A very green shout-out

The 3 Rs

We are as pleased as punch that folks have been picking up on our recycling practices. Thanks to some great stories by The New York Times: Green Blog and TreeHugger. My favorite part has to be The NY Times calling us “Virtuous” and “Fun”. How very flattering! If you didn’t get a chance to read the articles (tsk, tsk!), let me recap.

We recycle plastic jewel cases.
How? After our 90-Day Guarantee expires, we round up the jewel cases that came with your mail-in kit, and deliver them to our local Waste Management facility. Waste Management processes the recyclable materials and finds markets to manufacture new items from the recycled plastic.
How much? On an average trip to the recycling facility, we drop off a ton of plastic!
Why’s that important?
It’s always better to recycle than to dispose.

We sell used music compact discs.
How? Once we receive your CD collection at our HQ, we post all your discs to your Murfie account. Start making sales and trades with other Murfie members, so that CDs get to have a longer life. When products are reused, their life becomes a continues cycle.
How much? As many CDs as you’d like to send us and list for sale on Murfie. ;)
Why’s that important?
It’s always better to reuse than to dispose.

Disposing waste is bad because it usually means one of two things: landfill or incineration. Both are icky for the environment. In fact, disposal is the least attractive option in waste management. The Rs are much more eco-friendly: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Waste management is kind of like a pecking order. If you need a visual aid, take a look at this waste hierarchy (it’s a pyramid that classifies waste management strategies according to their desirability). If you want to recycle your CDs and packaging, but don’t want to sell them on Murfie, take a look at the CD Recycling Center of America. It’s an incredibly helpful website dedicated to disc recycling education, awareness, and options.

Operation Recycle Plastic

Murfie’s recycling practices

Murfie can be kind of a MRF sometimes. Though not a riddle, you may feel stumped, so take a look at this Q&A to clear things up. If you’re only mildly confused, let’s skip ahead to the short version. Murfie=MRF=Materials Recycling Facility, because Murfie receives collections of CDs, then separates and recycles the unwanted plastic stuff. Unwanted?—Yes, unwanted—So stuff, plastic stuff, that I don’t want anymore?—Yeahhh—So that could mean, that must mean…—Plastic jewel cases, we bid you farewell.

Yes indeedy, we’ll help you part ways with your jewel cases. And I promise, saying goodbye is really easy:
Step 1
Request a kit, and we’ll send you a box and prepaid postage
Step 2 Round up your discs, put ’em in the box, and send it back to us
Step 3 Once we receive your kit, we’ll warehouse your CDs at our HQ
Step 4 Go Operation Recycle Plastic

So, how exactly does Murfie execute Operation Recycle Plastic? I regret that my answer cannot be more epic, but nonetheless here’s a quick breakdown of our humble recycling practices. Because municipal recycling programs typically don’t collect the type of plastic (polystyrene) that’s used in jewel case manufacturing, we partner with a local Waste Management facility to take care of the bulk quantities we accumulate. As North America’s largest recycler, Waste Management manages the recyclable plastics we drop off.

While not terribly exciting, talking about plastics recycling does have merit. Plastics are valuable as a resource. When recovered properly, recycled plastics can help make other products, which also decreases the volume of waste subject to landfills. Reduce, reuse, recycle! By the way, plastics recycling is not available in all areas, so you’ll have to check to see if recycling facilities exist in your community. Here’s one way to do so.

Next post I’ll cover the resin identification coding system. Good times, so get.excited.now.