Going Green Blog

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.
uses for a 10 yard dumpster

10 yard dumpsters are capable of holding 10 cubic yards of material or debris. That’s equivalent to roughly 3 to 5 pickup truck loads of waste. It’s a good choice for various situations, like small home cleanouts and renovation projects.
Ways to go green - quote from Jane Goodall

Is this the year for change? We all make New Year’s resolutions, set goals and strive for healthier lifestyle changes. But, have you made tangible changes toward a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle?  The late author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou said, "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
St Bernards save lives in winter, Dumpsters save lives in Spring

Okay, so it's Spring once again and we all know that Spring is often associated with not only weather changes, but decluttering and organizing your home or work place. A few things that are most important when it comes to Spring Cleaning is saving time, energy, and cost. We have compiled 7 ways that renting a dumpster can really shape up your Spring projects and bring new life into your home or business. 
Cleaning up Mt Everest from Waste and Garbage

Mt. Everest stands 29,035 feet above sea level and is known for being the highest mountain on earth. From afar the mountain is jawdroppingly beautiful. Upclose and personal it is riddled with empty oxygen tanks, food containers, and all kinds of garbage.  
Professor lives in a dumpster for a year

Dr. Jeff Wilson (a.ka. "Professor Dumpster") of Central Texas has decided to sell everything he owns and move into a dumpster for one year.  Is this man crazy?  Perhaps.   But Professor Dumpster is no dummy. He is an accomplished Environmental Science Professor and Dean at Tillotson University and his post-doctoral work was at Harvard.   With his background, he can certainly afford a little nicer abode than a dumpster.  But Dr. Wilson is out to make a point about sustainable living.  Can you live a pretty good life living in 1% the size of the average new american home? With 1% of the water, 1% of the energy, and 1% of the waste?
Recycled tires transformed into new things

Automobiles have been mass produced for more than a century – that equates to a lot of scrap tires. Until about two decades ago the vast majority of these tires were simply tossed in a landfill or stock piled somewhere. In fact, the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (RMA) states there were 1 billion tires stockpiled in the U.S. as recently as 1990.
america recycles flag for recycling organizations

So much is being done across the country to help spruce up our environment. Recycling has picked up over the past several decades and continues to build traction in every state thanks to recycling initiatives, legislation, and the efforts of nonprofit organizations. According to the EPA, the national recycling rate has increased from about 10% in 1985 to about 35% in 2012. It has steadily increased year after year due to advancements in recycling technology and the realization that recycling has a major economic impact. Oh…not to mention the huge environmental benefit!
Eco-friendly, sustainable city graphic

LEED isn’t just for tree hugging hippies. Everyone benefits. It’s a set of standards designed to boost green building practices. It helps preserve the environment and also has a positive impact on the economy. A Brief Overview of LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2001. Today any building can become LEED certified as long as it meets the standards set forth by the USGBC. The LEED rating system is on a scale between 0 and 125. A higher score is better. The minimum score for LEED certification is 40. Other levels of certification are as follows:
Sewer - man hole cover

To the average person, the idea of sewage is best left out of sight, out of mind. Applied CleanTech, an Israeli startup focused on recycling raw wastewater into reusable materials, is making sewer water seem sweet. They’ve developed an efficient way to recycle the waste product in a process that saves millions of dollars on operational costs compared to traditional sewer water treatment processes.
Comparing junk removal service with renting a dumpster

Whether it’s a renovation project, new construction, home cleanout, furniture removal, or any other type of waste or debris removal project, a junk removal service or dumpster rental are the top two solutions for the job. But, when is it better to rent a dumpster vs. hiring a junk removal company, and vice versa? Let’s explore the difference between the two and determine which is best for your situation.
T-shirts made from recycled PEF plastics

A Dutch company called Avantium is a leader in the production of a 100% bio-based plastic material called polyethylene furanoate, or PEF. It’s a lot like the PET plastics used to make soda bottles and the like, but it’s a much greener alternative. Avantium recently launched a line of shirts made from PEF fibers, and it’s surely just the beginning of sustainable clothing design.
Energy efficiency in the U.S.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE, has released its 2013 energy efficiency scorecard which ranks each of the 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia based on its energy and sustainability commitments.
Reduce, reuse, recycle

(Nov,2013) November 15 is the day nationally recognized as America Recycles Day (ARD). It started back in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition and as of 2009 has been handled by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) -- one the nation's largest non-profits focused on improving the health and vibrance of communities through sustainability, recycling and other green initiatives.