You might never give a second thought to trash collection services other than to place your trash on the end of your driveway on the appropriate day. My name is Lisa, and I want to tell you why you should think about your local sanitation and what happens to your trash after the garbage workers have taken it away. Did you know that trash that is not appropriately collected can cause health problems in your community? It can also damage the environment and the quality of your water and air. Educate yourself about what happens to the trash in your community so you can effectively fight for the health of your family and your planet.
Renting a roll-off dumpster can be a great way to get rid of the unwanted trash around your home. You have the option of renting an 8,10,15, 20, 30, or 40 yard container for your needs. The number of yards refers to the square yardage within the dumpster itself. Many residential customers choose to use 8 yard dumpsters that are 10 feet by 8 feet with a height of 3.5 feet. The dumpster will be removed from your property and emptied once you are done with it. However, this does not mean you can put anything that you want in the container.
Keep reading to find out what should not be put in the dumpster rental and how you can dispose of the items properly.
Most landfills do not allow tires to be thrown away, and 11 states have completely banned the practice of throwing tires into overfilled landfills. Regulations exist, because tires take up a great deal of space. Automotive tires range in size from 21 to 54 inches in diameter and the hard rubber does not compress to leave room for other garbage materials. The various materials in the tires themselves can leach into the soil around the landfill as well, and it can then contaminate the water in the region. These materials include petroleum oil and lead, and the tires can start on fire if they become hot enough.
Instead of throwing your old and used tires in your roll-off dumpster for easy disposal, recycle them for reuse. Many towns have designated spaces and dates where they accept the tires. If this does not occur in your area, then contact your town to see if the municipal building or local recycling center will take the tires. Before recycling though, ask an auto repair shop to remove the metal wheel casings from the interior of the tire. These items can be brought to a scrap metal business for recycling too.
Grass, Leaves, and Tree Branches
If you decide to do a little spring cleaning across your property as you clean out your home, then you may end up with piles of branches, grass, and leaves that you want to get rid of. It may seem easy to throw the debris into your dumpster, but this is not a good idea. Green organic materials can be best used for composting purposes to create mulch or ground cover across areas that do not contain a lot of vegetation. The nitrogen specifically helps to feed the soil. Not only is this good for the soil, but it also keeps the materials out of landfills where they can decompose and erode. This can cause sink holes across the facility.
You can contact a composting facility in your area to see if they will take your organic materials, or you can create a compost bin on your own property. If you decide to do this, then make sure to add old vegetables, grains, and other food items to your bin to create nutrient rich compost for your lawn.
Batteries should never be thrown in the trash, and they definitely should not be placed into a dumpster either. This includes the small AA batteries from your electronics, as well as old and dead batteries that have been removed from your lawn mower or car. Batteries are extremely dangerous for anyone who transports your dumpster or unloads it. The batteries also can contaminate the earth and water. This is due to the large amount of chemicals and metals contained inside the battery casings. These include mercury, lead, nickel, cadmium, and sulfuric acid.
Instead of throwing old batteries away, contact your local home repair or electronics store to see if they accept old batteries. These establishments are often designated as battery drop off locations. Your local recycling center may be able to take them as well. Before you handle batteries and transport them for recycling, just make sure there are no holes or openings in them that could cause a potential acid burn. If batteries are damaged, put them in a plastic bag before handing them off.