There are many refuse disposal methods available. Which one is right for you depends on the type and amount of junk or debris you’re looking to get rid of. Disposal options include recycling/reusing, renting a dumpster, hiring a junk removal service, hauling it to the transfer station yourself, or bringing it to a hazardous waste collection event. Which of these waste disposal options is best for you? It depends on the type of waste. Below is your answer on how to get rid of anything.
How to Get Rid of Anything
Garbage from the kitchen, bathroom, etc., old furniture, broken toys, and packing materials are considered household trash. Typically items in this category are picked up by the weekly trash removal service, but if you’re moving or doing a massive clean out, a dumpster rental can make the job easier. Be sure that any appliance with Freon, fluorescent lights, old paint, or other hazardous wastes are handled appropriately and not mixed in with other household trash.
Items such as lumber, drywall, wood floors, carpeting, and roofing debris are included in construction debris. Your local trash pickup with not handle these items and a dumpster rental is required in most areas. To cut down on costs, look at what items you may be able to reuse or sell, such as cedar siding, bulk amounts of scrap metal, and wood flooring.
Fall and spring yard cleanups produce organic waste, which is best handled by composting. If you don’t have a compost area in your yard, check with your neighbors or considering bringing it (or having it hauled) to the composting facility in your area. For larger items like logs, consider contacting junk haulers who have the necessary equipment to handle such projects.
Getting a new refrigerator, stove, washer, or dryer is always exciting, but unless you had the old one hauled away when they delivered your shiny new appliance, you’re left with your old one to dispose of and wondering how to get rid of it. Consider saving on costs and helping others by donating your old appliances to Habitat for Humanity or a similar service or selling them on Craigslist. If you’ve got an entire household’s worth of appliance, a dumpster rental or junk hauler may be the easiest way to remove them all in one convenient trip.
Hazardous Household Wastes
Those old paint cans, dead batteries, and vehicle fluids, among other things, are considered hazardous waste. They each require special handling to protect groundwater from contamination. Contact your local transfer station for advice about specific hazards and to find out when they hold their hazardous waste collection day.
Paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metals are all recyclable. These items should not be mixed with regular household waste. If your area has curbside pickup, they will provide you with a separate bin for recyclable items. Alternatively, you can bring these items to the recycling center yourself.
Most kitchen scraps can be easily composted. Did you know that you can also compost coffee grounds and filters, hair and nail clippings, vacuumed up dust and debris along with leaves and twigs from your yard? Meat, cheese, dairy, fats, bread, and processed food items should not be composed and nor should the waste from any animals that eat these foods.
If there’s something you need to dispose of that’s not on this list, call your local transfer station and ask them about the local policies and procedures. And don’t forget to call Wynn’s Bins for all your local dumpster rental needs.