Managing At-Home Waste

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Waste management across the world has become a pressing issue. With an exponential rise in population over the last few centuries, the Earth has accumulated massive amounts of waste without a proper disposal system.

You can do your part to help decrease the amount of waste that is placed in landfills every day. Below are a few tips for better waste management at home that you can start up today, and utilized by both families and companies.

Here are some tips to get started on environmental friendly and efficient waste management in the home:

AVOID PLASTICS

Most plastic waste is not recyclable. Plastic bags, for example, cannot be disposed of using municipal recycling programs, so they’re best avoided. The same goes for plastic storage containers.

Carry your own shopping bag when you go to the grocery shop and use glass containers for food storage. It is healthier for your family and for the environment.

REDUCING WASTE

Using recyclable products and ensuring that they are processed appropriately is a great way to help the planet, but by far the best thing consumers can do to reduce the ecological footprints of their homes is to reduce the amount of waste they produce, to begin with.

MINIMIZE USE OF PAPER

Paper is the recyclable material that is thrown away the most, last year alone about 4.5 million tons of paper were thrown away. Junk mail is a large part of garbage waste, call your local Post Office to see how you can be removed from any undesired mailing lists. Another great way to reduce the amount of paper you use is to switch out paper towels for rags that can be washed and reused.

BUY IN BULK

Buying foods in bulk is a great way to reduce the amount of plastic that enters modern homes. Most consumer goods come in multi-layered plastic packaging and are best avoided. When it’s not possible to buy in bulk, look for products that use less packaging or buy from companies committed to using recyclable packaging.

REUSE CONTAINERS

There’s no reason to recycle glass and durable plastic containers while spending money on storage tins and Tupperware. Instead, save used containers for leftovers, home organizing, and other projects.

DONATE CLOTHES AND HOME GOODS

Make sure that you give away items that are in good condition but are of no use to you. There are several schools, orphanages, and shelters that welcome donations of usable items like blankets, pencils, books, clothing, and shoes. Do not hoard items in your house. It increases clutter and makes waste management a very difficult task.

COMPOST FOOD SCRAPS

An eco-friendly waste management method is to compost your organic waste. Invest in a good composting bin and make rich compost from your kitchen waste. This will reduce your organic waste and leave you with quality manure for your gardens.

Those who have the space to start their own compost bins should note that yard waste can also be composted. In fact, compost piles need carbon-rich items to break down properly. Here’s a list of what belongs in the compost pile:

 

  • vegetable scraps
  • coffee grounds
  • eggshells
  • unwaxed paper
  • unwaxed cardboard
  • sawdust
  • sticks and small branches
  • grass clippings
  • leaves

If you are in need of a rental dumpster bin after a larger at-home clean up, contact Mr. Waste to learn more, and rent your dumpster bin for your upcoming project or job.

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6 Ways To Use a 6-Yard Dumpster Bin

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Mr. Waste offers a wide array of roll-off dumpster bins that are delivered right to your driveway, fast and easy. The bin sizes we offer vary from 6-yard to 40-yard rentals. 

The 6-Yard Bin

Let’s talk about the baby of the family… fast but efficient, the 6-yard walk-in disposal bin with back doors is the smallest bin we offer, but can be incorporated into various projects, whether it be business-related, or an at-home project, and will assist in making your job as easy as it can be.

the 6-yard bin stands at 3 feet tall, 6 feet wide and 10 feet long

Project 1 – Business Waste Disposal

The 6-yard bin is widely known and most popularly the bins used behind storefronts, using them for everyday waste disposal. The bin is able to hold around 72 kitchen-sized trash bags, with a 1,200-pound weight limit, so it makes sense to why so many commercial business’ and stores have sought a 6-yard bin to help make their disposal efficient

Project 2 – Cleaning Out The Garage

This bin is perfect for cleaning out your garage! Have our guys drop her right onto your driveway, and you’re set! The low top and back doors of this bin make it very easy to throw in any large items that may come out of your garage or home, but it can definitely hold whatever weight you put on it!

