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Things are always changing and improving so we frequently publish useful articles in this section. Here you can learn more about what you can do to help support Novak Sanitary Services in our unending mission to keep the greater Sioux Falls region clean and pristine.

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America Recycles Day is November 15

America Recycles Day, on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, is a national initiative to encourage recycling:

One day to educate.
One day to motivate.
One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

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Recycling Glass Bottles and Jars

From glass vegetable jars to soda and beer bottles—glass is a remarkably adaptable material. And recycled glass offers exciting benefits to both consumers and the manufacturing industry. Concerned consumers as well as glass manufacturers are using more and more recycled glass to improve sustainability and lower costs.

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Recycling Cans with the Sioux Falls Recycling Experts at Novak is Easy!

Over 34 million tons of food gets wasted in the United States annually, but canned food cuts back on that waste. Canned food keeps longer in the pantry and the steel and aluminum cans used to store food are 100% recyclable over and over again, making it highly economical (Source: CanCentral).  As your Sioux Falls recycling experts, we accept all steel and aluminum cans in all residential recycling containers.

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Residential Recycling & Prescription Bottles: What You Should Know

At one time or another, you’ve probably received a prescription bottle from the doctor.  After you’ve finished with the prescribed medication, what do you do with the empty prescription bottles?  As a Novak customer, you can place your empty prescription bottles in your residential recycling cart.  However, before you send them off to be recycled, there are some things you should know.

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Reduce E-Waste by Following This CD/DVD Recycling Guide

Technology is always changing. Always evolving. What becomes the standard medium evolves into something completely different and typically requires a new set of hardware. From vinyl to cassettes, CDs to MP3s and now, streaming music services, we find ourselves upgrading to the latest, greatest technology. But, what happens to the old stuff? E-waste is a growing problem and much of the hardware, as well as the discs and drives that we use with that hardware contain hazardous chemicals that can harm our landfills. Because these discs from yesteryear can’t be put in your Novak single-stream recycling bin, let’s show you how to reduce your e-waste through CD recycling.

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Recycling Batteries: Everything You Need to Know About Safe & Proper Battery Disposal

Batteries provide us with a portable and convenient power source. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they supply us with power for everyday electronics like toys and cellphones, to power tools and laptops. Batteries do more than just power our everyday items, they also keep things running during emergencies. They help control power fluctuations, run commuter trains, and provide back-up power for critical needs like hospitals and military operations. The versatility of batteries is reflected in the different sizes and shapes, but all batteries have two common elements that combine to make power: an electrolyte and a heavy metal.

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Safely Disposing Your CFL Lights: What to do When You Break a CFL Bulb

With traditional incandescent lights being phased out, and compact flourescent lights (CFL) being the most affordable alternative (next to halogen incandescents), it’s important to know how to properly dispose of a CFL bulb once it has burned out or is broken. CFL lights aren’t made out of the same materials that regular incandescent or LED bulbs are made of. In fact, a CFL bulb contains some of the following materials:

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