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What You Should Know About A Roll-Off Dumpster Rental

Posted by on Jan 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Should Know About A Roll-Off Dumpster Rental

Do you dread having to drive back and forth to a dump yard to get rid of all of the junk you are throwing away? You don’t have to leave your property to get rid of the trash if you rent a roll-off dumpster, which means you can also save money on gas. In this article, learn how a roll-off dumpster rental can be helpful when you have a lot of trash that has to be discarded.

How Much Trash Can Fit Inside of a Roll-Off Dumpster?

The amount of trash that can be placed in a roll-off dumpster depends on what size you rent. There will also be capacity limits to follow for each dumpster size, and you can be fined extra money for exceeding the limit. The smallest dumpster size that can be rented is 10 cubic square feet, but a roll-off dumpster is usually the size of the back of a dump truck and can be as much as 40 cubic yards. Basically, the rental company will send someone in a truck that has the dumpster on it to drop it off on your property. The roll-off dumpster will automatically be retrieved on the day that your rental contract is up (unless you pay for more time).

What Kind of Trash Can Be Put Inside of a Roll-Off Dumpster?

The type of trash that you can put in a roll-off dumpster depends on what the rules of the rental company are. For instance, some dumpster rental companies will give you a list of specific items that are not allowed in the dumpster due to them being a possible safety hazard. Old refrigerators are a good example of an item that can be hazardous, as they may still have Freon in them. Freon is a harmful chemical that must be disposed of in a special way to prevent pollution to the environment. Furniture, paper and some of the typical items that are placed in a residential garbage bin should be okay inside of a roll-off dumpster.

What Does a Roll-Off Dumpster Rental Cost?

The cost to rent a dumpster for at least three days with the dump fees included should cost at least $90. However, you are looking to spend more money if you want a roll-off dumpster that has a trash capacity of 40 cubic yards. A large dumpster can cost up to $850 and up. What you place inside of the dumpster will also affect the overall price. Rent a roll-off dumpster as soon as possible so you can get rid of all of the trash around your house in a more efficient manner!

Contact a business like East Central Sanitation & Recycling to learn more.

Recycling The Scrap Gold In Old Computer Parts For Profit

Posted by on Nov 5th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Recycling The Scrap Gold In Old Computer Parts For Profit

If you are considering recycling scrap gold, your first thought is probably to begin collecting all of the jewelry you can find. Buying up rings at yard sales, however, may not be your most lucrative option; there is a less well known source of gold inside the very device needed for you to read this article. Computers use gold as a conductor because of its high malleability and durability, meaning it is a valuable part of nearly every chip in use today. By breaking down old computers and salvaging the gold within, you can not only help recycle metals, but you can also turn a tidy profit in the process.   

Finding a Steady Supply of Computers

You might have a dozen old computers sitting in your garage, but if you want to turn gold recycling into a steady hobby, you will eventually need more. So long as you are willing to dispose of the rest of the electronics in a safe and legal manner, you may be able to start a small recycling business in your neighborhood by taking in unwanted computers. Check local regulations before you begin accepting electronic waste, but a few advertisements online and word of mouth could be all you need to secure a steady supply.  

Identifying the Right Parts

Gold in a computer is located in its circuitry, where it serves as a conductor in thin filaments called fingers. Typically, the parts you are interested in are the motherboard, PCI boards, RAM and processor, which all possess circuitry and therefore gold. Remove these parts from the computer and dispose the rest of the case and parts as required by law. If the motherboard has a battery attached, it will also need to be removed and disposed of before it can be refined. 

Recycling the Scrap Gold

Although it is possible to chemically strip and refine the gold on your own, the process is somewhat involved and can be very dangerous for those who are not familiar with handling chemicals. Melting down the gold and other metals of a circuit can lead to the inhalation of toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc and beryllium. For this reason, it is recommended that stripped scrap gold in circuitry instead be sent to a dedicated gold refining center that can recycle the metal safely and efficiently. This saves you the hassle and danger of chemically purifying the gold yourself, while still providing a fair value for the metals you have salvaged. With dedication and an entrepreneurial spirit, recycling scrap gold can quickly become a rewarding and profitable hobby. If you have any questions on gold refining, consider contacting a local specialist, such as Mid-States Recycling & Refining, to discuss your concerns.

