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New Ways To Re-Use Your Old Electronics

Posted by on April 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Ways To Re-Use Your Old Electronics

Technology today moves at the speed of light, and that brand new computer, television, or smartphone you bought a year ago could be obsolete today. Electronic items can also konk out on you, and it’s tempting to just chuck them into the garbage bin. Unfortunately, electronic items can cause serious environmental hazards if they’re not recycled properly, so throwing them in the trash is not recommended. Here are a few ways you can re-use or repurpose your older tech-related items. Computers If your laptop has bit the dust but the screen is still in working order, consider using it for an additional monitor. You can connect it to any other computer that’s working to give you a dual screen option, providing you with more viewing space while working, playing games, or watching videos. If the hard drive is still fine but the monitor is failed, remove the hard drive and use it for an additional external storage space. It will give you another option to keep photos or documents stored on a separate drive without clogging up the computer you use more frequently.  Televisions Whether your older television set is on the fritz or you’re just ready for an upgrade, there are some things you can do with it rather than dump it into the nearest landfill. Find out if any local schools, churches, or charities could use your old set as long as it’s still operational. You could also qualify for a tax deduction for the items you donate. TV’s that are working fine for simple applications like playing games or watching movies on DVD work just fine for those uses. Consider moving the old set to a game room or play room for a spare TV that can be used for the kids or to have something you can use without the need for high-definition cable television. Smartphones If you’ve upgraded your smartphone and you didn’t trade your old one in, it can still serve several useful purposes. A working phone makes a great baby monitor. Set it up in a room and use the built-in camera for a simple wireless camera that can monitor activity and relay the footage to your current smartphone using any number of free apps that are available. If you’d rather use a standard alarm clock instead of your current phone, keep your old phone and just utilize the built-in clock and alarm to wake you up in the morning. Mount it on a stand near your bedside and keep it solely for the clock function. Your old smartphone can also be a dedicated mp3 player for exercising or working out and it’ll save the memory on your current smartphone for other things. When it comes to unwanted or older technology, think about how you can repurpose it to extend its lifespan and prevent unwanted waste. Contact a company like Main Street Fibers for more information about recycling your used electronics or components that no longer...

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Collect Recyclable Materials To Raise Funds For A Rainy Day

Posted by on December 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Collect Recyclable Materials To Raise Funds For A Rainy Day

Earn money by selling recycling materials that can be made into other products. Rent a dumpster from a recycling center and fill it with the materials that you would like to part with. The following ideas will help you increase the amount of recyclables that you collect so that you receive a large payout when they are collected. Use the money that you raise to treat yourself to a fancy dinner at a restaurant or an enjoyable shopping experience at one of your favorite stores. Organize A Trash Cleanup Event Organize a trash cleanup event that covers various parts of the town that you live in. Ask some of your closest friends if they would like to assist you. Provide plenty of trash bags and gloves for each participant to use. Instruct each person to separate household trash from items that can be recycled. Rent or borrow a vehicle that has a flatbed trailer attached to it. Place the full bags on top of the flatbed. Transport the trash to the local dump. Sort through the recyclable items and place them in the dumpster if they are made out of materials that the recycling center accepts. Hold A Recycling Drive Advertise online or in a local newspaper that you are going to be accepting unwanted items that can be recycled. Set up some bins in your yard for people to place the items in. Designate one or two days for the event to take place so that you do not have a constant stream of traffic in your yard. After the items are dropped off, inspect them to make sure that they are going to be materials that the recycling center will pay for. Hold additional drives throughout the year if you profit from the first one. Many people will be eager to get rid of unwanted clutter around their home or business and will be grateful for your assistance. Pick Up Items From Friends And Family Tell your friends and family members that you are collecting recyclable materials and offer them the convenience of not having to lift a finger in order to get rid of what they no longer need. Set aside a time to pick up items from them. Upon your arrival, have each person point out the items that they no longer need. Load them all up and promise to return if they have more recyclable materials in the future that they would like to get rid of. If each person is satisfied with this arrangement, you may be able to acquire recyclable materials from them on a regular basis. Once the dumpster is filled with recyclable materials, contact the recycling center and set up a time to have it picked up. After the center like East Central Sanitation & Recycling sorts and weighs the items that you are selling, you will be presented with the money that you have...

