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‘Tis the Season to Donate to All-Points Waste Service’s 2017 Toys for Tots Toy Drive

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and All-Points Waste Service is once again partnering with Charlotte and surrounding-area businesses and organizations by being a toy drop-off center in the 2017 Marine Toys for Tots Program. The program’s outreach spreads across the country and most everyone is familiar with this wonderful charity. Each year, from October to mid-December, community-wide toy drives organized by local divisions of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program help children everywhere experience the joy of Christmas. All-Points is thrilled to join the cause this season as a donation center at our main office in Indian Trail to help reach the goal of helping children in need experience the magic of the Christmas season.

What: Drop-off your new, unwrapped toy donation 

When: now until December 14, 2017

Where: All-Points Waste Service – Indian Trail

1055 Van Buren Avenue

Indian Trail, NC 28079

A Quick Look at the Marine Toys for Tots Program

The first Toys for Tots drive was held in Los Angeles, California—spearheaded by the United States Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks—in 1947, and ever since then, the program has expanded its reach to collect and distribute toys to less fortunate children in communities throughout the United States.  Now, communities across the country that are home to Marine Corps Reserve Units—or even those communities that have a Marine Corps League Detachment of veterans and the like—follow in Major Bill Hendricks’s footsteps each year to carry on this noble cause of gathering and passing out gifts to these children.

Since the program started in 1947, Toys for Tots has collected and distributed upwards of 530 million toys that have been given as Christmas gifts to over 244 million less fortunate children.  The program aims to instill a greater sense of hope and responsibility in children across the country, which will, in turn, lead to a future generation of socially responsible and caring adults.

 

 

“Who Supports Local and National Marine Toys for Tots Campaigns?”

We are glad you asked! For those who are unfamiliar with the program, Toys for Tots is a top charitable organization that has made many appearances on the “Philanthropy 400” lists over the years.  This country-wide initiative has even been supported by famous public figures like Ronald Reagan, Michelle Obama, and Bob Hope—just to name a few.

 

Along with being recognized as a top charity and receiving support from these iconic public figures, the Toys for Tots Program is also given plenty additional community support throughout each year.  Although the majority of the fundraising campaigns and toy drives for Toys for Tots take place near the holiday season, many local chapters that support this charity also host a wide range of other events like bike races and golf outings throughout the year to promote the program.

 

 

Drop-off Your Toy Donations at All-Points Waste Service Main Office 

The spirit of giving is always alive and well here at All-Points Waste Service—especially during the holiday season.  From now until December 14th you can drop-off your unwrapped toy donation at our Indian Trail office during regular office hours! We believe that creating a stronger, more responsible community starts with taking care of our local area kids. Caring about the quality of life our youth lives is why All-Points Waste Service participates in the Marine Toys for Tots Program each year wholeheartedly.

 

Not only does donating to our Toys for Tots campaign benefit less fortunate children living in the Charlotte Mecklenburg area, but it also gives our company office a taste of the true holiday spirit. There is no better feeling than giving back to our Charlotte community, and our team feels fortunate to be able to affect the lives of these children in a positive way.

 

Since it is the season of giving, we encourage you to donate to All-Points Waste Service’s local Toys for Tots campaign, and join us in promoting holiday cheer among our community’s kids!  Any toy donations made to the Toys for Tots Program should be suitable for children up to twelve years old, and donating participants should avoid giving toys that resemble weapons or contain food as they will not be distributed.

 

Some wonderful gift ideas include:

  • Books
  • Board games
  • Cosmetics
  • Purses
  • Sports equipment
  • Dolls
  • Scooters and skateboards

 

Donations for our local Toys for Tots campaign are being accepted at All-Points Waste Service’s main office in Indian Trail from now until December 14th.  You can drop off your new, non-wrapped children’s toys at this location, and participate in the gift of giving within our community this holiday season!

 

All-Points Waste Service – Indian Trail

1055 Van Buren Avenue

Indian Trail, NC 28079

Does Our Community Need to Recycle More or Just Learn how to Recycle Better?

The majority of the materials that our community uses on a daily basis are changing drastically. Due to the ever-changing product and material consumption rate, newer types of plastics have been created. All-Points Waste Service has been taking initiative in what the best way to recycle at home is, and how to recycle on a larger community level.

