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Fireworks, Glitter, Metallics…Recyclable?

Fireworks, Glitter, Metallics…Recyclable?

BY NICOLE IPSON | July 17, 2018


4th of July is finally passed, the fireworks are over the random popping of personal firecrackers has ended and people are starting to take down their decorations. 4th of July, like Christmas, tends to yield decorations that may not be recyclable. Decorations for the 4th of July tend to have glitter and metallic to mimic fireworks. Some of these things can’t be recycled, so here are some things to keep in mind.


Firework packaging can be made of simple paper, cardboard, and some metals, unfortunately, they are still not good candidates for recycling. Due to fuels and other chemicals added to them to set off beautiful colors they cannot be recycled. Make sure to dispose of dud and old fireworks properly with local firehouses and police departments. Used fireworks packaging should be sent to the landfill with regular trash.

Patriotic ribbons

Some people take the time to place ribbons outside of windows on flower boxes to decorate their homes. Unless these ribbons are paper bass they can’t be recycled. If the ribbons are still in good shape consider packing them away and reusing them for the next Fourth of July. If they’ve been to weathered, Unfortunately, they will have to go in the general waste bin. The decorations tend to get tangled in the recycling machinery and can cause a shut down for a recycling plant.

GLITTERGlitter decorations

A lot of the decorations for the 4th of July tend to mimic fireworks. In doing so there’s a lot of glitter used in these decorations. Whether damaged or worn down these decorations can still not be recycled. Due to the tiny size, it can be missed and pass right through equipment. This, in turn, can cause glitter to contaminate other recycling.  New biodegradable glitters are starting to be used in makeups and will one day be used in decorations.

Metallic decorations

Metallic papers and other toppings that are shimmery cannot be recycled. If a decoration or holiday base toy has any portion of it covered in metallic decor, unfortunately, has to be tossed. Metallic papers and decorations are similar to glitter, because of the way the paper breaks down. Toss any non-crunching metallic paper or decor into your regular waste bin or consider reusing for next year,

Having these decorations for the 4th of July can be fun, but they also end up being harmful to the environment. If you do buy non-recyclable decorations try and use them as much as possible before discarding them. Consider trying to find more environmentally friendly decorations. Look for biodegradable glitter and recycle friendly decorations for next years festivities. Landfills are becoming overburdened and causing environmental issues. Recycling will help to keep our country clean so we can continue to celebrate its beauty!

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Handmade Crafts – Plastic Waste Turned into Art

Plastic Waste Turned Into Art

BY NICOLE IPSON | May 29, 2018


         Plastic Waste Plastic waste is becoming a large issue in today’s world. From media coverage of countries banning plastic straws and cutlery to just the astronomical amount of waste in our oceans. We have all heard about it and have our own opinions of course. Most households have all sorts of plastic cutlery in our homes, that just sit waiting to be used. Here is another project you can do with those plastic spoons that are least likely to be used! Spoonflowers are cool little pieces that can be used as wall décor, simple additions to a centerpiece, or even with an added skewer can be placed in a planter!

          You can find all sorts of ways to mix up this project on Pinterest, however, this article will show you the simplest way. Once you get the hang of it the sky truly is the limit!

          Supplies Needed

•    Spoons (the amount will vary depending on the size of flower)

•    Glue gun/ glue sticks

•    Scissors

•    Cardboard

•    Paint (if you wish to add color to your flower)

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          Start by cutting out a piece of cardboard 3½ to 4 inches (This can be trimmed down after your flower is complete). Starting with the center of your flower begin to stagger your pieces close together. Tip place hot glue on the cardboard and thin it out, let cool for a couple of seconds to help the spoons stand better. Make sure to tilt the spoons out and stagger them more widely to simulate blooming petals. Continue with the process until the flower is as wide as you would like it!

          As you ad petals you can add hot glue to the already standing petals to help reinforce them. The full project can take about an hour to two and requires patience as you waitPlastic Waste for the glue to cool. This project is fun because it can be very versatile and simple!

          Using these spoons to decorate with will help keep them out of our landfills and oceans. They are just sitting in the kitchen waiting to be used and tossed! Why not get something more out of them? In doing so you help our planet and create something beautiful that can be a conversation piece! Who doesn’t love showing off something they made themselves? This project leaves leftover pieces, so don’t forget to toss them in the recycling bin!


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Arts- Recycled Gnome Home

Spring Time Recycled Crafts

BY NICOLE IPSON | April 30, 2018


Spring is finally here, although it may not feel that way to some. Here at 123 Recycling, we would like to show you yet another fun project. If you have wandered into a plant nursery, or maybe have just been in the plant section at a retail store you may have seen little Gnome villages. These little villages help to give your garden a whimsical feel. Even though you could just purchase some of the little homes, why not customize them yourself? With this easy to do project, you can create a Gnome village all your own. By reusing plastic and metal containers that you had planned on getting rid of you can create something fun!

Gnome Home Materials Needed:
  • Containers of Choice For Your Home
  • Scissors/Box Cutter
  • Hot Glue Gun/Sticks
  • Rocks/Pebbles
  • Moss
  • Additional Sticks/Plants of Choice For Customization

With this project, the main thing is to figure out how you want your home to look. Once you have chosen your containers you must cut them as needed as well as glue them together. Make sure to get your full structure the way that you would like it before adding rocks.

Next, for a full coverage effect, you can use moss or crushed rocks as a filler. Again, the choice is yours as to how you would like to build your Gnome house.

Once you’ve decided the style of your home you get to start gluing! Make sure to be careful as the glue is extremely hot and can melt something or Plastics as well as burn your fingers while holding the rocks and place. This part of the project, of course, takes the most time. However, once you have successfully placed all of your stones the outcome is worth the time!

Another simple tip to keep in mind is to make sure to glue the rocks evenly on both the front and the back of the structure. Otherwise, you might have stability issues as your building your home! Also, don’t forget to leave any space for a door or windows that you may want to place on your home. Once all gnomeof your rocks, moss, window, and doors are in place you’re done! You can get fancy with the roof if you want to add sticks to the top to make it look more rustic or any other decorative ideas you may have! That’s what makes this project fun, it’s completely customizable.

Once you have started this project looking at containers will never be the same. There’s always a new container with a new shape that will give you endless possibilities for your Gnome Village! So have fun building a village and recycling all at the same time. Happy building!


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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

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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!

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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!


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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!


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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?

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  • 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!

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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.

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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

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