Garbage Tips: Are You Throwing These 2 Health-Enhancing Things Away?

Posted by on Jul 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garbage Tips: Are You Throwing These 2 Health-Enhancing Things Away?

You might not know that some of the things you throw away can be useful for you and your family’s health. The following guide should help you recognize some of the things that you can use. This should dramatically reduce the amount of waste that your home produces and help the environment.

Rethink Throwing Away Your Eggshells

Believe it or not, your bones and teeth are not permanently strong. Your bones and teeth need constant remineralization to stay strong and fend off bacterial attacks and age-related degeneration. Your bones and teeth are mostly made of calcium, and you can find a highly concentrated amount of calcium in eggshells, which you can cultivate.

Just follow the steps below:

  1. Put your eggshells in water, and heat to 140 degrees.
  2. Let your eggshells boil for 3 1/2 minutes.
  3. Allow your eggshells to cool.
  4. Pulverize your shells in your food processor, and add them to your smoothies or meals.

Adding eggshells to you and your family’s diet should help prevent cavities and osteoarthritis, among other things. Make sure you purchase eggs from chickens that are fed organically and live a free-range life, as these are healthier and safer eggs. You can clearly see that recycling can even do some good for your health.

Keep Those Banana Peels

Most people just discard a banana peel, but the banana peel can help whiten you and your family’s teeth naturally. The secret is the manganese and potassium contained in the banana peel. These ingredients are absorbed by the teeth and help whiten them.

Follow the steps below:

  1. Brush your teeth with the inside of the banana peel.
  2. Allow the residue to stay on your teeth for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Clean your teeth off completely.

Another thing that you should know about banana peels is they may help fight off mood swings and depression. This is because of the lutein content in banana peels. Lutein seems to correct serotonin levels, which are neurotransmitters associated with good emotions. The research also pointed out that lutein helps regenerate retina cells, meaning that you and your family’s eyes might be safer from overexposure to light. All you have to do is juice your banana peel or boil it, and drink the water.

As you can see, you can get a little more use out of the aforementioned things decreasing the amount of trash you throw away. You can ask your recycling specialist about other things that you can do to lessen the amount of trash your home produces. If you have a big project that needs cleaned up, visit Waconia Roll-Off Service.

What Can You Do With Your Used Restaurant Oil?

Posted by on Jun 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Can You Do With Your Used Restaurant Oil?

If you own or manage a fast food restaurant, disposing of your used cooking grease and cleaning the grease traps may be the bane of your existence. However, there are a few recycling options that could help make this process simpler while allowing this oil to be reused over and over again in other applications. Read on to learn more about some changes you can make to the grease disposal process. 

What are the benefits of recycling used cooking oil?

As fuel demand continues to grow, consumers and scientists alike are looking to alternative sources of fuel to power vehicles, homes, and commercial buildings. Manufacturing biodiesel with oil—on a micro or macro level—and using this fuel to power diesel engines and heat pumps can significantly reduce petroleum demands while saving consumers money.

By recycling your restaurant’s cooking oil rather than throwing it away or having it picked up by a waste-processing company, you can help provide an inexpensive, renewable source of fuel and avoid adding to landfill or waterway waste. In some cases, you may even be able to sell your oil to an individual who wants to distill biodiesel for private use. In other situations, you may give the oil away in exchange for a thorough cleaning of your grills and grease traps. 

Who may be interested in your used oil?

The ideal market segment for your used oil largely depends upon the amount you produce on a regular basis. To keep costs low and help maintain a trademark taste for your fried and grilled food, you may strain and reuse your oil for a few weeks before performing an oil change. In this case, you’ll likely want to sell or give your waste oil to an individual consumer who has a biodiesel still. This person will take your oil and run it through a filtering process that will produce relatively pure biodiesel. The final product can be used in place of diesel fuel for vehicles or in place of heating oil for residences. Some space heaters are also designed to consume biodiesel fuel. 

If your restaurant produces a more substantial amount of waste oil, you may be able to parlay this regular outflow of oil into a contract with a local recycling company or corporation whose facilities run on biodiesel, such as Ace Grease Service. Often, these companies will recycle your fuel at no cost to you because they can later sell this oil to other consumers or reduce current utility bills. 

