial Found Here!

Art/Images By- © 2017, Nicole Ipson

Recycling For The Cause




With Earth Day in 1970 came the realization that humanity was given the responsibility to take care of our beautiful earth. Even more importantly everything she has to offer.  “Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide. This also helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.” (Earth Day Network, http://www.earthday.org/about/)

So many accomplishments have come from this special day!  However, we have a long way to go. For this reason, it is important to remember not just on Earth Day, but every day that recycling can help.

Recycling helps to improve our environment with everything from continued clean water resources, and pollution-free air right down to happy and healthy wildlife. As stated by The City of Lubbock, “As our city becomes increasingly developed with more roads, parking lots, cars, and homes, urbanization profoundly impacts both the quantity and quality of our stormwater. Polluted stormwater runoff can have many adverse effects on the natural environment. All the plants, fish, animals, and people that live in it are affected.” (https://www.mylubbock.us/departmental-websites/departments/storm-water-management/about/quick-guide-to-storm-water/the-effects-of-pollution)

With Earth Day here again, to remind us all that we play a part, instead of throwing away that water bottle you just finished, Instead of tossing out that used coffee filter with grounds… make the choice today, Earth Day, to start a new habit. Sign up for 123 Recycling’s service, let us do the sorting, and start making a difference today. Each piece of plastic, cardboard, or metal could mean the difference. One less chemical in our landfills is one more ounce of clean drinking water for you and our environment. Let this year’s Earth Day inspire you to help take care of our planet. Thank You from 123 Recycling for helping be part of the solution!


Article Resources:
Earth Day Network (2017)
City Of Lubbock, TX (2017)
Image Resources:
World Wildlife Fund Deer & Pelican
WWEarth Day (2017) – Mercury Images 2017 Designs