Project 3 – Home Roofing Jobs

Roof work is your job; cleaning up the debris is ours. This size is best for a quick and affordable to clean up after shingle removals and regular roof repairs. For larger roofing projects, or jobs that involve more than just shingle removal, it may be your best bet to look into the 14-yard bin or larger.

Project 4 – Smaller Landscaping Jobs

The 6-yard bin can be used in smaller scale gardening jobs such as weeding or removing a few shrubs. It is especially useful when it comes to removing during the spring when you’re cleaning out your garden beds or branches and things alike.

Project 5 – Redoing Your Backyard Patio (Or Other Wooden Structures)

Has your wooden patio been used for way too many spring and summer seasons in a row? Is it time to get down and dirty and either build a new one, or hire someone else to do the job? Surely, you need a waste disposal bin to get rid of all of that weathered, decaying wood. If your patio isn’t too big, the 6-yard bin can definitely be used to dispose of any wood that comes out of the project. This applies to any other wooden structures you may have in your yard or backyard such as a children’s treehouse or wooden shed.

Project 6 – Small Bathroom Remodelling Job

In the case that you’re remodelling your bathroom, I mean replacing the toilet, maybe a floor tile switch up and maybe a wall tile change, this roll-off is suitable. For larger bathroom remodelling jobs, the 20-yard bin is recommended.

Please note that the following items are not accepted: Propane Tanks, Batteries, All Paint Cans and Pesticides, Tires, Asbestos. Contact Mr. Waste to learn more, and rent your dumpster bin for your upcoming project or job.

Waste Removal Guide: Landscaping

Is your yard in need of some serious cleanup? Has a recent storm littered your home or building’s lawn with tree branches and other debris? Did you recently complete a new landscaping project, and are now left with piles of dirt and rock? If so, take advantage of the professional yard waste removal services offered at Mr. Waste. We know the importance of keeping your site clean and safe, which is why we’ve come up with a simple guide to the removal of waste from your landscaping site!

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to do the job yourself, or you’re maintaining a landscaping company, it’s good to know the best way to get the job done. Perhaps the easiest and most efficient way to ensure your site remains clean, and the waste is disposed of responsibly is renting a mixed waste dumpster bin or a clear fill bin. 

Clean Fill Bins Vs. Mixed Waste Bins

Clean Fill Bins

Clean fill refers to construction waste materials that can be reused or recycled in other construction projects. The term “clean” implies that the material is eco-friendly and free of any toxic substances that may adversely affect the health of humans and animals, or contaminate the environment where they’re disposed of. 

Clean fill also:

  • Has not been mixed with any waste
  • Has not been subject to any known spill of petroleum products or release of chemical contaminants, including reactive, radioactive, combustible, corrosive, and zoo toxic materials
  • Has not been treated to remediate any contamination

Construction materials accepted for clean fill disposal include:

  • Topsoil
  • Dirt
  • Brick
  • Gravel
  • Rubble
  • Sand
  • Cement
  • Concrete

Waste disposal companies typically charge lower fees for unmixed materials.

Mixed-Waste Bins

Non-clean fill refers to construction and demolition waste that is insoluble in water and of a nonhazardous nature, but cannot be used or recycled in subsequent construction projects. Non-clean fill materials may include:

  • Plastics
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Cardboard
  • Contaminated soil
  • Fibreglass
  • Hazardous household waste – appliances, electronics, etc

Choosing a Size for a Landscaping Project

An important aspect of choosing a dumpster is to remember that you can’t fill it to the point where material is overflowing. Dumpsters can only be filled to the point where the material is filled to the top of the dumpster walls. Usually, a tarp is put over top of the bin in order to transport it so it’s important to avoid overfilling. This is why it’s important to get the right size for your project. There are many sizes available that range from 6 yards to 40 yards. A 6 yard dumpster can hold 6 cubic yards of material, and likewise, a 40 yard one can hold 40 cubic yards. For a larger landscaping project, we recommend a dumpster size of 20 or 30 depending on how large and what you’re planning on putting into the dumpster. 