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re holding a plastic item, such as a water or soda bottle, a disposable dinner plate, or maybe even a sheet of plastic covering that you removed from a microwavable meal, and wondered if this recyclable? Do you place this particular plastic item in a regular garbage container because you are unsure if it is deemed as “recyclable material,” or do you take a gamble and throw it into the recycling bin in an attempt to be environmentally responsible? There is a 50/50 chance that you are doing something positive that will promote the well-being of your community and your planet, so why not give it a try, right?

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The recycling situation mentioned above is way more common than you might think. Figuring out how to recycle or when to use recycling bins over waste bins is oftentimes a trickier process than it actually should be today. When it comes to reusing and repurposing recyclable materials in order to make the best use of our natural resources or limit the number of carbon emissions, our community often unknowingly misses the mark.

Why is it that only certain types of plastics and other reusable materials, such as cardboard and paper, can be placed in recycling bins? At All-Points Waste Service, we try to help our customers understand which items and materials can be recycled, and which ones cannot. With our efforts and other recycling and waste industry leader’s efforts to educate consumers, you would think we would be better as a whole at recycling all of the recyclable materials and goods by now and in turn reduce the amount of plastics and other materials that end up in landfills. It is more the case that doing this the right way and knowing how we can recycle better is still the most difficult part about recycling.

All About Recycling Plastics

Plastics seem to be the most prevalent packaging material in use. Even when it comes to children’s toys or other electronic devices, you cannot seem to get away from plastics. As we become more “fast-paced” in our work habits and time schedules, so has the need for convenient food options. What is the solution to packaging these convenient snack options, or even microwaveable meals? Plastic packaging.

Sure, plastic packaging has its advantages like keeping certain foods fresher for longer periods of time. However, the rise of plastics for containing foods has led to more complex problems. How do we recycle these many different kinds of plastics correctly, and more importantly, should we recycle all of these plastics?

Have you ever noticed that there is a number inside the little recycling symbol on your plastic items? This number is called a resin identification code, or RIC. These resin identification codes are a labeling system that the Plastics Industry Association began using in 1988. The number inside the recycling symbol on types of plastics indicate the type of resin from which the plastic is made. There are currently seven different types of resin used to make plastics, so these resin identification code numbers are labeled one to six on plastic items.

How to recycle plastics is an important part of knowing the best way to recycle at home.

Unfortunately, not all recycling facilities are able to process all seven types of plastic items. In fact, most recycling facilities are only able to process a few types of plastic. The most commonly recyclable plastics are those with a resin identification code of #1 or #2. These two types are usually accepted by most curbside recycling pick up services. Some types of plastics are recyclable, but that does not necessarily mean that your community is able to recycle these items. The best way to know which plastics you can recycle is to contact your recycling service provider directly.

It is very important that you do not place in your recycling bin a type of plastic that your recycling service provider does not accept. This will result in a form of contamination.

How to recycle an object depends on the type of material which the object is made.

For a quick guide on the different types of recyclable plastics and understanding their number system, check out this helpful guide. The result of this contamination can ruin batches of recycled plastic. That means that a lot of otherwise recyclable materials can end up going to the landfill, despite your best intentions.

Plastic bags, such as grocery bags, in particular, should never be put in your household recycling bin. Plastic bags can easily get caught in recycling sorting machine. This can significantly damage sorting machines, resulting in a lot of expensive repairs and a lot of lost time for the recycling facility. On the upside, however, many supermarkets have specific receptacles designated for plastic bags. This makes recycling your plastic bags easy. You can simply put them in the bin on your way inside the supermarket on your next shopping trip. Just make sure that the plastic bags are clean and dry!

Still wondering about the other items that your local recycling service can’t recycle? Your community likely also has other resources for those items. Many communities now have facilities or haulers who can recycle other specific materials.

Single Stream Recycling

All-Points Waste Service has a solution to help you overcome the confusion regarding what materials can be recycled. It’s called single-stream recycling (also referred to as fully comingled and single-sorted recycling). This system of recycling allows you to place all of your recyclable materials in to one single recycling bin. This means that you do not have to sort your recyclable materials in to individual containers.