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Tips For Creating A Waste Management Plan For Your Business

Posted by on September 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Creating A Waste Management Plan For Your Business

As a business owner, you owe it to your community to create a viable waste management plan that places as much of your company’s waste into the recycling stream as possible. Fortunately, more and more sanitation and disposal companies are offering programs to help you recycle easily, without any additional cost for your business and with only the minimum of employee training necessary to implement. The following tips can help you formulate your own personalized waste management plan. Tip #1: Document Your Waste Production Every business generates waste differently. For example, a retail establishment primarily generates cardboard, paper and packaging waste, while a restaurant has both food and packaging waste. An electronics repair center may generate lots of E-waste, compared to a hair salon, which may have chemical waste. Track the waste leaving your business over the course of a week or two and divide it into categories, such as paper, glass, food, et cetera. Your waste management company can better help you develop a plan if they know what kind and how much waste you are generating on average. Tip #2: Find Out Your “Stream” Options The type of waste streams available varies by area and by waste management company. Your goal is to find the simplest option that covers as much of your waste as possible, while still giving you the ability to recycle. Single stream recycling is usually the preferred option for waste like cardboard, paper, plastic, and glass, since it will all go in one dumpster and there is no need to separate. You will also want to find companies that offer streams for any specialty waste, such as compostable food materials, E-waste, or construction debris. Tip #3: Make It Easy You can simplify the whole process in-shop by making it easy on employees and customers to make the right choice. For customers, use divided bins to separate true garbage from recyclables and opt for clear signage so that customers can tell at a glance which is which. For the back of the shop, make sure every garbage station is set up with the multiple bins necessary – for example, a garbage, e-waste, and paper waste. This way employees won’t be tempted to toss an item into the wrong bin to save time finding the right one. Once again, label everything clearly and perform quick visual inspections throughout the day. This way you catch any misplaced items quickly, before it becomes a problem. Tip #4: Contract With a Pro While you can handle much of your disposal needs on your own, it will be time-consuming. You will need to track down a company to take each of your key recyclables, and then arrange for separate pick-up, onsite collection containers, and separate billing. Instead, contact with a professional waste management company that offers multiple stream options. These companies handle all waste and recycling removal and then they divide it up and send it to the correct outside facilities. You often only have one or two outside bins on your property, which they provide and manage, so you don’t have to schedule pickups or maintain their appearance. They may even have interior cans you can rent for your employees’ or customers’ use. Contact a service like E.L. Harvey & Sons for more...

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How To Make Money From Scrap Metal

Posted by on July 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Money From Scrap Metal

Do you have a truck or a trailer or something that you can use to haul large and heavy amounts of metal? If so, you can make a decent amount of money cleaning up scrap from other people. Be Scrappy Most of the metal you’re going to find will be refrigerators, stoves, washers, and dryers. Those are common items. Don’t be afraid to look for less common items that you might not consider scrap. Search the local classifieds, Craigslist, and yard sales for these items, especially broken ones. These include: Lawn mowers Weight machines Dumbbell sets Filing cabinets Wheelbarrows Barbecues/Grills Cast iron bathtubs Automobiles Bicycles Motorcycles Industrial molds However, do note that you’ll need to remove any of the Freon or other coolants from air conditioning and refrigerator units. These liquids are dangerous and can cause health problems or death. Only remove them if you know how. Researching The Spots Before you drive to the nearest scrap yard or smelter, take the time to make some calls and get some rates. Rates often change based on need, and some refineries will let you know if they’re expecting an uprising in materials.  You’ll also want to check on what type of metals they accept — ferrous or non-ferrous. Ferrous refers to iron, and some scrap metal yards only accept one or the other. Just because a scrap yard only accepts one type of metal doesn’t mean that it’s worse. Because of the specialization, they may actually offer higher rates for the metals. Delivering The Load Most refineries work the same way, but there may be minor differences. Usually, though, you’ll arrive at the scrap yard and drive onto a scale with a red and green light. An employee will weigh your vehicle and change the light to green signaling you to drive off the scale. You’ll drive to the designated area for your metals. (If you don’t know, you can always ask before dumping everything.) Once you remove the items from your vehicle, you’ll repeat the weighing process. After that, the company will either pay you in cash or cut a check.  If you’d like an idea of how much you can expect to be paid, you can always check the Scrap Register which lists common scrap prices for all sorts of materials, including precious metals.  While scrapping metal might not account for a full-time job, unless you’re incredibly dedicated, it might be enough to take a load off your monthly...

