Here’s the problem with removing large amounts of trash, ITS EXPENSIVE! Landfills are running out of space, cities are looking to increase revenue wherever they can by increase fees and since landfills have a short life-span it gets more expensive as they fill up.
There are two things to consider when throwing away your trash, the weight of the debris you are throwing away, as well as the volume of debris that you are throwing away. Both being extremely important! Most landfills charge by the ton to dispose of trash, so throwing away something like bricks can get very expensive, very fast.
Throwing away your trash can be done quickly or cheaply. Rarely can you get it done quickly and cheaply. If you are cleaning on a budget, here are 5 free tools to get you started!
Donate for a Good Cause! Check out Goodwill of Denver or call them at (303) 650-7700.
If you have some bookshelves, couches, tables that are still in useable condition, don’t waste space in a dumpster, donate them for a good cause, and a tax write-off.
Our Recommendation: Goodwill will pickup for free in most urban Denver areas, unfortunately you have to work on their schedule which takes about 2-4 weeks from when you place your initial call. So if you started early and have the time, call them now to get on their books!
FREE Large Item Collection – Denver Collection Services can be reached at (408) 535-3500 or through their website here.
Denver Solid Waste Management offers residential collection for large items and appliances. Large Item Pickup (LIP) service enables Denver residents to dispose of large items such as furniture, including the removal and disposal of materials illegally dumped in the city’s right-of-way.
Our Recommendation: Call the city when you start your clean-out to get some items picked up. Although they will not pickup a lot of stuff, this will not only help you get started on your project, but help you start thinking about what size dumpster you may need for your project. So you don’t go too big or too small when you place an order with us.
FREE Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste for city residents check here.
We take hazardous materials seriously. Putting HHW into the waste stream (like paint cans, acids, varnishes, solvents, flammables, acrylics, resins, motor oil, and gasoline) can cause serious damage to the environment, and put our drivers at serious risk. Disposing of these items in the general waste stream is illegal, and can cause additional charges and fines to both us and to you. So, in order to save you money and frustration please dispose of these items at your local hazardous waste collection center.
Our Reccomendation: This is not an issue to mess around with, we STRONGLY recommend disposing of these materials through the proper channels.
Get Money For Your Trash! Find Local Recyclers at Earth 911
Earth 911 is a great resource to find someplace to take items like cardboard, paper, metal, and bottles and cans. You can even get money back! Now most of the time you wont get much money at all (items like cardboard are general cheap and easy to make, why else would it be so cheap to ship millions of packages per day in cardboard) but you will get a few dollars in your pocket plus you know this material isn’t clogging our landfills. We try and recycle as much stuff as we can that goes into our bins.
Our Recommendation: If you have a large quantity of material, or live near a recycling center, it can be quick and easy to remove your recyclables yourself. But please note that the centers are very strict, so have your material strictly separated.
Get money for your e-waste! Request an e-cycle coupon here.
Denver, in partnership with Best Buy and metech recycling, is now offering an Electronics Recycling Coupon Program. The E-cycle coupon will allow residents to drop-off their televisions, monitors and other electronic items at metech recycling’s facility at a significantly discounted rate. Residents may request an E-cycle coupon at the link provided above.
e-Waste makes up over 5% of our total waste in the US, and this number is rapidly increasing. These items contain mercury and lead that can contaminate our ground water and pollute our environment. e-Waste is a broad terms for items such as the following: televisions, computers, laptops, printers, cell phones, cables, VCRs, copiers, fax machines, stereos, and electronic games.
Our Recommendation: Disposing of e-Waste responsibly saves you money on your disposal and keeps possible hazardous material out of the waste stream. If e-Waste constitutes 5% of your trash, that is 5% extra space for your regular debris.
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