Pick 5

Published on 17 April 2010 by in Recycling


Referencing the US Environmental Protection Agency Site…


Pick 5 for the  Environment

Step 1: Commit to Action

Do more to protect the environment by choosing at least five actions (below) you’ll commit to. Pick 5 also helps you identify more actions you can take in the future. 

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3 R’s

Published on 16 April 2010 by in Recycling


Reuse, Recycle, Reduce

Cited from the following at EPA: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/home.htm#recycle

Practice the three R’s: first reduce how much you use, then reuse what you can, and then recycle the rest. Then, dispose of what’s left in the most environmentally friendly way. Read the tips below and explore the Consumer’s Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste.

  • Reduce:
    • Buy permanent items instead of disposables.
    • Buy and use only what you need.
    • Buy products with less packaging.
    • Buy products that use less toxic chemicals.
  • Reuse:
    • Repair items as much as possible.
    • Use durable coffee mugs.
    • Use cloth napkins or towels.
    • Clean out juice bottles and use them for water.
    • Use empty jars to hold leftover food.
    • Reuse boxes.
    • Purchase refillable pens and pencils.
    • Participate in a paint collection and reuse program.
    • Donate extras to people you know or to charity instead of throwing them away.
  • Recycle:

Learn more:

Reducing and recycling wastes, including syringes and other medical wastes, and used oil.

Recycling and disposing of hazardous materials properly – Find out how to recycle compact fluorescent bulbs, pesticides, and other common household wastes that contain hazardous materials.

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Conserving Water

Published on 15 April 2010 by in Recycling


Earth Day is next Thursday, as a green company- we feel the following is important:

Article cited from EPA:   http://www.epa.gov/epahome/home.htm#water

A family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day. EPA’s WaterSense program helps conserve water for future generations by providing information on products and programs that save water without sacrificing performance.

More steps you can take:

  • Don’t let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Take short showers instead of tub baths.
  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; wash only full loads.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
  • Buy high-efficient plumbing fixtures & appliances.
  • Repair all leaks (a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day).
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best).
  • Water plants differently according to what they need. Check with your local extension service or nurseries for advice.
  • Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only – not the street or sidewalk.
  • Use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation systems for trees and shrubs.
  • Keep your yard healthy – dethatch, use mulch, etc.
  • Sweep outside instead of using a hose.
  • Landscape using “rain garden” techniques to save water and reduce stormwater runoff.
    Video: “Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In”

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Saving Energy

Published on 14 April 2010 by in Recycling


Earth Day is coming up soon- here are some ways to help…


Choosing energy-efficient products can save families about 30% ($400 a year) while reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases. Whether you are looking to replace old appliances, remodel, or buy a new house, you can help.


is the government’s backed symbol for energy efficiency. The


label makes it easy to know which products to buy without sacrificing features, style or comfort that today’s consumers expect.

More steps you can take:

  • Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.
  • Use the microwave to cook small meals. (It uses less power than an oven.)
  • Purchase “green power” for your home’s electricity. (Contact your power supplier to see where and if it is available.)
  • Have leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems repaired.
  • Cut back on air conditioning and heating use if you can.
  • Insulate your home, water heater and pipes.

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Old & New

Published on 08 April 2010 by in Internal News, Recycling


From old pipe, that could have ended up in a landfill, to the making of a plastic sheet or roll for new construction and products, Sandhill does it’s part to help out!

Our plastic sheeting can be made from several recycled products, including irrigation and aeration pipe.

At Sandhill Plastics, we get calls all the time from area farmers, businesses, or grain bins, who are wanting to dispose of the pipe, but don’t want to take it to the landfill and just have it clog up the earth!

So, as a commitment to the EARTH, we take the pipe, grind it and put it into our operation.

If you are interested in this, please call Joni in the office and she will help give you specifics.


We are not a recycling facility, we simply use 100% recycled products in our manufacturing process, and are able to take the pipe.  It must be HDPE and it must be cleared with Sandhill Plastics before bringing to the facility for drop- off.


sheet of plastic

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Recycling News

Published on 24 February 2010 by in Recycling


A large number of plastic containers and bags are used on a daily basis. Plastic waste is one of the biggest causes for increased water and soil pollution. Plastic recycling offers one of the best solutions to the increased plastic waste in the environment. Plastic recycling is the process of breaking down used scrap and waste plastics to recover usable material for the manufacturing industry. Plastic comprises of a large number of resins and complex chemical structures that are melted down to create new fibers.