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Keep Raccoon’s Away From Your Garbage With These Tips

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep Raccoon’s Away From Your Garbage With These Tips

It’s disheartening to look out your window on garbage day and see the garbage cans, which you’d placed at the curb the night before, turned over and your trash strewn around your yard. Yep, the raccoon’s paid a visit to your neighborhood last night. Picking up your household garbage and rebagging it costs you precious time in the morning, especially if you’re already scrambling to get out the door. A more proactive approach is to take steps to reduce the likelihood of raccoon’s finding your trash so appealing, which will mean no more inconveniences on garbage day. Here are some steps you can take. Take Out Your Garbage In the Morning It’s no secret that raccoon’s are nocturnal creatures, which means you’re more likely to encounter a problem if you take your garbage to the curb in the evening, just hours before critters begin roaming the neighborhood. Instead, collect the garbage from your home’s waste baskets in the evening, assemble it in the garage and wait until morning to take everything to the curb. While it’s true that this approach adds an extra few minutes to your morning routine, it also saves the lengthy cleanup efforts that can result from taking out the garbage 12 hours earlier. Secure Your Cans If it’s absolutely necessary for you to take your garbage to the curb in the evening, it’s imperative that you use something to keep the garbage cans secured. Depending on the style of can you use, you can opt for a specialized clamp or you can take the simple approach of a bungee cord. For the latter, clip each end of the cord to the can’s handles and run the cord over the top of the can. For extra durability, double up on the cords. Make Your Garbage Unappealing Sure, your garbage is plenty unappealing to humans, but the scent of food scraps makes it irresistible to raccoon’s. An effective strategy is to add products that repel raccoon’s. A few drops of ammonia on a rag tossed into the top of the can will often make raccoon’s seek food elsewhere, while moth balls, moth crystals or Epsom salts can also serve as useful repellents. Just Add Light Because of raccoon’s nocturnal nature, these creatures prefer to keep in the shadows. Keeping your garbage illuminated at night can be an adequate deterrent. Although this project can be labor intensive, consider installing a light post at the end of your driveway. If you aren’t adept with electrical work, it’s possible to buy solar-powered light posts that are relatively easy to install. To learn more about garbage disposal, contact a company like B-P Trucking...

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4 Ways To Make A Little Extra Money For Your Next Extended Weekend Vacation

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Make A Little Extra Money For Your Next Extended Weekend Vacation

If you are planning a small vacation soon, you may not want to break the bank to have a little fun. Setting a budget aside for your trip can help you save. There may be some extra expenses or things that you want to do for your vacation, which if you can find ways to make a little extra money, you can have the money you need to have a more enjoyable trip. Here are some things that you may want to do to make a little extra cash for your next weekend vacation: 1. Return Those Boxed Things You Really Do Not Need Many people have things that they have bought that are still in boxes. If you have these things in your home, they may be a source of extra cash. It may be something you do not need, or gifts that you are saving or could not give. If you have things that have been in the box and less than 90 days have passed, you may be able to return them and get the cash you need. 2. Scavenge Your Home And Other Places For Loose Change Starting a piggy bank is another great way to get extra cash. You can put all the change you get in a day in the savings. There is probably a lot of loose change around your home in places like the sofa, your car and under furniture that has not been moved in years. Save all the change you can and then take it to get the cash for your weekend vacation. 3. Recycle All The Loose Metal That Is Lying Around Your Home Or In The Yard Metal is another resource that you may have around your home. Things like old appliances, the swing set that is broken, junk cars and broken equipment may have valuable metal. You can take these things to the scrap metal dealer and get extra cash. You will just want to be careful and organize the metal well, because metals like copper and aluminum will bring you more cash than steel and tin. If you’re looking for a scrap metal buyer in your area, visit Recycling Center Inc. 4. Sell Valuable Collectables That You Do Not Need For More Cash Collectables can be another way that you can get a little cash. If you have collectables that you are not worried about, you can sell them for extra cash. You may even have some things that are collectables that you did not know about. Old toys, promotional items and classic electronics can all be things people are looking to buy, and you may have them stuffed away in the attic. With these ideas, there is no reason to break the bank to have an enjoyable...

