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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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Customers Benefit from Optimized Routing

Route optimization software is helping Novak Sanitary Service improve the efficiency of their waste collection services and continue to be an environmentally responsible, full-service waste collection provider in the greater Sioux Falls area.

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Go Green with Reusable Bags

Plastic bags made their appearance in the 1970s and have become so successful that today they are being used in about 80 percent of the grocery market. Hundreds of billions of plastic bags are used worldwide each year – it’s estimated that consumers in the United States alone go through about 100 billion bags.

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FoodKeeper App Notifies You Before Your Food Spoils!

Wasted food--it drives us crazy and drains our dollars.  According to the EPA, the United States disposed of more than 35 million tons of food in 2013, with 95 percent ending up in landfills or combustion facilities. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change. One big reason for this big waste is that expiration dates are wrong or overly cautious.

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Eliminate Food Waste and Save Money on Groceries

Do you know how much food waste your household produces on a daily basis? On average, American households throw out more than a quarter of their food purchases. At the same time, research shows that nearly everyone produces more food waste than they think they do. Designed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with input from the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum, The Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge is an innovative community food waste prevention tool. The food waste reduction toolkit, which has been linked to a 25% reduction in household wasted food, is made up of simple strategies and tips to help individuals and families prevent food waste at home.

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Reduce or Shred Your Junk Mail and Help the Planet

When we think about recycling, we usually don’t think about our mail. Maybe it’s because receiving mail has become such a mainstay from previous generations. Most of the mail we receive is made of paper, and most of it ends up in the trash. Our lives have become more dependent on the virtual world and less dependent on certain physical items like mail. People hardly write letters anymore and use email and social media to stay in contact with friends and family. Reduce your household’s waste by getting rid of junk mail and let Dakota Data Shred take care of the rest.

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5 Ways to Waste Less in 2015

A new year means new goals and renewed inspiration to live a healthier, less spendy, or more thankful lifestyle. At Novak Sanitary, we’re aiming to waste less and we’d like to challenge you to do the same. Give it a shot with these 5 ways to waste less in 2015:

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Ecofriendly Party Planning

Planning a party this holiday season? Go ecofriendly! It will be so seamless, your friends won’t even know. In fact, they’ll probably deem you the coolest, most masterful party planning guru around! (Yes, these ideas are that “cool”.)

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Reduce Waste in the Kitchen

Chances are, you’re planning a cooking frenzy this holiday season, big or small. After all, what is Thanksgiving without a turkey feast and pumpkin pie? Christmas wouldn’t be the same without cookies and fudge and baked ham! But sometimes in all the craziness, we get a little nuts. Excess leftovers and piles of garbage on the curb. “This year will be different!” we say. But this year… we’re here to help you make a change for the better. We’ve compiled a list of ways to reduce waste during your holiday cooking.

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Memorial Day: Green Holiday Tips for your BBQ

Memorial Day was established in remembrance of the fallen soldiers who gave their lives for our country and for our freedom.  During this holiday many people take time to lay wreaths on grave sites, visit military veterans who are still alive, and just spend quality time with their family and friends.  Cookouts and barbecues are also a popular pastime during the long Memorial Day weekend but can produce a hefty amount of waste and trash, impacting the environment negatively.  Instead follow these green holiday tips to have an eco-friendly cookout that everyone will love this Memorial Day!

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Earth Month: The Rise of Food Waste in America

Did you know that 1.3 billion tons of food are not consumed globally every year?  While that number may seem staggering, did you know Americans are the leading culprit, with 40% of food harvested in Americanever being consumed?  Food waste in America has grown to be an epidemic problem and one that only continues to cause problems.  April, is officially Earth month, and is dedicated to the upkeep and importance of recycling, reusing, and sustaining our Earth for generations to come.  One area that needs to be improved on, not only during Earth month, but during all the months, is the amount of food waste in America.

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