Plastic recycling is a complex procedure. Plastic recycling industries can face a large number of unique challenges. One of the key principles to be followed while recycling plastic is that different types of plastics cannot be mixed before recycling. Plastics of different polymer structures and resin composition are identified by using standard codes on the basis of their melting and crushing capacity. Plastic materials identified under a particular code can be mixed and recycled with other plastics of the same code. Plastic materials consist of a few dyes, fillers, and additives, which are not easily recyclable.

The obstacles of recycling plastic can be overcome by using an elaborate monomer recycling process wherein the polymer undergoes an inverse polymer reaction of what was used to manufacture it. The end product of this procedure is a mix of chemicals that form the original polymer, which is further purified and synthesized to form a new polymer of the same type. Another solution to the problem is the use of a thermal de-polymerization process, which involves conversion of assorted polymers into petroleum. The procedure accepts the mixing of any type of polymer.

Plastic recycling can be used to recycle plastic container of different types. Plastic containers such as milk bottles, soapboxes, and juice and water bottles are recycled on a common basis. Grocery sacks and plastic bags are some of the other plastic products that can be recycled.

A plethora of websites on the Internet provides detailed information about recycling plastic along with its benefits.

Recycling provides detailed information on Recycling, Waste Management And Recycling, Recycling Center, Computer Recycling and more. Recycling is affiliated with Fundraising Software.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Ross_Bainbridge

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Reducing Environmental Impact

Published on 11 February 2010 by in Recycling


Strategies to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Plastics

1. Reduce the use
Source reduction Retailers and consumers can select products that use little or no packaging.  Select packaging materials that are recycled into new packaging.  If people refuse plastic as a packaging material, the industry will decrease production.

2. Reuse containers
Refillable plastic containers can be reused about 25 times, container reuse can lead to a substantial reduction in the demand for disposable plastic, lessening the use of  materials and energy, so it will reduce environmental impacts. Container designers will have to take into account the fate of the container beyond the point of sale and consider the service the container provides.

3. Require producers to take back resins
Get plastic manufacturers directly involved with plastic disposal and closing the material loop (Sandhill Plastics does this), which can stimulate them to consider the product’s life cycle from start to finish.  Making one size and one color container, collapsible containers, etc.   Container and resin makers can help develop the reprocessing infrastructure by taking back plastic from consumers.

4. Legislatively require recycled content
Requiring that all containers be composed of a percentage of post-consumer or post-industrial material can reduce the amount of virgin material used.

5. Standardize labeling, educating the consumer
Significantly different standardized labels for “recycled,” “recyclable,” and “made of plastic type X” must be made.

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Plastics Recycling Misconceptions

Published on 07 February 2010 by in Recycling


5 Misconceptions about Plastics Recycling

# 1: Plastics that a consumer recycles get recycled. No, Not necessarily. Collecting plastic containers at curbside fosters the belief that, like aluminum and glass, the recovered material is made into new products.

# 2: Curbside collection, or collection anywhere, will reduce the amount of plastic landfilled.  Again, not necessarily.

# 3: A chasing arrows symbol means a plastic container is recyclable. The arrows aren’t always correctly stated. Every plastic container is marked with the chasing arrows symbol. The only information in the symbol is the number inside the arrows, which indicates the general class of resin used to make the container.

# 4: Using plastic containers saves energy. When you work the numbers, making plastic containers uses as much energy as making glass containers from virgin materials, and much more than making glass containers from recycled materials. Using refillables is the most energy saving.

# 5: Our choice is limited to recycling or wasting. Actually, reducing use is preferable for many types of plastic and is easy.  Opportunities include using refillable containers, buying in bulk, buying things that don’t need much packaging, and buying things in recyclable and recycled packages.

Sandhill Plastics is using the above for informational purposes only.

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The list of HDPE products could go on and on, but naming a few to look out for is listed below:

Milk Jugs (single largest use of HDPE)

Juice Containers

Water bottles

5 gallon Buckets

Household Chemicals Containers

Detergent Containers

Shopping Bags

Irrigation Pipe

Shipping Pallets


Smaller Pipes

Truck Bed Liners

Cutting Boards

Container Caps

Shampoo and Conditioner Bottles

Cosmetic contianers

Motor Oil Bottles

All of the above can be recycled and made into new products; at Sandhill Plastics, we buy the material from the recycler that is already ground in flake form.  Then, we complete the loop and make plastic sheets for endless uses.

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Nebraska Grants for Recycling

Published on 01 February 2010 by in Recycling


Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality announces over $1.9 million in grants awarded for recycling, clean-up projects, education programs and activities  as of January 20, 2010.

Mike Linder is the Director and stated, “Once again, the department received applications from many outstanding projects from across the state.”

Click below to see where the money is going:


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