America Recycles Day – Ten Tips for Reducing Waste at Home

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November 15, 2010 is America Recycles Day. Yet not many homeowners are aware that they can make smarter decisions at home to help reduce waste while at the same time increasing comfort and safety. Now is the perfect time for homeowners to learn how to protect the environment as they care for their homes. CertainTeed Corporation, a provider of earth-friendly building solutions, offers several tips to help homeowners cut back on waste in their homes while also helping to protect our planet.

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November 15, 2010 is America Recycles Day. Yet not many homeowners are aware that they can make smarter decisions at home to help reduce waste while at the same time increasing comfort and safety. Now is the perfect time for homeowners to learn how to protect the environment as they care for their homes. CertainTeed Corporation, a provider of earth-friendly building solutions, offers several tips to help homeowners cut back on waste in their homes while also helping to protect our planet.

  •     Let your fingers do the recycling: Phone books are distributed in most communities two times per year. You don’t want to throw them in the trash, but you don’t want them piling up in your closet. To find a location near you to drop-off phone books (and most other materials) visit http://www.Earth911.com. Recycled phone books are used in roofing materials, insulation materials, grocery bags and paper towels.
  •     Find out what trash your community accepts: Call your local recycling center to determine what types of materials they accept, if they do curbside pick-up and if they provide recycling bins. This is important for everyday recycling, but can also be useful when undertaking home improvement projects involving materials you don’t regularly use.
  •     Hazardous products require special care: Paint cans and aerosol cans are recyclable but are considered hazardous waste and need to be separated from other metals. Leave labels on all cans so recyclers know what was in them and can determine how to properly dispose of them. Try to return lid along with empty paint cans. Visit http://www.Earth911.com to find out the rules for proper recycling of these materials in your area.
  •     Don’t throw away your batteries: Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phones, computers, or power tools. Go to http://www.rbrc.org to find a drop-off location near you.
  •     Almost anything can be recycled: Many people think they can only recycle cans, bottles or newspapers, but you can actually recycle most anything. This includes carpets, towels, rubber, building materials, cardboard boxes, plastic food containers and more. Before you toss something into the trash, think carefully about whether it could be recycled.
  •     Wall materials can contain recycled materials: What’s in your walls can also make an environmental impact. Today’s drywall, or gypsum, that makes up your actual walls can contain recycled materials. Find out what your contractor is putting in your home. All of CertainTeed’s gypsum paper-faced board products consist of 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper.
  •     Insulation keeps you warm and the earth green: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates a homeowner can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs by sealing and insulating around the home. Installing CertainTeed’s Sustainable Insulation in your attic is an easy, safe and effective way to make sure your home doesn’t lose heat in the winter, or cool air in the summer. Plus, this fiberglass insulation is made up of organic, naturally abundant or recycled materials, including a recycled glass content of 35 percent. Don’t forget to insulate exposed pipes and faucets in the outer walls, crawl spaces and garage.
  •     Make your siding work for you: Look for fiber cement siding that is made from recycled materials. For example, CertainTeed’s WeatherBoards™ has a recycled content of 50 percent and can contribute to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
  •     From roof to road: If you need to get a new roof, make sure that your contractor is properly disposing of the old shingles. CertainTeed has recently teamed up with East Coast Shingle Recyclers, Inc., of Lansdale, Pa. to offer its Roofing Responsibly™ program, where old shingles are recycled into paving materials and used in new road construction. Ask your contractor about similar programs to make sure your old materials won’t be sitting in a landfill.
  •     Take advantage of the $1500 tax credit: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act entitles you to an energy tax credit of up to $1500 on energy-efficient building materials like insulation and roofing. Act now because the tax credit expires on December 31, 2010.For more information, visit http://www.certainteed.com/energytaxcredit/.

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Images, product samples and industry comments are available upon request. To speak to an expert, contact Mike Loughery of CertainTeed Corporation at mike.b.loughery@saint-gobain.com or 610-341-7328.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009 and 2010, CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2009. http://www.certainteed.com

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