Ensure your household garbage enters the waste stream in the most economical and best possible way.

Residential Waste Removal Tips

1. Recycle
Separate your waste and recyclable items. Do not throw away glass, paper, cardboard, plastic, metal or other items that should be recycled. Place these in your curbside recycling bin. This helps keep refuse collection costs lower overall by making it easier and is better for the environment.

2. Hazardous Items
Make sure you dispose hazardous waste properly. Do not throw appliances, chemicals, batteries, flammable items, pesticides or other things like paint in with your regular garbage. All of these things can be dangerous and require special handling.

3. Garbage Odor
Make sure you bag your garbage before putting it out on the curbside to reduce smells from spills and bacteria.

4. Close the Lid
Be careful not to overload your container and make sure the lid can be fully closed.

5. Avoid Yard Waste
Yard trimmings should be handled separately from routine household garbage. This includes leaves, grass clippings, dirt, plants, tree and hedge trimmings and other brush and branches. Recycle and mulch as much as you can before disposing of yard debris and arrange for its separate pick-up.

6. Garage Clean-outs
When cleaning out the garage or shed, remember that oil and lubricants, oil filters, paint thinners, greasy rags, used tires, herbicides, broken electrical appliances and yard equipment often require special handling. Contact local waste authorities for solutions to disposal. Many areas have special recycling centers for many of these hazardous materials.

8. Safety First
Place sharp items in containers inside your bagged garbage. When you put your container at the curb, be sure there is clear and safe access and no overhead electrical wires. Also check to ensure no vehicles are parked in front or beside the container.

Key Takeaways:
Don’t forget to place plastic, glass, and aluminum in your recycling container.
Grass clippings and other yard waste is not allowed in your waste container. Contact your local waste management company for an additional container for yard waste.
If you have too much waste for your container, consider contacting your waste management company for an additional container.