1. Find a convenient place to collect recyclable items. Most things come from the kitchen, making it a good spot to set up a recycling center.
2. Assign containers for glass, plastic, and aluminum. To avoid messes, choose solid containers for storing items such as glass, jars, or cans that may have a sticky residue.
3. Take leftover plastic bags back to grocery stores where they are collected and reused to make plastic lumber.
4. Check the bottom of plastic items to identify what type of plastic they are. If the type is not recycled at your local center, consider ways to reuse the container.
5. Save water and time when recycling cans and bottles. You no longer need to rinse them out or remove their labels.
6. Recycle junk mail or reuse it as scratch paper. To opt-out of certain junk-mailing lists, go to opt-out.cdt.org.
7. Newspapers, magazines, and white paper can all be recycled as long as the paper is clean and dry. Plastic wrap, stickers, or rubber bands should be removed, but staples and plastic window envelopes are OK.
8. Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phones, computers, or power tools. Go to www.rbrc.org to find a drop-off location in your area.
Pacific Steel & Recycling Spokane Washington Branch www.pacific-recycling.com
1114 North Ralph Street •
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 535.1673 • (800) 243.2618
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Sat: 8 am - 12 pm
Pacific Steel & Recycling's road to becoming a steel and recycling giant began as a one-man operation in Spokane, Wash. Joe Thiebes emigrated from Germany in the 1880s and followed his family's business tradition of trading hides and furs. Soon, Thiebes sent his son, also named Joe, to the wilds of Montana. And in the early 1920s, the younger Thiebes officially founded Pacific Hide & Fur Depot in Great Falls.
During World War I, the company expanded beyond furs and hides into collecting ferrous and nonferrous scrap. And this scrap metals venture eventually led the firm to branch out in the 1950s into sales of new steel products. The Thiebes family business continued into the third generation, with another son - again named Joe - joining forces with his father as the company steadily opened additional locations under the Pacific Hide & Fur name.
The Thiebes family owned the company and the senior Joe Thiebes continued to serve as chairman of the board until his death in 1988, though he wasn't involved in Pacific's day-to-day management. The end of daily family involvement in the business came with the death of the younger Joe Thiebes in 1982. However, Pacific is dedicated to carrying on the Thiebes family tradition of “shooting straight”.
Today, Pacific Steel & Recycling is an employee-owned corporation with 38 branch offices in Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana.
Pacific Steel & Recycling offers competitive prices, convenient locations and the ability to serve chain stores and other businesses with facilities in several markets. We’ll make it easy, efficient, and even profitable, to dispose of your scrap metal, cardboard and paper. Same-day or next-day service is always available.
Our recycling facilities are well-organized to make drop-offs easy. And you never have to worry about unsightly messes, because we can provide and maintain on-site roll-off containers for all your recycling needs, and we promptly empty them. Pacific's digital scales provide accurate weigh-ins, so precise record keeping is never a problem. And our prices are provided up-front so there’s no question of how much you’ll get for how much you’re giving.
Consumers will also benefit from our accurate and easy-to-use facilities. Whether you have a bag full of aluminum beverage cans, or a flatbed loaded with scrap steel, Pacific is quick and convenient. Many locations even provide Drive Through Recycling, and to support our communities, all of our locations will let you donate your recyclables to charity. For more information about our services, click here.
Mercury occurs naturally in our air, soil and water. However, significant amounts of additional mercury pollute our ecosystem every year. This mercury is harmful to fish, wildlife and humans. The National Mercury Switch Removal Program (NMSRP) is an effort to reduce the amount of mercury entering the environment.
NMSRP’s goal is to significantly reduce air emissions of mercury from steel-making facilities that shred, crush and recycle automobiles by substantially reducing the number of mercury-containing switches found in these vehicles. You can help by ensuring that you take your vehicle to a recycling facility or auto wrecking yard that participates in the program. Watch the video to see how easy it is to remove these pollution-causing switches.