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Tips for Properly Preparing for Your Home Remodeling Project

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Properly Preparing for Your Home Remodeling Project

No matter how big or small your home remodeling project is going to be, you might want to make sure that you are preparing as much as possible. This way, dealing with the actual remodeling tasks will be much easier, as there will not be as much chaos getting in the way. To help you get on the right track, you will want to check out some of the following tips. Reserve a Roll Off Dumpster Do not make the mistake of assuming that you will be able to simply put everything out for the weekly trash pickup. In many residential areas, there are limitations on how many bags can be put out on the curb each week. Also, in many cases, the garbage men will not pick up any construction materials or home improvement supplies, so you would be stuck with them. Therefore, you are going to want to call your garbage company or local dumpster rental company for the price on a dumpster rental. Simply explain the type of work that you are doing and the professionals will help you figure out the appropriate size of dumpster for you. Find Donation Centers Why throw out a toilet, sink, or cabinets that could still be used by someone that is in need and who may not be able to afford to buy new things for their home? There are a lot of donation centers out there that will collect items from you that still have life left in them so that they can sell or pass them on to those in need. If you have trouble finding such centers, you could always list some of those materials for free in the local paper or online. This will allow you to help people, as well as allow you to free up some space in the dumpster. Plan for the Worst  While you want to hope that your remodeling project goes through without a hitch, you want to prepare for some things that might go wrong. For example, you might try to move some plumbing and realize that a lot of your pipes need to be replaced. Having such an expense in the budget will help you get through such troubles. With all of the previously mentioned tips, you should have a much easier time getting everything done. All you have to do now is start implementing those tips, starting with a roll-off dumpster, so that you can start enjoying your newly remodeled home sooner rather than...

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Keep An Eye Out For Recyclable Computer Scrap

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Getting rid of an old computer may feel like tossing out a large investment. Even newer computers with large amounts of plastic and seemingly cheap components have high price tags. If you’d like to see the systems put to better use than being tossed onto a garbage pile, consider pulling out a few reusable components and their recyclable scrap.  Hard Drives Grant Extra Storage Or Valuable Magnets If you’re getting rid of an old computer, try to keep the hard drive if it isn’t broken. Even if the system at large is failing or not turning on, there’s a great chance that the drive can be recovered. If the computer isn’t turning on, it’s likely a power failure. There could have been a power surge that destroyed all of the electronics inside, but it’s quite unlikely; many people are able to put their hard drives into a new computer after a full power failure. Viruses may be filling up the hard drive, but that doesn’t end the hard drive’s life, either. All you have to do is wipe the drive for a fresh start. If you’d like to do a little extra work to keep your old files in a new computer, run a virus scan on another computer or scan after getting your new computer up and running. A virus on a brand new computer isn’t a big deal; since you haven’t used it much, you can just reinstall the operating system to start again–this time with the viruses gone. If the hard drive is physically broken or unreadable by other computers, take it apart. The hard drive casing is often made out of aluminum, which can be useful to the recycling process–especially if you’re turning in multiple hard drives. The rare earth magnets inside hard drives are the real points of recycling value. They’re used to hold precision moving arms inside the drive, allowing quick movement and a long-lasting grip when compared to screws or adhesive. Don’t Get Your Hopes Up With Gold There’s a lot of excitement about scraping gold from computer motherboards, cards and other components. Unfortunately, the amount of gold is often overstated by technology amateurs. According to some experts, it takes thousands of boards to reach a worthwhile amount. Keep in mind that you may have to pay a processing fee if you don’t scrap the small traces of gold off on your own. There isn’t even a whole troy ounce of gold on most boards, so unless you have a constantly growing collection of gold or specific gold needs for other projects, gold traces in computers are not a good place to focus your attention. There is, however, quite a few pieces of copper and aluminum that could be pulled with less effort. If you need help with removing metals circuitry for recycling or would like to recycling specific components for cash, contact a scrap metal recycling...

