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Austin trash removal

  1.        Americans are responsible for 1/5 of the world’s garbage.
  2.        The average American produces over four pounds of trash per day.
  3.        135 million tons of this trash ends up in landfills.
  4.        This comes out to 250 million tons of trash annually.
  5.        75% of our waste is recyclable.
  6.        Yet Americans recycled less than 35% of this waste.
  7.        This makes about 85 million tons of recycling.
  8.        Paper makes up a little more than a third of America’s trash.
  9.        Yard waste (which can be composted!) makes up less than 15%.
  10.    That’s 33.4 tons of yard waste.
  11.    Food scraps (which can also be composted!) make up about 12%.
  12.    In fact, almost half of all food in America is wasted.
  13.    That amounts to 3,000 pounds of food per second.
  14.    Which means about 34 million tons of food waste is produced each year.
  15.    The average American family throws up 880 pounds of food per year.
  16.    If everyone began composting, we could recycle 27% of America’s waste.
  17.    Yet only 8% of Americans compost.
  18.    However, 67% of Americans said they would compost it if was easier.
  19.    Even though, 62% of the same group of Americans said they refused to pay any extra costs associated with composting.
  20.    Glass makes up less than 6% of America’s waste.
  21.    This still amounts to 11.6 million tons of glass waste.
  22.    However, Americans only recycle about 30% of glass products.
  23.    Food, soft drink, beer, wine, and liquor containers are the most commonly recycled glass products.
  24.    90% of recycled glass is used to make new containers.
  25.    The Coors Brewing Company invented the first completely recyclable aluminum can.
  26.    They then realized by slimming the top and the bottom of their cans, they could save almost seven million pounds of aluminum each year.
  27.    How much is seven million pounds? It’s the equivalent of 28 blue whales.
  28.    105,784 cans are recycled every single minute.
  29.    One in two beer and soda cans are recycled.
  30.    This amounts to 55 billion cans a year.
  31.    It takes only 60 days to get a can from the recycling facility to back on the store shelf.
  32.    2/3s of all the aluminum ever produced is still in use today.
  33.    Aluminum has one of the highest recycling rates – with over 50% of it being recycled.
  34.    Like glass, aluminum is able to be recycled infinitely.
  35.    Americans produce enough trash in one year to circle the Earth almost 25 times.
  36.    Americans use one billon shopping bags each year.
  37.    This greats 300,000 pounds of extra waste in our landfills.
  38.    The Pacific Garbage Patch contains 3.5 million tons of trash.
  39.    That’s enough trash to cover the continental U.S. twice.
  40.    At least 260 different species of fish from the Pacific Ocean have been found with pieces of trash in their belly.
  41.    The Ocean Conservancy has cleaned up 18,288,809 bottles out of the ocean.
  42.    That’s enough bottles to give every single person in Chile one.
  43.    Plastic bottles take 450 years to decompose.
  44.    They also cleaned up 870,000 diapers.
  45.    This is enough diapers to put one on every single baby born in the UK in a year.
  46.    Diapers take 450 years to decompose.
  47.    125,156 appliances were also found.
  48.    This is enough appliances to fill 37,434 dump trucks.
  49.    In one year, they also found 940,277 pieces of food packaging in the ocean.
  50.    This is the amount of waste you would produce if you got takeout food for every meal for the next 858 years.
  51.    24,384 light bulbs were also found.
  52.    That’s enough to replace every single light on the Eiffel Tower.
  53.    In 2011, less than 10% of American businesses recycled.
  54.    In California, businesses that produce more than four cubic yards of waste weekly are legally required to recycle.
  55.    30% of waste in the U.S. comes from construction and demolition projects.
  56.    50 million homes could be heated for 20 years using just the paper and wood we throw away in one year.
  57.    16 million tons of wood are thrown out each year.
  58.    14% of this wood gets recycled.
  59.    20% of demolition waste is wood.
  60.    Up to 90% of demolition waste can recycled.
  61.    Only 30% of demolition waste is recycled however.
  62.    The most commonly recycled demolition waste is concrete, asphalt, metals and wood.
  63.    General Motors diverted 2.5 million tons of waste from landfills in 2011.
  64.    This saved them almost one billion dollars per year.
  65.    If the recycling rate in America was doubled, we would create a million jobs.
  66.    The U.S. spends $11.5 billion per year on cleaning up litter.
  67.    50% of all litter is cigarette butts.
  68.    75% of people admit they have littered in the past five years.
  69.    After cigarette butts, fast food containers are the most littered items.
  70.    A cigarette butt takes 1-5 years to decompose.
  71.    The U.S. produced 258.2 million pounds of ewaste in 2010.
  72.    171.4 million pounds were recycled.
  73.    14.4 million pounds of ewaste were exported to other countries.
  74.    Germany has the highest recycling rate in the world at 64%.
  75.    Followed by Belgium at 62%.