Then your recyclable materials are picked up by one truck and taken to the recycling center for processing. The ease of the single-stream recycling system doesn’t stop there though! Once at the recycling center, the recyclable materials still do not have to be sorted. That’s right. These recyclable materials are processed using systems that are specifically designed to handle these completely comingled mixtures of recyclable materials. After the materials have been processed by this single stream recycling system, they are transferred to a materials recovery facility. Once there, the materials are then separated for reuse.

What Can be Recycled in Single Stream Recycling?

This is the most common question asked by every consumer because as mentioned before, knowing what can and cannot be recycled is the most difficult part of recycling today. So how are you supposed to know if your items are recyclable?

Here’s a list of everything that you can be recycled using the All-Points Waste Service’s Single Stream Recycling Service:

• Plastic Containers (except those that are marked with #6)
• Rigid Plastics (toys, litter boxes and buckets)
• Empty Aerosol Cans
• Cartons & Juice Boxes
• Cardboard (flattened)
• Aluminum
• Glass
• Tin/Steel Cans
• Paper (newspaper, brown paper bags, magazines, corrugated containers, junk mail, high-grade paper, cereal boxes, telephone books)

Here’s a list of what All-Points Waste Service is not currently able to recycle at this time:

• Pizza Boxes
• Bottle Caps or Lids
• Plastic Bags
• Plastic Food Trays & Cups
• Ceramics
• Pots & Pans
• Glassware
• Paper Plates & Napkins
• Batteries, Light bulbs, or Wire Hangers
• Clamshell takeout boxes or Styrofoam

Start Recycling Better Today!

Do these lists seem like a lot to remember? All-Points Waste Service has a handy flyer for you. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page and hit download! Just print it out, hang it on your refrigerator or near your recycling bin, and you will have a quick and easy reference any time that you need it.

Residential Trash Service Participates in The Buddy Walk to Raise Awareness for Down Syndrome

All-Points Waste Service is dedicated to improving and sustaining everyone’s quality of life—starting with those closest to us in the Charlotte and surrounding areas. Our residential trash service and LEED recycling program are a few business-related examples of how we help make our community a better place for individuals and families to live and thrive.

Along with our emphasis on eco-friendly waste and recycling services that promote a cleaner environment for all, we also participate in numerous community outreach programs each year in Charlotte and the surrounding areas in order to promote the individual well-being of all area residents.

Like we have for several years now, All-Points Waste Service is promoting and participating in a cause that is near and dear to our hearts again in 2017, while continuing to fulfill our mission to improve our community’s quality of life. This weekend, our Charlotte waste service team is taking part in the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte’s annual Buddy Walk.

The Buddy Walk begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at the Jerry Richardson Football Stadium located on the UNC Charlotte campus, and wraps up around 5 p.m. The yearly event, which was first held in 1995, aims to raise community awareness for those individuals and families affected by Down syndrome, and provides educational sessions for all attendees wishing to learn more about the condition, the daily lifestyles of those directly impacted by Downs, and how we as a community can help and include those living with this disorder.

Along with promoting the acceptance and inclusion of those who are living with or affected by Down syndrome and raising money for community awareness programs, The Buddy Walk offers a wide array of social events on Saturday afternoon including arts and crafts for families and individuals, bounce houses for the kids, and much more. However, the main event is the one-mile walk, and we are excited to participate and showcase our support for those coping with the effects of this condition.

 

Why All-Points Waste Service’s Team Walks

Not only do we walk for all of those individuals and families affected by Down syndrome within the Charlotte metro area, but our residential trash service team also participates in The Buddy Walk specifically to support and raise awareness for one of our own.

Cooper Davis, the godchild of one of our All-Points Waste Service employees, lives with Down Syndrome and is the catalyst for our yearly participation in The Buddy Walk. As in previous years, we have once again chosen to sponsor a company team known as “Cooper’s Sidekicks,” who will walk in celebration of Cooper, and promote his well-being along with the inclusion of all other individuals with Down syndrome.

Although we have already surpassed our fundraising goal of five thousand dollars, we encourage you to continue to donate to Cooper’s cause, and/or sign up to join our Charlotte waste service team’s walking group. We would love to see you out there and walk for a great cause together!

 

Why is it Important to Donate to The Buddy Walk’s Mission?