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Pinpoint Reusable Components Before Trashing Old Computers

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re moving a full load of computers out of a department or an entire business, there are a few things to take into consideration before dumping everything at once. There are a few components that could be reused and a few ways to perform the disposal easier that could save thousands of dollars down the road for your business. Consider a few recovery points that could help you make the most out of your old systems, even after moving to newer computers. Hard Drives For Bulk Storage The hard drive is the main storage area for computers. All of the text documents, pictures, sound files and videos are kept on the hard drive along with your programs and other types of files. Hard drives use a standard method of connection that can be added to almost any similar computer. The two main connection types are Parallel ATA (PATA, know as the ‘rectangle connector’) and Serial ATA (SATA, known as the L-shaped connector). There are adapters that can allow these types to be connected if the proper connection isn’t available. Keep in mind that you don’t need to force older hard drives to become the new, main drive. It’s true that newer drives are capable of higher speeds, and should be used for most of the important tasks such as actually running the computer with the operating system. You can, however, use the older hard drives to retrieve your old information and to continue storing more information.  Memory Is Easy To Store Random Access Memory (RAM) acts as a quick supply of the most commonly-used files. Instead of taking the time to search your hard drive thousands of times per second for the same files, the memory sticks can hand off the information without the need to search. Memory falls under the Double Data Rate (DDR) standard, with DDR3 and DDR4 being the most common as of 2015. The memory generation can be identified by the physical notch on the memory stick, which prevents accidental mismatching of memory. As of 2015, there is an issue of DDR4 entering the market and making DDR3 sticks useless in the newest systems. However, you may still receive new computers with the older DDR3 standard, as the speed benefits of DDR4 are not yet convincing enough for manufacturers to adopt the new standard. Since memory sticks are relatively small–often smaller than a basic hair comb–it’s no trouble to keep all of your old memory in a box with your IT department or equipment storage. After removing the components you need, you’re still stuck with fairly heavy computer boxes. Many states have laws against simply throwing computers onto the side of the road or into garbage bins, as electronics waste management is becoming a global concern. Contact a garbage disposal team like General Waste Removal if you need help throwing out the older systems in...

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Identifying The Various Types Of Scrap Metal

Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are planning on making some extra money by collecting and selling scrap metal to scrapyards, you will need to learn how to identify the various types of scrap metals. While this is not absolutely necessary, the more you know, the more money you are going to make. For instance, if you take a bunch of different items made from different metals to the scrapyard, they are going to give you a dollar amount for the weight of all of the metals combined. But, it may be that some of the metals are worth more than others. When you know how to identify the metals, you can sort them, and sell each type of metal separately to earn more money. Here are some of the ways you can identify scrap metals. Use a Magnet Some metals are magnetic, while some are not. You can use a magnet to identify items made from cast iron, tin, and steel (including stainless steel which also has other metal alloys). If the magnet doesn’t pick up an item, it is likely made from aluminum, brass, silver, or copper. Now it is time to get deeper into the identification. Identifying Steel Once you have identified items as being made from steel, you need to identify the type of steel. You can do this by looking at it. Items made from stainless steel will be silver in color, and shiny. If it is galvanized steel, the color will be duller and lighter, and there will be no rust at all. Identifying Cast iron You can pretty much tell if an item is made out of cast iron, because it will be a dark, blackish color. It is also magnetic, which is another way to know for sure what it is. It is also very heavy. Most of the cast iron items you will find will be frying pans and other kitchen items. Identifying Copper It is easy to identify copper, because it has a very distinct bright, orange-red color. If it has been exposed to outside conditions, it will be oxidized and be green in color. You will find copper in electrical wiring, and it is one of the more valuable of the scrap metals. Identifying Aluminum Aluminum is silver in color, and it is malleable, meaning that it is easily bendable. Most soda and beer cans are made from this metal, making it very easy to identify. It is also one of the easier metals to take for recycling, because it is lightweight and you don’t have really heavy loads. To learn more about recycling scrap metals, contact Full Circle...

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