Refuse and Recycling Blog

Do You Know What You’re Throwing into Your Waste Container?

Posted on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

We are experts at producing waste, which in turn causes a variety of environmental problems. For example, the food we throw away is responsible for the majority of methane emissions. Methane is one of the worst greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

The United States, as a whole, sends more than 250 million tons of waste to landfills each year, and another 90 million tons to recycling and composting plants. These staggering numbers account for both household and commercial waste. Businesses are beginning to take major steps to help reduce this amount, but most individuals have yet to catch on and take action.

Steps to Reduce Household Waste 

The ultimate goal should be zero waste for companies and individuals alike, however this may not be completely feasible. We can however, take basic steps to begin to reduce our waste. The most important step is to examine what you’re throwing away—you’ll soon realize just how much waste you are throwing out that you could be instead recycling, composting, or repurposing. 

Most experts suggest that up to fifty percent of the waste we send to landfills each year is only there because we're too lazy to take the extra steps necessary to sort and recycle it. Performing a simple waste audit can help people to realize the extent of their waste (per household) and show how easy it can be to help reduce it.

Performing a Waste Audit 

The first step to reducing household waste is to perform what is known as a waste audit. Basically, this means saving up all of your trash for a week, then sorting it out into different piles based on the type of waste.

Of course, you're going to want to wear gloves and do this in an area that you don't mind getting a little dirty, as sorting your waste can get a bit messy (especially the stuff from earlier in the week).

Once you're set up and ready to go, separate the waste into the following piles—

  • Paper/Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Food and food packaging
  • Unsanitary waste (diapers, bathroom items, tissues, etc.)
  • Yard waste
  • Electronics and other potentially hazardous waste

Recyclable vs. Non-recyclable 

After sorting your waste into piles, you'll then want to weigh each one to get a better idea of what portion of your trash each one makes up and how much total waste you're producing on a weekly basis.

Now it's time to think about recycling, as nearly all of the piles can be either recycled or disposed of in ways other than by sending them to a landfill, (although unsanitary items such as bathroom waste should always be thrown away). In addition, items like electronics, batteries and the like should never be thrown away, and instead disposed of in the manner recommended by your local waste management company.

Regardless of where you live, your community most likely offers recycling for paper, cardboard, some plastics, and yard waste at the very least, the odds that these recyclable items make up quite a large percentage of your weekly trash. Consequently, by sorting out these items before they get thrown away, you’ll see an immediate and huge reduction in your trash.

As far as food waste goes, there are a few things you can do. One idea is to start a compost pile for some food items, such as eggshells, coffee grounds, spoiled fruit and vegetables, etc. Still, the easiest way to reduce food waste is to simply buy less food. A huge portion of our food waste comes directly from buying more food than we actually need and can consume, then throwing the extra food out when it spoils.

Generally, we all need to do our part in reducing waste to help protect the environment. The easiest way to start is the simple act of examining the waste we throw out. We should take the extra time and effort to—

  • Collect our waste
  • Sort and weigh it (quantifying the amount of waste we are actually throwing out)
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle

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Do You Know What Dumpster You Need For Your Waste Management Job?

Posted on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

If you’re working on a big project at home, or at a commercial facility, you may be a bit overwhelmed by waste. After all, your regular waste pickup service probably can’t handle the amount of refuse you have to dispose of. Luckily, at John’s Refuse, you can rent a number of different dumpsters in a variety of sizes—one of which is sure to meet your needs.

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Everything You Need to Know about Renting a Waste Management Dumpster

Posted on Thu, Jan 09, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Disposing of waste is often a complicated matter--especially if you have an abundance to dispose of for one reason or another. If you are renovating, hosting a big event, cleaning up after a natural disaster or otherwise dealing with a huge amount of waste, chances are your normal curbside pickup does not cut it in terms of disposal. If this is the case for you, it may be time to consider dumpster rental. Before you commit to a rental, keep the following in mind, and you will have a stress-free disposal process.

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Should Your Business Rent a Stationary or Vertical Compactor

Posted on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
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What You Should Not Put in a Front Load Dumpster

Posted on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

Are you a homeowner or business that has yard, food waste, construction waste and other waste that you need to get rid off, contact a local waste management comapny for pick up service or to rent a dumpster. Are you considering renting a dumpster? There are a number of different types available, sometimes it can be hard to know which dumpster is right for your needs. Front load dumpsters are smaller than other types of dumpsters, and frequently seen behind businesses. The "front load" part refers to how the dumpsters are picked up and dumped. There are different sizes depending on your needs.

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Why Your Company Should Put A Lock On Your Dumpster

Posted on Tue, Nov 06, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
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Guidelines on Renting a Dumpster in CT

Posted on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

Whether you're contemplating some ambitious home improvements, clearing your garden in preparation for landscaping or getting rid of obsolete machinery at your place of business, you are going to need some way of collecting and removing large amounts of trash. Dumpster Rentals in CT are a cost-effective solution.

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What to Expect if You Need an Extra Trash Haul

Posted on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

Garbage collection for your home is done by a local, dedicated trash company. You can find a trash company to pick up garbage at your home by looking through the phone book yellow pages or by using the Internet.

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Tips & Tricks on Different Sized Containers & Which Are Right For You

Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

Garbage containers come in various sizes depending on your needs. The size of garbage container used will depend on the type that you require. Container types include roadside bins and dumpster bins that are available for use at your home. Determine the type needed based on the requirements of a specific job or task.

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How to Dispose of Large Garbage Items

Posted on Fri, Mar 02, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

Many new homeowners are unaware of how to handle disposing of their large garbage items. Some even put the large items on their curbs and are left surprised when the waste removal trucks ignore them. When dealing with larger items, contact your local trash removal company to determine the best way to dispose of them. 

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