Transporting Your Rental Dumpster Bin

If you schedule a rental dumpster bin, you won’t have to worry about transporting it either. In fact, it is actually delivered by a truck that is specially designed to carry it. It’s outfitted with hydraulic equipment that can easily lift and lower the dumpster, even when it’s filled with thousands of pounds of debris. You also won’t need to worry about your driveway enduring any damage, our professionals are mindful and cautious. 

Don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Waste today for any of your landscaping waste removal needs. You can book online in 30 seconds or call in for your free estimate.

Recycling Scrap Metal: Determining What’s Salvageable

What Is Scrap Metal Recycling?

Scrap metal recycling plays a critical role in protecting the environmental health of our community. It is a process that involves the recovery and processing of scrap metal from end-of-life products or structures, as well as from manufacturing scrap, so that it can be introduced as a raw material in the production of new goods, while offering a much lower carbon footprint and more efficient utilization of resources than new material.

By recycling your metal, you’re doing the following:

Protecting Landfills

Metal slows down the process by which other materials are broken down.

Reducing Your Dependence on Mining:

Metal recycling lowers the demand for mining, which helps protect the land from damaging environmental impacts.

Commonly-Recycled Metals

Many metals used in consumer products today can be recycled to create new products. A metal is considered desirable for recycling when it can be melted and re-formed without losing considerable strength and durability. Some of the most commonly-recycled metals today are aluminum, steel, copper, nickel, platinum, gallium, gold, and silver. The most frequently-recycled metal items include beverage cans, metal food containers, electronics, automobile components, and appliances.

Recycling Metal – The Process

Each scrap metal yard has its own process, but most work in this general order:

When metal is collected for recycling, it must be sorted by type before processing can begin. In some cases, larger pieces are cut into smaller components for ease of processing. They are also inspected for any radiation.

The metal is then cleaned and exposed to high temperatures in a furnace to create a molten metal solution, which is then tested for purity. Additional metals or gases can be added to change the purity of the metal solution or create alloys for manufacturing purposes. 

After purification, the metal is transported to cooling chambers to solidify for transport.

The molten metal is then poured out of the furnace. Metal may be formed into ingots, rods, billets, or slabs, depending upon its intended purpose. Alternatively, metals may be pulverized into a powder or transported in liquid form to a manufacturing facility, where they are used to create new components and products.

Recycled Metal In Daily Life

Recycled metal is very apparent in everyday life. It is very rare that you utilize metal that has not been recycled. Here are a few things we use that are composed of recycled metals: 


  • Automobiles
  • Aircraft
  • Appliances
  • Ductwork
  • Food packaging 
  • Roofing
  • Aluminum Foil

Metal recycling is an essential element of products we use everyday and is critical to protecting the environment.

Contact Mr.Waste today to discuss any waste removal needs you may have!

The Best Ways to Rid Large Items From Your Home

After a big home clean out or remodelling a space completely, you are bound to end up with at least a few large items that you require no use for anymore. We’ve all been there. Tossing a bag filled with trash into a dumpster isn’t too tough, but when it comes to very bulky items like furniture, appliances, or even large debris that are the product of breaking down walls or removing floor wood or tiles, you may want to start looking at the different options you have to dispose of these items. These certainly won’t fit inside the regular trash can. You can always load up your truck if you have one and haul your waste to the local dump, but if you don’t have a truck or the time to haul things on your own, especially during a home renovation or when clearing out during a move, you will need to find another way to have the items removed from your home where they can properly dispose the waste

 

Kijiji/ Online Marketplaces

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If the items that need to be hauled away are in usable condition, even if you think they look terrible, post them on online marketplaces such as Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace and try to sell them. Even if you only make a few dollars, it’s better than paying to have it hauled away.

 

Consult Your Waste Disposal Company

This is probably one of the first steps you should take on the waste that you know you may not  be able to sell. Call your local waste management company to see if they can schedule a pickup of large, bulky items. Some companies have specific days of the month that they will schedule a bulk item pickup, and some don’t have this service at all. When waste companies do offer curbside pickup for bulky items such as furniture or appliances, the fees can be up to $100 with some waste disposal companies.