Tips For Setting Up A Recycling System In Your Restaurant

Posted by on Jun 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Setting Up A Recycling System In Your Restaurant

Your restaurant may seem to generate a lot of waste, but the good news is that most of it can be recycled and reused. This means you don’t have to overload the local landfill and you can make your restaurant greener. The following tips can help you implement a system:

Back of House

Compost Successfully: A lot of the waste coming out of a restaurant is food waste. Although many restaurants now donate edible food to shelters or livestock farmers, there is still an issue with truly spoiled food, vegetable scraps, and leftover food from customer plates. Choosing a trash company that also provides compost services can solve this conundrum. You will be provided with separate bins for all food waste, which the company will pick up regularly to compost.

Divide and Conquer: Your kitchen is likely the busiest environment in your business, so you don’t want to stress your cooks more by implementing a complicated system. In most cases, a simple three-way divided bin system is sufficient. One for compost, one for single stream recycling, and another for actual garbage. Make sure they are clearly labeled and kept in the same location at all times, so they are easier to use.

Front of House

Manage the Wait Stations: Wait stations shouldn’t be a place of waste. Most non-reusable items that go through a standard wait, hostess or cashier stand should be recyclable. This includes napkins, paper cups, and receipts. Keep two small trash cans in your wait stations, one for the trash and one for food items. Chances are all the trash can go to your recycling center, while the food items are perfect for the compost bin.

Make It Easy on the Customers: More and more consumers are on board for recycling, but you need to take the effort out of the process. Start by using primarily recyclable materials, including cups, plates and flatware. Next, opt for a single-stream recycling option. Most customers are more than happy to dump their tray in a single recycling bin, but they may become frustrated or make errors if they have to divide the plastic from the paper.

The key to greening your restaurant’s waste disposal is to choose the right service. You need a company that offers single stream recycling so you nor your customers are sorting waste, while also offering industry specific options like a compost service. Finally, select a service that provides everything you need to implement the system, including disposal containers and signage to use throughout your business.

To learn more, contact a company like E.L. Harvey & Sons.

Waking Up To A Mess Every Morning? How To Safely Keep Dogs Out Of Your Trash

Posted by on Jun 13th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Waking Up To A Mess Every Morning? How To Safely Keep Dogs Out Of Your Trash

If you wake up each morning to trash scattered all over your yard, a dog may be the culprit. Follow the tips below to keep your yard clean. They work well, and they are safe for the dog.

Use a Barking Dog Alarm

Put a barking dog alarm behind the trash bins to scare the dog off. These alarms use radar and microwave technologies to send out radio waves. If these waves detect any kind of movement, the barking alarm will go off.

Either you can purchase plug in alarms, or if you do not have an electrical outlet outside close to the trash bins, you can purchase battery-controlled alarms. You can purchase these alarms at some home supply stores, online, or contact a security company who may have them.

Prevent Them From Blowing Down

If your trash bins blow down when it is windy outside, this makes it even easier for dogs to get into them. To keep this from happening, you can use bungee cords. Use the type of screws that will hold secure into the exterior walls of your home. For example, stainless steel screws hold well to vinyl, or concrete screws work well with brick. Screw in a D ring behind the trash bins. Wrap a bungee cord around the trash bin, and secure the ends of it to the D ring. When purchasing the screws and D ring, make sure they are resistant to rust.

Use A Spray

Visit your pet store and find a natural spray that contains cayenne pepper oil. Spray the oil on the ground around the trash bins, as well as on the side and top of the bins. When dogs step on the oil, it will not hurt them. They may get a little tingle on their paws. They will not like the smell either. You will have to do this each night, as the oil will lose its effectiveness throughout the day.

If you cannot find this spray, make it yourself. Fill up a spray bottle with water, add a few drop of the cayenne pepper oil to it, and shake. If it does not work, it may not be strong enough. Keep adding drops of the oil to it until it starts working.

Purchase large trash bins with secure lids so they would not open even if the dog pushed the trash bin over. Talk with your trash removal company like B-P Trucking Inc, who may be able to sell you these trash bins, or tell you where you can purchase them.

