Going Green Blog

Valuable items found in the trash

We’ve all heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Well, these are some of the most extreme cases you’ll ever hear about. It’s unbelievable what sort of items people find when digging through the trash, from high-end gadgets to historic relics and priceless items. Let me show you what I mean… Ancient Mayan artifacts

Dumpster diving is no joke to some people. While gathering discarded food from dumpsters seems ridiculous to most people, it becomes a little less yucky when you realize that about 40% of food in America goes straight to landfills. Whether it grosses you out or not, some eco-minded (and strong-stomached) people are helping to reduce the problem by digging through garbage to find tasty treats. FIND: Silver Spring, MD Dumpster Rental Companies
Volkswagon Beetle made from junk

Although most of these cars and trucks don’t actually run like a normal vehicle, you have to admit that an automobile made exclusively from trash is the at least the coolest thing you’ll see online today. Whether the maker’s purpose be to raise awareness of environmental issues, recycling or just for plain old fashioned fun, these innovative works of art show how trash can be turned into some pretty incredible structures. Red Bull Race Car This full-size replica of an F1 race car is made from 2,615 Red Bull bottles. The car celebrated Sebastian Vettel’s (obviously sponsored by Red Bull) Formula One championship from 2010. The car was put on display at a shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand.
Prohibited items when using a rented dumpster

Renting a dumpster to clean out a house or business is the fastest and most efficient way to get the job done; however, some items are prohibited by law and/or by the dumpster rental company from being tossed. State laws vary regarding the types of material that can enter local landfills as do the list of prohibited items local dumpster rental companies accept. Here’s a quick rundown of several of the most common items prohibited by dumpster rental companies and how to properly dispose of them. Tires
Trashcam Dumpster Camera

A group of creative sanitation workers in Hamburg, Germany have found a way to combine their love for photography with their daily duties as Garbage men. The workers were allowed to modify city dumpsters by cutting small pinholes in the side of the container and affixing a camera and photo paper inside. The photos turned out surprisingly great, and they show a new perspective of the city not typically seen by most people.
yellow roll-off dumpster with Hometown logo

Whether it’s for a spring cleanout or a major remodeling job, renting a dumpster can help get the job done more efficiently. However, it’s important to keep a few things in mind to help minimize the overall cost and to move the process along smoothly. Here are five essential tips to keep in mind when renting a roll off container.
Dumpster converted into a swimming pool

Repurposing roll-off dumpsters into urban swimming pools has taken off around the country in recent years. What a refreshing new way to repurpose an otherwise unused piece of steel. Old dumpsters are being recycled into urban swimming pools in Atlanta, New York, and other large cities across the U.S.
Prom Dresses Made from Trash

What better way to make lasting memories at this year’s prom than wearing a trashy tuxedo or dress made from garbage? Sounds weird, but some creative individuals are actually doing just that. Even more surprising is that some of the clothes are actually pretty stylish. Whether or not the garbage garments actually smell like something other than trash is yet to be determined.

Dumpsters may not be the quintessential canvas for artists, but they are for Ryan Christensen of Washington-based Steelplant…and we love it! He has designed one of the coolest desktop accessories you’ll ever see—or at least the coolest you’ll see today—called the desktop dumpster. FIND: Dumpster Rental Services in Washington state
Glass fragments at Guantanamos Glass Beach

Mother Nature works in mysterious ways, and that’s a good thing in this case. Near Fort Bragg, California lies MacKerricher State Park nestled along the scenic shoreline. The beach here is known as “Glass Beach” due to the millions upon millions of colorful pieces of glass that line the beach. Through decades of waves washing broken glass onto the shoreline, the water has naturally smoothed the glass to look almost like polished jewels.
Greg Kloehn's NYC based dumpster house

Gregory Kloehn has made a living out of designing unusual homes and fixing up beat up properties, but this project may be the coolest of them all. He designed a fully functional living space out of a dumpster container. And no, it’s not just a tiny space with a couple of holes for windows and a bucket to use as a chair…this place is beaming with high-end amenities.
Before and after - messy home transformation

Clutter has a knack for taking over homes before the homeowner even realizes what hit ‘em. And it’s not just an aesthetic problem; a messy home poses health risks as well. It’s an especially harmful environment for children and anyone with respiratory problems or allergies. Moral of the story – it’s time to clean house! Here are seven easy tips for cleaning up the junk overtaking your home.
Messy bungalow home

While “location, location, location” is the undisputed number one rule in real estate, this rule can get thrown out the door if the perfectly located home is filled to the brim with junk. Decluttering a home not only significantly increases its value but also improves the odds it even sells in the first place. There are several useful ways to clear out and cleanup a home before putting it up for sale. A few of the most effective strategies include donating unused items, recycling junk, renting a dumpster or hiring a junk removal service. The key is going about it the right way to help eliminate unnecessary expenses and speed up the process of decluttering the home. Here are some tips…

Radio Controlled Lego Roll Off Dumpster Truck Check out this awesome remote controlled roll-off dumpster truck made from LEGOs.
Roll-off Dumpster Rental Container

Determining which size dumpster is right for your particular cleanup job is critically important. Getting too small of a container can lead to overage charges and/or delays in clearing the junk material from your home or business.