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Four Tips for Dealing With Waste

When you have excess trash following a home remodel or DIY project, you might need to take the items to the dump. Your home garbage can only holds so much, so it is often necessary to bring it yourself or have it hauled away. Here are some tips for dealing with different types of waste.

Choose Your Method of Disposal

The first thing you need to do is decide exactly how you want to dispose of the trash or remodeling scraps. If you don't have a lot of trash and have a pickup truck, you may want to consider bringing it to the dump yourself. Keep in mind there is probably a small fee to get into the dump, but this is the least expensive option. Another option is to hire a skip bin from a waste disposal service, where the company delivers a large rubbish bin to your property, which you keep on the street or in your driveway. Throw all of the waste into the bin, then call the company to have it picked up. Your final option is to pay a hauling company to pick up all the waste and bring it to the dump for you. This will be the most expensive option.

Separate Trash and Recyclable Material

Now that you know how you want to dispose of the waste, you need to decide what actually needs to be thrown away. You might have some items following your remodeling project that can be reused, donated, or recycled. You should not throw these items away, since they end up in landfills and are bad for the environment. For example, items like glass windows, wooden doors, and ceramic tiles can either be reused for other projects or recycled. Check with local recycling plants to ask what items they take. Some companies may even pick up the recyclables for you.

Find an Electronics Drop-Off Location

With your electronic devices or appliances, you can choose a special type of recycling center that accepts these items. Some neighborhood recycling centers do take electronics, but not all of them do. With items like cell phones, televisions, and computers, check with local electronics stores, as they might refurbish them. If you have appliances that you are getting rid of in order to upgrade them, ask your local energy company. They might pick up the old appliances for you.

Get a Yard Waste Bin

If you have yard waste from cutting grass, trimming trees, or pulling weeds, don't just put it in your regular trash bin or the skip bin. In this case, you want to have a separate bin only for yard waste. Contact your local waste disposal company to ask if they can deliver a yard waste bin. This may not be collected at the same time as your trash bin, so you will need to find out about the weekly schedule.

About Me

Cleaning up after tenants

I have a few rental properties and you wouldn't believe the mess that some tenants leave when they vacate the premises. They think that the bond will cover the cleaning but sometimes I'm also embarassed when I have to show the cleaning services what they will need to clean up. At least it's not my fault that the place is so messy. The cleaning services are always professional and when the place is really bad I can take the tenants back to the small claims court and claim back the cost of the excess cleaning bill. This blog is about cleaning up after grotty tenants.