 

New Furniture Company

When ordering new furniture or appliances, if the furniture company is delivering your goods, it’s a good idea to ask them to haul away the old items. Some companies will provide that service and even if they say no, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

 

Renting a Dumpster

One of the best ways to manage waste is to have Mr. Waste deliver a commercial rental dumpster bin, and pick it up once it’s full. You can rent everything from heavy-duty to front-load dumpsters, from 6 yards to 18 yards long, to position at your facility and schedule private pickups at your convenience. Our dumpsters are great for all types of waste, furniture and some appliances but you will need to ensure there are no hazardous materials inside the dumpster. Materials including old tires, asbestos, ammunition, paints, fuel or oil should never be placed inside a dumpster. Check out our website for more information on how to rent a dumpster bin

 

Donate to Charity

Anything from old clothing and shoes to couches, refrigerators and even old automobiles can be donated to charity. Donating to charity is not only a great way to rid your home of unwanted bulk items, but it’s also a great way to help out those in need.

 

Kick ‘Em to the Curb

If you live in a busy area in the city, placing your used furniture or appliances on the curb is a great way to get rid of them. Stick a sign on it to alert bypassers that the items are free and soon, someone will possibly stop to haul it away for you free of charge.

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Hoarding and Beginning the Clean-up Process

Imagine throwing away your most prized or valuable possession. This is the type of anxiety that a hoarder goes through on a daily basis, even when it comes to old or meaningless items and things others may view as junk. By definition, hoarding is the  compulsion to continually accumulate a variety of items that are often considered useless or worthless by others accompanied by an inability to discard the items without great distress. Hoarding can create unsanitary living conditions, not to mention the emotional strain on friends and family. Read on to learn more about the facts of hoarding and the clean-up process, including the benefits of a dumpster rental in Burlington, Mississauga, Oakville and Milton.

Dangers of Hoarding

Hoarding can be very dangerous to your health, mental state, and your home. Hoarding dangers can include: mold growth, bug infestations, structural damage, and tripping hazards. Hoarding has been known to also overwhelm the mind, cause stress, anxiety, and drain energy levels. Even minor hoarding problems can result in a diminished quality of life. A lack of functional living space is common among hoarders, who may also live in unhealthy or dangerous conditions due to improper waste disposal. Hoarders also cope with malfunctioning appliances and systems rather than allow qualified individuals into their home to fix a problem, which means they often live without heat or other necessary comforts. Social isolation, financial difficulties, and family or marital discord are also common among hoarders.

Symptoms and Behaviors

  • Inability to throw away possessions
  • Severe anxiety when attempting to discard items
  • Great difficulty categorizing or organizing possessions
  • Indecision about what to keep or where to put things
  • Distress, such as feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed by possessions
  • Suspicion of other people touching items
  • Obsessive thoughts and actions: fear of running out of an item or of needing it in the future; checking the trash for accidentally discarded objects
  • Functional impairments, including loss of living space, social isolation, family or marital discord, financial difficulties, health hazards

The Clean-Up Process

If you identify a friend or relative who may have a hoarding problem, a good idea is to act quickly to address the problem and help improve that persons’ quality of life. If your friend or relative accepts your help, rent a dumpster bin and begin the process of going through the junk. Respect your loved one’s wishes and don’t throw anything away without his permission. You will probably experience some pushback, so make sure you can extend your dumpster rental if necessary.

When is the best time to renovate?

At Mr. Waste, customer satisfaction is important to us. That’s why we’d like to suggest something that may not follow popular opinions, but surprisingly works in the world of construction, renovation and managing it all.

The popular belief is that the best time to tackle a home renovation project would be during the spring or summer, but this isn’t always the case. Depending on exactly what kind of renovation you’re planning to do, doing it during the winter can be far more beneficial for you than any other time of year.

Like any other business, prices for construction rise as the demand for work rises. Prices for demolition, junk removal, bin rental, and other parts of construction tend to go up in the summer when there are a lot of people who want those services rather than during the winter when there isn’t as much of a demand on the Southern Ontarian market. 