How To Create A Laptop Desk Pad With Old Shingles

Posted by on Jun 11th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Create A Laptop Desk Pad With Old Shingles

If you’re like most people, you want to do what you can to recycle as much as possible. There are many opportunities for recycling that you may not have considered, even when you have a home demolished. One thing you can do is use the old shingles that come off a roof to create a laptop pad for your home office desk. This guide explains the steps needed to create this unique office accessory.

Step 1: Grab These Items

Ask your demolition contractor if you can rummage through the pile of old shingles. Try to find a few whole pieces that you can put together. When you have your shingles, collect these items:

  • a tape measure
  • a utility knife
  • construction glue
  • several newspapers
  • paint
  • a paintbrush

Step 2: Choose Your Work Area and Set Up the Space

Find a well-ventilated area with a table or other flat surface in your home in which to work. Lay down a couple layers of newspaper. Check the surrounding area and clean up any dust, dirt or other debris that might find its way to the wet paint that you’ll be adding later.

Step 3: Measure the Laptop

Find the width and the length of the laptop with the tape measure. Look through your pieces of shingles to find those that you can put together, while using the least amount.

Step 4: Connect the Shingles

Place the shingles you’re using on the newspaper. Apply a thin line of construction glue along the edge of one shingle and connect it to another one. Depending on your desired pad size, you may need to repeat this step a couple times.

Wait a couple hours for the glue to dry. Attempt to pull the pieces apart gently. If they seem like they are coming apart, apply more glue to the areas that are loose.

Cut off the edges with the utility knife, until your glued-together pad is the same size as your laptop.

Step 5: Paint the Shingles

Saturate your paintbrush in the can of paint and begin painting the connected shingles. Wait a couple hours for the paint to dry, and apply another coat if you prefer a darker color.

When the paint is dry, and you’re happy with the look you’ll have a recycled laptop pad for your home office. Ask a demolition contractor, like Alpart Scrap Iron & Metals Inc, for some other ideas on how you can recycle materials from a demolition. You’ll save money and have fun creating new things in the process of doing your part for the environment.     

Increase Your Payday With These Simple Scrap Metal Recycling Tips

Posted by on Jun 4th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Increase Your Payday With These Simple Scrap Metal Recycling Tips

A quick trip to your local scrap yard can help you to get that bit of extra cash that you need to pay for an upcoming vacation or cover an unexpected bill. However, if you are not familiar with the process of recycling scrap metal, you could find that you are walking away with far less than your metal is truly worth. This is because scrapyards routinely pay more for certain types of metal. They will also deduct a percentage from your payment if your load has any of several common issues. Thankfully, taking the time to review and implement the simple tips below can help you to avoid these issues and ultimately ensure that you walk away from the scrapyard with the biggest check possible.

Tip #1: Use A Magnet To Separate Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals

There are two main categories of metal that are accepted at most scrap yards. These categories are ferrous and nonferrous metals. The primary difference between these two types of metal is that while ferrous metals contain iron, nonferrous metals do not.

While this may not seem like a big deal to you, it is a huge deal for manufacturers who rely on recycled metals when manufacturing their products. This is because nonferrous metals are able to retain their original properties regardless of how many times they have been recycled in the past. Ferrous metals, on the other hand, will often need to be subjected to thermal processing procedures in order to obtain the desired properties. Consequently, scrapyards are often willing to pay considerably more for any nonferrous materials that you may have.

Thanks to the iron content in ferrous metals, a magnet will easily stick to these materials while falling right off of a nonferrous material. This makes it incredibly easy to split your load into the two categories of metal, even if you are unfamiliar with the individual properties which these metals display.

Tip #2: Always Take The Time To Clean Your Metal

If you are like most people, you probably don’t see anything wrong with taking dirty scrap metal to your local scrapyard. After all, these metal products are simply going to be thrown into a large pile of metal while they await the recycling process. However, if you show up to the scrapyard with a load of dirty metal, you will be unpleasantly surprised to learn that your overall payment can be reduced as a result.

Water, other liquids, dirt, and debris can all add weight to your scrap metal. Since scrapyards routinely pay based on how much your load weighs, they must take care to ensure they are only paying for the metal and not for all of the debris that is on or in the metal. This is why they often reduce what they are willing to pay for any metal that has not been cleaned. Thankfully, you can easily avoid this penalty by taking the time to clean all of your metal objects before hauling them off to the a scrapyard like Summit Recycling of Penn Hills.

