Going Green Blog

Detroit curbside recycling cart

Detroit has had its fair share of problems in recent years -- bankruptcy, high unemployment rates and a housing crisis to name a few. You can throw the City’s dismal recycling rates in the mix, as well. The national recycling rate hovers around 35%, while Detroit’s has barely been able to crack double digits at about 10.5%. So, what’s the problem, and how can it be fixed?
Recycling in America stagnant since the 1990s

Has recycling reached its peak? In some parts of the U.S. this may very well be the case. Recycling rates have fallen in recent years or have failed to gain any traction in the first place due to factors like cost and accessibility. Some communities are resorting to garbage incineration as a more cost-effective and convenient alternative to recycling.
Illegal dumping sites in the U.S.

According to Let’s Do It!, a global organization helping to clean up illegal dump sites, there is approximately 100 million tons of illegal garbage lying around the world. It’s a problem that affects all parts of the United States, particularly big cities and rural areas.
Dumpster rental broker companies

Dumpster brokers are the middlemen involved in a dumpster rental deal. They're not exactly villainous (not typically, at least!) as the photo above implies, but it's still best to steer clear of these companies. Brokers often act as if they are a local dumpster service, when in fact they don't own any dumpsters and probably are not locally based.
What can't go in a dumpster?

Just as there are rules pertaining to what you can toss in your trashcan, there are also guidelines to follow when it comes to your rented dumpster. These rules are in place for environmental reasons as well as local and state regulations related to waste disposal. RELATED: EPA Laws and Regulations Always discuss the type(s) of debris or waste you’re disposing of with your dumpster rental provider. They’ll help ensure you understand what’s allowed and what isn't.
Renting construction dumpsters for home renovation projects

No matter what the home renovation or remodeling project, there’s bound to be plenty of debris to dispose of in the end. You could haul it all yourself, but that’s quite a hassle and can take several trips to the landfill to get rid of it all. Renting a construction dumpster for a home renovation project is the perfect solution.
Dumpster rental for roofing shingles

Even once you’ve nailed down the final strip of shingles, there’s still work to be done. Getting rid of the old roofing shingles can be quite a chore. The right roll-off dumpster can definitely come in handy. This guide will focus on the important aspects of renting a dumpster for shingle roofing projects.
Diagram of a pneumatic trash collection system

The City of New York sifts through 11,000 tons of trash per day along with 2,000 tons of recyclables. That’s a remarkable amount garbage, but even more amazing is managing to find ways to efficiently deal with all this waste. Could a pneumatic pipe collection system work?
Costs of dumpster rental vs junk removal service

When it comes to any sort of bulk waste or debris removal, your two best options are hiring a junk removal company or renting a dumpster. But how do you know which is the more cost-effective solution? Good question—let’s find out.
uses for a 40 yard dumpster size

40 yard dumpsters have the capacity to hold up to 40 cubic yards of waste or debris. That’s roughly equal to between 12 and 20 pickup truck loads of debris, depending upon the type of material. It’s typically the largest container offered by dumpster rental companies, so it’s the ideal choice for the biggest cleanups, demolition projects, roofing, and new construction jobs.
Landfill

Did you know humans generate 3.5 million tons of trash each day around the world? That’s an unfathomable amount. Worse yet, experts say it could double by 2025 and reach 11 million tons per day by 2100.
what fits in a 30 yard dumpster?

30 yard dumpsters have the capacity to hold 30 cubic yards of material or debris. That’s equal to between roughly 9 and 15 pickup truck loads of waste. It’s a versatile container choice that works well for medium-to-large sized cleanups.
Cardboard wine bottle - Paper Boy

What’s that classy wine your Mom used to drink when you were a kid? Boxed wine, of course! What’s better than 5 full liters of cardboard-contained White Zin? Well, this article has almost nothing to do with boxed wine, but it’s a smooth segue into introducing a brand new eco-friendly wine bottle design from winemakers Truett-Hurst Inc. called the Paper Boy. It’s another type of cardboard-contained wine, but this one is a little greener.
20 yard dumpster comparison

20 yard dumpsters have the capacity to hold about 10 pickup truck loads worth of waste or debris. It’s the right size container for a number of different projects, like home renovations, shingle re-roofing, garage demolition, and whole-home cleanouts.
Food scraps sign for composting in Vermont

Vermont is the first state in the nation to enact a law that makes composting mandatory for everyone. It’s all part of Act 148, Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, which was put into effect in 2012. The plan will roll out in phases and be fully implemented by 2020.

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