This is specifically because most people think that the spring and summer are the best or only time to renovate although, winter renovation can come with huge savings. Here are only a few of the reasons winter is a great time to do home renovation:

  • Timelines are more likely to be met. Because there are fewer jobs to be done, construction companies will have no excuses for not being on schedule with their work.
  • Major appliances are often on sale. Take advantage of holiday sales to upgrade your appliances at a price.
  • Contractors will negotiate in the winter. In the winter, construction companies are much more likely to give you a deal due to a decrease in demand for work.
  • Manufacture materials will be cheaper. Just as prices go down for the labour that goes into construction in the winter, prices will go down on the materials too due to decreased demand.

If you need any demolition or junk removal or bin rental services, contact us at Mr. Waste Inc. today. We work with all types of waste removal projects including residential, contracting, and industrial and provide a dependable rental service for all types of dumpsters and bins, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you need more information about how we can help you with your renovation project.

A Concise Guide to Roll Off Rental Dumpster Bins

What is a roll off dumpster bin?

A lot of dumpster bins are stationary, which means they’re meant to stay in one place. Roll off dumpsters are different, their tops are usually open and they have wheels so they can be mobilized easily, fitting for temporary jobs. The wheels on the roll off are sturdy and powerful, so they can easily be moved into place, or if you are working on multiple projects throughout a property, the bin can moved to different spots.

Who needs a roll off rental dumpster bin?

The kinds of people that would need a roll off dumpster rental in Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Milton, and the surrounding regions are homeowners, landlords looking to renovate their property, construction workers and contractors in need of junk hauling from time to time. Basically, a roll off rental dumpster bin is suitable for anybody who has a huge pile of debris or trash they’d like to get rid of all at once without breaking their back! It’s also very convenient and cost effective as opposed to getting rid of the waste yourself. You schedule to book your bin, Mr. Waste will deliver it to you, you fill it up with all the waste and debris you can, and call Mr. Waste who will promptly remove the unit from your property. No worries, no stress!

Sizes of roll off rental dumpster bins

There are many sizes available, but 6, 10, 14, 20, 30, and 40 yard roll offs are the most common. This measurement is in volume, not length. A 6 yard dumpster can hold 6 cubic yards of material, and likewise, a 40 yard one can hold 40 cubic yards. A 6 or 14 yard rental bin will work well for something small like a garage clean out or spring cleaning, but for an entire house renovation, a 20 or 30 yard dumpster would be a better fit. Each rental dumpster bin also includes back doors for easy access when you need it. 

Transporting your rental dumpster bin

If you schedule a rental dumpster bin, you won’t have to worry about transporting it either. In fact, it is actually delivered by a truck that is specially designed to carry it. It’s outfitted with hydraulic equipment that can easily lift and lower the dumpster, even when it’s filled with thousands of pounds of debris.

Filling your bin

These bins are sturdy, and can carry a lot, but there are limits. Keep a close eye on what you toss into your dumpster. Be sure not to toss any prohibited items into your bin. for different reasons. Batteries, Asbestos, cleaning products or harsh chemicals, motor oils are a few items that are cannot be thrown into your rental dumpster. You may also want to avoid putting too many heavy materials inside your dumpster rental. A bin can be loaded to the top rail, although, there needs to be enough space to cover the bin with a tarp upon removal. Despite being built to handle very heavy loads, an overload of items can happen.  

Contact Mr. Waste today to get a quote on a roll off rental dumpster bin!

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Why is Fall the Best Time to Rent a Junk Removal Bin?

We’ve been doing it for years, but does it really make any sense? Every spring we decide to rent out a waste removal bin and clear everything out of our homes. But spring marks the beginning of warm weather- time to get outside; go on road trips, go camping, ride bikes and have dinner on the patio. We all spend our time indoors during autumn and winter, wouldn’t it make more sense to do your ‘spring’ cleaning during the fall? Of course, spring is a popular time to start fresh, throw open the windows and clean out your house, garage, and yard. But we would like to testify that fall is an even better time to do the same thing.

