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Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Three Workplace Recycling Mistakes To Avoid

by Kelly Simmons

It's great to develop a recycling plan within your business, but if you aren't recycling the right way– your efforts are near worthless. There is a right way to go about this process. Make sure your business is avoiding these mistakes to ensure you're on the right path.

Failing To Break Down Boxes

Failure to break down a box doesn't have an effect on the actual recycling process, right? So why does it matter if you fail to perform this step? The reason is clear, but often overlooked. It will discourage people from even putting recyclable items in the recycling bin.

Boxes in their natural form take up a lot of unnecessary space in a bin. If an employee walks up to your waste area and has the intent to toss their items in the recycling bin, but large boxes have taken up all the space, they are more likely to just toss them in the trash rather than overflow the recycling bin.

Separating Your Waste Areas

Try not to separate your waste areas. For example, don't have traditional waste bins stored in one location and have the recycling bins in another area. While most people don't want to admit it, there are a lot of people that are somewhat lazy, or instead, want to be able to do things in the easiest way possible.

If your employees can conveniently walk up to a trash bin, but have to travel a distance to get to the recycling bin, they are more likely to simply toss recyclable items in the trash bin. Always put both of your waste bins together.

Not Adding Labeling

Don't assume that every person knows exactly what needs to be recycled. While it might seem like common knowledge, this isn't necessarily the case. The problem is sometimes simply that people don't know what they can recycle.

For example, some people are under the impression that only traditional white printing paper can be recycled; however, all types of paper, including paper plates and envelopes can also be recycled. Adding labeling near your waste area will serve as a constant reminder of what is trash and what can be recycled.

A commercial recycling professional can help you in this area. A recycling professional won't just analyze your current recycling plan, but also provide you with helpful insight on effective improvements you can make to increase your efforts. Contact a business, such as Sunwest Metals Inc, for more information. 

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