Cleaning out your home and yard are great ways to spruce up your property, especially when trash day is approaching. Your local disposal services are a great convenience to help you haul away many types of residential waste, but some of your waste will require special handling or should be disposed of separately. Here are some recommendations to help make sure you manage your household waste appropriately and efficiently for the best results.
Handle Trash Items
A majority of your household waste is going to be items that you can put into the dumpster for your local disposal services to pick up and haul away. This includes any items you cannot recycle or compost in your yard.
When you regularly use your trash can for weekly pickup, it can be common for the container to become smelly and stinky. To prevent this, spray out your container with a garden hose or pressure washer when it becomes soiled from spilled trash on the inside, and always bag your trash to prevent future waste spillage and further odors. You can also place your trash can in the shade as much as possible between regular trash pickup day and keep the lid closed. This will help keep down the smells emitting from your trash.
Dispose of Hazardous Items
There will come times that you have hazardous items you need to dispose of, especially if you clean out your garage or outdoor shed. Hazardous items include solvents and materials that are not allowed in your residential trash pick-up and will need to be handled separately. This can include items such as paint, paint thinners, motor oil, batteries, construction materials, herbicides, and pesticides. Also, if you have any old appliances that need to be disposed of, such as refrigerators, they likely contain coolant that needs to be disposed of properly.
You can contact a local company that will help you recycle some of these items and also dispose of them properly. Contact the local landfill to see if they provide vehicle fluid disposal to help you dispose of these chemicals without harming the environment.
Reuse Yard Waste
You can compost or recycle the waste you collect from within your yard that was once alive to reuse around your yard. This is a great way to keep the organic waste out of the landfills and to benefit your yard by putting the nutrients back into your landscaping. Just be careful you don't compost any weeds or diseased plants.
Build a compost pile with some of your organic yard waste, stirring it with a shovel periodically until it composts into rich mulch. You can alternate layers of dry and wet yard waste, such as lawn clippings, dried leaves, twigs, organic kitchen scraps and peelings, shredded newspaper, sawdust, and even used coffee grounds.
To learn more, contact a company that offers residential disposal services.