All-Points Waste Service donates to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte because the fundraising proceeds go directly toward:

• Conferences, seminars, and other programs that educate the community about Downs

• Life skills classes and sleep away camps for those with Downs

• Mentorship programs for expectant parents whose lives are or will be affected by Downs

The classes, conferences, and social events for which these funds are raised are vital to promoting the well-being of all of those individuals and families affected by Down syndrome. These programs also allow the community at-large to understand the affliction, and provide a platform for advocacy.

 

Other Ways to Support the Buddy Walk

The simple, straightforward answer is: of course! All-Points Waste Service’s team encourages you to get involved with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte’s annual Buddy Walk in other ways. Here are a few ways you can get involved with the event plus you can get in contact with the organization on social media or their website:

• Help set up booths and chairs at the venue before the event.

• Hang around to clean up after The Buddy Walk ends.

• Distribute brochures, fliers, posters, and other literature about The Buddy Walk, DSAGC, and Down syndrome’s impact on the community to individuals and businesses throughout Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

• Use your social media accounts to promote The Buddy Walk by sharing links to the event’s homepage, or to a fundraising page like “Cooper’s Sidekicks.”

Spreading the Love and Support for the Buddy Walk and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte’s mission aligns perfectly with the values that we hold at All-Points Waste Service: sustaining and improving the quality of life for all individuals throughout and beyond our community. Not only do we raise money for and promote the message of the DSAGC through our “Cooper’s Sidekicks” Buddy Walk team, but we also provide trash removal services and porta potty rentals for the event so that participants can enjoy the atmosphere on walk day.

We aim to keep the community engaged in promoting the happiness and healthiness of all citizens through social understanding and responsible waste containment and removal. This is why partnering with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte to provide porta potty rentals and waste removal services at The Buddy Walk is a great fit for our company.

By utilizing the most effective and efficient waste removal service, recycling programs, and porta potty rentals in Charlotte and the surrounding areas, All-Points Waste Service shows our dedication to furthering the well-being of our community’s people and landscape through educational and social events like The Buddy Walk. Our waste service team aims to keep the Jerry Richardson Football Stadium clean and orderly through our trash removal services and porta potty rentals, ensuring a positive walk day experience for all Buddy Walk participants and volunteers.

We hope to see you out there on Saturday! For more information about how to get involved in and support The Buddy Walk and/or the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte, check out their website, here.

Celebrating Garbage Man Appreciation Week!

Don’t forget to thank your local Charlotte trash and recycling workers this week starting June 17th- Garbage Man Appreciation Week!


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All-Points Teams Up with Wipe Out Waste

At All-Points Waste Service, Inc, we believe all of us should take steps to live cleaner and more environmentally-conscious lives. We can do that by better understanding where our waste goes. Recycling and waste reduction are what we’re all about. It’s why teaming with Mecklenburg County Waste Reduction and Recycling just makes sense.

All-Points Waste is a proud partner of the “We Can Wipe Out Waste” campaign, and this year we were honored to be recognized as one of a select group of businesses striving to make Mecklenburg County a cleaner and greener place.

On October 23rd, our team attended the Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Awards banquet. [read more]

Join the Greater Charlotte Area for the Buddy Walk

In addition to celebrating Breast Cancer Education and Awareness month, October is also Down Syndrome Awareness Month. All-Points Waste Service is pleased to take part in raising awareness for both great causes.

This Saturday, join the greater Charlotte area for the Buddy Walk hosted by National Down Syndrome Society and Down Syndrome Association of the Greater Charlotte Area. For more information on how to get involved go to https://www.dsa-gc.org/services/buddywalk/.

All Points Waste Service made a donation to support Cooper Davis in his Buddy Walk  this Saturday. If you would like to support Copper Davis as well by donation or to join the team, visit Copper Davis’s Team.

Ballantyne Eco-Expo

Join the Wipe Out Waste Ambassadors at the Ballantyne Eco-Expo this Thursday. The free event gives everyone the opportunity to visit with eco-oriented exhibitors, sample organic food and beverages, and view many hybrid and electric vehicles. Hope to see you there!

Where: Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne Hotel

When: Thursday, September 25th 4:00pm to 7:00pm

To register for the event or to find additional information, visit their website https://www.etouches.com/ehome/100130.