Posts Tagged ‘reuse’

Austin Waste Management: Incredible Infographic Shows How Much We Waste

Green Christmas

Did you know that the average American produces 25% more trash during the holidays? If you’re concerned about keeping your holidays environmentally-friendly, here are some easy things  you can do to lessen your impact:

  1. Buy reusable gift sacks or save your gift sacks for use next year.
  2. Avoid using wrapping paper.
  3. Don’t use ribbons or bows.
  4. Gift experiences like gift cards, tickets, etc. instead of material items.
  5. Send e-cards instead of Christmas cards.
  6. Recycle any Christmas cards you receive.
  7. Hire a junk hauling company to clean out your house before Christmas to make room for your new stuff. Make sure to find one that will donate everything they haul away!
  8. Buy reusable batteries for your new toys.
  9. Consider giving “green” gifts such as reusable water bottles, etc.
  10. Purchase a real Christmas tree. Fake ones are made from non-biodegradable plastic.
  11. Use LED lights.
  12. Make your own decorations out of junk you have lying around your house. Check out the Dirty Work Pinterest page for awesome ideas for how to do this.
  13. Don’t use plastic plates and utensils or disposable table cloths.
  14. Set automatic timers on your lights and don’t keep them running all night long.
  15. Cut down on left overs by allowing guests to take home a plate each.

 Interested in more ideas like this? Find Austin waste removal company Dirty Work on Facebook or Twitter!

throwingawayfood

Ever wonder where all your money goes? Turns out, a lot of it gets wasted before you even leave your house.

So where is all this money getting wasted and more importantly, how do you stop it?

Throwing away food

According to Reuters, the average American throws away half of their food. For a family of four, this adds up to $1,365 to $2,275 wasted each year! To avoid this, plan your meals for the week. Only buy the items you’ll need for that week and what you can reasonably eat. Yes, yogurt may be on sale 10/$10, but if you can’t eat 10 yogurts before they go bad, you’re still wasting money. Wasting less food isn’t a hard thing to do, but it does require some pre-planning.

Forgetting to unplug

How many items in your home stay continuously plugged in? The lamps? The phone charger? The computer? All of these items are sapping energy out of the plug in even when they’re off. It’s a small amount, but when you think of how many items you keep plugged in all the time, it really adds up!

Not reusing things

There are hundreds of ways you can reuse items around your house to save money. Use grocery store bags as trash bags. Reuse plastic baggies. Reuse jars and containers. Every little bit help saves you money!

For more awesome money-saving ideas, find Dirty Work Austin on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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As anyone who’s been on Pinterest lately can tell you, upcycling is all the rage right now and for good reason. In fact, we firmly believe upcycling might just be one of the best trends ever.

Why might upcycling be the best trend ever?

Well first, you have to understand what upcycling is. Upcycling is the process of reusing items in such a way as to create a product of higher quality than the original product. It’s like recycling with a twist.

Of course, recycling items in any way is awesome, but upcycling is especially great for a couple of reasons.

First, most of the items used in upcycling are items that we would not normally recycle. Think about it. What can you do with an old tube TV? So few people want them even charity organizations won’t take them. The only option is to take them to the dump or upcycle them into a fish tank!

Or think about old furniture. Most of the furniture we throw away has cosmetic damage, but is still functional. Upcycling fixes that cosmetic damage, allowing us to get years more use out of an item. Not only is this good for the environment, but it‘ll save you money in the long run!

Second of all, let’s be honest – a lot of products simply aren’t made as well as they use to be. Upcycling a vintage product gives you the best of both worlds. You get the high quality of eras gone as well as a modern, trendy looking item. And again, you’ll save money.

Also, upcycling has spawned thousands of small businesses who sell only upcycled items. These trendy little boutiques have made buying used cool, but more importantly, they also help to support local economies and provide a unique personality to cities.

So upcycling allows you to save the environment, save money, support local business and get unique, quality items?

See why we think it’s the best trend ever?

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Austin waste management

Ever heard the saying one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? Turns out, America’s trash may just be China’s treasure!

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, China accounts for 43.1% of the global demand for copper. Since copper is a limited resource, the country has turned to other countries, namely the United States, to replenish its supply.

Demand for copper in the United States is low, resulting in low scrap metal prices. For this reason, thousands of pounds of copper that could be recycled end up in American landfills each year.

Enter China…

Chinese scrap metal companies have begun sending representatives to America. These representatives have one job – to bring back save thousands upon thousands of pounds of copper from American landfills and return this copper to China.

You can check out the entire Bloomberg here.

Or for more information about recycling copper and other junk, call Austin waste management provider Dirty Work at 512-328-3698 or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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Have a whole closet full of clothes, but can’t find anything to wear? We’d be willing to bet you have a cluttered closet!

Not only do cluttered closets make getting dressed a real pain, but they’re visually unappealing. Fortunately, you can declutter your closet in a couple of hours and without all those expensive “home organization systems.” In fact, all you need is some trash!

Ready to get started?

Start donating.

As an Austin junk removal company, we’ve seen a lot of cluttered closets and every single one has been overflowing with clothes the owner no longer wears. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does it fit? Not “will it fit when I lose weight?” If it doesn’t fit now, it needs to go!
  2. Have I worn it in the past year? Once you go a year without wearing something, it probably won’t be worn again and it needs to go!
  3. Is it ripped/missing a button/has a broken zipper? If you’re not willing to take the item to a seamstress this week to get it fixed, than it needs to go!
  4. Is it stained? You’ll probably never wear a stained piece of clothing, so it needs to go!

Make two piles for these items. One for clothes and shoes that don’t fit or haven’t been worn in over a year. These can be donated. Ripped and stained items, however, will need to be thrown away.

Start organizing.

Think we were crazy when we told you earlier you could organize your closet with only trash?

Here’s how:

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Tip #1 – Use old soda tabs to create double hangers. Twice the room, half the price!

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Tip #2 – Use old beer bottles or glass soda bottles to hold bracelets.

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Tip #3 – Use an old picture frame to hang necklaces from.

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Tip #4 – Use old wood and thrift store door knobs to make a purse hanger.

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Tip #5 – Use an old cheese grater to hold earrings.

And there you have it, simple and cheap closet organization that use all your old trash!

For more fun ideas like this, find Austin junk removal company Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest

Habitat for Humanity Restore

Did you know that Habitat for Humanity needs used building materials? This means if you’re planning on remodeling your home, you’ll have a great opportunity to save your materials from a landfill, help a great organization and get a tax break!

Habitat for Humanity runs dozens of “ReStores” across the country. These stores take donations of new or gently-used building supplies, resell them to the public and use all profits to fund the building of Habitat for Humanity homes.

The Austin Habitat for Humanity Restore was the first of its kind in the United States when it opened 21 years ago. Now, the store donates about $500,000 each year to other Habitat programs and there are 750 other ReStores located in 48 other states aiding their mission.

By encouraging reuse, the store has saved more than 13 million pounds of reusable construction material from going into landfills!

And as Austin’s only discount home improvement store, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore has provided affordable building materials to hundreds of shoppers.

The ReStore frequently has light fixtures, cabinets, mirrors, sinks, tiles, flooring and doors hanging around. But you never know what else, you’ll find! New donations are received daily.

If you would like to visit the Austin ReStore, it’s opened Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for shopping and Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for donations. The store is located at 310 Comal, Suite 100 in Austin, Texas 78702.

Or if you’re planning on hiring a demolition company for your remodeling and want one who will donate the supplies for you, contact Austin demolition provider Dirty Work at 512-328-3698.