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Confetti Blunder: We Prefer Prevention

At the nation’s most beloved spectacle, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, confetti flies freely. But, during the 2012 parade, Ethan Finkelstein noticed that some of the pieces of paper flying around him had writing on them, numbers that looked like social security numbers. Other bits revealed the details of legal cases and… Continue Reading

Zero Landfill with Everett Graphics

Everett Graphics, a leading northern California manufacturer of folding cartons, is one of our oldest customers and we have been working together since 1987. In an effort to enhance the Zero Landfill program at Everett Graphics, we collaborated to design this new system to reduce the labor devoted to recycling while ensuring the production of the… Continue Reading

Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter

Junkyard Planet is an educational and enjoyable read which illuminates the complexities of global recycling. A journalist living in China for a decade and the son of a Midwest scrap dealer, Minter guides the reader from curbside pickup in Houston to scrap yards in Asia that sort the waste of wealthy nations. His skills as… Continue Reading

NYTimes: Keeping Swindlers Out of Your Bank and Brokerage Accounts

Paul Sullivan wrote a very informative article on cybercrime in his Wealth Matters series for the New York Times. The link is here: http://nyti.ms/1nl4ydg Sullivan reports that it is “a problem that is increasing at all wealth levels, from individuals with small investment accounts to family offices that serve the wealthiest clients.” Email fraud has increased fivefold… Continue Reading

Is it time to un-brand sustainability?

Down in Texas, I was struggling to get our client to capture more recyclables. The client’s production manager said “We don’t need to recycle. There’s plenty ah Texas to bury it under.”  Texas landmass aside, this statement belies a challenge with the “green” brand. What does a recycling company do in locations where sustainability is… Continue Reading

Free Credit Report

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that requires each of the three largest credit reporting companies— Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide consumers with a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months. This will only occur if you make the request. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the… Continue Reading

Document Shredding – The Latter Day Saints Church

The Church of Latter Day Saints came to American Shredding with a unique shredding situation. They wanted a secure shredding system installed on-site that they could monitor themselves, and they wanted to be sure that all the shredded material was recycled. Due to the extremely small particle size of the shredded material, the five companies… Continue Reading

Product Disposal – Atlantis Casino

Atlantis Casino came to us with a challenging task: they needed to securely destroy and replace $40 million worth of poker chips, and wanted to do so in an environmentally friendly fashion. The secure destruction of the chips was of the utmost importance to Atlantis, as they could not risk the potential for fraudulent use… Continue Reading

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