Check out this video for a great, 6-minute perspective on e-waste.

Austin junk removal

In a city the size of Austin, there are dozens of junk removal contractors. Some are great and some are not so great. But how can you tell the difference?

First, good junk removal contractors hardly stay secret for long. Ask your friends and family for recommendations or check reviews of a company online.

Next, look at how the company represents itself. Is the company’s website professional? Has the company responded to negative reviews in a helpful manner? Are the company’s employees dressed professionally?

After asking for recommendations and doing some online research, you’ll probably have a list of a few companies that stand out from the rest. Call these companies and ask if they have licenses or insurance. Not all states require junk removal contractors to have a license, but you shouldn’t hire anyone who doesn’t carry insurance.

After you’ve confirmed that the company has all the necessary licenses and is properly insured, only then should you ask about prices. Most Austin junk removal companies charge by the amount of room in the truck your stuff will take. Ex: ¼ of a truckload, a truckload, etc. Since it can be hard to estimate how much junk you have, we always ask our clients to email us a picture of their junk. That way we can give them the most accurate estimate possible.

By following all of these tips, you can ensure that you’ll get a good contractor at a great price!

And for more information on an Austin junk removal, you can find us on Facebook or Twitter.


Austin Waste Management: Incredible Infographic Shows How Much We Waste


Today is the 14th national America Recycles Day. In honor of the holiday, we wanted to share some stats about how much America recycles…

  1. In 1960, 94% of trash ended up in landfills. Now, that number is down to 54%.
  2. 75% of our waste is recyclable, but we only recycle 30% of it.
  3. In 20 years, paper recycling increased by 90%!
  4. Only 25% of Americans admit they don’t recycle.
  5. The average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash per day, but only recycles 1.5 pounds of it!

As you can see we’ve made a lot of progress, but we’ve still got a long ways to go!

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Last week, we shared 10 fun facts about trash with you. This week we have 10 fun facts about recycling!

  1. Only 38% of paper gets recycled.
  2. Only 5% of plastic is recycled.
  3. Germany has the highest recycling rates in the world.
  4. If we stacked all the aluminum cans we recycled on top of each other, the stack would be 1,454 times taller than the Empire State Building!
  5. 25% of electronics are recycled.
  6. 87% of Americans have access to curbside recycling.
  7. In one year, the U.S. wastes $485 million worth of plastic!
  8. U.S. steel produces use 70% recycled steel.
  9. Vermont is the greenest state in America.
  10. The recycling industry in Texas employs 20,000 workers and adds $2.9 billion to the Texas economy.

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There’s a new campaign floating around North Texas  – 10 on Tuesday and we think it’s such a great idea that it needs to be brought to Austin!

The 10 on Tuesday campaign encourages everyone to pick up 10 pieces of litter every Tuesday.

So how much difference can one person make? According to their website, if just 5,000 people pick up 10 pieces of litter per week, the amount of liter will be reduced by 2.6 million pieces!

And just exactly how much litter is there floating around to begin with?

There are an estimated 51 billion pieces of litter on the highways which comes out to 6,729 pieces per square mile!

And where does all that litter end up?

Rainfall washes the litter into storm drains and then these storm drains dump the litter into our creeks and rivers. These creeks and rivers drain into area reservoirs which provide our drinking water!

For more information on the 10 on Tuesday campaign, visit

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