Going Green Blog

Shadow art made from junk

It’s incredible to think that a pile of trash can actually turn into an amazing work of art with a little creativity. Shadow art is an art form where the artist attempts to create interesting shadows using light pointed strategically at various objects, in this case, garbage. Next time you see a pile of trash sitting curbside, you can think of it as a potential work of art!

Trash removal, sorting and recycling is big business, we're talking in the billions of dollars per year in the U.S. alone. Dumpster rental service providers are increasingly turning to more environmentally-friendly ways to dispose of trash. Many have onsite facilities for sorting through the debris to remove all recyclable materials.
Build house with recycled materials

Building a home requires quite a bit of materials – wood, roofing, windows, doors, hinges, cabinets, flooring, electrical, plumbing, fixtures and more. Some estimates state that a 1,500 square-foot home requires about 24 medium-sized trees, or 100 smaller diameter trees, to build it. That’s quite a bit of material, and that’s just the wood!

Composting is a great way to start living a greener lifestyle. It doesn’t take much extra work and offers a long list of benefits, including minimizing trash, reducing impact on environment and landfills, improving soil, halting erosion, preventing weeds and saving you money. This guide will show you everything you need to know to get started composting your trash and yard waste.

Hoarding is today recognized as a disorder rather than simply an issue of being disorganized or having too much "stuff" with no where to put it. According to the Mayo Clinic hoarding is a common symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.