Fall is Just Another Spring

Autumn weather can be compared to spring weather based on the mild temperatures that don’t usually dip until mid-November. This gives you a lot of time to organize your things, and throw away what you don’t need.

The Great Indoors Will Become Your Sanctuary

This is probably the best reason you’d want to get your cleaning done in the fall rather than the spring. Every Canadian knows how long and seemingly never ending our winters can be- and a lot of us take this time to hibernate in our comfortable homes. Why not take the opportunity to declutter, and organize now and enjoy a neater more comfortable home all winter. 

Think of it this way, any time is a good time to declutter and make your home overall, more enjoyable. But, if you get a lot of cleaning and decluttering done now, you may not have as much to do when spring rolls around! 

What do I do with all my Junk?

Rent a Disposal Bin – This one may seem pretty obvious but there are so many pros to renting a disposal bin from Mr.Waste. It is such an easy process; the bin is delivered to your home, left until you fill it, and then removed. We have all types of bin sizes for all your disposal needs, and our professionals are always a call away in case you need some guidance. But, perhaps best of all, your renovation debris will be disposed of responsibly. A Rental Dumpster bin will let you be environmentally friendly and save time while doing it. It’s the best choice!

Recycle – Yes, Recycle. One of the 3 R’s that we’ve been hearing about for years. It probably means some trips to the dump but recycling isn’t only limited to actually going to the dump and recycling items. You can always donate items that still have some life in them or maybe your old items can become the center of a new art piece. Either way, recycling is good for both you and the environment. 

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What is NOT ALLOWED In Your Rental Dumpster Bin

The list below is a list of common items that may not be disposed of when you rent a dumpster. These include all flammable, toxic and hazardous materials, as well as certain items that may damage the dumpster.

 

Adhesives

Glues and other adhesives can damage a dumpster container and cause trash items to adhere to one another. Instead of putting these in the waste dumpster throw adhesives in small quantities out with your regular trash.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a highly dangerous mineral fibre that was used to make construction materials more flame resistant. It was used for ceilings, roofing, flooring, insulation and more primarily in structures built before the late 1970s. It was banned from use after it was discovered to be carcinogenic. Licensed experts are required for any asbestos removal because it poses a serious health risk.

Batteries

The chemicals, metals and corrosive materials in batteries can pose a serious threat. This is particularly true for car batteries, which have lead-acid composition. Lead, along with other heavy metals, has to be disposed of separate from other waste.

Cleaning Products

Most cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can become hazardous if they aren’t disposed of in a certain way.

Contaminated Soil

Any soil that you believe came in contact with hazardous material such as chemicals and vehicle oils should be treated as if it is hazardous as well. The soil can be treated or it will need to be put through a hazardous waste processor.

Food Waste

Food waste should be thrown out in your regular garbage container, not a rental dumpster. These materials can go in the landfill, but they can attract rodents and vermin. Consider composting food waste or disposing of it through your municipal waste removal department.

Fuels

Petroleum and gasoline are highly flammable and for that reason they are banned at landfills. Unusable fuels can be disposed of at a hazardous waste centre.

Infectious Waste

Any material or items that contain or have come in contact with bodily fluids and medication are considered infectious waste. There are specialty waste removal experts that are licensed to handle these materials.

Industrial Drums and Waste

The by-products of industrial processes are typically contained within industrial drums. Often these by-products are hazardous materials that must be transported by licensed haulers and disposed of at a specialized processing facility.

Ink

The inks and resins that are found in printers and pens can damage waste containers, which is why they should be brought to a recycling centre for proper removal.

Motor Oils

Oils that are used in vehicles and industrial equipment are generally considered to be hazardous. Consult with your local hazardous waste facility for information on how and where to dispose motor oils.

Paints

Paints, lacquers and even their cans sometimes contain harmful elements such as mercury and lead. This is typically the case for paints that were made before the 1990s. On top of containing hazardous materials, paints can also stain dumpsters and other waste removal equipment.

Refrigerants

The refrigerants that are used in machinery and vehicles are highly dangerous and regulated by federal guidelines. If you want to throw a refrigerator in your rent dumpster contact our customer service team for information on the proper draining that is required.

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