Avoid Contamination And Maximize Your Profits – Items To Avoid Breaking Down Before Scrapping

Posted by on Jun 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Avoid Contamination And Maximize Your Profits – Items To Avoid Breaking Down Before Scrapping

Gathering scrap metal and returning it for cash is an exciting hobby that has the added benefit of generating a profitable return. While many experienced scrappers know that their value is likely to increase when they break down products and turn in the component parts, it’s also important that you avoid breaking down some items which may be hazardous when disassembled.

Below, you’ll find a guide to some items that you should always be sure to recycle whole. Keeping this information in mind can stop you from being turned away at the scrap yard, allowing you to keep more money in your pocket while simultaneously avoiding a situation that may even turn dangerous.

Car Batteries

Many scrap yards accept car batteries, as there are valuable metal elements such as lead which are commonly found inside them. However, attempting to remove the lead components yourself can be a very hazardous process, as the acid inside the battery is extremely corrosive and can lead to serious burns.

The employees at your scrap yard are trained to process the batteries correctly and have the necessary safety gear that will allow them to avoid harm. The battery exchange rate is established at scrap yards by taking the amount of valuable metal in a battery into account, so you shouldn’t worry about the potential of being short changed.

Cathode Ray Tubes

As flat panel televisions have become ubiquitous, older, tube-based sets have become popular items that pop up at scrap yards like White Recycling. While there are some valuable metal components inside an old console TV that may be removed before scrapping, attempting to break down the tubes themselves is a very poor decision.

Cathode ray tubes include a multitude of compounds that can cause you to become very sick if they’re inhaled. These compounds are also often soluble in water and damaging to aquatic life, so it’s doubly important that you don’t dispose of them in water sources which are highly populated.


One of the greatest misconceptions in the scrap metal industry is that you have to disassemble an air conditioner in order to get the most value from it. While there are metal components that can generate large returns in most air conditioning units, a large number of scrap yards take those units based on a special pricing system. Exposing freon risks serious damage to the surrounding environment, and federal authorities have been known to levy huge fines on people who dump the chemical carelessly.

Fixing Or Scrapping Computer Hard Drives

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fixing Or Scrapping Computer Hard Drives

For almost two decades, the personal computer industry has been pushing in new computer models while encouraging users to throw out or donate the old. With computers becoming faster and more affordable, you may be tempted to just kick your old computer to the curb.

Before throwing it out, consider a few inspection points that can help you decide whether to keep the hard drive or tear it apart for scrap:

How Broken Is The Computer?

Aside from simply upgrading to a new system, some people think that their computers may be “broken.” When it comes to complex, modular systems like desktops and laptops, the term can mean a lot.

In many cases it means that the computer has a virus, which is malicious programming designed to slow down or stop the computer. Viruses do not physically break a computer and can be handled by virus removers or wiping the computer completely, but some people may elect to get a newer computer out of convenience.

Other computers may have been damaged by water spills, electrical surges or other physical problems. This may mean that the computer as a whole has failed, but some of the components may still work. Assess each component for individual performance.

Hard drives can be tested by attaching the component to another computer and attempting to browse through the contents like any folder on a computer. The good news is that same process is used to keep all of your old information on a new computer. It can be used as extra storage or as a new main drive with a small amount of technical skill applied.

Pulling Recyclable Materials From Hard Drives

If the hard drive isn’t working, you can take it apart for the rare earth magnets inside. Hard drives operate by spinning a set of silicon-like platters at high speeds and allowing small arms to move across the platters. The arms are held together by rare earth magnets instead of screws or adhesive to reduce weight and to avoid the future wear and tear of loose screw and cracking adhesive.

Rare earth magnets are sought after by other industry professionals for similar reasons. Many precision assemblies need the magnets to keep different parts together with a strong force when screws or other standard hardware are not viable.

Although hard drives may seem heavy, there isn’t much in the form of metal to recycle. The casing is made out of aluminum or steel in most cases, but most of the weight comes from the aforementioned silicon platters. If you need help taking the components apart or figuring out what you need to remove for recycling, get in contact with a recycling professional with experience in scrap metals to get an updated statement of scrap metal demand.

To learn more, contact a company like Full Circle Recycling with any questions you have.