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These Household Items Can Be Recycled – Just Not In Your Curbside Bin

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on These Household Items Can Be Recycled – Just Not In Your Curbside Bin

When it comes to reducing the amount of waste that you produce in your home, an effective way to limit the amount of garbage you drag to the curb is to divert some of it into your recycling bin. You likely already know that many paper, plastic and tin household items are recyclable – and ideally, you make steps to include these in your recycling bin every week. What you might not know, however, is that it’s possible to recycle a variety of goods that don’t qualify for your local recycling program and thus might normally end up in your garbage can. Here are some ideas to keep in mind. Empty Printer Toner Cartridges Regardless of the size or style of the ink toner cartridges that you use in the printer in your home office, you can recycle them – even if they don’t meet the criteria set out by your local recycling company. Take any empty cartridges to your local store that sells electronics or office supplies. In many cases, they’ll have a bin near the front of the store that accepts such items, which will then be taken to the appropriate recycling facility. Cellphones When you upgrade your cellphone, you might have the option of trading in your older model for a credit toward your new one. If you don’t take this step – but later decide that you want to get rid of the phone that’s sitting around and gathering dust – there are different avenues you can explore to recycle it. Some shopping malls and electronics stores have kiosks that can accept your device for recycling purposes – and some will even reimburse you financially. Running Shoes When your running shoes finally get worn out, your natural inclination might be to simply toss them in the garbage can – after all, they don’t meet the criteria set out by your local recycling program. The good news is that you can ensure that your shoes don’t find their way to the dump by calling some footwear or athletic apparel stores in your city. Many such businesses collect worn-out running shoes and recycle them in unique ways. One such method is repurposing the rubber in the shoes’ treads into running tracks. Grocery Bags It’s often handy to keep old grocery bags around the house for various uses, but if you find that your supply is quickly growing, you’ll want to get rid of them. Even though they’re plastic, they aren’t always acceptable in your curbside recycling. However, you can often take them to large grocery stores and general merchandise stores and look for the appropriate recycling receptacle near the front of the store. For more information on what you can recycle, contact a local recycling facility, like Uptown Bottle...

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3 Ways To Maintain The Look Of Mulch Landscaping

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Maintain The Look Of Mulch Landscaping

When it comes to landscaping a property, putting down mulch is about one of the easiest and lowest maintenance projects you can tackle. Plus, mulch comes in all different colors, so you can be sure to choose some that best complement your lawn and adds to your overall curb appeal. Still, no landscaping comes without at least some maintenance; here are a few things you can do to maintain the appearance of your mulch landscaping. Take Steps to Prevent Weeds One of the biggest challenges you’ll face when it comes to maintaining a mulch bed is that of preventing weeds. When weeds grow up through your mulch chips, they can be very difficult to get rid of because the roots will be buried beneath inches of the landscaping material. One of the best ways to prevent weeds in mulch is to lay down several layers of landscaping fabric before you pour the mulch. Also, if you begin to notice weeds, covering them up with newspaper and pouring a fresh layer of mulch over them can help kill them off and prevent them from coming back. Set Up a Barrier Against Grass Seeds Another common problem that’s experienced with mulch is that of grass growing through it. Over time, grass may even begin to grow through landscaping fabric and can be very difficult to get rid of. Usually, grass grows in mulch when grass seeds are spread onto the mulch from passing wind. Therefore, the best way to prevent grass seeds from ending up in your mulch in the first place is to put up a barrier. This can mean either digging a small trench around your mulch bed or putting up some landscaping fencing or stones. Aerate and Add New Mulch Often Finally, to keep the plants that you do want growing in your mulch looking their best, be sure to aerate the mulch regularly with a rake; this will help keep oxygen running through the mulch and down into the soil beneath, which is essential for plant growth. Furthermore, since mulch will decompose over time, it’s important to add new layers of it as needed. Usually, adding new mulch once a season is enough to keep your landscaping looking its best. Now that you know the basics of caring for mulch landscaping, all that’s left to do is to pick out the mulch that’s right for your property and get started. Contact a company like Brampton Pallet Inc Plastic Pallets for more...

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Make Recycling Part Of Your Next Home Remodeling Project

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you’re doing a major home remodeling project or getting your house ready to sell, you’ll have a lot of waste materials to deal with. Keep some of that waste out of the landfill by recycling it. Depending on the type and condition of the materials, you may find something to recycle at each step of your project. Here is how to divide that remodeling waste between the junk removal and recycling services. Have Both Junk and Recycling Bins Handy There are some materials that just can’t be recycled, such as fiberglass tubs and shower stalls. Other materials can be recycled, but you won’t find a local facility that does it. For example, some places will strip the paper from drywall and recycle it while discarding the gypsum. You will find items that can be recycled locally, but plan on still having a lot of junk to throw away. Kitchen Remodeling Projects If doing a major kitchen upgrade, large appliances, such as the oven and refrigerator, can be sold to facilities that refurbish and resell them. Call before dropping anything off to make sure they have room for your items. If refurbishing is not an option, you may still be able to sell these large items for scrap metal. Metal kitchen sinks can be sold for scrap metal. Porcelain sinks may be recycled if they aren’t cracked or chipped. If the faucet is in good shape, an architectural salvage company may purchase it, especially if it’s an older model and they can recycle the parts. Kitchen cabinets can rarely be recycled, unless they are hardwood and in good shape. You might find a private buyer if you have a set of hardwood cabinets. Some kitchen countertops can be recycled depending on the material and condition once removed, such as: Marble and granite – These can be sold to stone countertop dealers if they weren’t chipped or broken when removed. Otherwise they can be recycled to be cut into smaller sections. Laminate – These countertops can’t be recycled. Cement – These can’t be recycled unless a local facility can crush them to be used in asphalt road fill. Stone floor tiles can be recycled if they can be removed without cracking them. Some facilities will take broken tiles and crush them for construction fill material. Bathroom Remodeling Projects The sinks, plumbing fixtures and countertops can be recycled depending on the materials, as with the kitchen project. A porcelain toilet or bathtub may be recycled if not cracked, chipped or stained. Fiberglass tubs and showers go straight to the landfill, but a glass shower door can be recycled if in good shape. Floor tile can be recycled like in the kitchen. If you have carpeting in the bathroom, put that in the junk bin. Architectural Projects If you are building a room addition and are tearing out part of a wall or roof, some of the construction materials can be recycled. Cedar and asphalt roof shingles can be recycled only if they are nearly new and haven’t been damaged by weather or rot. Bricks, cinder blocks and landscape stone can be recycled. Roof rafters and wall framing can be recycled, especially if they’re old hardwood. Drywall can be recycled by facilities that strip the paper covering off. Copper wiring in the...

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