What Goes Where?

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For most of us, one of the easiest ways to help the environment is to Recycle. Over the years, the list of materials that can be recycled in the BLUE bin has increased, where many of us think if it fits in the container, someone will figure it out. This is called “Wishful Recycling.”

Wishful Recycling contaminates paper and cardboard materials that could have been recycled had they not been contaminated. Wishful Recycling items are items like diapers, batteries, garden hoses, liquids, food, toasters, plastic bags or packaging film, clothing or textiles, electronics, or appliances.

China is one of the biggest markets for recycled materials, and it has imposed strict limits on contamination going from 2% to 0.5%. All the content classified as “Contaminated” is disposed of in the landfill.

What goes into the BLUE bin: All jars, glass and plastic bottles, aluminum cans and metal cans, wrapping paper, clean plastic food containers and cups, mail, magazines, newspaper and phone books, cartons, empty aerosol cans, clean aluminum foil and trays, styrofoam packaging and clean food and drink containers**

if the provider is not the city of San Diego, check if your hauler accepts Styrofoam for Recycling, paper or frozen food boxes, flattened cardboard, paper bags, shredded paper, plastic buckets, tubs, pots, trays, and toys. Batteries, tablets, cameras, cell phones, laptops, they all have one thing in common. They use lithium-ion batteries. They have been the cause of significant fires on the trash and recycling trucks; even when they are considered no longer useful, they can still hold enough energy to create a spark if the terminal scrapes against metal. Batteries should not be placed in Blue containers.

Recycling is everyone’s responsibility; approximately 35,000 tons of recyclable material that should go in the blue bin is placed in the black trash bin and disposed of in the landfill.If you need extra BLUE bin space and the City of San Diego is your trash hauler, they are FREE as long as you pick them up.

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Three Holiday Safety Tips

Christmas is an amazing time full of Joy, Happiness and … shopping. I want you enjoy the Holidays as much as you can. To have an amazing Christmas with your family and friends. I want to share 3 safety tips according to the San Diego Police department.

  1. Don’t display gifts by your window or doors.

2. Don’t advertise what you got for Christmas by putting the empty boxes out on trash day. Break the boxes in pieces and put them in dark trash bags.

Read: #1 Reason To Sell in The Winter

3. Don’t forget to stop mail and newspaper if you are going out of town. You could also ask a neighbor to pick it up for you.

This is Cristobal Jimenez with Coldwell Banker, let’s buy and sell Strategically!

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Identity Theft

It’s never going to happen to me. That’s what I used to say, until one afternoon when I came back from work, my wife picked up the mail earlier and told me asked me why did you apply for a Walmart CC, she handed me the envelope with the new Credit Card, my heart started racing. It wasn’t me the one who applied for it. As we sorted the mail, we also found a Credit Card for Best Buy and Target. I felt butterflies in my stomach; I didn’t know what to do. I called the Credit Card companies to find out more. To my surprise, all the information matched, current address, SSN, DL Number, Name, except the contact information. My first thought I want a new SSN, I thought you could change it, boy I was wrong, I am sticking to this number until the day I die. In 2018, 18 million people in the US suffered from Identity Theft. It’s an equivalent of 16 Billion dollars of debt. 3.3 million people were liable to pay it back.

Photo: debt.org

I will share with you the three steps that I followed, and they prevented me from the financial liability, I still had to fix all the leftover mess.

  1. I called one of the Credit Bureaus to place a 90-day fraud alert. This alert is distributed to the remaining two bureaus, so everyone is aware of the situation. Boy, if that was helpful. I spent 30 mins validating my identity over the phone and updating all the data appropriately. Once I did, my phone rang every 5-10 mins with a new inquiry. I declined all of them. My phone stopped ringing after the 3rd day.
  2. File a Police Report right away. In some locations, you could do it online or even over the phone. I did mine over the weekend over the phone and the following Monday I went police station with all the credit cards, and other “evidence” that I had, I wanted to have my report documented as much as I could. I became an investigator, and Indeed found the physical BestBuy store that the thief went to buy some electronics. I asked for the videotape; however, Best Buy would only release it to the police, and the detective assigned to my case wasn’t interested enough, and he never did anything. It doesn’t surprise me.
  3. Pull a full credit report from the 3 Bureaus. This is when the fun starts and when reality hits. That’s when you realize how fast a stranger can destroy your credit. It only took me three days to go from 740 to 349. There was very little I could do the damage was already done, I focus my energy on fixing it. I sorted the unauthorized CCs with active credit and called them. I was transferred to the fraud department, and the first thing they will do is close the Line of Credit. Then they will launch an internal investigation to find out if you are liable to pay the debt back. One of the first documents you will be asked to share is the police report! Yes!! I had one; after weeks of uncertainty. I received a few letters in the mail from the fraud departments where they were releasing me of the financial liability. I wouldn’t be responsible for paying back. It was a loss to them.

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Nowadays, with technology like apple pay, RFID enabled Credit Cards, online shopping, Venmo, online banking. They had a useful purpose of making our lives easier there is also a dark side of it, are you prepared in case it happens to you?

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Where Do You Get The Protein?

One of the questions that I get asked the most when we became vegans is, where do you get the protein from, and to help answer that question, I am here with Karina, who is a vegan/vegetarian nutritionist. She helped us made the transition to veganism.

I would like you to share with us, where do vegans/vegetarians get their protein from.

That is a very common question; there are a lot of people with that concern. Why? How do we substitute the protein?

Once we make the transition to vegetarian or even veganism, which is a diet a bit more extreme than vegetarianism because we are talking about excluding all foods of animal origin, how are we going to replace the protein from the meat?

With plant-based food, today, that concern is only a myth. To think that we can’t get enough protein from a plant-based diet, it shouldn’t be a concern; it shouldn’t be a concern. It’s only a myth.
You get the protein straight from the vegetables. The group of food with a higher content of protein is legumins.

To be able to meet the recommendations that our body needs, we have to balance the group of foods, to be able to meet the recommendations that our body needs we have to balance the group of foods.

We have the group of the fats, that is to say, oilseeds, what are they nuts and seeds. We have the group of the legumens; we are referring to beans, lentils, broad beans,  tempeh, tofu, every variety of beans, garbanzo beans.

All the varieties mention before belonging to the group of legumins, which have a lot of protein, and we have the group of the grains like quinoa, barley, wheat, rice, corn or polenta which is made of corn, we have amaranth, we have a lot of variety, Kamut; we have triticale also known in English as buckwheat and … well there are a lot of grains.

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